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Trustee Education

All Aboard! Promising Practices for Welcoming New Board of Trustees Members

December 2, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom

Congratulations! You’ve done it! Your organization is ready to welcome a new cohort of board members. This is an exciting time for them, the board, and your organization. This session will address several key questions: Why does orienting new board members matter? What practices help onboard new members? What opportunities and obstacles must many new board members and organizations navigate—both alone and together? How will we know if our onboarding has been successful?

Our session will be led by Deann Cook, President & CEO of United Ways of Iowa, and Paul Thelen, Director of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center at the University of Iowa.

This Trustee Education virtual presentation will be held during our normal IACCT Board meeting and will be uploaded to the Membership Portal if you are unable to attend in person.

To register, please fill out the Google Form which you can find here.

Deann Cook 

Deann Cook is in her eighth year as President & CEO of United Ways of Iowa. In this role, she leads advocacy, training, and statewide projects for the 25 United Ways serving Iowans. UWI statewide projects include the United Way ALICE Report for Iowa and Iowa’s largest AmeriCorps program, Iowa Reading Corps.

Deann has nearly 25 years of experience serving nonprofits as both a staff and board member at the local, state, national and international levels. Deann is the immediate past chair of the United Way Council of States and serves on several Advisory Boards, including the University of Iowa's Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, UNI@DMAAC and ISU Extension & Outreach. She holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Northern Iowa.


Paul Thelen

Paul Thelen is the Director of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center at the University of Iowa where he leads a team dedicated to strengthening Iowa’s nonprofit sector through education, engagement, and research. In this role, Paul has worked with thousands of nonprofit leaders from across the state who are committed to missions that help make their communities healthier, cleaner, livelier, smarter, safer, faith-filled, and prosperous.

Paul works one-on-one with public charities, private foundations, and private operating foundations on projects ranging from strategic planning to succession planning to capacity building to leadership development and beyond. When not at the Center, Paul is in his seventh year of teaching a popular series of graduate courses at the University of Iowa focused on the internal and external operations of nonprofit organizations. He brings both lessons from the field into the classroom and a host of amazing guest speakers who share their stories and insights with the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

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