Bill Ryan is a consultant to nonprofit institutions specializing in governance. He has worked with boards and executive teams in a variety of fields, helping them adopt new mindsets, structures and practices that lead to high-value governing. He is a popular lecturer and highly rated facilitator known for using powerful ideas and practical approaches to create breakthrough learning experiences and board retreats. His seminal book Governance as Leadership helped transform thinking and practice about nonprofit governance. For ten years, Bill was a principal and research fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, where he now teaches in executive education programs for nonprofit leaders at the Kennedy School.  He holds a BA from Columbia University and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Board Development and Effectiveness Workshops and Retreats
Bill takes boards and the senior executives who work closely with them beyond board 101 trainings to help them:
- Master lean, powerful frameworks that help boards define and do their highest value work
- Identify the concrete practices, processes and structures that produce real improvements
- Leverage ‘best practices’ for effective governance but also identify ‘best choices’ – the approaches that will work best in light of an institution’s distinctive mission, strategies and culture
- Gain insights and tools that help CEOs ‘lead while governed’ - or work with an engaged, empowered board without ceding their authority or inviting the board into operations
- Identify the most important priorities and practical next steps for delivering early wins needed to produce lasting improvements in board effectiveness.
Workshops and retreats use research-based techniques for promoting effective, robust discussion that leads to clear agreements and engagement by all participants.

Speaker Topics

  • Governance
  • Leadership

Speaker Type

  • Group Facilitator
  • Keynote Presenter
  • Webinar Presenter