Our Team of independent consultants specialize in helping your board and general manager work together to govern and lead your organization. We each offer individual services upon request, but most of our clients access our services through the award-winning, innovative Cooperative Board Leadership Development Program (known as CBLD and pronounced C-build). Early-bird enrollment for 2021 is now open. Click the button below to learn more and contact us to enroll today! 

2021 Enrollment Information

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2021 Program Information

CBLD is an annual program of ongoing board support. We are excited this year to offer all-new, redesigned program and pricing options to access our award-winning program of ongoing board support. See the table below to find the right CBLD program for your organization in 2021, and enroll today!

CBLD Basic

$5,150annual
  • Half-day board retreat
  • 12 hours consulting
  • Enrollment in any CBLD webinar or round table (see below)
  • Enrollment in any Virtual CBL 101
  • Enrollment in any in-person 101 workshops scheduled for 2021 (TBD)

CBLD

$7,750annual
  • Full-day board retreat
  • 15 hours consulting
  • Enrollment in any CBLD webinar or round table (see below)
  • Enrollment in any Virtual CBL 101
  • Enrollment in any in-person 101 workshops scheduled for 2021 (TBD)

CBLD Complete

$9,250annual
  • (1) double consulting hours or
  • (2) a second daylong retreat
  • Enrollment in any CBLD webinar or round table (see below)
  • Enrollment in any Virtual CBL 101
  • Enrollment in any in-person 101 workshops scheduled for 2021 (TBD)

2021 Workshop Details

Workshop Who Can Access Cost outside program

Virtual CBL 101: The virtual CBL 101 is a half-day, online version of our premier training for new directors and can be accessed by organizations enrolled in any of our CBLD programs. 

CBLD Basic, CBLD &
CBLD Complete
$75 per person

CBL 101: Full day, in-person training and co-op networking for new directors, focused on foundations of governance. Any in-person sessions will occur in fall 2021 at the earliest and are contingent upon the status of the pandemic and public health regulations.

CBLD Basic, CBLD &
CBLD Complete
$275 per person

Explorations in Governance Series (NEW!): This multi-session series will examine various aspects of governance, including both practical skill-building as well as exploration of broader governance concepts and issues. Whether your board uses Policy Governance or another approach to governance, this series will offer thought-provoking ideas and powerful techniques to deepen your board’s effectiveness. Offered quarterly in 2021.

CBLD Basic, CBLD & CBLD Complete $150 per person

Topical Webinars: Our 2021 program will include new and returning topical webinars on a variety of topics of interest to directors, such as:

  • Being a Great Employer to your GM
  • Strategic Process for Top Leadership Teams
  • Board Perpetuation
  • GM Compensation & Evaluation Process
  • And more!
CBLD Basic, CBLD &
CBLD Complete
$50 per person

Financial Training for Directors (four-part series, offered quarterly):This session will help directors better understand their role in financial oversight and evaluating risk and build their confidence in doing that work well, regardless of their experience in business finance. We will explore the different dimensions of financial health, including how to look for both strengths and weaknesses. Topics include:

  • Seeing the story in your co-op’s financial statements
  • Evaluating financial performance in context
  • Setting expectations for financial performance that hit the “sweet spot” with the right mix of information, analysis, and addressing non-compliance or underperformance
  • Understanding the importance of budgeting and planning
  • Knowing how to ask great questions
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Sessions will include a mix of instruction and interactive learning. Attendees who complete all four sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

CBLD Basic, CBLD &
CBLD Complete
$150 per person
Director Round Tables (NEW!): Throughout 2021, we will be hosting a series of director round table discussions for our CBLD clients. Rather than a formal training, these sessions will offer a chance for directors from around the country to connect, share ideas, and support one another in the good work of governance. Topics and schedule coming soon!
CBLD Basic, CBLD &
CBLD Complete
n/a to non-CBLD

2021 Topical Webinars

See our events calendar for dates for each of our events.

Webinars:  These programs are adaptable and provide an opportunity for you to tune in from wherever is most convenient for you. Each session will help you better understand your role in various strategic processes — financial oversight, policy governance, and more — and build your confidence in doing that work well, regardless of your experience. Don’t miss our Finance Training series, developed in response to popular request!

Strategic Process for Top Leadership Teams
with Art Sherwood
Strategy is an essential role and responsibility for leaders in our cooperatives. The board of directors plays a key role in the overall cooperative strategic process. To do this role effectively, directors need role clarity and the skills for doing their part in the cooperative as well as building a strategy and strategic plan specifically for the board and its specialized work. Join us for this highly informative online workshop where we will share our key knowledge and frameworks related to cooperative strategic process and the specific steps boards can take to contribute to the whole while focusing on their specialized roles. We will start with building the vision of the future and roll into how strategy and strategic plans are created, and ultimately how these are implemented, communicated, and reported for accountability and celebration.

Being a Great Employer
with Michael Healy & Hether Freyer

This webinar will delve into the complex relationship between the Board of Directors and the General Manager. We will explore different facets of the relationship, with a focus on accountability, empowerment, advisory roles, support, and interpersonal skills.

Spring 2021 CBLD Events