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CRITERIA & APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

 

2018 Deadlines:

February 26

May 28

September 4

November 26



I.                     TWN’s OBJECTIVES

The Women’s Network (TWN) cultivates, connects, inspires and supports a diverse membership comprised of Birmingham-area women who make outstanding contributions to their professions and communities and who actively participate in TWN and seek to further its objectives.

II.                    APPLICATION PROCESS AND CRITERIA FOR ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP

APPLICATION PROCESS

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Women’s Network. All applicants for membership must:

  1. Be nominated by an Active Member of TWN
  2. Complete the application
  3. Respond in a timely manner to requests for additional information or clarifications
  4. Have attended at least one TWN meeting, in the previous 12 months, as a guest or speaker

GENERAL CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP

The following Membership Criteria for “Active Members” are meant to guide current members in recruiting new TWN participants and to help potential members determine whether TWN is right for them.  We recognize, however, that in the current professional environment, measures of “accomplishment” may diverge from metrics traditionally used in legacy corporate/organizational structures.   Accordingly, TWN’s Membership Criteria are not absolute.  Potential members with unique experience and qualifications may be considered on their individual merits.   Women who qualify for TWN Active Membership should be viewed as “peers,” by existing members, based on the applicant’s demonstrated professional and/or community-service leadership roles, accomplishments and engagement. 

TWN Active Members generally meet the following qualifications:

  1. Track record for success in their profession or in a significant voluntary community/civic service activity in which they have assumed a substantial leadership role.
  2.  Experience (generally 5 years)  as a leader/manager of significant numbers of people, assets, expense budget  or revenue stream, or a portfolio of superior accomplishment in art,  music, theater, academia, religion, advocacy, community service, etc.
  3. Demonstrated commitment to community service and engagement
  4. Commitment to supporting and advancing women and issues pertinent
  5. Willingness to participate in and advance TWN’s vitality, including attending meetings, serving on committees or boards, recruiting qualified new members, remaining current in dues, etc.
  6. Willingness to engage other TWN members in a responsive, supportive and collegial fashion

 

.SECTOR SPECIFIC MEMBERSHIP GUIDELINES

Again, the following sector-specific guidelines are not absolute.  Potential members with unique experience and qualifications may be considered based on their individual merits.

 

A.      CORPORATIONS OR LARGER PROFESSIONAL FIRM

  • A senior executive or upper-level manager
  • Responsible for a significant portion of an enterprise. This may be demonstrated by the number of employees or teams reporting to the individual or the size of organizational or project budgets or assets for which the applicant is responsible.
  • Able to show leadership capacity through track record of increasingly responsible positions.

B.      SMALL BUSINESS,  SMALL/SOLO PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES, ENTREPRENEURS

  • Directs an organization or a significant functional component which has been operational for at least three (3) years and has an operating budget of $200,000 or greater.
  • If a partnership, stock corporation or similar entity, maintains a significant ownership interest

C.      ARTS and MEDIA

  • Professional author/writer/journalist/musician/composer/theatrical performer or artist with a significant portfolio of publications, performances, gallery or museum shows, etc. 
  • Media professionals with roles such as station manager, publisher, editor, producer, director, columnist, TV/radio anchor/host, senior reporter, etc.

D.      EDUCATION

College or university administrator such as the President, Vice President, Provost*, Chancellor*, Dean*, Department Chair, Center Director, etc. (*Including Vice, Associate or Assistant-level titles)

  • Individuals with the academic rank of Associate Professor or above or, if other rank, a portfolio of exceptional academic or applied contributions.
  • Public or private primary or secondary schools educational or administrative leadership with titles such as Assistant Superintendent or above, Headmaster, or Dean.

E.       NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Qualified potential members in this category may include individuals who are senior salaried executives with significant policy-making authority in a nonprofit organization that has:

  • Been operational for at least three (3) years and has an operating budget of $200,000 or greater.
  • IRS 501(c) 3 status or comparable IRS status and files an annual Form 990.

F.       GOVERNMENT

  • Elected or appointed officials, such as mayor, city council members, county commissioners, legislators, judges, etc.
  • Full-time senior staff of major officials or department heads or other senior staff of major components of government
  • High-ranking military or public health officers
  • Other government employees whose positions are comparable in scope and stature to roles in Section A and B above.

G.      OTHER WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT OR DISTINCTION

Qualified potential members in this category may include individuals with a:

  • Demonstrated history of managing a significant fund, investment portfolio, family trust or foundation
  • Position on professional (paid) boards of  directors
  • Outstanding record of achievement and significant business or professional responsibilities/accomplishments comparable to that required in any of the sectors listed above. 
  • Track record of significant voluntary civic or community leadership roles and accomplishments. 

 

 

 An application form for membership

can be downloaded HERE

 

 

The following titles are examples only. Title alone does not qualify or disqualify an applicant for membership

  •  In Business Organizations – Chairman, Chief Executive Officer(CEO),  President,  Executive Director (ED), Chief Financial Officer(CFO), Chief Operating Officer (COO),  Chief Information Officer(CIO), Chief Strategy Officer, (CSO), Executive (EVP) or Senior Vice-President (SVP) , Vice President (VP) , Associate or Assistant Vice President (AVP),    Managing Director, Division Director, etc.
  • In Professional Firms (law, accounting, consulting firms etc.)  – Partner, Senior Partner, Managing Partner, Shareholder, Principal, Senior Consultant, Director/Senior Director, etc.
  • In Health Care Organizations- President, Executive Director, Director, CEO, CFO, COO, CIO, CSO, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Medical Director or Chief Medical Officer (CMO) or Chief Quality and Safety Officer, EVP, SVP, AVP, VP or, for physicians/health care PhDs,   Chair, Chief or Director of a department, division,  center or section.
  • In Not-for-Profits - Executive Director, CEO, President, COO, CFO, Sr VP, Chief Program Officer, etc.
















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