Purpose

The Anita Borg Institute Board of Trustees includes two student members. The purpose is twofold: It cultivates the next generation of nonprofit board leaders while providing a valuable service to the Trustees and the Institute. The program was created in response to student interest in the Institute and ABI’s growing need for student members to better understand outreach to university students.

Nominations close May 20, 2016.

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Students Gain

  • Practical experience to help them better understand strategic and tactical issues facing nonprofit boards
  • Insight into the differing roles of board members and ABI’s executive team and the challenges both parties encounter in driving ABI’s success
  • Inspiration to contribute as future board members in the nonprofit sector

ABI Gains

  • Different prospective and richness from a broader demographic range
  • Community outreach into universities and increasing the board’s circle of contacts
  • Next generation of leaders committed to the ABI mission

Expectations of Students

  • Serve a two year term that begins September 1 and ends August 31 of the second year
  • Attend three board meetings a year; two in the Bay Area and the third at Grace Hopper Celebration
  • Join one Board committee
  • Resign their membership as of Aug. 31 of the second year

Nominating Process and Timeline

Notice of the Election

  • ABI CEO distributes a call for student nominations to the Trustees, Advisory Board, selected members of the academic community, and posts in the ABI newsletter. Self nominations are accepted.
  • The notice to be published four to six weeks before nominations close
  • Accept both grad and undergrad nominations, both and men and women, with a slight preference for women

Nominations

  • Nominations submitted to the board administrator using the Student Nomination Form
  • Nominations distributed to a committee comprised of selected members of the ABI academic community for review and evaluation. This committee is typically comprised of former student board members
  • Board administrator compiles the committee’s results and creates a nomination funnel for the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee to review

Voting

  • Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee reviews the nominations and selects the top four candidates during a phone meeting
  • Executive and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees choose one student to formally present to the Board
  • Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair will notify the chosen student’s nominator, then, along with the ABI CEO, ask the student to join the board
  • Trustees vote on the student member is nominated for vote at the Board meeting held at the Grace Hopper Celebration

Timeline

April 7 ABI CEO distributes a call for student nominations to the Trustees, Advisory Board, selected members of the academic community, posts in the ABI newsletter and webpage, and social media. Self-nominations are allowed.
May 20 Close date for student nominations.
May 23 – June 3 Academic review of nominations.
June 13 Nominations sent to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee for review.
 June 20 Committee meets by phone to select top four candidates.
 July 1 Interview team interviews four candidates and makes recommendation for student
board member
July 8 One student is chosen to join the Board at the Joint Executive/Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Meeting.
July 15 Chair will notify the chosen student’s nominator. Once nominator is notified, BAC chair and  ABI CEO ask the student to join the board for a term starting September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2018
October 21 Board formally votes to elect the student for a term of two years.