How to get onto a Board - Page 2
I don't see how this just isn't being a "volunteer". Many non-profits have employees, volunteers, and separate boards, which advise strategic decisions. I guess strategic decisions aren't worth anything with some $$$ backing them.
I am really smart, have an awesome mind, and sick skills. I want to be on a Board. Unpaid is fine. How do I get on a Board? Do I have to be invited? Can I audit Board meetings of not for profits? How do I do this? I want to get involved in other entities besides my company.
1: Find an organization you want to work with.
2: Go to an event and or contact the org. and volunteer your time.
3: Demonstrate the qualities you profess to have.
4: Make yourself available to serve.
5: Repeat steps 2-4.
6: Discover the true meaning of futility and boredom.
Some organizations have junior boards for young member outreach and party planning. Each probably has their own requirements for obligations. Eg selling tickets, dues and etc.
Another idea is to get j and Fok to add you to the Styleforum board of directors. This might be the easiest route.
I currently sit on two boards, and in both circumstances I was recommended as a candidate by someone that leads an industry think-tank type organization. I would recommend thinking about which industries could benefit from your trade-skills and then attend or speak at conferences and trade shows that target that industry. Don't miss the conference cocktail parties. It may take a year or two before the right person recognizes you as a great candidate, but given your described skill set, it will happen sooner or later.
Alternatively you can always write a big check to a non-profit organization.
D&O coverage is definitely "a must."
Especially for the fine arts. The New York Met, for example, has a young associates program. Not sure about the Philharmonic (but the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for example, also has a young professionals program). It's a great way to become a familiar face to the boards of these organizations.
Shout out to Fok, and J: Board Memeber for Hire!
Well, that right there might be a problem. If you're a member of the board, most meetings/official events will be held during work hours. If your current job does not allow you to leave for those, then being a board member (at least an active one) may not be for you.