Dr. Kurt Senske is the founder of CEO-Board Services, a consulting firm that specializes in working with mission-oriented organizations. Previously, Dr. Senske served as CEO of Upbring, a multi-faceted, multi-state social service organization. Dr. Senske’s extensive board service includes serving on eleven boards of directors, including a
Dr. Kurt Senske is the founder of CEO-Board Services, a consulting firm that specializes in working with mission-oriented organizations. Previously, Dr. Senske served as CEO of Upbring, a multi-faceted, multi-state social service organization. Dr. Senske’s extensive board service includes serving on eleven boards of directors, including as chairman of Thrivent Financial. A gifted public speaker, Dr. Senske is regularly sought after to speak and consult on a variety of topics.
This book provides a road map that will allow CEOs and their boards to openly examine and adapt their governance model to be designed to drive organizational missional success. Organizations who embark down this path will be at a competitive advantage vis-à-vis their peers who do not. This is the art of governance.
A consulting firm that specializes in working with mission-oriented organizational leaders and boards around issues of governance, strategy, organizational structure, succession planning, coaching, and mergers and acquisitions.
"Dr. Senske’s rich and provocative insights into non-profit governance best practices is a must-read for board chairs, members, and CEOs. This book moves at a fast, satisfying pace, and provides scores of questions and topics that help heighten the individual and collective self-awareness of board members. Good stewardship suggests that every board and CEO collaboratively read and explore Dr. Senske’s work as part of a self-evaluation and improvement initiative. Repeating this process every few years and using the book as a reference when governance issues and opportunities arise will help us lead our non-profits to outcomes that best serve our communities. They deserve nothing less."
-Don Scifres, Founder & Managing Director, 28:20 Capital
"Dr. Senske recognizes the tough challenges facing CEOs and boards in today’s increasingly complex and ever-changing environment and offers powerful insights and practical advice on both the art and science of governance. This is a must-read for nonprofit CEOs and boards who want a strategic board of directors that creates a competitive advantage and achieves their organization’s potential."
- Charlotte Haberaecker, President and CEO, Lutheran Services in America
"The most important aspect of governance expert Kurt Senske’s insightful book is that he recognizes upfront that nonprofit organizations, in fact, operate in highly competitive arenas. Yes, they are vital service organizations, but they must compete for constituent attention, gifted leaders, engaged experts, and financial resources. And what Senske makes clear is that the right governance structure and board composition can make the difference between mediocrity and excellence in those competitive endeavors."
-Kirk D. Farney, Ph.D., Vice President for Advancement, Vocation, & Alumni Engagement, Wheaton College (IL)