The Inclusive Nonprofit Boardroom

Feb 12, 2012


The Inclusive Nonprofit Boardroom: Leveraging the Transformative Potential of Diversity
Patricia Bradshaw, PhD, and Christopher Fredette, PhD
The Nonprofit Quarterly
May 6, 2011


"While funders and others often seem to be advocating for more representative diversity on boards, this has not yet resulted in large shifts in board composition, with the exception of women. It is likely that you have heard the arguments in favor of increasing board diversity, including the claim that more diversity leads to superior financial performance, better strategic decision making, increased responsiveness to community and client stakeholders, and an enhanced ability to attract and retain top talent. But you may also have heard that researchers have found a correlation between increasing diversity among governing groups and greater conflict, as well as a deterioration in performance."

This article looks at the "roots of this paradox and what is being done to respond to demands for both increased Board diversity and effectiveness."

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