Benefits of Running

Considering a run for AUTM’s Board of Directors?
Terrific! Here are some things you should know.

Serving on AUTM’s Board of Directors is an opportunity to share your skills and expertise, and have a positive, lasting impact on technology transfer. If you’re passionate about AUTM’s mission — supporting and advancing technology transfer worldwide — serving is an outstanding way to give back by helping chart the future of our profession.
By serving on AUTM’s Board, you’ll engage in high-level discussions about the future of AUTM and the profession. You’ll be a key player engaged in shaping the Association’s strategic goals and the future of tech transfer.
Nonprofit leadership experience offers a chance to grow beyond the skills used during your day job and bring your unique skills to AUTM. As a Director, you’ll contribute to the governance of the Association. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with AUTM staff and Cabinet members who drive Association operations. Make no mistake, there will conflict, lively debates and fascinating discussions. Working with others and considering multiple points of view will sharpen your diplomacy and negotiating skills and broaden your horizon. And in the process, you'll expand and diversify your network of influencers and contacts.
Serving AUTM in a leadership position will help you advance professionally. In the academic and corporate world, one of the key attributes senior leaders look for when considering hiring or promoting people is experience serving the community. Businesses and universities want to be good corporate citizens through the activities of their employees, and they understand the value of skills learned by professionals who serve on nonprofit boards.
The AUTM Board meets in person four times a year (including once at the AUTM Annual Meeting location, which can be anywhere in the US). Except for the Annual Meeting, the in-person Board meetings last two days. There are additional 2-hour video calls scheduled monthly throughout the year. Directors are expected to attend all meetings. A level of preparation is required before the Board meetings and you may get involved in specific task groups as the need arises.

Based on the AUTM Bylaws, at the time of application for candidacy and during your term you have to be a regular Member or an emeritus Member to serve on the Board of Directors.
 

Yes! Even though there is one dedicated at-large position for non-US representatives for the AUTM board of directors, all of the vacancies are open to US or no-US members.

No.  You can be an administrator, director, fellow, or have any position in the industry to apply, as long as your membership with AUTM is either a regular Member or an emeritus Member. AUTM's Board of Directors enjoys the diversity of thought and point of view to better serve the mission of the organization.

“Serving on the AUTM Board has been a fantastic experience. It has allowed me to use my expertise to make a meaningful contribution to the profession that I care so much about. In return, it has enriched both the personal and professional aspects of my life. If you’re a team player and strategic thinker who wants to make a difference, running for a position on the Board is well worth considering.”

— Alison Campbell, OBE, PhD, RTTP, former AUTM Board Chair.
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