Thursday, July 28 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Assembly

Want to serve on a nonprofit board?  Or are you already serving and need a refresher?  Not sure how to find the right board to serve on?

Board Boot Camp is a comprehensive training for individuals interested in nonprofit board service. Participants will gain skills in topics such as board roles and responsibilities, board operations, board expectations, and strategic board practices. In addition to learning about board roles, participants will engage in conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in board development and how the role of a Board Member has changed since the pandemic.

This three-hour session is designed for individuals with limited or no experience on nonprofit boards. The program is open to all.

Meet Your Trainers

Mary Kate Andris, Ed.D.

Dr. Andris currently serves as a Director of Council Leadership Consulting for the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) located in New York, NY.  At GSUSA, she supports more than 30 Council CEOs and their Board Chairs in annual and strategic planning in favor of growth and sustainability.  Dr. Andris provides strategic guidance to Girl Scouts CEOs using data to identify best practices, gaps, movement-wide patterns, and trends to inform a cohesive and comprehensive plan for the success of the Council.  She is responsible for new board chair training, CEO onboarding, board assessment evaluation, organizational development support, and a variety of onsite workshops for CEOs, staff, and board members.

Prior to joining the GSUSA, Dr. Andris served as the President and CEO of the YWCA South Hampton Roads for 5 years where she worked to increase revenue from philanthropic sources and build awareness of the YWCA South Hampton Roads’ brand.  While acting as CEO, Dr. Andris secured the organization’s largest private gift of $2 million from MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist and author.

Dr. Andris holds a B.A. from Moravian University and a M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Widener University.  Mary Kate and her husband, Kevin, have two teenage boys and a dog named Nyx.

Cathy Lewis

Cathy Lewis is best known as the founding host and executive producer of a public radio talk show that aired for 25 years in Hampton Roads. Concurrently, she served as President and CEO of the CIVIC Leadership Institute, a robust organization that leveraged the success of executives in volunteer organizations and initiatives throughout the region. In this capacity, she worked with nonprofits to connect experienced professionals with board service and today, those executives are at work across the region strengthening the organizations they serve.

Cathy has also served on many local boards, most recently co-chairing The Williams School Board of Trustees, leading it through a succession process and growth and stability initiatives. She is a speaker, workshop leader, consultant, and Gallup CliftonStrengths trainer who works with boards and organizations to lead from their strengths.

Cathy holds a B.A. from Marshall University and an Honorary Doctorate from Virginia Wesleyan University. She and her husband are the parents of one daughter who works in international development in Washington, DC.