2021-05-09: Call for Applications for the NOGLSTP Board of Directors


Out To Innovate is a member-driven organization, and service on the Board of Directors is an opportunity to shape the direction of the organization directly. We are actively seeking the Board to represent a diverse mix of gender, race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, professional background, skill sets, geography, and career stage. We welcome long-time members and new supporters who share our commitment to Out To Innovate’s mission.

Out To Innovate Background

Out To Innovate, formerly NOGLSTP, is a professional society and global community of LGBTQ+ students and professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Out To Innovate empowers LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM by providing education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and peer support. We educate all communities regarding scientific, technological, and medical concerns of LGBTQ+ people.

Out To Innovate partners with and supports affiliated organizations advancing diversity in STEM, particularly organizations advancing LGBTQ+ diversity. Out To Innovate formed in the early 1980s as NOLGS, served its mission as NOGLSTP from 1983 to 2020, and has now adopted the new name of Out To Innovate.

Application Process

  • Due date: June 20, 2021
  • Prepare and submit (in PDF or Microsoft Word format) your:
    • Resume or bio sketch (<2 pages)
    • Personal statement of interest and intent in the Out To Innovate board (1 page max)
    • Optional: up to three letters of support

    Submit materials online using this Google form. (Note: You will be required to log in with an authorized Google account in order to upload your application files.) Complete all required sections of the form. You will be able to edit your submissions until June 20.

    You may be contacted, via email or phone, for clarifying information or for a short interview.

    Selection Process

    In accordance with Out To Innovate’s ByLaws, the current Board establishes a selection procedure for the future Board. In this cycle, applicants will be considered and elected by a vote among the current Board.

    Board Member Expectations

    Every Out To Innovate Board member shall:

  • Uphold and represent the mission of Out To Innovate in an ethical manner
  • Remain an Out To Innovate member throughout their term
  • Serve a term of at least one year and, preferably, three years
  • Attend at least 8 monthly board meetings (per year), via video/tele-conference
  • Serve in an executive role, either on the Board (chair, vice chair, secretary, or treasurer) or as chair of a committee. The current committees are:
    • Communication
    • Education, Research, and Advocacy
    • Fundraising
    • Membership
    • Programs
    • Partnerships and Affiliates
  • Provide service to the board and Out To Innovate through a combination of these three areas:
    • Attend at least one event as a representative of Out To Innovate (affiliate meeting, programming event, Out To Innovate symposium, etc.)
    • Contribute and/or fundraise at least $500 towards any Out To Innovate fundraising campaign initiated by the Board
    • Volunteer to mentor at least one Out To Innovate member or partner student per year


    If you have questions or concerns, please contact the board chair TJ Ronningen (tj.ronningen at noglstp dot org). We would welcome the chance to talk with you.
    All applicants will be notified about the election outcomes by early July.