Historical Resolution Tracking Feature » Board Member Mentorship Program

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Board Member Mentorship Program

Resolution of the ICANN Board
New Board Mentorship Program

Board adopts the New Board Mentorship Program

Meeting Date: 
Thu, 10 Mar 2016
Resolution Number: 
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, on 3 February 2016, the ICANN Board approved the initial set of key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the Board Performance and Improvement efforts as per the recommendations of the Final Report of the Second Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT2) published on 31 December 2013.

Whereas, the initial set of KPIs encompasses, among other things, the measurement of the effectiveness and success of a New Board Mentorship Program.

Whereas, the Board is engaged in an ongoing process to develop comprehensive and holistic practices to enhance its performance and measure its effectiveness and improvement efforts over time.

Whereas, the Board recognizes the importance of establishing programs aiming at guiding and supporting the Board members' on-boarding and development processes to improve the Board members' individual skills set and the Board's collegial performance.

Whereas the Board Mentorship Program will ease new Board members into the culture of ICANN, as well as into the specifics of their roles.

Whereas the Board Governance Committee (BGC) has recommended that the Board adopt the New Board Mentorship Program as a voluntary-basis program.

Resolved (2016.03.10.08), the Board adopts the New Board Mentorship Program set forth in Attachment A to the Reference Materials to this Board Paper, and agrees with the BGC that the Board Mentorship Program should be assessed, evaluated and reviewed to adapt to the need of the Board to consistently improve its performance over time.

Rationale for Resolution: 

The implementation of recommendations [PDF, 3.46 MB] from the Second Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT2) began in June 2014, shortly after the Board accepted the recommendations.

Since then, the Board Governance Committee, as per Section I.A of the its charter (see https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/charter-06-2012-02-25-en) has been tasked to review comprehensively the Board's performance and to develop relevant and substantive programs and practices to support the individual and the collegial improvement efforts and to measure their effectiveness over time.

Mentoring programs are globally recognized as useful practices to enhance productivity and performance and to facilitate the settlement of new recruits into the Organization. Additionally, the mentorship enables experienced, highly competent people to pass their expertise on to others who need to acquire specified skills, in particular, mentoring encourages the development of leadership competencies that are highly desirable at Board level.

Adopting this new Board Mentorship Program will have no direct fiscal impact on ICANN or the community, and will not have an impact of the security, stability and resiliency of the domain name system.

This is an Organization Administrative Function that does not require public comment.