As Valtas partners with its nonprofit clients and their boards, many ask about hiring and developing leaders of color to help them further their mission. In addition, boards are also focusing on diversifying their own ranks and struggle with how to best recruit BIPOC candidates to their board.
In our role as executive search partners and interim executive directors, we find that helping clients ASK the right questions, at the right time, is as important as the answers themselves. Bringing a nonprofit board together, with 20 or more people with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences can be difficult and uncomfortable for many. We encourage boards to get comfortable being uncomfortable, knowing that collectively wrestling with these questions is a great place to begin or continue a journey towards equity.
Before boards start the hiring or recruiting process with an emphasis on identifying BIPOC candidates, Valtas encourages its clients to ask some key questions and get clear about the answers. Candidates for board or leadership roles in your organization will want to understand where the board and the staff are on their equity journey and what role they are being asked to take on in that process.
Here’s a great place to start your discussions BEFORE preparing to launch an executive search or board recruiting effort.
The Valtas Group team is connected to a number of amazing professional services consultants with deep diversity, equity, and inclusion experience. We strive to consciously and insightfully bring the right professionals executives to the table to help your organization begin or continue the discussions that will help you be better prepared to identify, hire, support and help a new CEO/Executive Director, or board members thrive.
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