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Last Call to Apply for a Seat on the IBPA Board of Directors

Monday, December 30, 2019   (0 Comments)
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(Manhattan Beach, CA - December 30, 2019) -- Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) members in good standing are advised that the application deadline for those interested in serving on the IBPA Board of Directors is 11:59 PM Pacific tomorrow: Tuesday, December 31.

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The IBPA Board’s core responsibilities include representing member interests when developing the vision and strategy for IBPA and providing oversight and advice to the CEO carrying out the work of IBPA. Being an IBPA Board member entails a commitment of responsibility and time. The IBPA Board currently meets five (5) times per year (twice in person for multi-day sessions and three times online for half-day sessions).

IBPA Board time is not reimbursed, although travel stipends are available to cover flight, food, and lodging for those who need it.

Candidates should be leaders in the independent publishing community and have a clear understanding of the independent publishing process. Prior involvement with IBPA is strongly recommended. Familiarity with current IBPA projects is helpful, but not a prerequisite.

In addition to the above, candidates should be proven professionals with the ability to adhere to standards of conduct commonly referred to in association management circles as “the 3 Ds” – duties that can be neither delegated nor abdicated.

  1. The Duty of Care: The Board and the Board member’s obligation to be reasonably informed, to act in good faith, and to be diligent in making decisions.
  2. The Duty of Loyalty: The Board and the Board member’s obligation to be accountable by putting their personal interests aside for the greater good of the Corporation.
  3. The Duty of Obedience: The Board and the Board member’s obligation to comply with legal, regulatory, and reporting requirements and to serve as a guardian of the Corporation’s mission.

The IBPA Board Nominating Committee's slate of candidates will be announced February 4, 2020. IBPA membership will vote on the slate during the April 4, 2020 IBPA Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with IBPA Publishing University in Redondo Beach, California.

Contact IBPA CEO Angela Bole at or 310-546-1818.

The fiscal year 2020 IBPA Board of Directors with IBPA legal advisor Jonathan Kirsch (seated left next to IBPA Board Chair Brooke Warner of She Writes Press) during their August 22-23, 2019 Board meeting in Redondo Beach, California.

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