Get on Board - Webinar

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An insight into the boardroom for women considering leadership positions.

It's no secret that the number of women on boards in Australia lags behind that in other developed countries. Yet, balancing out the gender imbalance takes women making themselves available and ready for board positions. But, is the boardroom for you?

Joining a board is seen as a sign that you have 'made it'; board members are the elite of the business world.

Directors are respected for their experience and sought after for their insights; they hold the most highly esteemed part-time jobs available anywhere on our planet. They operate in a high stakes environment where unlimited personal liability exists even in the absence of personal culpability.

But what does it take to become a director? How do you go about applying for the role and, when it is offered, how do you assess the risks? Can women access the boardroom and are they taken seriously when they get there?

We've invited governance expert Julie Garland McLellan to present a one-hour webinar to help you determine if the boardroom is an option for your own development.

This presentation will dispel the popular myths and provide you with the practical information you need to decide whether, how and when to enter the boardroom.

During the Get On Board webinar, we'll look at:

Would you, could you, should you join a board?
How boards operate - the ins and outs
The benefits of being on a board
Assessing your board potential
How to get board-ready
Using your experience to strategically position you for a board role

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Get on Board - Webinar

  1. 1. Get on Board<br />An insight into the boardroom for women considering leadership positions.<br />
  2. 2. Suzi DafnisAustralian Businesswomen’s Network<br />
  3. 3. Q&A<br />
  4. 4. TWITTER<br />Follow along at @suzidafnis<br />Use tag: #abnboards<br />NOT ON TWITTER?<br />search.twitter.com<br />Julie is at @JulieGarlandMcL<br />
  5. 5. Julie Garland McLellanAuthor,<br />Presenting to Boards: Practical skills for corporate presentations<br />Dilemmas, Dilemmas: Practical case studies for company directors<br />All Above Board: Great Governance for the Government Sector<br />
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  8. 8. Why would you?<br /><ul><li>Private companies (SME) Remuneration $14k - $190k
  9. 9. Statutory Boards Remuneration $3,000 - $60,000 many do not pay
  10. 10. Not for Profits
  11. 11. 600,000 NFP’s in Australia
  12. 12. Scale can be surprising
  13. 13. Australian Red Cross Australia’s 482nd largest entity ($527m t/o)
  14. 14. 8% pay directors fees
  15. 15. Remuneration $10,000 - $55,000</li></li></ul><li>Other benefits<br /><ul><li>Knowledge of company operations
  16. 16. Enjoy group dynamic
  17. 17. Enjoy power
  18. 18. Chance to have meaningful impact</li></li></ul><li>Legal requirements<br />Over 18<br />Not currently in jail<br />Not currently undischarged bankrupt<br />Not currently banned<br />Shareholder annual vote if over 72<br />Sanity is optional!<br />
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  24. 24. Brand You!<br />What are you good at?<br />When are you passionate?<br />Where are you known?<br />Who shares your interests?<br />Why would boards buy you?<br />Whatever you are, be a good one<br />Abraham Lincoln<br />
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  27. 27. Famous last words<br />Never, never, never, never give up<br />Winston Churchill<br />You just can’t beat the guy <br />who never gives up<br />Babe Ruth<br />80% of success is turning up<br />Woody Allen<br />
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  30. 30. How boards operate<br />Joint and several liability<br />Personal liability even when no personal culpability<br />Only have power as a group<br />Can delegate to a member or executive<br />Balance independence and collegiality<br />
  31. 31. Managing liability<br />Structure finances<br />Don’t own anything<br />Meet legal standard for directors<br /> Act in good faith<br /> With due diligence<br /> For a proper purpose<br /> Do what a reasonable person would do..<br />
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  34. 34. Q&A<br />Use the Question Pane to Ask Your Questions<br />
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  36. 36. Coming Up:<br />BOOKED for Lunch<br />Enchantment<br />By Guy Kawasaki<br />30 June 2011, 12.00pm<br />Rewards for Business<br />Debra Templar, <br />Clare Kinsey & Jenn Lim<br />28 June 2011, 10.30am<br />
  37. 37. Become a member today.<br />www.abn.org.au<br />

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