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Saturday, August 6 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Pursuit of a More Diverse & Inclusive Board

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At YNPNdc’s February Board retreat, we looked around the table. What binds us, our investment and belief in the nonprofit sector, was deeply overshadowed by the clear misrepresentation of our Board compared to the demographics of those we work beside at our day jobs, and those individuals we serve. We decided to embark on a strategic and intentional Board recruitment effort from April to July 2016 to recruit a Board that more closely reflected our community for the new Board term beginning August 1, 2016. We expect our recruitment efforts to be challenging, uncomfortable at times, and maybe even a bit scary. However, we believe this is the first step to instill diversity and equity into our organization. 

At the YNPN National Conference in Portland, OR, we will present a case study of our Board diversification efforts from day one of recruitment to the first day of the new Board’s term on August 1, 2016. We will highlight the steps we took to intentionally recruit, the challenges we faced along the way, and our resulting successes and failures. At the end of the workshop, we will facilitate a group discussion, giving attendees the opportunity to voice their own successes and failures in making their Boards more inclusive. The workshop’s goal is to demonstrate to other chapters how we and other chapters approached, or currently approach, this timely and important issue. Attendees can then take home fresh ideas to their chapters to address their own Board demographics, and start the conversation and plan to strategically make their chapter leadership more reflective of the unique nonprofit communities they serve.

We believe this topic is especially important for YNPN chapter leadership, as exhibited by the highly attended diversity and inclusion workshops last year in Little Rock, AR. Further, this challenge is larger than YNPN; it is a challenged faced by nonprofit Boards and staffs across the nation. It is a topic that affects us all.


Saturday August 6, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Morrison Room 1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR 97232

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