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Decision–Making Tools for the Board Room
The top function of the board of directors is to make good decisions that are the best for the cooperative and its members. This session builds on our “Tools for an Effective Board” webinar and will take a deeper look at strategies that enhance cooperative decision-making abilities. We will explore a range of both process and closure tools that can increase participation and overcome common sticking points in reaching a decision.

May 4, 2021 10:30 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Kelly Maynard
Cooperative Development Specialist @UW Center for Cooperatives
Kelly Maynard is part of the team of Cooperative Development Specialists at the Center, focusing her work on supporting food and agricultural enterprises in rural communities. This work is complemented by her role as an Outreach Specialist at the UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems where she helps to advance local and regional food system development. She enjoys working with diverse groups as they refine their cooperative business proposition and she prioritizes facilitation and learning about group process and governance in the early stages of cooperative development. Kelly also develops workshops and resources in collaboration with outside partners to broaden understanding about the cooperative model and explore innovative applications that address challenges like farm ownership transitions and farm labor shortages.
Courtney Berner
Executive Director @UW Center for Cooperatives
Courtney Berner joined the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives in 2011 and served as a cooperative development specialist until assuming the role of executive director in January 2018. Courtney develops research, outreach, and education programs on cooperatives and provides support to new and established cooperatives in a wide range of industries. Her areas of expertise include cooperative education, business development, cooperative finance and governance, and innovative uses of the cooperative model. Courtney also teaches a course on cooperatives at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and loves challenging students to think critically about why co-ops emerge, how they differ from other forms of enterprise, and how the model can be used to address current social and economic issues.