Board Academy

Sitting on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit organization is a rewarding way to give back to your community. It’s also a prestigious way to develop your leadership skills and expand your networks.

Board Academy is a one-day training program designed to educate you about roles, responsibilities and to provide you with useful tools to succeed serving a non-profit board.

Ticket holders who attend the full session will receive a certificate of participation.

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Thank you to AMN Healthcare for sponsoring Board Academy and their ongoing support of the Junior League of San Diego.

 

2020 Speakers

Consuelo Martinez is a southern California native and currently resides in Escondido, CA where she grew up. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Political Science – Global Concentration and Women’s Studies from California State University San Marcos. Consuelo is passionate about social justice and her community and has been organizing in the region for two decades. A former Commissioner for the City of Escondido’s Community Services Commission, Consuelo has also served in various leadership capacities for numerous nonprofit and political organizations throughout San Diego County. Consuelo is an alumna of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), Leadership North County, San Diego Leadership Alliance/New Leaders Council and Emerge California.
Since the summer of 2015, Consuelo has worked as a Leadership Development Specialist at Mid-City CAN where she works with residents to build power and develop their leadership skills through community organizing via the Resident Leadership Academy. As a former commissioner herself, Consuelo created and facilitates the organization’s Boards & Commissions Leadership Training program where she trains future commissioners and board members. In November of 2018, Consuelo was elected to the Escondido City Council where she currently also serves as appointed Deputy Mayor. Consuelo is invested in long-term social change in our region and ensuring our leaders are representative of the communities they serve.Consuelo Martinez and Maryan Osman from Mid-City CAN  will be presenting together Boards & Commission 101 – Representation Matters during the breakout session.This session will break down the history and purpose of boards and commissions, why they are important, how can we create change with them, etc. The session will also illustrate the impact of having diverse boards and commissions and introduce additional training opportunities for future and current board members/ commissioners.

Maryan Osman first aimed to be a scientist, studying biology and biochemistry at San Diego State University. But through her involvement in community health, she grew frustrated with the disparities and the structural barriers that produced them. After graduating, she switched routes to the nonprofit sector to work directly with the community to create change. In 2017, she started out as a policy intern with Mid-City Community Advocacy Network (CAN) and is now a Leadership Development Specialist with the organization, where she supports members of marginalized communities to serve on boards and commissions and advocate for systemic change.

Maryan is also passionate about building electoral power for our communities. She was the campaign manager of a local, successful college board campaign in 2018 and primarily worked with youth on college campuses for over a year as they organized and engaged neighborhoods across the city of San Diego. She is a 2019 Fellow for the San Diego Leadership Alliance and a graduate of LeSar Development Consultants’ 2019 Housing Policy Leadership Academy. Maryan is also a board member for Run Women Run.

 

Consuelo Martinez and Maryan Osman from Mid-City CAN  will be presenting together Boards & Commission 101 – Representation Matters during the breakout session.

This session will break down the history and purpose of boards and commissions, why they are important, how can we create change with them, etc. The session will also illustrate the impact of having diverse boards and commissions and introduce additional training opportunities for future and current board members/ commissioners.

Deirdre will be presenting on the speaker panel and during breakouts.  She will be discussing the differences between working and governing boards, and how to identify which type of board aligns with your interests and abilities! Deirdre helps organizations exceed their goals, and helps their leaders sleep better at night! She does this through her work as a published author, national speaker, and proud president of Momentum, LLC. Through customized trainings, facilitated group discussions, and marketing services, Deirdre helps nonprofits, associations and companies get motivated and get moving. As a result, she brings a unique, empathetic understanding of the challenges facing any workplace, and knows what it takes to find true success.

Linda Spuck is Principal of Linda Spuck Consulting, providing Effective, Actionable Advice to Maximize Philanthropy.  She shares her passion for helping charities and foundations find the most effective ways to achieve their mission through fundraising counsel, legacy planning and strategic board governance.  Ms. Spuck’s practice focuses on sharing best practices gleaned from observing and learning from hundreds of outstanding fundraisers and leaders and her personal experiences gained from over 20 years in the philanthropic sector. 

Ms. Spuck is a sought-after speaker on charitable estate planning and board governance.  Recent presentations include: 

  • BoardSource Leadership Forum
  • Northern California Planned Giving Conference 
  • USD Non-Profit Governance Symposium 
  • Western Regional Planned Giving Conference 
  • San Diego Planned Giving Partnership

Linda is a past President of the Junior League of San Diego, and currently serves as an Advisor to the Board of Directors.  She is also active in several community service organizations, including: 

  • San Diego Opera—Board of Directors, Secretary, Nominating Chair
  • Write Out Loud—President, Board of Directors
  • YMCA of San Diego County—Chair, Gift Planning Advisory Council

Dr. Elginer will be presenting on the speaker panel, during the breakout sessions, and will also be delivering the morning keynote address.

Julie has over a decade of biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry experience in various marketing, strategic planning, finance and managed market roles for Abbott Laboratories and Amgen.  She led Amgen’s first commercial launch into long term care and developed multi-million-dollar formulary strategies for federal and commercial payers. She is the founder of Elginer Advocacy Group, a consulting firm focused on strategic planning, fiscal health evaluation and comprehensive advocacy plan development. In addition, she serves in an advisory capacity to the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practioners (NAPNAP) – Los Angeles chapter.  In 2012, NAPNAP-LA presented her with their highest award for a non-clinician given annually to the person who most advanced the practice of nursing in the Los Angeles area.  

Her civic leadership is well recognized, as she has held two appointed positions.   In 2012, she was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to a four-year term as a member of the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners and including elected leadership roles as Secretary and Chair of the Governmental Affairs and Strategic Planning Committee.  In 2013, she was appointed by the City of Calabasas as a member of the Environmental Commission including having served as its chair.  

Dr. Elginer’s philanthropic endeavors include serving as a Fellow for the Board of Directors of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles County.  In addition, she developed and delivered an advocacy curriculum for the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, serving over 10,000 young women. She has a multi-year partnership with CARE’s Citizen Action Network, in efforts to eradicate global poverty.