Someday, I want to be on boards; I’d like to be one of those retired executives that spends their days enjoying the things in life I love and serving on four or five boards that each meet quarterly or so during the year. I’ll hopefully have an opportunity to serve on one or two non-profit organization boards, one or two corporate boards, and one or two what I call ‘for-progress’ boards. By for-progress, consider a for-profit organization that also serves a greater purpose and acts in ways, sometimes, that might appear to be more consistent with a traditional non-profit organization. My favorite local for-progress organization is Zealous Good. And a more well-known one like Toms surely rings a bell (they strive to earn a profit selling goods and / or services while also providing related goods and / or services to those in need).
Ideally, I’d like to sit on boards of organizations that grow from social entrepreneurship (i.e. start-ups for a cause). I would love to not only help an organization flourish from the ground up but simultaneously serve a greater good in achieving the goals of whatever organization I’m advising. Years ago, I attended a Chicago Ideas Week Talk. The talk, entitled Social Entrepreneurship, highlighted various start up organizations helping others advance in the world in various ways. I need to find more entities like these.
In my dream world, I’d also sit on the board for Chicago Ideas Week or Ted. I’m not really sure these board seats even exist, but they exemplify the type of entity for which I would love to help guide the greater course and contribute to the big picture of its future. I love that these organizations are inspirational, dynamic, and innovative. Further (and part of the reason I write this blog), I love sharing new ideas with people and these organizations maintain missions to do just that.
This outfit, not a formal suit but separates that effectively create the look of a suit, could be a great outfit for my first day at a board meeting!
For now, I’m not ready to sit on any of these corporate boards, but I can certainly start to make some headway toward getting there. I’d like to start by joining a junior board for a local non-profit. But I’ve been having a hard time finding an organization with a junior board that serves a mission about which I’m passionate. Serving on a board is undoubtedly time consuming and would likely require a financial commitment as well, so I want to be sure it’s something I truly believe in.
Do any of you sit on a board or junior board? How did you find the right fit for you? Once you found it, how did you get involved? I’d love any suggestions as I stumble through the exploration process.