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Corporate Board - Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Position Summary
The Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion is responsible for promoting diversity, equity, &
inclusion initiatives within the organization of Illinois Leadership Seminars (ILS). Our goal is to
ensure ILS and its sponsored events are accessible, safe, and welcoming to people of all
backgrounds and identities. The person in this position would particularly focus on ensuring
those with historically marginalized, oppressed, or underrepresented identities are given every
resource and opportunity needed to fully engage in the mission of ILS. Our seminars are
always provided at no cost to our attendees and this role will be instrumental in ensuring we
continue our tradition of meaningful leadership training to a broad array of student leaders.
The person in this position will be an active member on the Illinois Leadership Seminar
Board. Being an active member of our board will include attending monthly meetings and
ensuring support and engagement throughout the calendar year. This is a volunteer, unpaid
ILS is a small, working board of leaders passionate about youth leadership supported by a large
and mighty alumni network. This is a newly created board position and ILS is the first
organization amongst its direct peers to introduce such a position to the board, as we hope to
demonstrate the importance of prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion work for youth
leadership development. It is our hope that the person in this position would work with other key
positions within ILS to ensure leaders from diverse backgrounds attend Seminar and want to
continue their involvement as alumni and eventual decision-makers in the organization.

Key Responsibilities:
● Assess and monitor ILS’s policies, procedures, governance models, and professional
practices to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable and culturally competent.
● Host and/or coordinate diversity, equity, and inclusion training or events for the
constituents of the organization including the corporate board, alumni, and volunteers.
● Collaborate with other key roles within ILS to support and empower multicultural
students and volunteers.
● Gather feedback from leaders and alumni about diversity, equity, and inclusion and
incorporate the feedback in decision-making processes.
● Collaborate with the Seminar Planning Committee to ensure Seminar recruitment,
programming, policies, and procedures are inclusive and equitable.
● Collaborate with those who run iLeads and other programming outside of seminar to
assure programming is inclusive and equitable.
● Collaborate with the board on program design for the alumni network that continues the
diversity programming which begins at Seminar.
● Collaborate with Alumni Advisors to ensure activities, including meetings and reunions,
encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion.
● Assure a safe space and process exists for alumni to present concerns pertaining to
diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred Skills:
● Experience working with non-profits, particularly those without paid staff
● Experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion programming
● Experience in working with youth and understanding of human development
● Experience in organizational change

If you are over 21 and feel called to join our Corporate Board in this role , please send an email to and by December 10 .

For our By-Laws and more information about our organization please visit our website:


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805 LAKE ST 184, OAK PARK, IL 60301, US

Mission Statement

We unleash the leadership potential of Illinois' youth.


ILS has been providing quality, free leadership seminars in Illinois since 1977. We are a 100% volunteer organization with 501(c)3 nonprofit status. Through our programs, students interact with leaders in industry, government, the arts, education, and the media, coming in contact with a diverse world of leaders and leadership styles. Students are then challenged to discover and unleash their own leadership potential in their schools and communities, using the tools and resources made available to them at ILS. We at Illinois Leadership Seminars don't tell our participants what to think, or even how to think, but stress the importance of careful thought for our world's future leaders.

Board Development
Children & Youth


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  • Must be at least 21
  • 2 hour monthly meeting and work outside the meeting.

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