Volunteer Role Descriptions

Chair

  • Shall be empowered to determine and appoint the steering committees chairs as required to conduct business, and outreach functions for the program in accordance with appropriate IEEE bylaws and procedures
  • Shall identify and develop potential future volunteer leaders for the program
  • Shall supervise the affairs of the program and shall speak for IEEE Entrepreneurship on all matters not specifically delegated to others
  • Shall oversee the activities of the IEEE Entrepreneurship Brand including flagship events, affiliated event selection, and the IEEE Entrepreneurship Stars Program

Past Chair

  • May be invited to participate in specific activities/projects at the discretion of the sitting chair, IEEE President, or IEEE Technical Activities Vice President

Vice-Chair, Digital Presence

  • Shall be empowered to determine and appoint the steering committees chairs as required to conduct business, and outreach functions for the initiative in accordance with appropriate IEEE bylaws and procedures
  • Shall identify and develop potential future volunteer leaders
  • Shall supervise the affairs of the program and shall speak for IEEE Entrepreneurship on all matters not specifically delegated to others
  • Shall oversee the activities of the IEEE Entrepreneurship Brand including flagship events, affiliated event selection, and the IEEE Entrepreneurship Stars Program

Vice-Chair, Education & Awards

  • Shall seek collaborative opportunities with external partners to produce educational content for engineering-driven startup community
  • Shall serve on the IEEE Entrepreneurship Affiliate Events oversight team
  • Shall identify IEEE Entrepreneurship content that could qualify for CEU programs
  • Assist IEEE organizational units developing new awards/honors
  • Makes recommendations as to the extent of the initiatives involvement in awards and awards-related events at the IEEE level.
  • Produces and/or identifies content in this area for the IEEE Entrepreneurship website and communications platforms

Vice-Chair, Investor & Industry Activities

  • Shall be responsible for outreach and coordination within IEEE to identify and pursue collaborative opportunities.  
  • Shall be responsible for outreach and coordination with IEEE partners to identify and pursue collaborative opportunities in current activities for new actions beneficial to the global startup community
  • Shall be responsible to monitor industry trends worldwide and maintain knowledge of topical issues.
  • Shall work with the Chair to identify external technology entrepreneurship and large-scale technology events for IEEE Entrepreneurship Stars Program roll-out on-site
  • Shall oversee the IEEE Entrepreneurship Founder Office Hours Program
  • Produces and/or identifies content in this area for the IEEE Entrepreneurship website and communications platforms

Members-At-Large

  • Actively participates in all meetings of the full Steering Committee
  • Serves as a liaison to other IEEE organization units where assigned at the discretion of the Chair or the Vice President IEEE Technical Activities
  • Is assigned duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the Chair
  • Serves on adhoc project teams at the discretion of the chair

Non-Voting Roles

Liaisons & Advisory Members

These roles are filled at the discretion of the Chair and with the affirmation of committee. These roles vary based on the goals and efforts within a given year. Other non-voting liaison roles can be added at the discretion of the chair and with the affirmation of the committee.

Liaison, Global Public Policy

  • Coordinates efforts with the Chair and Vice-Chair, Industry & Investor Activities
  • Serves as liaison to the IEEE-USA Entrepreneurship Policy and Innovation Committee (EPIC)
  • Serves as liaison to the IEEE-Vienna Office for EU Public Policy review
  • Serves as the primary contact in identifying public policy content for the Digital Presence Chair
  • Elevates issues related to worldwide public policy for startups to the steering committee, regional leadership, and/or other related IEEE entities
  • Produces and/or identifies content in this area for the IEEE Entrepreneurship website and communications platforms

Liaison, Social Impact

  • Coordinates efforts with the Vice-Chair, Education & Awards
  • Serves as liaison with IEEE Humanitarian Activities
  • Monitors activities of IEEE organization units for social impact related to the startup community
  • Coordinates with Chair opportunities for IEEE to gain exposure in sustainable and social entrepreneurship communities and events

Liaison, Standards

  • Coordinates efforts with the Chair and Vice-Chair, Industry & Investor Activities
  • Serves as liaison to Standards Activities and/or TA Committee on Standards in providing guidance on the needs of entrepreneurial audiences
  • Monitors activities of IEEE organization units for standards activity related to the startup community
  • Works with the IEEE Entrepreneurship Program team on developing content and recruiting speakers related to standards activity within the startup community

Liaison, Young Professionals

  • Coordinates efforts with the Chair and Vice-Chair, Digital Presence
  • Shall monitor the status of all IEEE YP programs and activities
  • Shall coordinate with IEEE YP Chair to develop programs and activities to promote the visibility of IEEE.
  • Shall create a high-level event plan for the year

Liaison, IEEE Entrepreneurship Affinity Groups, WIE, MGA, etc.,

  • Coordinates communications between the Affinity Groups, staff, and volunteer leaders
  • Ensures that appropriate individuals on the Affinity Groups volunteer team have access to the portal management
  • Other responsibilities as agreed to by the IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee, etc.

Liaison, Educational Activities Board

  • Coordinates efforts with the Chair and Vice-Chair, Digital Presence
  • Shall monitor the status of all IEEE Educational Activities Board programs and activities
  • Shall coordinate with the IEEE Educational Activities Board Chair to develop programs and activities to promote the visibility of IEEE
  • Shall create a high-level event plan for the year

Liaison, IEEE-USA Entrepreneurship Policy and Innovation Committee (EPIC)

  • Represents IEEE Entrepreneurship to EPICs.
  • Ensures that the IEEE USA entrepreneurship viewpoint is included in IEEE Entrepreneurship’s  Steering Committee.
  • Creates links with US policy organizations that impact Entrepreneurship. 

 

Eligibility

IEEE Entrepreneurship encourages and welcomes members to participate in liaison roles. Anyone may submit a nomination; you do not need to be an IEEE member to submit a nomination, but this may be a factor in final selections. All applicants should have some experience with entrepreneurship and be able to perform the expected duties of that role. The determination of Steering Committee voting roles is on the basis of a promote-from-within philosophy, which allows IEEE Entrepreneurship Volunteers to start in a liaison role and develop the necessary skills and know-how to progress into more advance roles. Volunteers who have served in a role in the past are eligible for further liaison roles; however, they must complete a new nomination form.