Build your credentials. Tell your story.
Educate yourself on board duties and responsibilities. For example, how a board operates, what the duties and responsibilities of a board member are, etc.
Understand the implications of board service. For example, the fiduciary responsibility and risk (reputational and financial).
Commit. Be sure you have the time and that your employer will support your goal.
Identify your value. What impact can you bring to a for-profit board?
Market your profile. Create a compelling board bio.
Determine what type of board you want to pursue. What industry would fit your skills and experience?
Recruit sponsors. Identify those who can advise you and be a reference for your abilities and those who can introduce you to opportunities.
Raise your visibility. Find ways to raise your visibility as an aspiring board candidate (i.e. speaking engagements, let people know of your interest, conferences on governance, etc.).
Network, network, network.
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