Foundation Transitions Virtual Seminar Module 3: Bringing in New Perspectives

At foundations of all types – family, independent, community, or corporate – there are conversations around bringing new perspectives to your board. Once you’ve considered why you want to bring new voices into your organization (e.g. term limits, retirement, next gen and/or community involvement), there’s the parallel work of orienting the new members and preparing the current board and staff to let go. An organization’s culture shifts when the group’s composition shifts. When new trustees or staff engage in the foundation’s work, they bring the desired new skills, experience, and perspectives; they also naturally bring a shift in the foundation’s culture. We’ll discuss what inclusion looks like to allow these new perspectives room and voice in your work.  

By the end of this module participants will be able to:  

  • Become familiar with how to bring in new perspectives to your foundation board in an intentional way 
  • Comprehend how to create a positive and inclusive foundation culture for new board members 


Laura Coy
Head of philanthropy and ESG integration, William Blair 

Laura is the head of philanthropy strategy and ESG integration at William Blair, a global investment banking and asset management firm. In this capacity, she leads and serves on the board of the William Blair & Company Foundation and advises the firm’s nonprofit partners on effective grant-making and fundraising initiatives.

Registration Fees

Entire Series Individual Module
Exponent Philanthropy Members $300 $150
NonMembers $450 $200

Who Should Attend

This program is open to foundation donors, trustees, and staff; individual donors; donor advised fund holders; advisors; and members of giving circles.

Registration and Other Policies

Please register by clicking this link. Prior to each module, you will receive program access information. By registering for this program, participants are agreeing to Exponent Philanthropy’sParticipant Guidelines. Please contact us by email or at 202-580-6560 if you have any questions..

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Platform and Accessibility

This program uses Zoom; automated closed captioning available. We can provide additional accommodations upon request (e.g. live captioner, ASL interpreter). Please contact or call 202-580-6560 by May 31, 2022, if you need any accommodations.