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Look for active members who are established leaders, respected at both grassroots and senior management levels.
Review the group’s charter or mission. A formal, well-articulated charter should provide measurable benefits to the broader organization, not just the particular group it seeks to serve (i.e. recruitment, retention, marketing).
Look for company executives who are supportive and involved. The best groups are funded by management and are integrated into the diversity strategy and review processes.
Aside from knowing how to assess a group, you should have a clear picture of personal expectations:
Define what you intend to contribute, and what you expect to gain — and have a plan in place to achieve your objectives.
If you view a group as less than effective, consider if you’re willing to volunteer and/or recruit others to do the work needed to strengthen the group — and begin with reviewing the charter.
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