Board training and strategic planning provides your chapter/regional board members with the essential tools and knowledge to plan and carry out successful programs, educational and scholarship opportunities and networking events.

In-Person Board Training with NEWH Inc. Staff

NEWH, Inc. conducts a 7-hour, in-person mandatory board training with each chapter every 4 years. Chapters and regional groups are encouraged to hold a board training webinar with new board members when an in-person training or strategic planning is not scheduled. Please contact the NEWH, Inc. office to schedule your 2-hour webinar.

Strategic Planning with Trudy Craven

NEWH has added another leadership benefit for our Board Members! We are now bringing Strategic Planning to our Chapters and Regional Groups. What you learn will benefit both your time working on the NEWH Chapter Board … and also benefit your professional career.

The Strategic Planning mandatory training will be led by Trudy Craven, formerly with Milliken as Senior Learning and Development Manager. Trudy has worked with the NEWH Executive Committee since 2004. Her leadership has greatly strengthened NEWH! She has focused the Executive Committee on the NEWH mission, communication skills, limiting annual goals to what is actually achievable, and the assessment of “Where Are We” and “Where Are We Going”, and so many other areas too numerous to mention. Those who have worked with Trudy in regards to NEWH training describe her as a candid, caring individual with a genuine vested interest of helping bring solidarity and future success to the NEWH.

The cost of the quadrennial Strategic Planning session fee will be covered by NEWH, Inc., including F&B up to $25/person and venue rental up to $250. The one-day strategic planning session would be an in-person, 7-hour session with your full board. You may also invite any members you are hoping to bring into a committee or board position.

Board Training/Strategic Planning/Webinar Schedule

To see when your chapter/regional group is scheduled, please click here!

Start thinking about the dates your board will be available and let the NEWH, Inc. office know what will work for you. The “open” means an open year with nothing scheduled. If the Chapter would like additional time with Trudy, you may book a Strategic Planning session, through the NEWH, Inc. Office, in your “Open” years. This session would be at the chapter’s expense. You would have travel/lodging costs plus her fee. You should budget $2,000 – $2,500 for the one-day session.


See the PowerPoint that is used in Board Training – while this is a general PowerPoint outline for the all-day training, there is much discussion and additional information shared during the training session.

Click here for a Goal Template to help your board with goal development.

Training: Did you appoint a new board person or have a board member who missed mandatory training? Click here for links to training webinars (see below for 2021 board member mandatory training)


See the chapter organization structure and voting positions – Chapter Board Structure
What is your role as a board member? Click here for a brief description of each board position
Click here for a more detailed description of director positions
Plan your year! – click here for the Chapter Business Plan Template

Welcome your new board members! Click here for a sample of a detailed email to sent to your new board members including their role, your expectations, where they can find resources, etc.


What is a SMART Goal and how do you write one? Check it out here!


QuickBooks training with the NEWH, Inc. Finance Manager is required for all Chapter Treasurers. See the Treasurer position overview and QuickBooks reference guide here.


In order to kick off the year on a positive note for chapters, the NEWH, Inc. has established a Training Webinar for each director/discipline position to ensure all directors are informed of their board role. Participation in a webinar for your board position is mandatory for anyone serving on a chapter board.

These training webinars are for voting positions only. Chair positions or co-chairs are not required to complete the training webinar, but are encouraged – and more than welcome – to listen if interested.

The Training Webinar will:

  • review your board position responsibilities and accountabilities in detail
  • require you to answer questions from the material discussed in the webinar and return to the NEWH Inc. office
  • give you an opportunity to email or follow-up with questions to the NEWH, Inc. staff ‘go-to person’ for your particular position

Click on the position to listen to the Training Webinar:

President/Past President
VP/Administration – NEWH, Inc. Delegate
Student Relations
Equity, Inclusion, Diversity – (coming soon)