Duties of the SABEW Board of Governors

The work of board members is vital to the success of SABEW. Here is a summary of the general duties and obligations of SABEW board members. Board members are:

  • Required to attend the SABEW board and membership meetings in person when gatherings resume. Zoom attendance is required in the interim. The board meets twice a year, at the annual SABEW spring and fall conference. The SABEW membership meetings also occur during the conferences. The SABEW board also meets by Zoom periodically and attendance is expected. Board members are expected to cover all travel-related expenses to attend meetings.
  • Required to support SABEW’s fall and spring conference by purchasing a ticket to the event and encouraging one person within your networks to register. If you cannot attend, board members are encouraged to purchase a ticket and pay-it-forwarded by giving the registration to someone deserving in their newsroom or donating towards a SABEW’s conference scholarship. Board members are expected to cover all travel related expenses and conference registration fees.
  • Encouraged to advance SABEW’s message, promote SABEW events, encourage BIB participation and promote other SABEW priorities on social media and within your networks.
  • Asked to participate actively in at least one SABEW committee; many serve on several committees. Participation includes attending committee conference calls.
  • Expected to adhere to and to promote SABEW’s Code of Ethics. SABEW is committed to promoting the highest professional standards of business journalism through its Code of Ethics. To that end, SABEW board members must exemplify those standards.
  • Expected to become familiar with SABEW’s bylaws, programs, services and budget.
  • Required to support SABEW’s development efforts through a significant annual personal donation to the general fund. SABEW requires 100 percent board giving in the annual appeal effort.
  • Expected to actively recruit new SABEW members. Expanding and diversifying SABEW’s membership is a priority.
  • Counted on to promote SABEW’s conferences, workshops and the Best in Business contest by engaging colleagues and other business journalists. Among those actions: sending emails to colleagues, making personal phone calls and promoting on social media.
  • Asked to keep an eye out for issues and trends that should be addressed by the SABEW board or the website or that might make for a good topic for discussion at the annual conference or workshops.
  • Encouraged to contribute content to SABEW’s website, social media channels and member emails.
  • Encouraged to provide sponsorship leads to the SABEW staff and when appropriate, facilitate introductions to decision-makers within your own company who can help advance SABEW’s financial goals through sponsorships, institutional memberships, award entrees and conference attendance.
  • Encouraged to attend local SABEW meetups, programs and events.
  • Required to annually review these responsibilities and reaffirm their commitment.
  • Act as a fiduciary for the organization.
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