Become Board Ready

Our Board Development workshops provide practical strategies on how to position yourself for board roles, understand the distinctions of director positions, the sector specific offerings, analysing of specific board vacancies pertinent to you, developing a board application,  how to develop a high quality, board-ready CV and understand financial reports and be certain that the information delivered in the reports aligns with your understanding of what is happening within the business.
Suited for: Aspirant and current women directors


Getting Started: Realising your Board Potential

The first workshop in our pathways to directorship program. Designed to help participants with strategies for board and career development, outlining what it takes to be a director and strategies for including board work in their career. Enhancing skills, wisdom and confidence to seek out boardroom positions or to contribute on a higher level as a current boardroom executive. 

A follow-up webinar is provided to ensure you keep working on strategies for your board and or career development.

Suited for: 
  • Looking at long-term career options.
  • Seeking strategic and practical advice.
  • Looking for an influential support network.
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“It is the first workshop that I have been to where the facilitator is so genuine and really took the time to work with the participants. Many facilitators just 'go through the motions' whereas Claire was energetic, direct and positive. She was also very generous with her knowledge and I know that we all appreciated Claire's offer to send the board CV preform. Women on Boards is not only a professional organisation, but one that also represents excellent value for money in terms of both membership and workshop fees.”

"Practical, specific, actionable guidance on getting my first board role. I now have the basic knowledge to start applying for board roles. Also fantastic to meet several like-minded women on the course - what a wonderful network!"

"A wealth of valuable information that is not written anywhere - dynamic, interactive and supportive. I now have clear steps to take to commence my journey." 

Getting Started: Directors at a Distance – Webinar

If you are seeking salient strategies to address your board career challenges and aspirations, yet are time poor or remotely located, then our Getting Started webinar, a cut down version of our Getting Started workshop is the ideal alternative and opportunity to join us. 
Facilitated by WOB Executive Director Claire Braund in two hour and a half long sessions you will be given tangible advice that may just provide that 'Ahha' moment you've been looking for to achieve a more fulfilling career pathway.
The workshop provides an understanding about what it takes to be a director and strategies for board and career development in your career.

Suited for:
  • Aspirant and current women directors.
  • Looking at long-term career options.
  • Seeking strategic and practical advice.
  • Looking for an influential support network.

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"Great to have this resource for remote and regional people. Far exceeded expectations and great value for money."

Marketplaces for Directors

Sign up to one or more of our marketplaces for directors then take one of our workshops via webinar covering the nuances and specific responsibilities of boards and committees in the following sectors: Not-for-Profit & Government, Superannuation & Mutual, Startups & ESICS and Sport. Receive pertinent information, advice and useful tips on your chosen sector.  You will come away with a clear actionable plan for targeting and achieving a board position within a set timeframe.

As a prerequisite we recommend that you complete our Getting Started - Realising your Board Potential workshop and be actively seeking board roles.

Suited for: 
  • All women looking for assistance with identifying and applying for boards in their chosen sectors.  
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Therese Ryan, Director discusses the benefits of Not for Profit and Government board positions as well as in Committee roles.

"Many thanks again for the great workshop on Friday – I picked up a lot of tips, and met a great, talented group of women!"

"Very practical, accessible, grounded in a realistic understanding of how board membership happens"


An intensive workshop focusing on developing a high quality, board-ready CV. Delivering tools to enable you to concisely position your capability, credibility and clearly highlight to those involved in the selection process what value proposition you’ll bring to their Board or Committee. 
The key purpose being to get you onto the short-list, and ultimately to an interview.

This workshop has been developed in partnership with Dianne Jacobs, long-term WOB member, founding principle of The Talent Advisors, executive coach and former partner at Goldman Sachs JB Were.

Suited for:
  • All women considering a board or committee position or perhaps you already have a position but seeking further clarification and advice as to how to leverage your Board CV content. 
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“It was one of the best workshops I have ever attended due to the group being small and intimate and it being a really hands on workshop with practical, individually tailored advice being provided to every participant.”

“The workshop provided some wonderfully practical advice to get started as well as a clear set of follow up tasks to get me moving. Very worthwhile.”


Being able to understand the financial accounts of an organisation is an essential skill for board members. You don't need to be a numbers expert or to be deeply familiar with accounting standards and terminology but you do need to have a basic understanding of key elements of a Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss / Income & Expenditure Statement, along with the confidence to ask questions on areas which are not clear or give you cause for concern.

If you want to truly understand the business you oversee, you need to speak the language of financial statements. What gets measured gets done, and what gets noticed gets actioned. 

This workshop will provide you with the tools to understand and speak the language of financial and commercial concepts:
  • Provide a framework for commercial and financial analysis
  • Enhance your ability to understand financial information
  • Identify commercial and financial “red flags”
  • Build the bridge between the Board and operational aspects of your business.
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