Cooperative Governance

Cooperative Board Leadership Development (known as CBLD and pronounced C-build) is an award-winning innovative program designed to support your board and general manager (GM).

Ongoing support is achieved by close contact with the board, board leaders and GM at individual co-ops, through in-person regional multi-co-op events, and by continually adding useful resources to CDS Consulting Co-op's open access online library. CBLD support utilizes the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance—Teaming, Accountable Empowerment, Strategic Leadership and Democracy. Support for GMs focuses primarily on building and sustaining a strong Board/GM relationship. About 125 co-ops are enrolled in CBLD. Participating in CBLD strengthens your co-op and the community of co-ops.

Features and Benefits

The CBLD program includes regular contact with a member of the Governance and Ownership Team (GO Team), planning and facilitation of a one-day board retreat, a variety of in-person sessions, the monthly newsletter Connections, and access to resources via the CDS Consulting Co-op Library.

The CBLD fee for 2016 is $6,850, paid in quarterly installments in March, June, September and December. In addition, your co-op is responsible for costs associated with your retreat and attending in-person events.

In addition to the CBLD program, our consultants offer a wide range of board development services to meet your needs. For additional information about how our consultants can support your co-op, please contact Mark Goehring.

Associated Consultants

Adam Schwartz

Creating a Cooperative Culture, Connecting Co-ops across Sectors

Art Sherwood

Board Leadership Development, Strategy and GM/CEO Coaching

Ben Sandel

Leadership Development, Startup Co-ops, Capitalization

Jade Barker

Board Leadership Development

Joel Kopischke

Board Leadership Development, MBTI® Personality Type Assessments, Leadership Coaching, Cooperative Governance

Leslie Watson

Board Leadership Development

Marilyn Scholl

Cooperative Governance, Board Training, Facilitation, and Assessment, Cooperative Development

Mark Goehring

Leadership Development, Cooperative Governance, Facilitation, Member Linkage

Martha Whitman

Board Leadership Development

Michael Healy

Cooperative Governance, Team Building, Communication

Rose Marie Klee

Board Leadership Development

Thane Joyal

Board Leadership Development, Cooperative Governance, Bylaw Support

Todd Wallace

Board Leadership Development