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Practical Strategies to Increase Board Diversity

Gain a better understanding the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and what they mean and may add to an organization.

Many nonprofit leaders state that diversity is important to their organizations, but all too often they do not prioritize or act on these words. Nonprofit boards are generally no more diverse than they were 20 years ago with a recent survey finding that 90 percent of CEOs and board chairs and 84 percent of board members were white. Recent movements like Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, catalyzed by a growing intolerance of longstanding inequities, have heightened the need for many nonprofits to identify and prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion as organizational values. But nonprofit boards looking for quick solutions often fall into the trap of tokenism and fail to reap the true benefits that can be gained by diverse leadership. The information also explains how nonprofits can embed DEI as core organizational values in creating a more diverse board and inclusive culture. Adding diversity without appropriate intent or strategy can result in tokenism and damage an organization's culture and reputation. This content offers critical advice for nonprofits so they can develop practical strategies to increase board diversity in the right ways and for the right reasons.

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How to Define Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ("DEI") and Embed DEI Values in an Organization

  • How Are Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Defined and Why Is It Important for Nonprofit Leaders to Consider These Values Together?
  • What Is the General State of Diversity on Nonprofit Boards?
  • How Do Nonprofit Leaders Make the Case for Identifying DEI as Core Organizational Values or an Integral Part of the Mission?

How to Practically Increase Board Diversity in an Inclusive Manner

  • What Lessons Can We Learn From Surveys of Board Members of Color?
  • What Are Three Strategies to Assist Boards in Embracing and Integrating Diversity and an Inclusive Environment?

What Policies and Legal Mechanisms Can Be Used to Promote a More Diverse Board and Inclusive Culture

  • Do Board Members Have a Fiduciary Duty to Promote a More Diverse Board and Inclusive Culture?
  • How Can DEI Values Be Expressed in the Selection of Board Members and the Overall Board Composition?
  • How Can DEI Values Influence the Way the Board Makes Decisions, Exercises Oversight, and Plans for the Future?
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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Gene Takagi

Gene Takagi

NEO Law Group

  • Founder and managing attorney of NEO Law Group, a firm focused on the practice of nonprofit and exempt organizations law
  • Recipient of 2016 attorney of the year awarded by the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association
  • Principal contributor and editor of the Nonprofit Law Blog; author of articles for several publications including The New York Times, The Nonprofit Quarterly, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Nonprofit Times, Taxation of Exempts, EO Tax Journal, and ALI-ABA
  • Regular presenter on legal issues affecting nonprofits, including for Independent Sector, BoardSource, CalNonprofits, American Bar Association, National Association of State Charity Officials, Northern California Planned Giving Council, National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, Net Impact, and numerous local and regional bar and CPA associations
  • Former adjunct professor of nonprofit law, University of San Francisco; Saint Mary’s University, Minnesota
  • Can be contacted at 415-977-0558, [email protected] or Twitter® @GTak
Vernetta Walker

Vernetta Walker

Vernetta Walker & Associates Consulting

  • President and CEO of Vernetta Walker & Associates Consulting, helping organizations maximize their impact through exceptional leadership, intellectual engagement, and cultural competence
  • Former chief governance officer and senior advisor on diversity, inclusion, and equity for BoardSource
  • Former associate general counsel and director of consulting, Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Frequent speaker on nonprofit leading practices, sector trends, creating a culture of inclusion, and board advocacy
  • Author of the forthcoming Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Action Guide for nonprofit executives and board members (a BoardSource publication)
  • Adjunct lecturer, governance and ethics, Nonprofit Management Graduate Program, School of Professional Studies, Columbia University
  • Can be contacted at [email protected], 202-559-9366, or Twitter® @vernettawalker
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Product ID: 404283
Published 2019
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