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GVC Unveils BoardReady Certification Program, Strengthening Community Leadership and Corporate Engagement



The first BoardReady Certification Program, set for May 22, 2024, is an intensive one-day training that equips participants with essential skills for effective governance.

Vancouver, WA - In a significant move to bolster community leadership and encourage corporate engagement in the nonprofit sector, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) proudly introduces the BoardReady Certification Program. This initiative comes as a natural progression following the Chamber's absorption of the region's nonprofit association in April 2023, with efforts that have enriched the nonprofit sector with valuable business insights ranging from fundraising and financial management to strategic planning and board governance.

"As the Vice President of Operations for the Chamber, I see our region as a vital ecosystem where every form of service, from volunteering at the local Parent Teacher Organization to serving on a county advisory group or a prominent nonprofit board, enriches our community fabric," stated Janet Kenefsky. "The BoardReady Certification Program is our encouragement for those in Southwest Washington who have much to offer but may shy away from board roles due to unfamiliarity with the legal and fiduciary responsibilities. We're here to change that narrative, opening doors for meaningful engagement across all levels of service. By doing so, we not only uplift our community but also fulfill personal quests for purpose and impact among our region’s professionals."

The first BoardReady Certification Program, set for May 22, 2024, is an intensive one-day training that equips participants with essential skills for effective governance. It targets a broad audience, including current board members, aspiring leaders, and professionals from every career stage, and encourages corporations to invest in their employees' development by enrolling them in the program. Upon completing the BoardReady Certificate, the Greater Vancouver Chamber will publicize graduates' names, affiliations, and volunteer interests, and promote this pool of trained individuals to local nonprofits as a resource for sourcing board members who are prepared and understand their roles.

By promoting a culture of service, the Chamber aims to enrich the community's social and economic well-being, making volunteer work and board service a fulfilling part of professional life. "We urge local businesses to view this as an opportunity to deepen their community ties and foster a sense of purpose among their teams. Serving is indeed a way professionals can 'fill their cup,' making a tangible impact while growing personally and professionally," added Kenefsky.

For more details on the BoardReady Certification Program and to register, visit

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber

SW Washington’s largest business organization, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC), with nearly 1000 members, has been Moving Business Forward in southwest Washington for over 130 years through business advocacy, community building, education, and creating visibility for our members. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals, and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The GVC is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate and prosperity for all. For more information, please visit

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