CREW Greater Cincinnati Seeks Nominations to the Board of Directors

August 11, 2023


Are you ready to take a leadership role by serving on the Board of Directors of CREW Greater Cincinnati? Serving on the Board offers members a meaningful opportunity not only to influence the future of the chapter, but also to develop critical leadership skills and recognition that will help propel their careers forward. Nominate yourself or another qualified leader for a Board position!

The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 1, 2023 and you can nominate yourself or someone else.

(Click or scan the image to left for nomination form)

  1. Who can serve? Who can make a nomination?

Any CREW Greater Cincinnati member can submit a nomination for themselves or someone else. Current and past Directors ARE eligible to serve again and should feel free to recommend themselves. The CREW Greater Cincinnati Nominating Committee, led by the President-Elect, makes final nominations for the Board slate from individuals nominated by the membership. Please note that if you are nominated, you are also required to self-nominate to be presented on the ballot. This will indicate your desire to serve.

  1. What positions are open?
  • President Elect (will serve as 2024 President-Elect, 2025 President and 2026 Past President)
  • Treasurer
  • Director of Outreach
  •  Director of Programs
  • Director of Communications
  • Director of Special Events

Members of the 2023 Board of Director continuing to serve on the 2024 Board will be: Cara Henegar (Past President); Melissa Wilhelm (President); Kate Sharp (Director of Sponsorship); Whitney Brignolo (Director of Membership)

It is possible that a current Board member may be nominated for President Elect or another position, which would open a seat that is not currently open.
  1. How do I nominate myself or someone else?

It’s easy! Click the link above to be taken to the Microsoft Form and fill in the name of the person you would like to nominate for each position. You can nominate yourself or someone for more than one position.

  1. What if I’m not sure if the person I want to nominate is qualified/willing to serve?

That’s our job. If someone you know would make a great leader, let us know. We’ll reach out to them and have that conversation.

  1. What is the process after someone is nominated?

CREW Greater Cincinnati BOD & Past President’s Committee requests nominees to complete a nominee acceptance form and questionnaire, reviews those submissions and learns more about recommended individuals. They then make the final nomination decision for the available Board and Officer positions. The CREW Greater Cincinnati membership will vote on the slated individuals as proposed new Board members.

  1. How long would I serve if nominated and elected? 

All Director positions are two years. Treasurer is a one-year term. The President Elect will serve for three years – year one as President Elect, year two as President, year three as Past President.

  1. What skills should a Director have? 

While each Director position has specific requirements, all Board members should: (1) have strong communication skills; (2) be able to think strategically and deal with “big picture” issues; (3) be able to motivate others; and (4) have a good understanding of the CREW Network, its purpose and goals, and of CREW Greater Cincinnati.

  1. How much time is required?

Directors are expected to attend monthly Board meetings (approx. 1.5 hours) and to participate in the committee meetings under their jurisdiction. Most positions require a commitment of an additional 3-5 hours a month, including preparing a written report on activities each month, preparing, and reviewing budgets and monthly financial statements and working with committee chairs to execute the committee mission.

Incoming Directors, Officers, and the incoming President Elect are also expected to begin working with departing Directors and Officers prior to taking office to help ensure a smooth transition on budgets, committee leadership and event calendars. For a better insight into the time required for a specific position, contact to be put in touch with the current Director or Officer. 

Nominees for President Elect should also plan to attend CREW Network Leadership Summit meetings in January and June, and the CREW Network Convention and Marketplace in September during each year of service (Expense allowances are provided). The President Elect is required to attend annual training provided by CREW Network in October. This year, the two-day training will take place October 19-20, 2023 in Dallas, Texas (all expenses are paid).

Directors and Officers are also encouraged to attend CREW Network Leadership Summits and the CREW Network Convention and Marketplace.  
  1. What do I get out of it?

Because CREW Greater Cincinnati has limited paid staff, serving on the Board offers members an unprecedented opportunity to develop leadership skills. As a Director you will: 
  • Gain valuable skills in speaking/presentations, consensus building, motivating others, budget development and implementation, strategic planning and other areas of leadership.
  • Gain expanded professional connections that benefit you and your firm and local, regional and national exposure for you and your company.
  • Perhaps most importantly, you’ll have an opportunity to influence the future direction and benefits of CREW Greater Cincinnati. 

In short, you can not only have a meaningful impact on the chapter, you can also develop the leadership skills that will help propel your career to the next level. 

  1. What costs are involved in serving as a Director?

Directors are encouraged to attend as many CREW Greater Cincinnati lunch programs (this year, $45 each on average) as possible. Attendance is also encouraged at our annual networking functions (e.g., golf tournament, outreach opportunities and special events). 

Directors are also expected to support the CREW Network Foundation with a donation in any amount. Directors are also strongly encouraged to be corporate partners for CREW Greater Cincinnati, although it is not a requirement.

  1. What qualifications are considered by the Nominating Committee?
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities (in committee work or otherwise observed by CREW Greater Cincinnati members or members of the Nominating Committee)
  • Effectiveness as an ambassador for CREW Greater Cincinnati
  • Past participation in CREW activities
  • Ability to work as a team member, while delegating responsibilities to others
  • Dedication to CREW Greater Cincinnati - proven performance and a willingness to put the good of the organization ahead of personal agenda
  • Good sense of fairness
  • Good communication and delegation skills
  • Ability to manage several committees simultaneously