Your partnership with your board is paramount to achieving the mission of your institution. During this pandemic, even more is being asked of your board as decisions are being made at a rapid pace with information that changes daily. It is integral to create an environment that fully engages your board today and sets the stage for an even stronger partnership going forward.

In this 90-mintue Seminar, “The Worth of Strong Boards and How to Build One,” GG+A experts will share their strategies and tactics to help Advancement professionals build stronger board partnerships. While missions and cultures may vary, similar issues surface. Our faculty has experience working with nonprofits with a variety of board models – and will address concerns across the various landscapes. You will learn practical solutions for optimizing your board and creating a lasting partnership.

In this brief video, Consulting Vice President Keith Brant shares his views on working with boards:


When: Monday, October 19
at 12-1:30 p.m. CST

Seminar Faculty


Keith Brant, Consulting Vice President
has led advancement teams at distinguished higher education institutions for more than 30 years in all areas of advancement including development, alumni engagement, marketing, advocacy, special events, and advancement services. He has created strategy for major ambitious campaigns that have exceeded goals, directed programs through transitions, and led efforts to enhance the technology and systems of advancement programs. His previous positions include Vice Chancellor, University Relations at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Vice President, Development, Saint Mary’s College of California, Vice Chancellor for External Relations, University of California, San Diego, and Executive Director of the UCLA Alumni Association.

Keith earned his B.A. in Film & Television, M.A. in Higher Education, and Ph.D., Higher Education, from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Rodney Kirsch

Rod Kirsch, Consulting Vice President
has over 34-years in higher education development where he provided executive leadership in the raising of more than $5 billion of philanthropy.

Rod currently holds the title of Senior Vice President Emeritus for Development and Alumni Relations at The Pennsylvania State University, after serving as its Senior Vice President for 20 years. Rod currently consults on a range of topics including campaign planning and management, organizational design and assessment, resource development and budget planning, crisis fundraising, professional staff development and mentoring, the alignment of academic and philanthropic priorities, and the role of academic leadership in fundraising.

Rod previously served as Senior Vice President for Development at the Indiana University Foundation; Executive Director, Capital Campaign at the University of California at Berkeley; Director of Annual Giving at Drake University, and Director of Undergraduate Chapter Services at Delta Upsilon International Fraternity.

Rod holds a Master of Science in Higher Education from Indiana University Bloomington, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Dakota.

Registration Information

Registration fee $99


  • Registered attendees who cancel 10 or more business days prior to the Seminar will be refunded the full registration fee.
  • There will be no refunds for cancellations made fewer than 10 business days before the start of the program. However, should an attendee cancel fewer than 10 business days prior, another attendee from the same school may attend instead at no additional cost.
  • A no-show to the Seminar does not constitute a cancellation. No refunds will be given to no-shows.

Cancellation requests must be made in writing by emailing Keli Change at

Confirmation of Seminar

Occasionally, GG+A may be forced to cancel a scheduled workshop due to insufficient registration. If this is the case, we will cancel the workshop no later than 10 business days prior to the start date. In the unlikely circumstance this happens, registrants will receive a cancellation notice
10 business days prior to the start of the Seminar. 

Registration is closed.