BoardSource, the leading national provider of resources related to exceptional nonprofit boards, is proud to announce that Elizabeth Ashbourne, Executive Director has been selected as one of 15 national 2015 Judith O’Connor Scholars. The Judith O’Connor scholarships enable emerging nonprofit leaders to participate in the annual BoardSource Leadership Forum. The Forum, November 9-10, 2015, in New Orleans, LA provides the Scholars with opportunities to advance their leadership skills, learn about progressive practices in good governance, and interact with nonprofit sector leaders from across the country.
The Judith O’Connor Memorial Fund was created to honor the legacy of the late Judith O’Connor, former BoardSource president and chief executive officer. Judy firmly believed that citizens working together to address community issues are the very essence of a vibrant, democratic society. She was committed to strengthening the ability of the nonprofit sector to serve as a vehicle for engaging all citizens in civic life. Her passionate advocacy for building effective nonprofit boards touched nonprofit leaders around the world.
“We are thrilled to have a wide range of talents and passions reflected in this year’s Scholars,” said Anne Wallestad, BoardSource president and chief executive officer. “This group embodies the very spirit of the scholarship, honors the legacy of Judy, and echoes the theme of BLF 2015 through their bold, dedicated, and deliberate visions for the future of their communities and the sector.”
The BoardSource Leadership Forum is the only national conference focused on the impact of nonprofit boards and the unique role they play in advancing the public good. Every year, approximately 700 nonprofit leaders from around the world gather with an impressive array of experts to discuss the newest thinking and practices in nonprofit governance and solutions to current leadership issues.