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Every year we present over 40 events and seminars full of useful and actionable knowledge.

Every year we present over 40 events and seminars full of useful and actionable knowledge, focusing on nonprofit governance and management.

Upcoming Seminars & Events

Every year BVU presents over 40 seminars packed with useful and practical knowledge. Our seminars focus on nonprofit governance and management topics, including board roles, board leadership, public policy, HR, finance, and marketing. Additionally, BVU offers several events celebrating and promoting volunteerism

Check back often as we continually update our calendar of seminars.


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September 2018

Nonprofit Leaders Breakfast – Benchmark Your Board Nationally and Regionally

September 13 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Ronald McDonald House of Akron, 141 W. State Street
Akron, OH 44302 United States
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Free - $15

Nonprofit Leaders Breakfasts convenes chief executives and board presidents to share and discuss perspectives with peers from a diverse group of nonprofit organizations. Benchmark your board of director's practices and performance against national norms that were just released, as well as within the 'room'. Learn and share your perspectives and tools Sponsored by: This event is free to BVU Members and $15.00 for nonmembers. Register Now  

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Executive Leadership Series for Nonprofit Professionals

September 14 @ 8:30 am

Take part in this powerful series to understand what you can do to make the most of your leadership style and become a more effective leader in the nonprofit sector. Whether you are a current executive director or have plans to move into a more significant role, you will find this series helpful. Participants will be part of a cohort of other nonprofit professionals over the series, attending five sessions. Each participant will be paired with an executive coach and participate…

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Cancelled – Advocacy and Ohio’s Biennium Budget

September 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Jesuit Retreat House, 5629 State Rd
Parma, Oh 44134
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$65 - $95

Each year the State of Ohio’s legislative and executive branches create a biennium budget that includes support for projects across our communities. In this session, learn how NE Ohio nonprofits have successfully advocated for projects with a public benefit, understand the characteristics of successful projects, and gain insights into the advocacy and budget process to support the case for funding. Speakers:  Earl Pike (Facilitator), Executive Director, University Settlement Nick Gattozzi, Executive Director, Office of Government and Community Relations, Kent State University Sean…

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Protected: Role of the Board

950 Main Ave., Suite 1100
Cleveland, OH 44113 United States
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Over 5,000 nonprofit board members trained   Join the Urban Action Collaborative (CSU's Levin College of Urban Affairs; PolicyBridge and the Urban League of Cleveland) and BVU for a board training session designed to recruit, and inspire professionals of color serve on nonprofit boards. According to national research, the levels of board diversity have largely remained unchanged, with people of color and ethnic minorities never representing more than 18 percent of board membership.* Numerous studies have shown that having diverse groups…

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October 2018

“Linking New Leaders” Speed Dating Event

October 2 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Market Cafe and Wine Bar, 3103 East 9th Street
Cleveland, 44114 United States
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Linking New Leaders is a fun, fast paced "speed dating" style event that brings together community-minded young professionals with local nonprofit organizations. The goal is to connect up-and-coming professionals who want to contribute their time and expertise to a variety of engagement opportunities including positions on boards, committees, and “friends” groups. How it works: BVU Business Members nominate candidates to participate. BVU works with our nonprofit partners to identify the right engagement opportunities. BVU brings together the candidates and the…

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The Disrupted BVU Business Partner Breakfast: HR & the Age of AI

October 4 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Thompson Hine, 127 Public Square #3900
Cleveland\, OH 44114
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Free - $65

Re-imagining Work and Community Engagement BVU's Business Partner Breakfast brings together business professionals charged with community engagement at their companies to share best practices and network with peers. As Artificial Intelligence eliminates some of our traditional work (and possibly workers), what will the Human Resources do in organizations? How will AI impact corporate community engagement and be leveraged to address the most critical issues facing NEO? This will be unlike past BVU Business Partner Breakfasts. We are bringing together HR…

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BVU’s 25th Anniversary Nonprofit Summit

October 9 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115
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$125 - $150

To celebrate BVU's 25th Anniversary, we are bringing two nationally-acclaimed keynotes to Northeast Ohio, Vu Le of Nonprofit AF (formerly Nonprofits with Balls) and Lisa Ryan of Grategy, Inc.  Vu and Lisa will deliver powerful and provocative presentations challenging us to create new perspectives on workplace engagement and on equity, diversity, and inclusion.  Through interaction and humor, we will learn and share ideas, and leave with tools to implement on the job and in the boardroom. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and the Future…

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Forum with Ilene Shapiro – Summit County Executive

October 22 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Brouse McDowell, 388 S Main St #500
Akron, OH 44311 United States
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Join us for a dialogue with Ilene Shapiro, Summit County Executive. We are thrilled at the opportunity for Ilene Shapiro to engage with the nonprofit board and staff leaders in our community. We will hear first-hand her current priorities, particularly with respect to the nonprofit sector. This no charge event will appeal to board members, chief executives and staff of nonprofit organizations. A question and answer session with the audience will follow Shapiro’s remarks. A continental breakfast will be served…

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Doctor’s In

October 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cornerstone of Hope, 5905 Brecksville Road
Independence, OH 44131 United States
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Free - $75

Is your nonprofit looking for assistance with a project related to Marketing, Human Resources, Finance or Employment law?  If so, sign up for the next Doctor's In event where BVU will have subject matter experts on hand to meet with you for 90 minutes to help get you started on your project or answer questions related to the project. Projects must fall into one of the categories below:   Please email  Kimberly Simpson-Kee with the following information to reserve your spot: Name…

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Social Entrepreneurship or Conscious Capitalism

October 30 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Baldwin Wallace University, 340 Front Street
Berea, OH 44017
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$45 - $75

Are you developing a business that "gives back" to the community? Do you work for a nonprofit that conducts revenue-generating activities? Are you interested in learning about social enterprise and the intersection between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds? The line between traditional nonprofits and for-profits is blurring, with many on both sides creating blended structures of operation. From for-profits with a social mission to hybrid organizations to nonprofits utilizing multi-entity structures to engage in business-like activities, there is a continuum…

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