There are many types of boards, while a corporate board position is the ultimate they usually are out of reach for the average CIO. However, joining other types of boards can be a precursor to eventually getting elected to a corporate board. It is all about experience.
Here is a list of boards from where you can start:
- Local church organizations
- Local government
- Political groups
I belong to the local Industrial Development Agency for the City of Peekskill. The Peekskill Industrial Development Agency (PIDA) is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to encourage, promote, attract and develop job and recreational opportunities and economically sound commerce and industry in the City of Peekskill.
This is a great experience. Not only am I getting board level experience, the issues we address are also improving the community I live in. Local government has always fascinated me and this was a great opportunity to get involved.
What are the benefits of joining a board?
- You can be active in topics that you believe in.
- You are networking.
- Your expertise and experience can improve the function of the board.
- You are improving your leadership skills.
What are the negatives?
- Time allocation. Some boards require more time than others.
- Politics. Unfortunately there is no escape.
I would recommend any IT executive to join a board. The line item on your resume looks great and the experience is increadibly.