For more than eight years, I’ve had a seat at the table with Atlanta Women’s Network. I’ve helped start new programs, end old programs, and adapt to change. And most importantly, I’ve built relationships that grow stronger every day.
First, I volunteered for a committee position, followed by a board “second” job, a board-member-in-training seat. Next followed a series of board positions ranging from president to communications chair.
It’s been a great experience for me, and I’ve grown as a business leader. As AWN accepts nominations for the next round of board appointments, I’m reminded of my decision to get involved, and the lessons I’ve learned along the way:
Take the first step. If you are wondering whether you’d make a good board member, just do it. You’ll connect with a terrific group of women, and get back as much as you give.
Be flexible. Each year, new women join the AWN board, all with their own ideas on how to make this an even better organization. Past president Jill Pullen did a great job crafting and keeping us focused on a mission that stays consistent as leadership changes. We keep our eye on our mission, and allow ourselves the flexibility to try new ideas to keep AWN fresh. We’ve evolved through the years, adapting to everything from the economy to the rise of social media.
Follow through. AWN is managed by a combination of volunteer board members and in-kind sponsorships. Our work is designed to complement each other’s efforts, and follow-through is important. With all of us in service to AWN, doing what we say we will do is critical. It’s how we roll.
As I step aside to make room for the next team of leaders, I’m proud of AWN and the network we provide each other. See you at our monthly luncheons, where I will proudly trade my board nametag for the role of Member. I’m in good company.
Cindy Miller is the CEO of Cindy Miller Communications. Learn more at www.CindyMillerCommunications.com.