Board Chair’s Message
Dear AABLI Family and Friends:
With mixed emotions, I announce the retirement of my colleague and friend, Yvette Chappell-Ingram, effective this summer. In 2011, as co-founders, we shared a vision to establish the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI) as a premier leader in board governance training for Black professionals. Over the years, we have done that and so much more. Because we value our relationship, it is important that we share this important announcement with you.
Please join the AABLI board and staff in wishing Yvette well as she steps into a new season in her life. We invite you to read the following official press release to this message.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (April 2021) – The African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI) announces the retirement of Yvette Chappell-Ingram, President and CEO. Chappell-Ingram, who co-founded AABLI ten years ago, will retire from the Los Angeles-based nonprofit in the summer of 2021.
AABLI’s mission is to strengthen nonprofit, public, and private organizations by recruiting and preparing African Americans for service on a broad range of governing boards, and by facilitating the placement of AABLI graduates on boards and commissions. To date, AABLI has trained more than 700 of its alumni across the U.S. and placed more than 250 on governing boards and city, county, and state commissions.
“It has been a privilege to serve the AABLI mission,” said Chappell-Ingram. “Hundreds of African American professionals are now bringing their expertise, experience and perspectives to more than 250 organizations, and more to come. This is the dream of board room diversity we’ve worked so hard to make real.
“We are making a difference in bringing new voices, new strength to boards both nonprofit and corporate, and to commissions serving vast constituencies,” Chappell-Ingram added. “But there is much more to do. So, I intend to remain an active and passionate advocate of AABLI and its work.”
Board Chair Virgil Roberts, who in 2011 co-founded AABLI with Chappell-Ingram, said his colleague’s impact on her community has been profound. “From the beginning, Yvette anticipated both the long-range and immediate benefits of the African American presence in the rooms where decisions are made. But what she brought to AABLI goes beyond vision. Her ideas, hard work, concern for the community and pride in the AABLI alumni family made her a great leader.”
The Hawkins Company has been retained to conduct a search for Chappell-Ingram’s successor.
CLICK THIS LINK TO READ THE RECRUITMENT PROFILE: aabli_brochure_CEO.Final.1.pdf