SpringBoard 2020: Virtual

It’s time for women to take a seat at the boardroom taSpringBoardble!

The SpringBoard Virtual Conference presented by Bank of America is designed to help you gain the confidence and knowledge to step forward and seek positions of power and influence on local, state, and non-profit boards and commissions. Don’t know the options? Our sessions will help you identify opportunities to serve that best suit your experience and interests, submit solid applications, and serve effectively once appointed.

Each virtual webinar will include a live 30-minute presentation followed by Q&A. All sessions will be available to registrants for on-demand replay.  Registration is $25 for all four sessions.

Session 1:  Springing into Action: Making a Difference Through Service on Boards and Commissions

Presented by Dr. Kaitlin Sidorsky, Assistant Professor of Politics, Coastal Carolina University, and author of All Roads Lead to Power: Appointed and Elected Paths to Public Office for US Women”
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Many women have the skills and personal experiences necessary to contribute to their local and state governments. Yet research has shown that women are hesitant to step into the political arena- mainly because most women assume the only way to publicly serve is through an elected position. This presentation will show boards and commissions serve important functions in all areas of government service. Women’s presence on these boards and commissions is not only needed- but can make a difference in how these boards operate. This presentation will provide an overview of the world of public boards and commissions and how women make a difference serving on them.

Session 2:  Panel Discussion – I want to serve! Does a local, state, or non-profit board best suit my skills?Thursday, May 14, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Leading women representing the non-profit sector, local and state government discuss seeking elected and appointed leadership positions and answer your questions related to selection and service. 

Session 3:  Selecting the Best Board for You and Submitting a Good Application

Presented by Emily Bowerman, Manager of Boards and Commissions, SC Women in Leadership
Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Have you thought about applying for a board or commission but don’t know where to start? Join us as we review how to find opportunities, determine what board you’re best suited for, and submit a strong application. We’ll review boards and commissions at the municipal, county, and state levels and help you figure out where to start.

Session 4:  Board Basics: Rules of Order 101
Presented by Lawson Wetli, President, League of Women Voters of Greenville County 
Thursday, May 21, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Are you interested in serving on a board of directors or in elected or appointed office? Would you like more comfort and confidence with the rules of order (like Robert’s Rules) that have to be followed in decision-making bodies like boards, commissions and legislatures? This presentation will outline the basics about rules of order, with a particular focus on Robert’s Rules, and aims to give you the confidence you need to take the next step into civic engagement.