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Secrets to Serving on a Board

May 8 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Free – $185.00

Secrets to Serving on a Board:

How You Can and Why You Should Be a Leader in the Community

Are you interested in getting more involved in your community, but unsure of where to start? Are you currently serving on a board and feel you want to be more effective as a leader? Our May Luncheon has the answers for which you’ve been searching.

At this can’t-miss event, three of our top community nonprofit leaders will share their insights on the benefits and strategies of serving on a board. Whether you’ve never considered a board position before or you’re already serving, you’ll walk away with practical tips to amp up your leadership potential.

**Unlock the Mystery**

Many people assume serving on a board is only for those with extensive experience or a certain profile. Our speakers will debunk this myth and show you that board service is more accessible than you think. You may be surprised to learn just how qualified you already are.

**Even if You’re on a Board, We’ve Got Something for You**

Already serving on a board? Great! Our speakers will share proven techniques to help you become an even more effective, influential board member. You’ll learn how to maximize your impact and contribution.

**The Community Trifecta: Organization, Community, You** 

When you serve on a board, everyone wins – the organization, the community, and you! Our speakers will explain how board service benefits all three, leading to stronger communities and more fulfilled individuals.

**How to Be Effective**

Serving on a board is about more than just showing up. Our experts will give you concrete strategies to be a driving force on your board and create real, positive change.

Don’t miss your chance to unlock the secrets of board service. Register now for our May Luncheon and get ready to amp up your leadership potential!

Meet Our Panelists



Lizanne Fiorentino, Chair, Leadership Rockland

Leadership Rockland offers existing and emerging leaders an educational experience focused on the infrastructure of Rockland County, New York – presented by leaders from various sectors throughout the county.
The program, which consists of 11 daylong sessions over a 10-month period, engages and challenges its participants to examine many of the complex issues facing Rockland County. The Leadership Rockland program is a valued resource for and in our community.

Leadership Rockland acknowledges that excellence in leadership requires that we uplift the diverse voices who reflect the myriad of lived experiences that make Rockland so unique.
We believe our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEI&B) will help Leadership Rockland create culturally responsive programming, broaden our reach into our county’s dynamic communities, and cement our role as the hub for leadership development in Rockland County.

As the founder and owner of Ignite, a Business Development consulting and coaching practice, Lizanne Fiorentino partners with entrepreneurs and small business owners to support them in clarifying and achieving their long and short term goals. Lizanne is a seasoned business leader with a background in investment management and business development. Her understanding of organizational process was developed through many years of working in the corporate sector and as an entrepreneur. She watched as poorly designed management systems caused companies to move backwards rather than forward with their goals. According to Lizanne “My Mission is to support others on their journey to success.


Amy Stern, Gift Officer, Bon Secours Charity Health System

In collaboration with the SVP/Development, and regional development leadership, Amy works to develop and establish short and long-term fundraising goals and strategies for existing and prospective donors. She cultivates individual giving and supporting network and local strategies for corporate giving, special event fundraising and fundraising initiatives.
She has been involved in many community organizations, including:

  • Volunteering at Meals on Wheels, People-to-People, Member: Board of Directors, Beth Am Temple,
  • Former Member Board of Directors-Hospice and Palliative Care Association of NYS (HPCANYS)-Chair HPCANYS NYS Legislative & Regulatory Committee
  • Former Member-Good Samaritan Hospital Ethics Committee (25 years); Former Member Board of Directors-Rockland Road Runners; Founder/Member, Institute for Non-Profits; CASH volunteer-United Way of Rockland County-tax preparer for the low-income working poor


Diane Serratore, Executive Director, People to People

Diane is an Award Winning Nonprofit Professional who is a Rockland County local. She graduated from Nyack High School with a Regents Diploma/Advance Placement and went on to get her degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Diane is an experienced Executive Director with a demonstrated history of success in the nonprofit arena. Skilled in strategic planning, communications, fund development, special events, media relations, training and more, she has developed and shared her skills and expertise among many nonprofits including March of Dimes, Girl Scout Council of Rockland County and the United Way of Rockland County.

Diane is a strong communicator and consensus-builder. As Executive Director at People to People, she developed and implemented a comprehensive communications plan, in addition to her administrative and operational responsibilities and her role as developer and implementer of program enhancement. She’s proud and passionate about working in Rockland County’s largest and most effective hunger relief organization, making a difference in people’s lives.

Meet Our Moderator

Julie Sadowski, Executive Director, Rockland Community Foundation

Julie Sadowski, a long time Rockland resident, is the current Executive Director of the Rockland Community Foundation. Her career has spanned both the for profit and nonprofit sectors where she has focused on development, donor relations and marketing. Julie’s tenure within the Rockland County nonprofit community is strong, with past leadership roles at the Rockland County Office for the Aging, JCC Rockland, Center for Safety & Change and The Hudson Valley Children’s Museum. She has served as a co-facilitator of the Western Ramapo Collaborative and most recently is a Co-Chair of the Rockland Business Association Women’s Leadership Council and a member of the Jewish Federation of Rockland Community Council. She is also a graduate of Leadership Rockland (class of 2001/best class ever!)

A graduate of Hobart & William Smith College, Julie was a Geology major (yes, you read that correctly) who originally aspired to be a meteorologist. However, the jet-stream geared her towards a different professional path that included over 12 years in the photo industry (ILFORD Photo) where she served as Marketing Communications Manager. When her children were young, Julie decided to pursue work in the nonprofit sector, where she could enjoy more flexibility (to be with her children) and pursue a more meaningful line of work.

Her personal passions include reading, skiing, laughing and gardening. A graduate of Suffern High School, Julie still resides in Suffern with her husband John and facially gifted dog, Harley. She has two caring and accomplished children, her daughter Alix and son Mike.

These Member Benefits opportunities will be available at this event:

Member Exclusive Program Sponsor

  • Promotional materials at every table or place setting
  • Vendor table to feature products, services or promotional items
  • 10 minute speaking spotlight on your business
  • Includes the cost of the program and lunch for one member

Member Vendor Table

  • Feature your products, services, or promotional items at a designated table
  • Includes the cost of the program and lunch for one member

Member Information Table (Free to Members)

  • Place your business card, brochure or giveaway on the Members Information table
  • Bring your materials to the event

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All RBWN Events are held at locations with wheelchair accessibility. If you have other accessibility concerns or needs, including special dietary requirements, please contact us via email: info@rbwn.org. You may also contact us by calling 845-535-1011.

The entrance to Gio’s is wheelchair accessible but the restroom is not fully accessible for all types of wheelchairs. Please call Gio’s at (845) 323-4470 to find out more.

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May 8
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free – $185.00
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253 S Little Tor Rd
New City, NY 10956 United States
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