Board Leadership Program Class of Spring 2014
Welcome to the AABLI Family
 Class of Spring 2014!
In April, The African American Board Leadership Institute held its latest Board Leadership Program (BLP) at the California Community Foundation's Joan Palevsky Center for the Future of Los Angeles. The BLP is a two-day intensive training, focused on topics such as governance, finance, fundraising and emotional intelligence. Its 45 participants arrived eager to learn and prepared to serve! Enjoy the following video of testimonies from our participants and click here to view photos from the training. 
Behind the Lens with Leroy Hamilton - AABLI 2014
Behind the Lens with Leroy Hamilton - AABLI 2014

"Now that I am an alum of the AABLI Board Leadership Program, I feel equipped and inspired to serve on my board with sophistication and diligence. The program dealt with multiple facets of board service, most notably governance, finance, and fundraising. Expert advice and sound instruction were delivered by the top educators, practitioners, and community servants in their respective fields. When this program is offered again, sign up right away. It is informative and fun!"

AABLI Alumna Lezlee Hinesmon-Matthews, Ph.D. Professor at California State University, Fullerton 



Registration Now Open: 
Fall 2014 Board Leadership Program

Register now for the upcoming  Board Leadership Program (BLP) set for Friday and Saturday, October 10-11, 2014, at Loyola Marymount University! This two-day intensive program will 1) provide participants with comprehensive understanding of the major building blocks involved in effective board governance, 2) help prepare them to resolve issues often faced by board members of color, and 3) introduce them to an array of ongoing resources and a lifelong network of support. 

Who should attend? 
  • Individuals who require more in-depth knowledge of effective board governance
  • Experienced professionals who would like to refine their skills
  • Professionals who wish to serve on a governing board or commission

Each graduate will receive a certificate of completion and assistance with placement on a governing board.

For more information and to apply, please click here.
Deadline for Application:
Friday, August 15

This will be the first BLP held at Loyola Marymount University. We are excited about this new partnership! 
Last Call! Register Now:
"Understanding Nonprofit Budgets and Business Plans" 
Only One Week Remains to Register! 


Our next in-depth workshop, "Understanding Financial Budgets and Business Plans," is set for Thursday, June 12, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Antioch University. Presented by Paul C. Hudson Consulting, the workshop will help you understand how budgets and business plans are created, what you should look for in these documents, and why they are useful tools in managing your organization, projecting future sustainability and ensuring that your plan is aligned with your mission.




For more information and to register for the workshop, click here. 


AABLI's Tribute to John Mack & Noel Massie
The City Club's sweeping views of Los Angeles were the backdrop to AABLI's April 17 reception honoring two magnificent men for their support of AABLI's mission: John Mack, former President of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, and Noel Massie, President of UPS, Southern California District. John Mack has been a donor and supporter since the inception of the organization, and under Noel Massie's leadership, UPS became the first company to sponsor employees' attendance at AABLI programs.

Click here to view more photos from the reception.

Recap of Fundraising Workshop 
A big thank you to Janet McIntyre and the Executive Service Corps team for partnering with us on our May 6 workshop, "Fundraising: Making the Ask," at The California Endowment. Janet spoke to the packed house on taking the necessary steps to cultivate fundraising relationships, and on how to time the "ask." The room was full of alumni and member organizations seeking information on how to improve their organizations development plans. Thank you to all who attended! We hope to see you at our future workshops!
Debra Hammond
Executive Director of the University Student Union at California State University, Northridge was elected to serve on the board of BookEnds

Kaci Patterson
Kaci Patterson, Vice President of Programs and Administration at Families in Schools has been appointed by the office of Governor Jerry Brown to the California Alarm Company Operator Disciplinary Review Committee. 
Robert Lewis
President/CEO at NEX-Impact and AABLI Alum, was elected to serve on the board of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services. 
Tanynya Hekymara
Tanynya Hekymara, Manager of Admissions and Operations at the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for Westmark School in Encino, CA.

Member Organization Spotlight
Community Health Councils (CHC) is a nonprofit, community-based health education and policy organization. Established in 1992, CHC's mission is to promote social justice and achieve equity in community and environmental resources to improve the health of underserved populations.  CHC uses data coupled with the knowledge, experience and expertise of consumers and community organizations to shape and develop policy and systems change. The coalitions and programs of CHC fall under three policy areas: Access & Quality of Healthcare, Community Health & Education, and Expansion & Quality of Healthcare Coverage. 






Board Member Spotlight

Eugene Boykins is President and Senior Partner of the Boykins Business Consulting Group, a management and marketing consulting firmHe spent most of his career at Nestl´┐Ż USA in a range of   marketing and management positions, and in various entrepreneurial ventures in the Caribbean and U.S. Boykins served on the board of the local Business Development Center, on the Program Advisory Committee for KCET-TV, on the board of Big Brothers of Los Angeles, UCLA's Foundation and Academic Advancement Program Advisory Boards, and on the board of Lifesteps FoundationThe marketing executive earned a B.S. in business management from San Diego State University and an marketing from UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management. 

President's Library
Inside the Nonprofit Boardroom: 
What You Need to Know for Satisfaction and Success

This book is suggested reading from Eugene Grigsby, Ph.D, President of the National Health Council. Dr. Grigsby recommends this book to all board members.


An estimated two million charitable organizations--religious congregations, foundations, and educational, cultural, and social service groups--operate in the United States. This little handbook is a must-read for their current and future board members or trustees. Brief, sharp and direct, it is easy to read and laced with real-life examples and illustrations. 



Available for purchase via




Apply now for BoardSource's Judith O'Connor Memorial Fund Scholarships

"Promoting excellence in board service is at the heart of BoardSource's mission. This year, BoardSource is looking forward to identifying and rewarding nonprofit board leaders who excel in leadership. The Judith O'Connor Memorial Fund Scholarships for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders will enable approximately 15 to 20 leaders to participate in the BoardSource Leadership Forum.


Scholarship recipients receive free registration and lodging at the conference, as well as a one-year BoardSource membership. Recipients are responsible for their own travel expenses." 


The application deadline is June 27.


Click here to learn more and to apply!


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