Woman Led is a Portland based nonprofit organization that serves women led enterprises and aspiring women leaders by convening peer mentorship groups and hosting educational events. Our community of support allows female entrepreneurs to troubleshoot in real-time, share vetted resources, pool networks and connect with high-caliber leaders – to serve the higher purpose of inspiring a community of women to build profitable and sustainable businesses that will positively impact the economy.
Woman Led is in the process of making a tactical shift – scaling up, out and deep. We believe that a strong organization has to have an equally strong Board of Leaders at its helm. We want that leadership to reflect the values that female leadership represents – intention, nurture, purpose, collaboration and drive. We seek community-minded, female identifying individuals that are interested in volunteering their time and resources to disrupt today’s cultural and social norms in business and leadership in favor of holding space for building the capacity and resiliency of women leaders.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Woman Led’s mission. Selected Board Members will have achieved, or are working towards, leadership stature in business, government, sciences, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. The right candidate’s accomplishments will allow her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members and beneficiaries to our program.
No prior Board experience is necessary, but a willingness to dedicate the time to learning is critical.
Ideal candidates will have a variety of the following qualities:
- Passion for moving women leaders/entrepreneurs forward on their journey
- Strong sense of integrity
- An understanding of how nonprofits work
- Familiarity with social enterprise/social impact work
- A background in behavioral or sociological sciences
- Having or adopting a beginners mindset or Shoshin
- Interest in challenging structural norms and thinking at the systems level
- Possess intersectional mindfulness
- Committed to equity, inclusion and diversity
Each individual board member is expected to:
● know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
● place the organization’s needs above one’s own personal business interest
● meet time commitment and term requirements; Attend at least 75% of the Board Meetings annually, minimum of one year term. Meetings are currently held every two months. Committee meetings and work is often 5-10 hours per month.
● serve as an active advocate and ambassador for the organization in public and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the organization to advance its mission
● leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve the organization’s mission
● help identify personal connections that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and reputational standing, and can influence public policy
● represent the diversity of Oregon’s communities in decision making
● provide advice and counsel, and participate fully in one or more committees
● possess diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
● possess personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and honesty
● be aware of and abstain from any conflict of interests
Benefits of being a Board Leader of Woman Led:
◊ Being a part of an innovative approach to leadership/entrepreneurship development
◊ Grassroots development of a new nonprofit - particularly program design/build, strategic planning and partnership building
◊ Access to a powerful and extensive pool of entrepreneurial resources
◊ Ability to shape the future of Portland’s startup ecosystem
◊ Opportunity to practice and live the experience of nonprofit leadership in a supportive and healthy environment
◊ Catalyze change so aspiring female leaders and entrepreneurs can thrive
Thank you for reviewing our recruitment.
Woman Led does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.
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