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Transformational Governance: How Boards Achieve Extraordinary Change by Katha Kissman, Beth Gazley

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Conclusion Strategies and Resources for Success

We are the ones we've been waiting for.

—Alice Walker, author and activist

In our interview, Marty Saggese, executive director of the Society for Neuroscience, offered the Tao Te Ching quote: “In the universe great accomplishments are made up of small deeds.” When he arrived at the society, board members were not happy with their recent governance experience but were unsure about what changes were needed. He understood that the board had not felt well-served toward the end of his predecessor's tenure. The association required a different model of staff interaction with the board.

His deputy executive director, operations, Kate Hawker, concurred. She described the origin of the big procedural ...

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