Board Governance

Governance and strategic planning are keys to guide your association into the future. DMS can help your board adopt best practices, develop goals and stay focused on them going forward.

Board Best Practices

One of the most essential elements of a good association is the health of its board. Diversified Management Services can help your board implement best practices allowing it to do what it’s supposed to—effectively lead your organization to new heights while staying true to your mission.

Getting the Most Out of Your Board

Too often, associations put together a top-notch board based on names and connections, but don’t take advantage of what board members can bring to an organization. It can be beneficial to have a board full of heavy hitters, but how you do you get the most from them? Having a successful board strategy is critical and DMS can help.

First, we get to know your board and its current practices. Then we identify places of organizational health and opportunities for growth. This audit, aligned with your future goals, allows us to build a strategy for success.

Plan for the Future

Whether it’s recommendations on membership models; communications and social media strategy; or non-dues revenue your board is looking for, DMS can help your association create a comprehensive plan that will shape your organization for the future.

Identifying Future Board Talent

Board succession planning is critical to your organization’s future success. DMS can help develop a strategy for identifying and grooming future leaders. Our clients have used mentorships, innovative awards programs, and emerging leadership education tracks to help attract young talent.

Putting it All Together

Diversified Management Services will be your partner in operationalizing all things related to productive board meetings. We tend to all the details—preparing and distributing board materials, board meeting preparations, and providing staff support and executive leadership during meetings— so you can stay focused on your overall goals.


ILA was, from the very beginning, given excellent information on what DMS could do for the Association, and they have delivered on that since we hired them to manage ILA. During the search process for management firms, we visited with numerous DMS client associations, and they all spoke highly of DMS and its very capable and professional staff members. That is why ILA chose DMS. During the first months DMS managed ILA, the DMS staff did a complete review of how ILA did business and offered ways to improve the Association, which ILA incorporated. We learned so much from DMS staff, and it is very hard to imagine how ILA ever managed with one employee and part time individuals assisting.

Dale Vande Haar
Past President
Iowa Library Association
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Whether you know what you want or would like to hear more about what Diversified Management Services can offer, it all begins the same way—with a simple act of reaching out. Please contact us with any questions and we’ll be sure to respond.


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