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How to get onto a Board

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by patrickBOOTH, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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.
     
  2. VaderDave

    VaderDave Senior member

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    I have an interview tonight for a board position on a foundation that was recently created to help with fundraising in our community services district. In this case, the district announced the creation of the foundation and solicited applications from community members.
     
  3. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I'm on three, and in each case I was invited to serve.
     
  4. Distorbiant

    Distorbiant Senior member

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    Are you board material?

    You don't choose the board. The board chooses you.
     
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  5. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    ...
     
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  6. Distorbiant

    Distorbiant Senior member

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    Please keep this wordless pessimism out of this discussion.
     
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  7. jasonmx3

    jasonmx3 Senior member

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    I'm on two, and on both occasions, I was nominated by an existing member and was asked to signify my intention to join the board (submit CV, etc.). They then voted and confirmed my appointment.
     
  8. gettoasty

    gettoasty Senior member

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    If you join the board you have to make sure you are not too involved, and that your own business comes first. Some business owners may figure that the board depending on whether if it is not for profit etc. is a good avenue to branch off in a side enterprise of sorts (through new relations made being one).

    Also, may I ask why you are adamant about joining one?
     
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    crosswound Senior member

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    Illuminati? I can only think this is pb's target in a secret message but where's the window?!?
     
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  10. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    I've served on a couple of boards. In both cases, I knew other board members professionally, and was asked to join.

    It would help if you have accounting or other professional financial experience, as such folks are in demand for board committees (audit, compensation)
     
  11. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I am more than board material. I just want to get involved in using my skills to benefit other areas/industries/communities. FWIW, I have a technical background.
     
  12. smoothmoose

    smoothmoose Senior member

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    What is the your current capacity at your company? I must say, every time I read or post on this board, I feel like I'm slacking from my work or other life responsibilities. How do you find time? Unless you the work in the fashion or clothing industry...
     
  13. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have no problems doing everything I need to do.
     
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  14. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    give them an enormous amount of money

    /thread
     
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  15. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That works in most of life's situations, doesn't it? :confused:
     
  16. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have some experience with non-profit boards. Easily 80% of the members--and ALL the chairs and vice chairs and people with power--are the biggest donors. Then you have a scattering of people who are there because of their name, they bring some presitige and/or visilbilty. These people never do any work. Then an even smaller number of people who actually have direct expertise. I gather that you want to be one of those. Well, do an honest assessment and figure out what you can actually contribute and start working with some group. Perhaps after years of unrenumerated toil someone will ask you to be on the board, in which capacity you will have to accept even more unrenumerated toil, and possible liability issues.
     
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  17. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, I think I need to start seeking out more professional groups and such. I have connections to one overseas board that I think I can wiggle into, but ultimately I think I need to get myself out there more.

    To you last three words: D&O Insurance.
     
  18. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    In nonprofit charity boards you give them money to work for free and hit your friends up for even more money.
     
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    ltontheqt Senior member

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    Manton and Poorsod speak the truth. In my albeit limited experience, there is not only the expectation of a gift of some size but a requirement, if not in writing than by agreement, that members make gifts at a certain threshold. Without that, you ain't getting on.
     
  20. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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.
     

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