Women Serve on Boards has added four worksheets to the Resources page to help you become “board-ready.” Each worksheet will help those looking to obtain a board position determine where their interests and passions lie as well as the type of entity that would be the best fit (public, private, non-profit). Accompanying each worksheet is an article providing guidance for effectively completing the worksheets.
The first worksheet centers around identifying the appropriate opportunity. The questions help familiarize individuals with some of the basics, including the various types of boards, responsibilities of being a director, and the risks of board service.
The second worksheet, the board profile and competency matrix, provides an in-depth assessment for individuals to reflect on their skills and the value that they could add. This worksheet assists individuals as they begin to lay the foundation for becoming a viable candidate.
The third worksheet encourages candidates to develop a networking plan that includes contact information for each individual, along with how you met, and the last time you interacted with them. This worksheet will help individuals prioritize their efforts for effective outreach and provide an intentional roadmap for fostering beneficial relationships with one’s extended network.
The fourth worksheet adds the final touch to being board-ready. It assists individuals with creating their personal brand and becoming a thought leader. By joining, shaping, and driving the conversation, one can become key participants in their industry.
These resources are meant to guide individuals through the pre-board process. These tools and framework can refine individuals’ perspectives and successfully transform them from industry experts to a board-ready thought leaders.