Board Members Pros and Cons

The advantages of being on a board include learning and prestige, leadership development and networking opportunities. Cammy and Ali also noted that it’s a way to get C-level skills in areas like governance, financials, marketing and public relations/communications while helping to shape the strategy and make decisions that impact a business.

You are able to find opportunities through looking at non-profit groups in your area. Our panelists suggest pop over to this website identifying the ones that you admire and then contacting them to see if they have a board seat available, or the opportunity to volunteer. They recommend attending a board match event that functions as a fair for career opportunities for boards.

You’ll be expected to attend meetings and offer strategic advice when needed. You’ll also be responsible for fundraising, and our panelists recommended to find an organization that you can contribute to at a degree that makes you feel comfortable.

Our panelists highlighted the importance of keeping track with paperwork, as well as other responsibilities. This is especially important as boards become more hybrid and geographically diverse. They suggested looking for tools to reduce the burden of these tasks and make the effort to keep in touch with your fellow board members through the use of email and verbal communication.

The panelists also discussed how being a part of a board could be extremely fulfilling. They suggest finding an issue that you are interested in and becoming an advocate for it, to provide you with meaning in your work.

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