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Our Mission


OnBoard is an all  volunteer-led nonprofit whose mission it is to connect talented individuals with organizations seeking to increase diversity on their boards and committees by expanding their governance capacity and enlisting women, people of color and other under-represented populations.


Founded in the mid-90s by Attorney Ellen Freyman, OnBoard has operated primarily through the informal networks of its board members to match people and organizations.

A Good Motto


" Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 
What are you doing for others?"


The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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"I graduated from Leadership Pioneer Valley in 2013 where we learned a lot about boards and networking. I knew I wanted to join boards but I had no idea which ones, and I didn’t know where to start. Fellow LPV alumna Lakisha Coppedge shared information with me about the OnBoard event. This was the perfect opportunity for me to interview boards and possibly join one or two. The event at the Basketball Hall of Fame was an amazing experience! I interviewed boards, got to meet amazing people, and I found the one board I really wanted to join. That was the SABIS board because my children attended. Little did I know the board was looking for trustees with my accounting and finance background. Through Leadership Pioneer Valley sparking my interest of board participation and OnBoard making the connection, I found the board that was a perfect fit for me and the school. The one thing I regret is attending alone. I wish I would have brought some people with me." - Tracye Whitfield


Board Matching Event


Connect with more than
50 Organizations


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Basketball Hall of Fame

1000 Hall Fame Ave
Springfield, MA 01105


Free hors d’oeuvres

Free Admission for Individuals

"I just want to thank you for putting together the “On Board” event.  I was able to meet and talk to many people about their organizations and I am now involved with two local organizations. I became a finance committee member for one and a board member for another.  I would highly suggest to anyone looking to give back to their community to attend this event!” - Lisa Dubord, Controller at the Colvest Group

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