Boardroom Resource Hub

The following resources are intended to support board operations, development and engagement. Board members and council directors can use these resources to assist with strategic planning, board operations, board member expectations, board member job descriptions, board recruitment, board member onboarding, board evaluations, council director performance reviews and more!

All resources and documents on this page are also located on the Council Portal here. Please that many of the hyperlinks included within documents on this page link to the Council Portal and GOTR Learning Academy. Please direct questions about accessing the Council Portal or GOTR Learning Academy to 

 Development Resources

Recruitment, Orientation and Onboarding Resources

Board Training Opportunities

Board Fundamentals Webinar Series (55 minutes) Pre-recorded. Originally released on Jan. 4, 2023.

Board members and council directors can use this four-part series for staff or board trainings, board orientation and onboarding sessions, board assessment of best practices or as a personal refresher. Topics include: 

  • Part 1: Board Member Experience (16 minutes)
  • Part 2: Committee Structures and Best Practices (10 minutes)
  • Part 3: Healthy Governance Operations (18 minutes)
  • Part 4: Board Recruitment to Build a Diverse & Engaged Board (11 minutes)

Succession Planning Recorded Workshop Series 

Pre-recorded, released throughout January 2023

This three-part workshop series explores different aspects of the leadership transition process. The recorded session topics include:

  1. Session 1: Building a Leaderful Organization: An Approach to Succession Planning
  2. Session 2: The Leadership in Leaving
  3. Session 3: If We Were to Do It Again…Lessons Learned

Annual GOTR Census Report – FY22 & Fall 2022 Projections (41 minutes)

Pre-recorded, released on October 5, 2022

The GOTR Census Report is designed to provide organizational insight through numbers, drive continuous improvement and review national trends. This Annual Census Report reflects organizational performance through the fiscal year 2022 and fall 2022 projections. Census Reports will be available following each season, and an annual report will include financial and staffing data.

Board Training Playlist

The new playlist, great for onboarding and orientation sessions, includes: 

  • Board Fundamentals Webinar Series
  • Good to GOTR: New to Girls on the Run
  • GOTR Need to Know
  • Board Training: Board Fiduciary Responsibilities


Council Director Resources

  • Executive Director job description: Use to recruit the executive director role and as a guide for setting annual executive director individual goals and objectives.
  • Council Director SMART Goals & Evaluation template: Each staff member, especially the executive director, should create (with support from the Board Chair and/or Gov Committee) individual annual goals and objectives that measure success, track progress, identify areas of opportunities, and serves as an accountability and feedback tool.
  • Succession Planning Guide: Successfully managing the departure of a Council Director in tandem with the recruitment, hiring, and onboarding of a new executive is a process that typically requires strategic planning. Boards can get ahead of the game by thinking through the desired course of action when a Council Director transition occurs. 

Top Three Board Resources

  1. Adjusted Mission Advancement Markers & Workbook
  2. Council Build Back + Build Back Stronger – Three Build Back Phases
  3. GOTR Strategic Map 2022-2023

IDEA Resources and Updates

The IDEA Strategic Planning toolkit listed below assists councils in effectively incorporating the organization’s IDEA Strategic Imperatives into their strategic plans. Councils may use the toolkit resources independently or through a cohort structure.

Toolkit Resources:

Ongoing IDEA Updates:

Three Strength Through Connectedness (STC) groups launched in late 2021. These affinity groups are peer-led and provide a space for belonging and action for our organization’s marginally represented groups.

The Council Leadership Initiative launched and supported 13 pilot councils in implementing inclusive hiring practices to increase diverse staff representation. 36% of staff hired through the pilot identified as BIPOC.

June board survey insights will inform work on a board recruitment toolkit along with opportunities for board member IDEA collaboration.

GOTR HQ is partnering with the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium (MEAC) on an external IDEA curriculum review. 76 councils provided over 3,6,000 responses from participants, coaches and families. The final results will be shared with councils in December.

The IDEA Subcommittees are currently reviewing the GOTR HQ Policy manual through an IDEA lens. Work is in place to launch a toolkit and cohort opportunity for councils ready to embed IDEA imperatives into their council’s strategic plan.

Creating Gender Inclusive Spaces Online Module (located in the GOTR Learning Academy*)
To reinforce our ongoing commitment to IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity and access), GOTR HQ has developed an online module called Creating Gender Inclusive Spaces in collaboration with gender inclusion expert Anne Sutkowi-Hemstreet, MPH, of Rainbow Collective for Change. This module aims to provide introductory language and tools for everyone at Girls on the Run to challenge gender stereotypes and create welcoming spaces. In this self-guided module, learners will learn about gender inclusion and why it matters, understand why gender stereotypes are harmful, and gain key strategies to create a gender inclusive space.