how to join a nonprofit board and why you should consider it

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 12 pm (Central)

Be a value-add and gain added-value serving on a nonprofit board. It can be a win-win.

career-month_11-20-19_nonprofit-boardThere are many reasons why professionals are drawn to board service. Benefits include practical, hands-on leadership training; experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities; as well as a renewed sense of purpose for civic engagement. Join us and learn how to explore serving on a board and how it will make you a better professional.
Questions our panel will discuss include:
  • What laed you to join a nonprofit board?
  • How has serving on a board impacted other areas of your professional life?
  • How do you recommend building relationships with boards that you are interested in joining?


About the Presenters: Maureen Dunne, AB’98, AM’98‚Äč; Sean Harper, AM’03, MBA’09; Jasmine Kwong, AM’06, MBA’16; 

Maureen Dunne, AB’98, AM’98, has more than a decade of experience founding, advising, and managing venture-backed cognitive health and education technology start-ups. She is the cofounder of mCare System/Mindheart Lab, maker of the EduPal robot, which is a fast-growing telehealth robotics company that was recently selected to be part of chairman Reid Hoffman’s prestigious BrainMind ecosystem.
Dunne has lectured on cognitive science, neurodiversity, and digital health technology–related topics at the local, national, and international level, and recently was selected to participate in a Nobel Prize Summit for problem-solving discussions alongside top scientists, educators, and Nobel laureates.
A “Founder to Watch” (Women 2.0) and former Kauffman Foundation/Astia Entrepreneur Fellow, Dunne currently serves on the C-Suite selection committee of Astia, which supports promising high-growth technology start-ups with an inclusive culture. Dunne is also a board director for the Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago, Access to Care (Auxiliary Board), Autism Community Ventures, and several technology start-ups. In April, she was elected to the board of trustees at the College of DuPage and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Sean Harper, AM’03, MBA’09, is the founder and CEO of Kin, a property insurance technology company with more than 10,000 customers that has raised $16M of venture capital. Prior to founding Kin, Harper ran product at 2Checkout (a payments processing tech business) and Livewatch, a home security monitoring company. His previous start-up, FeeFighters, sold to Groupon in 2012 after raising $1.5M of venture capital. Harper started his career at the Boston Consulting Group where he focused on financial services. Harper serves on the board of Accion, a nonprofit lending business.

jasmine-kwongJasmine Kwong, AB’06, MBA’16, is associate director of Field Lab Services and Programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business’s Center for Decision Research. She returns to the CDR after two years as assistant director of development at SkyART, a nonprofit that provides free, safe, open spaces where young people are empowered and new connections are made through the arts. She has volunteered with various nonprofits and currently serves as the vice president of the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Museum Council.




Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 12pm (Central)

Cost: Complimentary
Location: Online





Event Contact

Adam Sylvain
Assistant Director, Career Development
UChicago Alumni Association Contact