Bootcamp For Not-For-Profit Directors


You’ve been elected to serve on a not-for-profit board — NOW WHAT?! 

Many generations of seasoned professionals in Chicago and across the country have ventured beyond their working lives to share their energy, ideas, and expertise to advance the work of organizations dedicated to serving the greater good. Not-for-profit organizations address a broad array of public needs, with critical guidance provided by private sector professionals who serve on their boards of directors. 

So, what exactly will it mean for you, now that you have been elected to a not-for-profit board? What additional obligations and liabilities might you now have? Such questions from clients have inspired Burke, Warren’s not-for-profit attorneys to develop a “Bootcamp” program designed to meet the needs of not-for-profit directors.

Burke, Warren’s inaugural Bootcamp for Not-For-Profit Directors will be held Thursday, October 25, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, in the Firm’s Conference Center on the 21st Floor of 330 North Wabash in Chicago.

“We created the bootcamp to help our clients and other friends of the Firm better understand their new roles, liabilities and opportunities in connection with joining not-for-profit boards,” says Jim Serritella, chair of the Firm’s religious practice. “There is a big need within the not-for-profit director community and we are in a position to help. We are calling it a “bootcamp” because we intend to cover a lot of material in a short period of time.” 

The program will address topics important to directors that will include corporate and employment issues, risk management, litigation, cybersecurity, and more. The presenters of the various sections of the three-hour program are included among Burke, Warren’s highly specialized attorneys who serve the wide-ranging needs of the Firm’s religious and not-for-profit clients. Presenters include Firm partners Jim Geoly, Jessica Cox, Susan Overbey, Rachel Yarch, and Jeff Rambach. Each will tailor their remarks with a focus on the role of not-for-profit directors. Jim Serritella will provide opening remarks.

The program is provided as a service to clients and other friends of the Firm. We anticipate a strong response so if you or your fellow board members are interested in attending, please reserve your seat by contacting Cy Griffith at 312/840-7035 or

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