SOUTH BEND - An initiative is being launched at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business to expand the gender diversity among nonprofit boards. The BRITE Women Project plans to provide women with skills needed to supply nonprofit board leadership. 

“Many women have extensive professional leadership experience that would be a great asset to a nonprofit board, yet they may be uncertain about how to leverage those skills to obtain a seat at the table,” said Joan McClendon, operations program director for Nonprofit Professional Development. “The objective of BRITE is to help women broaden their understanding about nonprofit boards and how they might participate.”

The project will also launch a resource to connect nonprofits looking for female board members.

 “This is another way we are living out our mission to be a force for good, by improving how nonprofit boards operate. We are thankful for the support of Mendoza’s new dean, Martijn Cremers. He listened to our vision for our game-changing project, and his leadership caused the vision to be reality.”

The project has two upcoming events:

  • Networking Night Out, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14  in Mendoza rooms L061 and L062. The event includes a panel discussion featuring experts who will help participants build their nonprofit résumé:
  • BRITE Women Boot Camp, Oct. 17-19 at the Mendoza College of Business. The boot camp is a certificate program that includes four professional development sessions in addition to the three-day event.

Learn more about the Boot Camp by clicking here