Board (and member) diversity doesn’t happen organically or on its own. It doesn’t happen “later” (whatever that means!) either. Be intentional about diversity from the moment you decide to build an Impact100 organization in your community.
Include women from every age, every geography, every walk of life, every profession, and with every needed skill set. Include women who do not know you (this would be those women well known in the community – but you may not directly know – people like a TV news anchor, Civic leaders or Corporate leaders). A diverse board provides immediate benefit as it helps you attract members when they can “see themselves” reflected in your board. Differing perspectives and experience make our grantmaking work powerful, thoughtful and robust. You will need a variety of skills and networks, so plan to reach well outside your friend group when seating your leadership team.