Whether you’ll be heading to Joe’s to find an opportunity for board service, to network with non-profits, or to just enjoy a drink on a cold January evening…you’ll be in good company. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your experience!
·Be thoughtful about what you want to get out of the event and potential boardexperience – do you want to volunteer more? Do you want to develop some skills like event planning or take on a leadership position? What is your ability to donate to the cause and pay dues? Are there specific non-profit areas that most interest you like education, health, or social services?
·Sell yourself – don’t be afraid to articulate what you bring to a board. Many boards just want young professionals who are dedicated and interested in the cause. Others might have specific needs like a social media manager, a finance professional or someone connected in a particular industry.
·That said…keep an open mind – you might be attending with the goal to join a specific board, but be open to new causes and new connections. Last year’s event not only matched young professionals with boards, but attendees discussed careers, best practices for existing boards, and more!
·Bring your business cards!
·Bring a friend and stay awhile – tickets include one drink and appetizers, but additional drinks will be available for purchase and attendees are welcome to stay at the bar afterwards to socialize, eat, watch sports, and more!