Constructing a Diverse Board of Directors


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A training session of how to attract and retain a diverse board of directors

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  • Constructing a Diverse Board of Directors

    1. 1. Anne Yurasek, MBA May 20, 2008 FIO Partners, LLC
    2. 2. Welcome <ul><li>Welcome </li></ul><ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of Tonight’s Agenda </li></ul>
    3. 3. Defining Diversity
    4. 4. What is Diversity? <ul><li>“ The state of being different or diverse . When used to describe people and population groups, diversity encompasses such factors as age, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, and religion, as well as education, professional background, and marital and parental status.” - Girl Scouts USA </li></ul><ul><li>“ Differences among people or peoples reflected in a variety of forms, including but not limited to race, culture, perspective, talent, interest, ability, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, language and socio-economic status.” - Dr. Percy Bates, University of Michigan </li></ul>
    5. 5. Trouble with Tokenism Source: Flickr
    6. 6. Embracing Difference in All Forms… create a healthy and effective Board of Directors that can best support the mission of the organization. Source: Flick - luxamartr
    7. 7. Diversity & Nonprofit Boards: The Challenge
    8. 8. Some Good News… <ul><li>64% believe “Our Board of Directors currently reflects the racial diversity of our service area.” and “Our Board of Directors currently reflects the racial diversity of the clients we serve.” </li></ul><ul><li>67% believe “It is the goal of our Board of Directors to reflect the racial diversity of our service area.”, while 60% believe “It is a goal of our Board of Directors to reflect the racial diversity of clients we serve.” </li></ul><ul><li>95% of respondents believe “It is important to have a racially diverse Board of Directors.” </li></ul>Highlights from 2007 Survey on Racial Diversity of Boards in Middlesex County
    9. 9. What are some of the Challenges? <ul><li>“Network Recycling Effect” </li></ul><ul><li>Time and travel requirements for attending meetings and events </li></ul><ul><li>Over-commitment of those who may be interested in being board members </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of board/organization values around diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Finding skilled individuals interested in serving </li></ul><ul><li>Others? </li></ul>
    10. 10. What is the Impact? <ul><li>No identification or common ground with populations served by the organization </li></ul><ul><li>Limited networks </li></ul><ul><li>Limited funding sources </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty in developing new ideas/concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Worst case scenario – group think. </li></ul><ul><li>Others? </li></ul>
    11. 11. A Framework for Creating Change on Your Board
    12. 12. Initiating a Conversation about Diversity Mission Business Responsible Corporation
    13. 13. Framework for Creating Change Assess Current Situation Define Diversity for Your Organization Recruit and Attract New Board Members Retain Board Members
    14. 14. Define Diversity for Your Organization <ul><li>Agree and examine your reasons for seeking diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a Statement of Purpose </li></ul>&quot;We will strive to have two or more members of our board be parents whose children are residents in our treatment program.&quot; &quot;To help us reach and reach meaningfully the Latino population we want to serve, we are committed to a board that is 40% or more from the Latino/Hispanic community.&quot;
    15. 15. Assess Current Situation Source: King County United Way What is the current composition of your board?
    16. 16. Recruiting/Attracting New Board Members <ul><li>Evaluate Your Recruitment Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Identify new activities/efforts to undertake </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post your &quot;Great Board Member Wanted&quot; ad on free websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;One Hour Recruiting Task Force“ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote from the ranks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Board Member Swap </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assess your efforts quarterly and adjust as necessary </li></ul>Other Ideas?
    17. 17. Retaining Board Members <ul><li>Involve your Board Members </li></ul><ul><li>Be conscious of Board Member burnout </li></ul><ul><li>Augment Board committees with additional volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Engage Board Members by sharing organization success stories </li></ul><ul><li>Assess the health of your Board periodically and address concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Other ideas? </li></ul>
    18. 18. First Steps
    19. 19. Q&A
    20. 20. Closing Comments
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