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Rena Henderson Mason  is a trusted advisor to mission-driven board and staff leaders, helping them shape their boards for high performance and tell their unique stories.  Rena’s approach has grown from experiencing how exceptional boards build high-impact organizations and dysfunctional boards tear them apart.   She knows a strategic plan will fail if board and staff leaders do not lead.  She trains and coaches boards and leaders on high performance teams, governance, fundraising, recruitment & retention, diversity and inclusion, and succession planning.  Her specialty is empowering board and staff leaders to embrace change, push bold ideas and build great teams.  She has coached Board Chairs and Executive Directors/CEOs through a range of organizational challenges including growth, leadership transitions, strategic alliances, restructuring, turnaround and crisis.

Some of Rena’s board work resulted in her winning the Business Volunteer of the Year Award from the Arts & Business Council.

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Currently, Rena serves on the Board Development Committee for the Arts Alliance Illinois and National Association of Women Business Owners – Chicago Chapter. She brings broad knowledge of housing, social services and community development through her 10 years of board service with a leading supportive housing provider.

Prior to launching Bold Agenda, Rena spent over 20 years helping scale businesses through new product development, strategic planning and capital raising in the food, commercial real estate, publishing and investment banking industries. Rena has an MBA from Harvard University and Bachelor’s in Finance and International Management from Georgetown University. She is a ICF-Certified Coach and BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer with extensive training in high performance coaching, board development and group process facilitation. She views storytelling as one of the gifts that she developed further through Second City’s Comedy Writing Program and writing numerous comedic sketches, plays , screenplays and social media posts.