Accelerating the Future of Board Leadership: Strategies for Engaging NextGen Leaders Now
On November 10-11, 2010, BoardSource held its annual conference, the BoardSource Leadership Forum, in San Francisco. One session focused on “Accelerating the Future of Board Leadership: Strategies for Engaging Next Gen Leaders Now.”
Partner with the chief executive and governance committee to create a plan to diversify the board.
Help identify prospective board members by turning to sources such as educational programs (e.g., MBA programs) that promote board leadership.
Identify and remove any barriers to engaging young leaders on the board.
Create a comfortable space and atmosphere of respect. Encourage robust conversations and welcome new ideas from younger board members or Board Fellows. [NOTE: Board Fellows programs are often associated with universities and place interested students on nonprofit boards for one-year fellowships. Net Impact (www.netimpact.org) chapters have such programs.]
Board Life Matters is a national sounding board designed to inspire and engage the next generation in nonprofit board service.
Board Life Matters is a BoardSource project and is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service.