ON THE ROLE OF THE BOARD
What does a board do, and what do you look for in a board member?
CM: When looking at potential candidates for the board, we’re always asking: how can this person help us scale? We have an executive committee and a separate board that oversees the committee. I wanted our board to better reflect our target demographic, so when I first joined I worked to bring on new members who would reflect that perspective.
LB: We’re a volunteer-run organization, and with that you really need to love what you’re doing and be passionate to be on the board. When we recruit board members, we look for that passion, and we look for people who are willing to put the time in. You need to love it, and be willing to be engaged. As an operating board, we are on the ground — putting on fundraisers, opening new locations, and more.
ON FINDING YOUR CAUSE
What advice would you give toward finding a cause that matters to you?
LB: I have three core things that I personally care about: female empowerment, education, and energy / sustainable investments. It’s key to pick what’s core and central to you at this point in time, and recognizing that you have to make a choice somewhere but that you can always come back, or change anytime. Also, it’s important to play not just to your passions, but also to your strengths.
CM: Figure out your pillars first. It’s also helpful to know what your friends’ pillars are, so you can connect causes to people who would be perfect to work on them.
SL: Start with something personal — whether it’s something that you went through yourself or saw someone close to you go through. Then look for those low commitment options, just to dip your toes in. As you start working on different opportunities, you’ll find one that resonates.