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Talking Together with Nonprofit Leaders: Practical Strategies to Increase Board Diversity - Shared screen with speaker view
Stephanie Kelley
23:05
Stephanie Kelley, East Cooper Community Outreach, Mount Pleasant, SC
Madeleine McGee
23:09
Welcome Cindy!
Jenna Elser- Glow
23:31
Jenna Elser, Glow Lyric Theatre, Greenville SC
Laura Nicholas
23:38
Laura Nicholas, Centre Stage Theatre, Greenville SC
Ericka Wooten
23:41
Congratulations Dr. Edwards!!!
Helen Rogers
24:07
Helen Rogers, Lowcountry Land Trust, Charleston, SC
Tina Gills
24:19
Tina Gills, Richland Library, Columbia, SC
Mandy Black, Little Steps Executive Director
24:30
Mandy Black, Little Steps, Greenville, Sc
Nicki
24:34
How to recruit board members with authenticity toward diversity and equity.
Phillip Clark
24:44
Phillip Clark - Just Say Something - Greenville, SC
Gabrielle Yarborough
25:13
Gabrielle Yarborough - East Cooper Habitat for Humanity - Mt Pleasant area, SC
Lowcountry Local First (LLF)
25:43
Jamee Haley, Lowcountry Local First - Charleston
wriley
26:29
Will Riley- Greater Community Relations Council Columbia,sC
Heather Witt
26:48
The best ways to engage board leadership with lived experiences
Jim Wick
28:09
Will copies of the slides be available?
Debbie Nelson
28:37
yes we will send out info in follow up email
Phyllis Martin
30:07
Hello! Phyllis Martin here from Tri County Cradle to Career Collaborative in Charleston.
Karyn Page
31:24
Karyn Page-Davies Stone Soup Storytelling Institute
Luanne Rodgers
32:46
Hello all. Luanne Rodgers, Windwood Family Services
Tricia Richardson, SC Thrive
39:21
Tricia Richardson, SC Thrive
Tannesha Clements
41:28
Tannesha Clements, Lydia's Bowels of Mercy Home, Inc., Johnsonville, SC
Lizz Biswell (she/her)
41:55
Lizz Biswell, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston
Madeleine McGee
42:34
Great point about the impact of how we recruit board members. Wondering what ways folks have used to get the word out beyond board recommendations?
Tamara Enright
45:25
Tami Enright, The Bee Cause Project
Redux Contemporary Art Center
48:49
I’m curious to hear answers to madeline’s question! I always thought that pursuing leads through the board’s personal connections was the best way to recruit - but it also presents a troubling pattern of not reaching out to wider demographics!
Madeleine McGee
49:08
Governance Committees are clearly key to this work!
Phyllis Martin
50:10
We are re-looking at board governance and overall governance structure. What has worked in the past may not work moving forward. Asking ourselves what does the organization need and those we serve need and how then does/can a governance structure help meet those needs. How can the voices of those closes to the issues we are working on help to inform those needs and how to we ensure that it is their voices that are part of governance and defining governance? This is part of a broader discussion about philanthropy and non-profits, why boards were created to begin with, and who was originally excluded and why.
Casey Pash
50:43
Every Corp donor/sponsor we meet with we talk about board opportunities and our Young Professional Advisory board. We ask them if they have an employee who might be interested. Also our board nominating committee does a board matrix and then the holes, they specifically ask the board for those needs, instead of just asking for whoever they can think of.
Madeleine McGee
52:18
Phyllis - I hear you. Do we need to re-invent our governance structures?
Debbie Nelson
53:15
Wow
Mamie Nicholson
53:32
Hello Everyone. Mamie Nicholson, The Self Family Foundation
Gabrielle Yarborough (she/her)
53:49
What about people who are not as established in their career (and due to that, not as financially flexible as other board members to give) but when you look at them and their experience (i.e. perhaps a recent graduate that fits within your organization's mission/work), you think "wow, this person would be so amazing for our board!" They would get a great learning experience in their career path and can still bring knowledge, even if it's not as established with connections or finances.
Madeleine McGee
54:32
Dr. Edwards - can you share a bit more about whom and how you surveyed folks. That lack of desire for connection with those they serve is not unexpected but disheartening.
Madeleine McGee
57:23
What’s most important to me is board members who are creative / big / strategic thinkers -regardless of socio-economic status
Madeleine McGee
58:53
30 current board members interviewed?
Phyllis Martin
59:30
Madeleine - I have thought for years that we need to re-invent our governance structure. As I think about new generations and their perspectives of board governance and the systemic racism that exists - is built into the existing structures - particularly tied to funding and dollars - and the level of disruption the sector is facing (all sectors) it seems as though the time is right now!
Gabrielle Yarborough (she/her)
59:55
Thanks for sharing that, Madeleine. I feel the same! I have seen many new young professionals steer away from board interest due to socio-economic status and I'm sure they have valuable things to contribute to boards.
Madeleine McGee
01:01:06
Phyllis - let’s find a way to work on this together !
Phyllis Martin
01:02:22
Madeleine - YES! So excited about this! Thank you!
Laurie Ashley
01:02:43
Would be great to have board governance chair training!
Madeleine McGee
01:03:18
Laurie Ashley - we can offer that. Would others find that helpful?
Eleanor Kuhl
01:03:39
Yes, very helpful!!
Luanne Rodgers
01:03:46
Yes, Great idea!
tcounts
01:03:47
Yes
Lowcountry Local First (LLF)
01:03:50
Yes!
Gabby Totokotsopoulos, Charleston Wine + Food
01:04:06
yes would love to participate in that training!
Helen Rogers
01:04:28
Definitely.
Laurie Ashley
01:05:22
I find that no matter what info I provide, the meetings always revert back to who knows someone. If the governance chair is trained by someone other than me, maybe they would see the importance of gathering the diversity info and finding someone to fill the spot that will most benefit the organizations
Emily Smith
01:07:09
where can we find people to give cultural competency/humility trainings to board members? Or are there already online trainings available ?
Madeleine McGee
01:08:17
Boards generally take the easy way or one that offers less risk. Going with folks they know is the easy way, less risky way.
ashleydemosthenes
01:08:22
Very helpful!
Ericka Wooten
01:09:07
Board diversity takes intentionality and an understanding and willingness to be open to opposing and different views and ideas. Board meetings with a diverse board means challenges to the status quo and possibly uncomfortable/challenging questions. Everyone must be open to this.
Phyllis Martin
01:09:48
An equity audit will be helpful in laying the foundation and opening up the space for dialogue about the results of the audit and what that means for the organization.
Casey Pash
01:10:43
Thanks - have to go to another meeting, but appreciate the time and insight!
Josephine McMullen
01:10:54
Would love board governance chair training. Would be so helpful.
Madeleine McGee
01:11:11
Together SC is identifying consultants to help with many aspects of this work. Let us know if we can help you find folks that will work well with your board.
Meg Stanley
01:11:22
Ditto on board governance training
Tannesha Clements
01:11:37
Would love board governance chair training
Jenna Elser- Glow
01:12:23
Any creative ideas how to recruit, as well as provide social connection/orientation/retreats when we can’t get together face to face during the pandemic?
Mandy Black, Little Steps Executive Director
01:12:44
Yes, and with some consideration for how this can work for organizations with smaller numbers of board members. Even for those trying to grow the size of their boards, it can be difficult to have a committee focused on recruitment. Some organizations have more people on their governance committee or a group specific to recruitment efforts than others have on their entire board.
Francis Ervin
01:12:50
Yes, Madeleine. Thanks!
Madeleine McGee
01:15:55
Love that - dedicating time at every board and committee meetings to discuss issues of equity and inclusion
Karyn Page
01:16:29
Any video resources to share with existing boards to assist in recruitment? Something simple and easy!
Madeleine McGee
01:17:43
The image I just uploaded is from Heather Hackman. It explains the differences between a focus on diversity, cultural competency, and racial and social equity
Mandy Black, Little Steps Executive Director
01:17:50
That makes sense and I completely agree. My comments were more directed at the idea of having a training available such as it was mentioned several times to be for the "Governance Chair"
Madeleine McGee
01:18:02
Love the idea of connecting with HBCU alums groups
Madeleine McGee
01:18:42
Karyn = what message do you want the video to convey?
Cindy
01:19:09
SC Women in Leadership works to get more women on boards. Also, United Way’s Blueprint for Leadership is a training for people who want to serve on boards.
Madeleine McGee
01:19:40
Mandy - got it. Can include
Tina Gills
01:20:43
United Way of the Midlands has a Blueprint for Leadership professional development series that is a comprehensive leadership and board development training program. It prepares participants to become effective board members and leaders in the nonprofit sector. We contacted them recently when we were recruiting for board members for the Richland Library Friends and Foundation, and they sent us 2 amazing candidates that are now board members.
Madeleine McGee
01:21:31
Junior Leagues are a great resource for board members - we can help make connections there
Wanda's iPad
01:21:47
thanks. great info
Becky Morrison
01:21:53
https://www.uway.org/get-involved/join/blueprint-leadership - the next round of blueprint will begin in early 2021!
Jonathan Wright - Charleston
01:21:55
Thanks for insights on this important topic!
Tricia Richardson, SC Thrive
01:21:56
Thank you!
Madeleine McGee
01:21:57
BTE - Shawn did a great session for our board too!!
Norma Jean Suarez
01:21:57
THANK YOU!!
Kay Duguay
01:21:58
Thank you! This was great.
Donna Groomes
01:22:07
Thank you for this time!
Blake White
01:22:07
Thanks very much!
Lowcountry Local First (LLF)
01:22:09
Thank you Shawn!
Stacey Denaux
01:22:11
Thank you!
Francis Ervin
01:22:13
Thank you!
Ericka Wooten
01:22:13
Thank you. Wonderful information.
Gabrielle Yarborough (she/her)
01:22:14
Thank you!
Tannesha Clements
01:22:21
Thank you!
Nicki
01:22:21
Thanks Shawn! And Congrats on being a doctor!
Karyn Page
01:22:24
a how to approach potential board members with a consistent message.