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Registration Is Under Way for Ready To Serve Workshop

Christine Johnson, Mutual of Omaha

Christine Johnson, Mutual of Omaha

Participation on nonprofit boards is one of the best ways to serve the community while also building a personal network. However, knowing whats expected and how to get involved can be difficult. Thats why the Womens Fund of Greater Omaha developed the Ready To Serve workshop, which provides participants with basic board training.




Registration is now under way for the second annual Ready To Serve workshop on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Anthony's, 7220 F St. Organizers recommend that participants register early, as the 2009 event sold out.

One hundred percent of participants responding to a follow-up survey said they would recommend the program to friends and co-workers, which is a wonderful endorsement for the workshop, said Sara Masters, Ready To Serve chairperson. Womens Fund research showed there is a need for women to learn how to become leaders, and were providing opportunities through this program. Serving a nonprofit organization supports our local community, and it also translates to the workplace as it helps build confidence, develop good leadership skills and broaden ones thinking.

Respected community leaders will serve as workshop presenters. Participants will learn about the role and functions of boards, become aware of 10 basic responsibilities of board members, learn about the value of serving, and hear how to build a strong partnership from local nonprofit executive directors and board presidents. A detailed agenda and list of presenters is available on the Womens Fund Web site at www.omahawomensfund.org.

TESTIMONIAL: Our responsibility as a corporate citizen is something that we take very seriously at Mutual of Omaha. We continuously look  for meaningful ways to give back to our community  whether it is through grants from the Mutual of Omaha Foundation, corporate sponsorships, organized volunteer efforts or by sharing some of the knowledge and special skills of our highly-talented professionals through board placement.

We were thrilled to extend the opportunity to participate in the Ready 2 Serve board training to employees who are interested in board service. We have found that the training truly presents a mutually beneficial experience for our employees and for the organizations that they hope to serve by providing insight to the non-profit world and helping the participant identify how he or she can make the best use of their knowledge and skills in the boardroom. We have had board members of various levels of experience attend the training and the feedback we received was that no matter your board experience, everyone takes away valuable information that will ultimately help them be a better board representative.

Registration fees are: Individual  $125; Corporate  $500 for five participants. The Womens Fund of Greater Omaha examines issues and conducts research to provide informed support for initiatives that improve the lives of metropolitan area women and girls.

Register online at www.omahawomensfund.org or call 827-9280.

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