We often get asked, “Why should I consider serving on the board for the Association For Creative Industries (AFCI)?” We’ve put together the top four reasons why you should nominate yourself or someone you know to serve on the 2020 AFCI Board of Directors before the May 15 deadline.
(1) REWARDING EXPERIENCE
Serving on a board can be both professionally and personally rewarding. It is a unique way for members of the organization to give back and help steer the future direction of AFCI at this important time in our industry. AFCI members are its best advocates.
“When you join, you are immediately connected to a global community who you can engage with to exchange ideas. You are also exposed to new industry opportunities that develop and may potentially grow your business.” – Jim Thielen, Chairman, AFCI Board of Directors
If elected to serve, you will join an influential network of industry executives and volunteer committee members. Every board connection you make expands your network and increases the potential to further your career.
“The time spent listening and learning from my fellow board members is invaluable. Their expertise, knowledge and understanding of the industry makes me more informed and a better board member.” – Brad Beck, Secretary, AFCI Board of Directors
(3) NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Board service provides you with a break from the norm. You will have the ability to participate on committees or in discussions that may not relate to your current job. As a board member, you will develop, review or monitor AFCI long-range plans, such as budgets, investments and strategic business plans.
“The benefit you get out of your experience is directly related to what you put in. The business intelligence, networking and support you gain from serving can be used to grow your own business.” – Ursula Morgan, AFCI Board of Directors
(4) LIMITED TIME COMMITMENT
Board members attend four in-person meetings throughout the year, one of which is held during Creativation, with occasional conference calls added as needed. AFCI pays for three in-person meetings for board members but not for attendance at Creativation. This includes airfare, hotel, ground transportation and meals.
“The rewards you receive volunteering for the Association outweigh the limited amount of time you spend at Board meetings and on committee calls. I’ve gained so much professionally and personally from this experience and I look forward to helping the Association grow throughout the rest of my term.” – Ashley Smith, AFCI Board of Directors
We hope we’ve inspired you to join the AFCI Board of Directors. Board nominations are due on May 15. For questions or further information, please contact Janet Rapp, Interim Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.