2022-06-13: Call for Applications for Board of Directors


Out to Innovate’s next Board of Directors takes office on August 1, 2022. As part of our ongoing effort to increase the organization’s impact, achieve our mission, increase transparency, and increase participation, we are opening up a call for volunteers to serve on the Out to Innovate Board of Directors.

Out to Innovate is an all-volunteer organization, and the Board has primary responsibility to keep the organization moving forward as a force for equality, inclusion, and STEM excellence.

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.

Out to Innovate Background

Out to Innovate is NOGLSTP dba Out to Innovate. Out to Innovate is a professional society that educates and advocates for LGBTQ+ students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Our mission is to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and peer support.

We educate all communities regarding scientific, technological, and medical concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.

We partner with and support affiliated organizations advancing diversity in STEM, particularly organizations advancing LGBTQ+ diversity.

Application Process
Due date: July 7 2022

Prepare and submit (in PDF or Microsoft Word format) your:

  1. Resume or bio sketch (<2 pages)
  2. Personal statement of interest and intent in the NOGLSTP board (1 page max)
  3. Optional: up to three letters of support

Submit materials online using this Google form.

You will be required to log in with an authorized Google account to upload your application files. Complete all required sections of the form. You will be able to edit your submissions until July 7.

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

Selection Process

In accordance with our 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, affiliate representatives, and officers.

In order to institute staggered terms for the Board, all Board members will be elected to three-year terms.

Board Member Expectations

Every Board member shall:

  • Uphold and represent our the mission in an ethical manner
  • Remain a member throughout their term
  • Serve a term of 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, secretary, or treasurer) or as chair of a Board committee. The current committees are:
    • Communication
    • Education, Research, and Advocacy
    • Fundraising
    • Membership
    • Mentorship and Leadership Development
    • 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 our representative (affiliate meeting, programming event, Out To Innovate Career Summit, 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 affiliate member student per year


If you have questions or concerns, please contact the application organizer, TJ Ronningen (tj-board at noglstp dot org). We would welcome the chance to talk with you.

All applicants will be notified about the election outcomes by early August.