Sherry Marts (of S*Marts Consulting) and I are starting to work on a whitepaper looking at what’s going on in diversity and inclusion in the association space. This will be the ninth whitepaper in the ongoing Spark collaborative series. You may have already read some of the others, on topics like the association role in the new education paradigm, lean startup methodology, member engagement, mission-driven volunteering, and data-driven decision making.
Anyway, we’re lining up our case studies of associations with good stories to tell related to diversity and inclusion efforts, and we’d love to feature an association that’s had success transforming your board of directors from (relatively) homogenous to diverse. We’d want to interview you for 30-45 minutes about where you started, your journey to a more diverse board, obstacles you encountered along the way (and how you overcame them), and the benefits you’ve seen from including diverse perspectives in your volunteer leadership.
We’re also trying to feature diversity of the “typical” (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, ability/disability) variety and less typical varieties. Have you started creating seats for students and young professionals? Have you invited “affiliate/associate/supplier” types onto your board? Was your whole board women because of your industry and diversifying meant adding some men? Have you added socioeconomic/educational background diversity? Veterans? Etc.
If that sounds like you, and you’re interested in being a part of this project, drop me an email or respond in the comments.