FORCE11 Leadership Nominations and Election Procedures

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Please see timeline below for board member selection timeline

FORCE11 Community Members as of October 1, 2018 are encouraged to put forward nominees for the election of 2018 FORCE11 Directors.  Nominations and elections will follow the schedule detailed in the Timeline below.

All successful candidates will take office on January 1 of the following year. Directors and Officers will serve three-year terms with the maximum of two terms (6 years).

In order to be eligible to be a Director candidate, a person must be a member of the community as of October 5, 2018, and must pledge to make every reasonable effort to attend the biweekly Board of Director teleconference meetings, and, at their own expense, the face-to-face Annual Board Meeting held in conjunction with the FORCE conference.

The online nomination form requires the name, affiliation, and e-mail address of the person being nominated, along with an assurance that the indicated person meets the qualifications and is willing to stand for election for the position in question. This form also requests a few sentences of justification that makes the strongest case possible for the nominee.

More information on the Board of Directors:



Sept - Oct

Select and convene a Nomination Committee to prepare for nomination process

October 1

All community members as of this date are eligible to nominate and vote in the election

November 5

Call for nominations for FORCE11 Board of Directors posted on website and sent to membership.  

November 30

Closing date for Board of Directors Nominations.  Nomination committee to review and submit a list of candidates to the current Board of Directors for review.

December 3

Current Board of Directors to review and endorse candidates; no limit on number of nominees a board member can endorse.   Top candidates are selected for the community vote.  

December 4

Send nominations to membership with voting instructions

December 14

Close membership voting

December 17

Current Board of Directors selects and appoints Directors and Officers to any open positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary).  Notifications sent to newly appointed officers.

December 17

Send notifications to newly elected Board members

December 21

Notice to membership of newly formed Board of Directors

December 21

Update all website and materials with new Board information

January 1

New Board Terms begin



To be eligible to serve on the BOD as a director, individuals must be members of FORCE11 as of October 1, 2018.  To be considered for an Officer position on the board (President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary), a member must have been a FORCE11 community member for at least one (1) year by the time of the start of the term for which the Officer is nominated. Given a collection of nominees, the Nominations Committee will evaluate the candidates and, from this evaluation, select a credentialed list for presentation to the Board of Directors for their review. The main criteria for this evaluation will be the following:

  1. Evidence of willingness to carry out the responsibilities of the office.
  2. The quality of the statement regarding goals while in office will be heavily weighted in the decision.
  3. Diversification needs of the complete Board of Directors.
  4. Status in the community.


Prior to the of the November Board of Directors meeting, the set of Board nominees will be reviewed by the nominations committee for the purpose of ensuring that the nominees meet the qualifications. The nominee candidate statements will then be presented electronically to the Board of Directors for an endorsement period. 


Voting and announcement of results will take place following the schedule detailed in the Timeline above.


GENERAL POWERS.  FORCE11 is registered in the United States as a 501c3 non-profit corporation. The property and business of the Corporation shall be managed under the direction of the Board of Directors of the Corporation. 

NUMBER AND TERMS OF OFFICE.  The number of Directors shall be not less than three (3) and not more than twenty (20). Directors must be current members of the Corporation. Directors terms begin on January 1 of the year following their election and each Director shall serve a term of three (3) years with a maximum of two terms allowed. 

REGULAR MEETINGS.  Regular meetings of the Board of Directors are held by conference call biweekly. The annual face-to-face meeting of the Board of Directors is held during the FORCE11 conference. All Directors are expected to participate in the biweekly conference calls and attend the in-person meeting during the FORCE Conference. Exceptions are made based on individual circumstances.

SPECIAL MEETINGS.  Special meetings of the Board of Directors for any purpose or purposes may be called at any time by the President, of if the President is absent or unable or refuses to act, by the Vice-President or by any two Directors.  Written notice of the time and place of special meetings shall be delivered to the Directors. 



OFFICERS OF THE CORPORATION.  The officers of the corporation shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.  The corporation may also have at the discretion of the Board of Directors one or more additional Vice-Presidents, one or more Secretaries, and one or more Assistant Treasurers.

ELECTION AND TERM OF OFFICE.  The officers of the corporation shall be chosen annually by the Board of Directors at their November Organizational Meeting and shall hold office for the term of three years or until such officer or officers shall resign, shall be removed or shall otherwise be disqualified to serve, or until their successors shall be elected and qualified.  In no case shall any individual hold the same office for more than three consecutive terms.

PRESIDENT.  The President shall be Chairman of the corporation and shall, subject to the control of the Board of Directors, have general supervision, direction, and control of the business and officers of the corporation.  The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors.  The President shall be an ex officio member of all standing committees and shall have the general powers and duties of management usually vested in the office of President of an incorporated body and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or by these Bylaws.

VICE-PRESIDENTS.  In the absence or disability of the President, the Vice-Presidents, in order of their rank, shall perform all the duties of the President and when so acting shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President.  The Vice-Presidents shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed for them respectively by the Board of Directors or by these Bylaws.

SECRETARY.  The Secretary shall keep or cause to be kept a Book of Minutes at the principal office or such other place as the Board of Directors may order of all meetings of the Trustees with the time and place of holding, whether regular or special, and if special, how authorized, the notice given thereof, the names of those present at Directors’ meetings.  The Secretary shall give or cause to be given notice of all meetings of the members of the Board of Directors required by the Bylaws and shall keep the seal of the corporation in safe custody and shall have such other powers to perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or by these Bylaws.

TREASURER.  The Treasurer shall keep and maintain or cause to be kept and maintained adequate and correct accounts of the properties and business transactions of the corporation and disbursements.  The books of account shall at all times be open to inspection by any member.  The Treasurer shall deposit or cause to be deposited all moneys and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the corporation with such depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors.  The Treasurer shall, subject to the limitations contained in these Bylaws, disburse or cause to be disbursed the sums of the corporation as may be ordered by the Board of Directors, shall render to the President and Directors whenever they request it an account of all the Treasurer’s transactions as Treasurer and the financial condition of the corporation, and shall have such other powers to perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or by these Bylaws.


2019 Committee Members

2018 Committee Members

Cameron Neylon Stephanie Hagstrom
Dan O'Donnell Cameron Neylon
Stephanie Hagstrom Dan O'Donnell
Gimena del Rio Riande Tim Clark
  Laurel Haak
  Amye Kenall
  Judith Blake
  Micah Altman
Alternate Title: 
Board of Directors Nominations