Podcast: From our Vantage Point

From our Vantage Point: Podcast for not-for-profit leaders, board members, managers and staff

We have legal expertise in the recording studio for this month’s podcast, Tips on Running an Effective Annual General Meeting (AGM). Michael Blatchford, lawyer with Norton Rose Fulbright, shares his depth of knowledge on the most frequent questions we receive on AGM-related issues.

Vantage Point’s own Engagement Manager, Dana Osiowy, joins me to share her tips in designing high impact volunteer engagements for, who we call, knowledge philanthropists. Dana remembers her first time learning about the concept of knowledge philanthropy, during her time as ED of Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Cranbrook, as a “game changer”. Find out why!

Mark Friesen, experienced not-for-profit strategic planner and Consulting Manager with Vantage Point, walks us through key practices to impactfully engage stakeholders during strategic planning. Mark explains the value of surveys, interviews, and focus groups while sharing different tactical approaches, including having board members participate in stakeholder outreach. 

In this month’s podcast, find out how single malt Scotch can teach us a thing or two about designing successful employee engagement surveys.

From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

What a fun year it has been, hosting local experts on a variety of specific topics that YOU have been urging us to offer more resources on. In case you missed these bite-sized learning opportunities when they were first published, take 10 minutes or so and listen to one of these top 10 episodes.

From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

Brad Beattie, founder of POP The People Agency, invites us to imagine achieving all of our aspirational community goals without “mission fatigue” through innovative workforce models that enable teams to thrive as people and project leaders.

This month we consider ways to deepen our learning from formal professional development through social connections. Gayle Farrell, our guest and the President of Siena Consulting, describes the unique benefits of “social learning” in the workplace and encourages us to intentionally show up as both learner and teacher in our everyday interactions with our peers.

From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

Juliana Laing, one of our local governance experts, brings the Board Chair and ED Partnership to life in this month’s podcast. She emphasizes the importance of treating this partnership like many other key relationships in life, beginning with a strong foundation of trust with a willingness to tackle tough issues in a timely and open way. 

From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

In this month’s podcast we consider the topic: In-Camera Board Meetings: who, what, why, how? With the drive towards increasing transparency in the governance realm, the use of in-camera board meetings is a hot topic. Shawn Mitchell, expert in not-for-profit governance and leadership, joins me to share his thoughts on how to employ in-camera board meetings to strengthen organizational governance. Shawn is the Executive Director for the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association, and a three-term member of the board of MEC, where he also chairs the governance committee.

From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

In this month’s podcast we consider the topic: Making the “To-Get-Done” List: Operational Plans That Work with Catarina Moreno, Program Director at QMUNITY - B.C.'s Queer Resource Centre. After a few years of observing a disconnect between strategic plans and work plans, Catarina led QMUNITY's operational planning process that translated the organization's strategic plan into one succinct operational plan that covers 12 multi-disciplinary staff.

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