Several attorneys, consultants and executives from outside thecredit union industry reported that diverse boards of directors whobring a wide variety of skills and experience to their roles aremost beneficial to organizations – and urged credit unions to usemore care when choosing and training their board members.

Sean-Michael Green, a non-practicing lawyer and associate vicepresident for graduate enrollment and marketing at the Universityof New Haven in New Haven, Conn., stressed that boards should focuson recruiting the talent they need. Green has served on severalnon-profit boards himself.

“I've seen boards where 90% of the members were attorneys,”Green explained. “No one should need that many lawyers. Most boardsbenefit from experts in finance, law, marketing, HR and other nichefields. The board needs to assess its strengths and seek people whowill fill their competency gaps.”

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