As nonprofit boards begin to incorporate inclusion and equity into their governance practices, some may find that conventional systems of governance may not support these values; in fact, some of these systems may actually undermine inclusion and equity progress. What system(s) of governance might positively address systemic inequities? What approaches to governance sustain a high-functioning board and express authentic inclusion?
This session will provide a brief overview of conventional governance practice in the context of inclusion and equity, so participants will have a better understanding of why certain systems may either undermine or accelerate inclusion and equity efforts. It will also offer examples from organizations facing these challenges, explore alternative approaches, and invite participants to share what they’re seeing. Participants will leave with case studies that can be used to spark generative discussion in the boardroom about whether there is alignment between their organization’s governance model, mission, and desired impact.