Executive Director Bootcamp


Are you a new Executive Director? Come to the conference early for our Executive Director Bootcamp on Wednesday, September 21! The Bootcamp consists of a series of sessions presented by our seasoned NAHRO Fellows and geared to new Executive Directors. The Bootcamp is included in conference registration (no extra charge) but space is limited – so be sure to sign up when you register for the conference. Update as of 8/3/22 – the night of Tuesday, September 20, is sold out in the NAHRO attendee room block at the Marriott.

Session #1 – 10:15am – 11:45am
Executive Directors Roundtable: What Keeps an ED Awake at Night
Many challenges face an ED outside of the normal office hours. As an Ed you can bring pressings issues from the office that need answers such as a last-minute call from HUD, agency audit issues, agency lawsuits, call from the City Mayor / Manager, office Covid issues or even disaster relocation for residents. All require thought and planning that can keep you awake. This session is designed to offer not only answers but a sharing of experiences from each other.

Session #2 – 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Building Effective Relationships Between Executive Directors and Agency Board of Commissioners
The success of housing and community development agencies depends on strong, collaborative relationships between an Executive Director and Board members. Learn how to navigate the occasional challenging waters of Board relations, including: developing a shared vision for the direction of the agency, defining roles and expectations, and knowing who is responsible for setting policy and who is responsible for implementing policy. Also, learn how to engage Commissioners and empower them to serve as ambassadors for your agency with your local, state and federal lawmakers, and key strategic community partners.

Session #3 – 3:15pm – 4:45pm
10 Things Every New Executive Director Should Know
With an unprecedented number of new Executive Directors in the industry, the Socrates quote is especially true: you don’t know what you don’t know. This session, led by a panel of NAHRO Fellows, will help the new ED fill in those gaps of knowledge. We will cover everything from managing board meetings to developing media relationships to due dates and significant amendments. You will leave this session with a good list of items to dig into when you get back to the office!