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Attract and Retain Your Best CIL Board Members

CIL-NET Presents… A National Teleconference & Webinar

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETA strong CIL board should be full of individuals with a wide range of skills and expertise, a broad diversity of background, race, gender, disability type, and so on. You know first-hand how difficult it is to put together a dream team like that. CIL-NET is offering this brand new training opportunity to give you the tips and resources you need to identify, recruit, orient, and retain the right board members for your CIL. If that sounds like it could help your Center, then sign up today!

Registration Fee: $75.00. Fee is per site (connection) and does not apply per participant; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate by telephone or webcast.

Target Audience

  • CIL executive directors, managers, board members, and others responsible for recruiting, orienting, and retaining CIL board members. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will have knowledge and resources that will enable them to:

  • Describe how to determine the leadership gaps in your current board and focus your recruitment on filling those gaps.
  • Clarify board and staff roles and responsibilities in recruitment and orientation of new board members.
  • Identify effective strategies that support an organization’s board recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Describe components of an effective board member orientation plan.

Meet Your Presenter

Paula McElwee is the Technical Assistance Coordinator for the IL-NET project at ILRU. She previously served on the board of Resources for Independence of the Central Valley and served as interim executive director for four CILs in California, assisting the boards to transition to their next executive director. Paula has consulted with the California state association, California Foundation for Centers for Independent Living, and numerous centers throughout the state.

Paula was the Director of LINK, Inc. in Kansas in 1979, one of the first 10 centers funded through the Rehabilitation Act. She worked in the disability field in Kansas for 25 years, and was appointed by two governors to serve three terms on the Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas.


PRESENTED BY CIL-NET: A program of the IL-NET national training and technical assistance project for Centers for Independent Living (CIL-NET) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC-NET). The IL-NET is operated by ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).

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