Special Interest: Boards and Third Act

Transitioning to Other Professional Activities: Boards and Third Act

Some Yale SOM alumni seek to transition to part-time work and/or participate in corporate governance/volunteer activities at some point in their careers. The following resources may aid in finding these types of opportunities and managing the transition from full-time work to other types of professional engagement.  

Finding leadership and board opportunities

YANA enables thousands of Yale alumni around the world who are involved or interested in the nonprofit sector as a staff member, board member, volunteer, or supporter. Members can connect with other like-minded Yale alums and nonprofits in your areas. There are YANA chapters in the Bay Area, NYC, New England, Philadelphia, and Seattle that provide programming, opportunities for service, and networking. You are encouraged to get involved!

Bridgestar, is an initiative of the Bridgespan Group and provides a nonprofit management job board, content, and tools designed to help nonprofit organizations build strong leadership teams and individuals pursue career paths as nonprofit leaders. Idealist includes a directory of thousands of nonprofit web sites, an online library for nonprofits, and a database of volunteer opportunities nationwide.

Forte Foundation, is a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women.  They often offer courses and information about opportunities for women to join boards.

Finding volunteer consulting assignments

The International Executive Service Corps is a not-for-profit organization that recruits and assigns U.S. volunteer experts to assist businesses in developing and emerging-market countries worldwide.

The National Executive Service Corps Serving the New York tri-state region for more than 30 years, the National Executive Service Corps provides consulting services to nonprofit organizations.

Other resources

The Association of Yale Alumni has numerous volunteer opportunities

The American Association of Retired People provides up-to-date information on many issues related to re-careering. While the target audience is 50+ year olds, others may find their links helpful for relocation, volunteering, and encore careers.

Encore is founded by an SOMer, Encore.org provides free, comprehensive information that helps individuals transition to jobs in the nonprofit world and the public sector. It is part of Civic Ventures, which aims to engage millions of boomers in encore careers, providing personal fulfillment doing paid work and to solve society’s greatest problems. Includes training, books,articles, networking, and more.

Sample of other “how to” information