NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

05/18/18 Houston | Creating Long-term Impact Through Nonprofit Boards

May 18, 2018
Houston, TX



Nonprofit Boards face unique challenges as they strive to maximize the effectiveness of their Board structure and navigate operational, personnel and resource issues.  Some of these challenges include managing governance with a large Board, use of advisory boards, ensuring confidentiality of communications, driving mission consensus, and varying degrees of familiarity with the role of a Director. 

This moderated conversation featured seasoned Nonprofit Board leaders who have adeptly dealt with extraordinary short-term and long-term challenges and have successfully positioned their Boards to meet these challenges and strengthen their organizations. 


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Location and Time


Junior League of Houston
1811 Brian Oaks
Houston, TX 77057

7:00 am Registration / Networking / Breakfast Buffet Opens
7:30 am Breakfast / Roundtable Introductions and Topic Discussion
7:50 am Program Presentation Begins
8:30 am Audience Q&A
9:00 am Adjourn Presentation

9:15 am Final Networking

Speaker Spotlight


Marc Watts, Moderator

President, FriedkinGroup
Director, Service Corporation International, Highland Resources, Inc., Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Houston Branch), Greater Houston Partnership, and United Way of Greater Houston

Effective January 1, 2011 Mr. Watts joined The Friedkin Group as President. The Friedkin Group serves as an umbrella company overseeing business interests that are principally automotive related, including Gulf States Toyota, Inc., a wholesale distributor of Toyota vehicles and products, and various private investments, including companies specializing in real estate and hospitality.

Prior to joining The Friedkin Group, Mr. Watts was Vice Chairman and Managing Partner-Houston of the 700-attorney law firm of Locke Lord LLP, with over 26 years of experience in corporate and securities law, governance and related matters.

Mr. Watts currently serves on the boards of Service Corporation International, Highland Resources, Inc., and Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. He was previously the Board Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Houston Branch). He was also on the boards of the United Way of Greater Houston, Board Chair for the Greater Houston Partnership, Salvation Army, Society for the Performing Arts and the Houston Ballet Foundation.

Cynthia Briggs

Executive Director, Communities In Schools of Houston, Inc.

Cynthia Clay Briggs has been with Communities In Schools of Houston, Inc. (CIS) since its inception in 1979. Serving as the organization’s first CIS Social Worker at M.C. Williams Middle School in the Acres Home Community, Cynthia was named CIS Executive Director in 1989. Under Cynthia’s leadership CIS has grown from serving seven schools in 1989 to serving 122 campuses throughout Ft. Bend and Harris County. Thanks to Cynthia’s vision, 104,129 students were served by CIS last year; 98% of case managed students stayed in school. A fourth-generation native Houstonian, Cynthia has dedicated her life to ensuring children stay in school. CIS Board Member and former First Lady of Texas, Linda Gale White, states that the state and national networks took Ms. Briggs lead in changing the organizations name to Communities In Schools to emphasize the partnerships between the schools and the surrounding communities. “Ms. Briggs truly embodies the mission of CIS, and the strength of the program is a result of her passion for empowering Houston’s children to succeed in school and in life.”

Cynthia earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work and completed her double major Bachelor Degree in Education and Social Work from Xavier University of Louisiana. In addition to serving as CIS Executive Director, Cynthia has served as an Adjunct Professor for the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Houston Education Research Consortium, All Kids Alliance Council of Executives, United Way of Greater Houston Education Council, and the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s National Board of Selectors.

Cynthia has been awarded the Samaritans for All Seasons Award, The Dorothy F. Caram Commitment to Leadership Award, Houston Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers Texas Chapter, Hispanic Family Conference’s Hispanic Family Initiative Award, CIS Best of Texas Executive Director of the Year Award, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Black Heritage Trailblazer Award, The Rotary Club of West U Vocational Service Award, and was recently recognized by the Acres Home Chamber for Business & Economic Development. She was honored by the Houston Woman Magazine as one of the top fifty “Most Influential Women of 2015”. And most recently was recognized by the HBJ as one of the 2017 “Women Who Mean Business” honorees.

Cynthia is a graduate of Class XIII of Leadership Houston and received the organization’s Patrice Johnson Distinguished Alumni Award. She is also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum Class XVII.

When not managing CIS, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her husband Gary and their family. Cynthia is an active member of St. John’s United Methodist Church. An outstanding community advocate, Cynthia has greatly influenced the direction of Houston and made a tremendous impact on its children, as chronicled in the book, “Wind for New Wings”. The book profiles a diverse group of Houstonians whose leadership have laid the groundwork for Houston’s continued growth as a dynamic city.

Butch Mach

Chief Operating Officer, Mach Industrial Group
President of the Board, Alley Theatre; Director and Vice President, Coronado Club

Butch attended Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Shortly after moving back to Houston, he became involved on the committee level with the Rotary Lombardi Award, eventually chairing the annual dinner and presentation in 2005. Shortly after, he accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the Alley Theatre. In the past twelve years he has chaired the annual sporting clays shoot, joined the Executive Board, served as Vice-President of Facilities overseeing the recent renovation of the Hubbard Stage and theater building and currently serves as President of the Board. Butch also became involved with Holocaust Museum Houston several years ago and has served on the Board for almost ten years there as well. Currently, he serves as Vice-Chair of Facilities and is involved with the renovation and new construction that just began at the Museum’s original site. Butch also serves on the Advisory Board for Texas Children’s Cancer Center, the School Board and Executive Committee of River Oaks Baptist School as well as the head of the building committee for the school. He also serves on the Board of Directors and is Vice President of the Coronado Club. Butch is Chief Operating Officer and President of Mach Industrial Group.



Question about this Event?

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