Board Member Election & Transition to the EBC Wisdom Council

EBC Policy –  Board Member Election & Transition to the EBC Wisdom Council

Purpose of this Policy

To outline the EBC Board and Wisdom Council’s policy and procedure for appointing new Board members and transitioning Board Members to the Wisdom Council

The EBC Board

The EBC Board is made up of 6 Appointed senior members which transition on 3 year terms and one non-transitioning role.  Teresa de Grosbois is the one non-transitioning role in the role of EBC Chair. Teresa only votes in the event that a consensus is not achieved and a tie-breaking vote is needed.  Teresa may also over-rule if a decision puts the organization at risk in some way or may escalate some decisions to the Wisdom Council if she believed there is a real or perceived conflict of interest in the Board making that decision.

Our Criteria for inclusion in the EBC Board Currently include

  1. have demonstrated leadership within the organization and role model our values
  2. You have a highly successful business in the transformational space, as evidenced by having established systems, sales funnels, team support and a demonstrated track record of students who’ve achieved significant success
  3. You have significant influence with a following of at least 50,000 people

The Wisdom Council is made Board Members Emeritus

The Wisdom Council is organic rather than highly structure.   Wisdom Council members:

  • Can vote on new members
  • Can bring issues back to the Board,
  • Can brainstorm items for the Board or assist with leadership of committees
  • Make decisions that are a conflict of interest for the Board to make, such as decisions on how Board members transition to Wisdom Council or benefit from participation in the Board
  • Make policy level decisions where the Board is deadlocked and unable to come to a decision
  • Help provide the leadership for their region
  • May be asked to attend Board meeting if their expertise is needed on an item
  • May help lead sessions at retreats

Duration of Board Appointments

As of April 2018, Board Appointments are 3 year Appointments, with the Board Members transitioning to Wisdom Council after 3 years

Board to Wisdom Council Transition Plan will be

  • transition plan started in March 2018 (2 new Board Members transitioned in April)
  • Every year 2 Board Members transition and 2 new Board members are elected.  This happens at the Senior Leadership meeting held the day before the Annual Retreat.
  • A ceremony is held at the Annual Retreat for bringing on new Board members and to honour those that are graduating to the wisdom council

Process for Wisdom Council Interaction With the Board

If the board is in debate – we can choose to poll the wisdom council

The Wisdom council members may lead initiatives within the EBC

There will be a distinction of someone leaving vs choosing to move up to Wisdom council

Wisdom council members retain the right to vote on new members

As the Wisdom Council Grows we may have Board / Wisdom Council Mastermind calls if there is a request.

New opportunities will be emerging for this group.  

Process for selecting new Board Members

  • The Board and Wisdom Council will Nominate Board positions at the annual Leadership retreat.
  • Board and wisdom council vote on new board members
  • Within the process of deciding on new Board members, there will be a discussion to support EBC’s Priorities on diversity and inclusion  – including geographic diversity

Current Transition Order for the Existing Board of Directors

Board Members Approximate Duration on the Board Planned Transition Notes Regarding their transition
Harrison Klein 8 years January 2019

With 2 men moving to Wisdom Council this time, we will be loosing balance on male / female diversity. This should be considered when selecting new Board members

Joel Young 6 years January 2019

There are no other European members who meet our criteria for Board at this time. This should be considered in selecting new Board Members

Marilyn Suttle

5 years First Quarter 2020  

Colin Sprake

3 years First Quarter 2020  

Anita Sanchez

<1 year First Quarter 2021  

Lisa Mininni

<1 year First Quarter 2021  
Dr. Shawne Duperon 6.5 years  

Has been on leave of absence from Board or Wisdom Council is willing to come back in fall in either Board or Wisdom council capacity

People are also free to transition to Wisdom Council sooner if they wish.