Get on Board to Join Area Boards of Directors

Get on Board (A board of directors, that is)

One of the best ways to accomplish three goals – develop leadership skills, make new connections, and volunteer in the community – is to join a board of directors.

To help more women in our region join boards, WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative is partnering with United Way of the Cape Fear Area and UNCW’s QENO (Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations).

The Get On Board program, started in 2015, offers training to potential board members and helps connect them with board opportunities based on their skills and interests.

With the help of Cape Fear Women in Tech, the Get on Board website launched in September. On it, area organizations can sign up to post information about their group and what type of prospective members they are interested in connecting with for committee and board work. Women who have gone through the Get on Board training, facilitated by QENO, have the ability to post their bio information, types of nonprofits or organizations they are interested in working with, and the skill sets they can offer. The website offers an easy way for organization and potential board candidates to connect with other.

Only graduates of the Get on Board training will be able to create an account on the website to upload their candidate information. Information about upcoming training sessions, which last two hours, will be posted here and on the Women to Watch Leadership Initiative’s “How to Get Involved” page along with other initiative programs.

Speakers cover three areas during the seminar to help participants get an overview about board service:
1. Professional and personal benefits to serving on a board of directors
2. Roles and legal obligations of a board member
3. Questions every potential board member needs to ask before serving on a board

Feel free to email us questions or suggestions at

–Maggi Apel, events director, and Vicky Janowski, WILMA co-editor

Co-directors of the Women to Watch Leadership Initiative