I just came across an excellent blog post with practical tips for organizations wanting to add diverse voices and perspectives to their Boards and Councils.
First, good for you for wanting to add people of color, people of different genders, sexual preferences, sexual identities, people from varying generations, people who are differently abled, etc. to your governance leadership!
Second, read this blog post from BoardSource, written by Jim Taylor. It is chock full of examples of what to do and what NOT to do in terms of respectfully recruiting people of color to your Board. Read it once, then bookmark it so that you can refer to it when the time comes for you to recruit newcomers to your board!
If you aren't sure what the specific skills, perspectives, and gifts you need for your board, be sure to read my blog post, Top Talent: Identifying Effective Board Members and then put in place a plan of action with your full board or board nominating committee before you recruit anyone else!
As always, if you have questions or would like some assistance with learning how to strengthen your Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, Church Council, etc. I would be happy to hear from you.
Beth A. Lewis
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