Compose a strong, strategic board.
It is vital that the composition of a governing board reflect the community that it serves. The foremost reason is to support justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (JDE&I) within institutional communities. But those values are also essential for building and maintaining high-performance, strategic boards.
Institutions and foundations face daunting challenges. They must be able to look at issues from every angle and address them with creative solutions. That’s possible only when boards include a wide span of relevant backgrounds, viewpoints, and interests. It is critical to the success of boards (and therefore to the sustainability of institutions) that all aspects of composition and selection align toward JDE&I.
Questions for boards.
These are key questions for your board to consider.
- Does our current composition support our mission and strategic goals?
- Is our current composition consistent with our stated goals for JDE&I?
- Are we laying the groundwork for composing the board we’ll need in three, five, or 10 years?
- Where are there skill gaps and how do we fill them?
- What must we do to achieve a board that is diverse in all of its facets?
- Are we consistently competitive or are we losing top candidates to other boards?
- What must we do to make our board seats more desirable?
- What can we learn from our board composition successes and failures?
- What does our current composition tell us about our selection process?
- Could our selection process operate more efficiently while producing higher-quality candidates?
- How can we make the “recruitment journey” a more compelling experience for our candidates?
AGB helps you align, diversify, and strengthen your board.
AGB provides diagnostic reviews of board selection processes and board composition, conducted from the perspectives of an institution or foundation’s mission, community, business model, strategy, and challenges. Our experts take the following steps:
Evaluate Board Skills and Perspectives
Assess Mission Alignment
Evaluate and Benchmark Selection Processes
Understand Gaps and How to Fill Them
Develop an Action Plan
Ensure Ongoing Adherence to the Plan
“AGB has been able to help us to structure
our board, determine how many members we should have, what types of committees we should have, and what the most important committees that we should have are.”
Vita Pickrum, EdD, CFRE
Vice President of the Division of Institutional Advancement and President, Delaware State University Foundation