But since many nonprofits still struggle to find effective board members, this idea may be worth expanding. When the Board Match event was initiated in 2005, only a few hundred potential board members were in attendance.
Now, with more than a thousand candidates present, many of the nonprofits return year after year to meet and recruit new directors.
When women were forced to go from man to man during the speed-dating event, they debunked the gender stereotype by showing an interest in more of the potential partners.
These findings show how a widely assumed gender difference – women are picky about who they date, men aren’t – could largely be an artifact of social situations.
View the full list On a TV show or in a movie, if a guy and a girl are at a party and one approaches the other to strike up a conversation, chances are that it was the guy who approached the girl.
Speed dating is a structured way for daters to meet a lot of people quickly.In most cultures, expectations about male and female dating behaviour (such as “guys approach girls”) are so entrenched that there are special days or dances where the script is flipped.On Sadie Hawkins Day (traditionally observed in early November) or at a Sadie Hawkins Dance, women have the opportunity to invert social convention by asking men out on a date or to a dance.Such events may also help combat some of the leadership challenges of running a self-perpetuating (or self-nominating) board.Self-perpetuating boards are tempted to recruit new board members from amongst their friends and colleagues and thereby run the risk of becoming unrepresentative of the target population and service area.For the other events, men and women performed a Sadie Hawkins-like role reversal: men stayed in one place while women circulated around the room.In the standard “men rotating” events, the researchers replicated previous findings (and the prevailing stereotypes) that women were pickier about who they liked relative to men.The ability of self-perpetuating boards to develop a strong board culture may also increase the risk of becoming too insular and unresponsive.Speed dating events like Board Match can help self-perpetuating boards meet and recruit candidates they would never otherwise have considered.Men may be less picky not because they are men, but because societal norms require them to do the majority of the approaching in dating scenarios.Women’s selectivity, meanwhile, might arise from their essentially arbitrary role as “selectors”.