Board Placement Program

The board placement program is designed to connect YPW members with opportunities to serve on nonprofit boards of directors. The program takes place in two parts to facilitate a meaningful relationship between YPW members and Wichita’s nonprofit organizations.

Part 1:

Board Placement 101 (YPW members only)

Through this forum, YPs learn the basics about joining a board. A panel of peers shares its nonprofit board experience and prepares attendees for what to expect. A YPW volunteer facilitates the discussion, but members are encouraged to bring questions and actively participate in the question and answer session.

This interactive discussion gives YPW members an insight on nonprofit board membership and whether it is right for them. YPW members are required to attend the Board Placement 101 forum before participating in part two of the program.

The next Board Placement 101 is scheduled for March 6, 2019.

Part 2:

Board Placement Networking Event (YPW members + Nonprofit representatives)

After completing Board Placement 101, interested members move on to the next tier of the program, Board Placement Speed Networking. This event provides members an opportunity to personally connect to representatives from local nonprofits in an environment similar to speed dating. Like speed dating, all attendees are expected to meet with all nonprofits.

  1. During the event, the nonprofits and YPs meet for a limited time to ask questions and share about themselves.
  2. At the end of the event, both the nonprofit representatives and YPW members turn in interest forms selecting their preferred candidates/nonprofits.
  3. After the event, we match those who have common interest and pass the contact information of the individuals to the nonprofits to continue the process of getting the YP involved on its board.

The next speed networking session is scheduled in March 2019.


profile of a leader

Dacia Brown

Talent Recruiting Specialist

Emprise Bank

Reason for Participating:

I was interested in serving on a nonprofit board because I wanted to give back and be a part of an organization that makes such a positive impact on the community.

Prepared for Leadership:

After attending the Board Placement 101 session, I felt I was equipped with the information I would need about making an informed decision about the types of questions to ask at the Speed Networking event and what kind of organization I would like to serve.

Placed on Board:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid America Chapter


I can’t say enough great things about the program- I got the opportunity to meet with nonprofits that I may not otherwise have had the chance to learn about, and am also getting to be an integral part of the MS Society’s efforts to drive research for a cure and help those that are affected by the disease. I would highly recommend the program to anyone thinking about joining a board or just wanting to learn more about nonprofit organizations we have in our area.

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