Board Members Pros and Cons

Board Members Pros and Cons


Recognition, prestige, learning opportunities for leadership development, and networking are just some of the benefits of being a member of the board. 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.

A great way to find an opportunity is to look at non-profit organizations in your local area. Our panelists suggest identifying organizations you admire and reaching them to inquire if they have is a board position open or a volunteer role. They also suggest attending an event similar to a job fair, which is a match for boards.

As a board member, you’ll need to be available for meetings and provide strategic counsel when needed. You’ll also be responsible for fundraising and our panelists recommend that you look for the right board to contribute to at a degree that makes you feel comfortable.

Our panelists highlighted the importance of keeping up with paperwork, and other responsibilities. This is especially true as boards become more multi-faceted and geographically diverse. They suggest looking for software to reduce the burden of these tasks and make a point of staying in contact with your board members through electronic communication and phone calls.

The panelists also discussed how being a part of a board can be extremely rewarding. They recommend finding the cause you’re passionate about and then becoming an advocate for it, to give you a purpose in your work.


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