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Led by Dan Pallotta


Hosted by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation

2031 Jackson Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
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Date and Time:
Saturday, November 7, 2020
8 :00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


The Bolder Board Training℠ helps charity boards awaken, articulate and pursue their most magnificent dreams. It teaches boards how to work with their CEOs to create audacious possibilities for impact. It is the first board training designed specifically to offer boards a pragmatic and conscientious alternative to the culture of financial deprivation and constriction that they often find themselves upholding.

It is not a traditional training on governance and finance. It is an immersion in possibility and aspiration that positively and radically disrupts traditional ways of thinking. It is part lecture, part workshop. It is designed specifically for boards. Organizations are encouraged to bring as many of their board members as possible. The training can also serve as a powerful first day to a board retreat.

We realize that you may wish to bring your CEO and executive directors, but we really want to stress that the focus on the day is helping your board build and deliver a vision. Don’t miss it, here’s why:


Who is Dan Pallotta?

Dan invented the multi-day charitable event industry with the AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days, which raised over half a billion dollars in nine years and were the subject of one of the first Harvard Business School case studies on social enterprise. His 2013 TED talk on philanthropy is one of the 100 most-viewed TED talks of all time. His book, “Uncharitable,” is the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press. The Stanford Social Innovation Review said that it, “deserves to become the nonprofit sector’s new manifesto.” He is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review online. He is widely credited with changing the national conversation about impact and overhead in charity in America.

Who's it for?

We strongly recommend that organizations bring as many of their board members as possible. One of the biggest comments we get is, “I wish my whole board had been here.”

What will we learn?

  • New thinking. You’ll get an entirely new way of thinking about charity, nonprofit business practice, giving and making a difference.
  • You’ll learn how loyalty to obsolete conventions and traditional definitions of fiduciary duty undermine your organization’s true potential, and you’ll learn the five conventions that fundamentally obstruct your ability to achieve it. And you’ll walk away with an intellectual arsenal that gets your donors to think differently about how they invest in you.
  • The power of purpose, methodically and consistently applied.
  • New ways of looking at innovation, including the four keys to successful innovation, how to understand the nature of the box outside of which you are told to think, and how to create an inspiring possibility.
  • How to create a future that is not based on the past and why great dreams are easier to achieve than small plans.
  • How to make intelligent investments in your growth.
  • How to increase the aliveness, energy and enthusiasm of your team and your board and how to transform your board and keep it transformed.

What have previous attendees reported as their outcomes?

  • Energy for continued work, inspiration for new efforts
  • More powerful relationships between the board and CEO
  • New board appreciation for the need to invest in growth
  • More effective long-term and strategic planning
  • Better board alignment and empowerment
  • New interest in innovation
  • Ability to declare daring goals and intentions
  • A new sense of potential
  • Important new connections
  • A sense of renewal
  • Better personal relationships with fellow board members
  • Enlightenment about the negative effects of focusing on keeping overhead low
  • Organizational courage
  • Ability to create a possibility
  • Understanding how to scale
  • New ways of thinking about obtaining growth capital
  • Willingness to set deadlines for mission-critical goals
  • Ability to turn obstacles into opportunities


This Training is the first public event to be held at the Collaboratory in downtown Fort Myers. If you are driving, there is plenty of parking on site. If you are riding your bike, we have bike storage and a shower on site just for you!

On arrival there is a coffee and tea bar available in the Collaboratory Cafe; we will provide morning coffee and snack service, and lunch as part of the ticket price – you will be able to note any special dietary requirements on the registration form. Please let us know before you register if you require accessibility support or special audio/video accommodations.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. is set aside for arrival and settling in. The training takes place from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m., with guests seated at tables. Results are best when a majority of your board is present, so we will accommodate boards at semi round tables of 4 and round tables of 8 so you can sit together and connect on the subject matter.

Now, you may have the reaction that it will be difficult to get that many to attend. This then becomes an important first exercise toward getting your board aligned on a bold future. Getting them to commit part of a day to their own transformation becomes the first step in getting them to commit to the achievement of a great dream. This is what we mean when we say that the training is for leaders who are serious about making a great impact. We promise an experience that no one will forget.

More questions?

please email Carolyn Rogers


$150 per person
Please make sure you get your ticket before it is sold out!:
Nonprofits can purchase a table of 4 or 8

No Refunds
Seating is Limited, First Come, First In!

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