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University of Notre Dame Initiative to Train Women for Nonprofit Boards

A new initiative at the University of Notre Dame will prepare women for leadership roles in the nonprofit boards’ service, the school said in a release.

Under the Board Readiness Initiative to Empower Women Project, the Mendoza College of Business will increase gender diversity on boards by equipping the women with the necessary skills to prepare them for new roles.

Sponsored by Mendoza’s Nonprofit Professional Development department, the project will increase educational opportunities for women and create a resource to connect nonprofits seeking female board members with women who are interested in serving.

“Many women have extensive professional leadership experience that would be a great asset to a nonprofit board, yet they may be uncertain about how to leverage those skills to obtain a seat at the table,” said Joan McClendon, operations program director for Nonprofit Professional Development.

“The objective of BRITE is to help women broaden their understanding about nonprofit boards and how they might participate.”

In coming weeks, the project will host a panel discussion featuring experts who will help participants build their nonprofit résumé. Later this year, the university will organize a certificate program that includes four professional development sessions in addition to the three-day event.

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