Written by: Mark Loranger, M.B.A.
President & CEO, Chrysalis
Chrysalis was delighted when the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI) referred Steve Tolbert (Class #17) to us for consideration as a board member.
It was clear from our first discussion that Steve had been well prepared by AABLI for board membership at Chrysalis, which is dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.
Not only did Steve ask all the right questions during the vetting process, he also had a good understanding of the role board members play.
It also wasn’t a random match; AABLI had thoughtfully matched our mutual interests and preferences. Recruiting and vetting board candidates is challenging for community-based organizations, especially for mature organizations such as Chrysalis, where we have made board diversity one of our top priorities.
Partnering with a respected board development and placement organization like AABLI has helped us to accelerate this process and provide candidates of color with exposure to our organization and board that otherwise would not be possible.
Our board is excited to welcome Steve. We know he will have a significant impact on our work for years to come. We look forward to partnering with AABLI in the future to source other great leaders to join our board.
President and CEO
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