I’m in the midst of my tri-annual Board of Trustees’ meetings in Tulsa this week (Oral Roberts University) and thought you might enjoy my perspective on why Board Service is something I believe everyone should pursue at some point in their life and career.
Serving on a Board can be one of the best ways to network AND further your career whether you’re working full-time or staying home with the kids.
I learned this during a season that felt stalled and stagnate professionally. I was putting in lots of hours, longing for promotion, new relationships (personal and professional) and growth opportunities.
The Jr. League of Tulsa and Leadership Tulsa (LT) were both, in hind site, fabulous launching pads. I started as a volunteer and ended up serving on the LT Board, eventually as President. Through serving I gained…
- New networks outside my own work/church relationships
- Training on community issues, Board service, and leadership skills
- The chance to experiment (without risking my day job) on speaking, training, and leading teams
- Increased credibility back in my own work environment
- Larger circles of influence and lifelong friends
- Confidence in starting boards of my own
One of the best places for understanding community volunteerism/board service, is The Points of Light Foundation which I first learned about when my friend, Bob Goodwin, was their executive director. Their website is a huge resource for links and ideas on how you can become more involved as a volunteer and board member.
It’s never too late or too early to get involved with a Board…an experience in my opinion, everyone needs!