March 6-8, 2018 - Sonoma, CA
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Wednesday, March 7 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Make Yourself Useful: How to be an Effective (Non-Profit) Board Member - Deb Bryant, Red Hat

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In this board-essentials talk, Deb Bryant shares wisdom gained plus safety tips earned from non-profit board with a first-person view on fit and impact. She walks attendees through a practical primer in how to decide if a board seat is right for you, understanding what you’re signing up for before you dive in, and how to make contributions meaningful.

Outline: Self-Reflection: Understanding your motivations for serving
Know Before You Go: What you’ll want to understand about a board’s operational model and culture
Stewardship and Responsibility: Essential obligations as a board member in a public trust organization. Bringing Your Best: Plugging in your personal Strengths to support the organization
Working with Challenging People and Thorny Problems: Approaches to moving past gridlock, even when you’re part of the problem.

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Deb Bryant

Senior Director Open Source & Standards, Red Hat
Deb Bryant has served as a board member on a number of non-profit organizations over the years with a focus on open source software or its use to public benefit. Most recently, she has completed a six-year term as a board director with the Open Source Initiative. In addition to h... Read More →

Wednesday March 7, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
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