The 20 spots for the event (which had been snatched up in the first half hour that tickets were released), were filled with capable individuals, ready to get to work to make a difference.
The event started with a presentation from the ESC, whose mission is to provide professional, affordable consulting to area nonprofits to help them achieve their missions.
I learned a great deal about the advantages of serving on a nonprofit board, what it means to be a board member, and what to look for in partnering with the right organization for me.
Once the process for the event was explained, I found my first table and waited for the bell to sound, indicating that my five minutes to speak with the designated nonprofit had begun.
When I found out that the goal of the event wasn’t simply to find volunteers, but to find board members, I hesitated.
During my first week in the position, I went through the calendar of events on our website and chose which ones I would like to participate in.
I wasn’t sure whether I would be a good fit, whether what I had to offer would be taken seriously.
I have been reassured by Trudy Smith, Executive Director of the Executive Service Corps of the Triangle (ESC), who notes that she is committed to “raising consciousness about the value of younger generations” as board members for nonprofit organizations.
Included at the event I participated in were: The “speed-dating” itself was a bit of a frenzy due simply to the nature of the event. I found, however, that it was great to have this time limit in place.
It forced me to shorten my background and ask the questions that were most important to me.