Despite our best intentions, sometimes our efforts to become diverse and inclusive backfire. Can there be hidden barriers to achieving this important goal?

Most nonprofit boards understand the potential benefits of board diversity and inclusion, yet many struggle to fulfill the promise offered. Why is that? We mean well, after all. Are there hidden barriers to achieving this promise? In some cases, the answer to this question is “yes.” But there is good news too. Once identified, we can work to overcome these barriers and become the diverse and inclusive boards we want and need to be.

Read these fictional stories based on Merryn Rutledge's research and her organizational development consulting practice. By analyzing these cases, you will hopefully have more insight into your own board’s approaches to diversity and inclusion that will help you identify possible blind spots and opportunities for change.

Read the full article about overcoming barriers to board diversity and inclusion by Merryn Rutledge BoardSource.