Board Members Pros and Cons

The benefits of serving on a committee include learning, 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 can identify opportunities by looking at nonprofit organizations in your community. Our panelists suggest identifying those that you admire and contacting them to find out whether they have a board seat that is open, or a volunteer position. They also suggest attending an event similar to a career fair, which is a board match.

Becoming a board member means you’ll have to be present for meetings and provide strategic advice if required. You will also be responsible for fundraising. Our panelists suggested you look for an organization where you are comfortable contributing at a rate that you are comfortable with.

One of the key challenges that our panelists discussed is the need to stay on top of paperwork and other responsibilities. This is especially true as a board becomes more multi-cultural and geographically diverse. They suggest looking into ways to streamline these processes, and staying in contact with other board members by email or verbal communication.

Lastly, the panelists discussed how being an elected board member can be an incredible source of satisfaction for one’s life. They suggest finding something you’re passionate about and then becoming an advocate for it to give you a purpose in your work.

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