Board 101

Session Description

This full day Board training is designed to provide an initial introduction to or a refresher course in the basic what, why and how of a well run, strategic Board of Trustees.  We will discuss the basic responsibilities of a board and the common pitfalls leaving plenty of time to answer your specific questions.  Topics covered will include: 

  • Basic board disciplines
  • What to look for in a Board member
  • What to look for in a Board Chairman
  • What every Board member should know about the school
  • How and why to be strategic
  • Developing a healthy Board/Head relationship
  • Key Board impacts on school culture and student experience
  • Giving a board opportunities to do meaningful work
  • Tackling the challenges of fundraising
Speaker Bio

Leslie Moeller is currently Head of Upper School at The Covenant School in Charlottesville, Virginia. She brings with her over 20 years of wide ranging leadership experience in education. She is the current Chairman of the Society for Classical Learning and was also the founding editor of the SCL Journal. At the Geneva School of Boerne, Texas, Leslie helped lead the school through dramatic growth over 13 years in multiple roles, including Chairman of the Board; Head of School; Capital Campaign Co-Chairman; founder and coach of Geneva’s nationally ranked debate program; and instructor of Senior Thesis, middle school language arts, informal logic, and debate. She holds a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School and a bachelor’s degree from U.Va. in English Literature and economics. Leslie and her husband, Eric, have three children.

Brad Layland is the CEO of The FOCUS Group. He lives in St. Augustine, Florida, where he serves on the board of trustees for Veritas Classical School. In addition, he serves on the boards of Young Life St. Augustine, Christian Surfers US, the Reid Saunders Association, and Young Life of Greater New York, and is an elder at Good News Church. Brad received his BA in Communications from the University of Florida and his MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary.

For over 35 years, The FOCUS Group has helped nonprofits raise money more effectively through capital campaign counsel, major donor strategies, planned and estate gifts, and training. It currently serves seven classical Christian schools across the United States.