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Diversifying Your Board

Your board of directors play an instrumental role in creating the chamber’s mission and executing its initiatives. That’s why board management must be a key priority for your organization. In order to create meaningful board engagement, while maintaining clarity around board and staff roles, chamber leaders must build a strategy to recruit diverse people for board service, gain buy-in and build alignment around top priorities.

How to best utilize this course:
This course is designed for you to use with your board with the goal of cultivating a diverse board that reflects your community. We recommend going through each section individually with your board and completing the discussion questions that accompany the video content. Completing the entire course in one sitting is not recommended. To gain the most out of the experience, give your board members the space and time to reflect and engage thoughtfully throughout the process.

You can download the workbook with templates, checklists and other resources here. The slide decks for each presentation with more discussion questions can be found linked on each module page. 

Meet Our Experts:
In this course, you'll hear from Vicki Clark, a BoardSource Certified Consultant, and Chela Sanchez, a former chamber board member. Vicki and Chela work to understand organizations' cultures and offer recommendations to help them move forward. They are available for individual consultations through their website and email below:

Throughout her 40-year career, Vicki Clark has inspired leaders to LEAD ON! Her extensive experience as a nonprofit, corporate and government consultant and coach assists organizations in times of transition. Vicki believes that when decisions are made that recognize the people you are trying to serve with honor and integrity, good things happen.

Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Vicki Clark is a BoardSource Certified Governance Consultant, who has extensive experience as a speaker, trainer, facilitator, mentor and thought leader. Vicki’s mission is to help build the capacity of organizations and individuals. Her hands-on and intuitive blend of consulting, coaching and a bit of tough love helps clients move forward with purpose and focus. Vicki believes that helping organizations take an active approach to inclusion and dismantling oppression is a key part of capacity building and transformation.

She is also a renowned diversity, equity and inclusion specialist, who skillfully facilitates conversations that cover a range of sensitive issues impacting individuals and their organizations.

Chela Sanchez epitomizes reliability, creativity, energy and heart. As a proud child of Mexican immigrants, Chela has worked in tandem with nonprofits throughout her career to ensure their voices are heard.

In 2002 she helped found the Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund (SOLSF), which provides opportunities for Latinx students in the Southern Oregon region to complete their post-high school career/degree. As a first-generation Mexican-American, this organization is very near and dear to her heart. Chela continues her work with SOLSF in an advisory role and assists with capacity building. She is also a past president of the Junior League of Jackson County in Southern Oregon.

With the skills and connections she gained as a member and board member of The Chamber of Medford & Jackson County, she founded her own nonprofit, Adelante Community Partners. Chela is known for her ability to excel at project management, community building and mobilizing resources to execute action.