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Build Your Board CV | Director Marketplaces


Practical and strategically focussed workshops to assist you to take the next steps in achieving board and committee roles. Developed over many years by Women on Boards and informed by the experiences of thousands of women who have attended our programs, our workshops are suited to current and aspiring female board members. 

In all our workshops, participants are engaged and supported by the WOB team and encouraged to connect with, and support, each other.

View all of our upcoming events in our Events Calendar


Realise your board potential

One x 90 minute virtual workshop with comprehensive slides + access to tools and resources hosted on our online training platform.

Whether you are starting out, stuck in a rut or seeking new board opportunities, this workshop is guaranteed to get you moving. How do we know? Years of WOB members telling us it was our Getting Started program that did, in fact, get them started!

"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!" - GS Workshop Participant

This workshop brings real clarity around why adding board work to your portfolio of activities can enrich your employment opportunities and support you to maximise your skills and experience and realise personal goals.

Areas covered include:

  • Assessment of your director potential and interest.
  • Sector overview to kickstart your thinking on where to look for board roles.
  • What boards are looking for in candidates.
  • Where to focus your education and PD efforts.
  • How a director adds real value to a board.
  • Personal stories on how I achieved a board role.
  • Your personal action plan.


“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. 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.”

"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." 

"Far exceeded expectations and great value for money." 

Find a Board Starter workshop in our Events Calendar

FINANCE ESSENTIALS for the boardroom

What you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask (financially speaking)

2.5 hour workshop + 1 hour complimentary follow up webinar (workshop held virtually and face-to-face in capital cities)

If you want to truly understand the business you oversee, you need to speak the language of financial statements. 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.

This workshop is suited to those who have a basic grasp of financial concepts as well as the more financially sophisticated who need a refresher. It is delivered by Mike Hill, Forensic Partner at McGrathNicol, and a senior female colleague at McGrathNicol corporate offices around Australia. Fully catered with a follow-up session. Outstanding value at $199 for full members.


"Well worth it! I thoroughly enjoyed the financial literacy workshop. Mike and Anne-Maree did a great job compressing key concepts into an easy-to-digest format. Ignited my interest! Will definitely recommend WOB and your professional development opportunities to my network. Thanks again."

"I wanted to let you know that this course was excellent. Mike Hill and Janine Thompson were second to none in their delivery. They provided a lot of information and I especially enjoyed the “war stories” as these were very insightful."

"Content was outstanding and very informative. This was exactly the session I have been looking for. I now have a better understanding of the structure and meaning of financial statements, terminology and key warning signs.​"

Read Karen O'Connell Shea's workshop review

Find our Finance Essentials workshop in our Events Calendar

Legal essentials for the boardroom

Are you really aware of the standard of care required for company directors in Australia? 

Run over two sessions:  Session One - 2.5 hours, Session Two - 90 minutes
This foundational workshop covers the legal liability of directors. Designed for emerging and new directors, and a great refresher for current directors, the workshop provides a case-based and highly informative introduction to the key obligations of directors and board members of commercial, NFP and incorporated organisations in Australia. 

Attendees will come away with:
  • up-to-date information on board roles and responsibilities,
  • practical information on directors' duties,
  • a check-list of possible "red flags" and risks, and
  • insights & knowledge from group discussions on a range of current case studies and scenarios.
Find our Legal Essentials workshop in our Events Calendar


A masterclass in positioning your CV for the boardroom

One 2.5 hour virtual masterclass, homework and then a 1 hour virtual follow-up session to review progress. (+  option for final review with WOB Director)

Getting your Board CV right can be difficult and time-consuming, requiring considerable thought and focus. In fact, many people are still caught in the mindset of creating a Board CV that looks like a traditional resume for a corporate role instead of one that signals they are ready for the boardroom.

The key purpose of a Board CV is to get you noticed by those involved in the selection process and highlight what value you will bring to the board or committee.

Learning outcomes from this masterclass:

  • A clearer understanding of your board related competencies and the value you will bring to a board.
  • ​Greater awareness of how to express your technical and transferable skills and experience.
  • Clarity on the structure, format, and language of a CV.
  • Tips on what boards are looking for and how to reflect these in your CV and in an interview.
  • A Board CV that you can either continue to refine or take to someone to polish.


Read how WOB Board CV seals the deal for psychologist Dr Karen Klockner

“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.”

Find a Board CV Masterclass in our Events Calendar


Sign up to one or more of our 'marketplaces for directors' lists, then take one of our workshops covering the nuances and specific responsibilities of boards and committees in the following sectors: Not-for-Profit & Government, Superannuation & Financial Services, Startups & ESICS and Sport. Receive 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.

We recommend that to sign up for a marketplace that you have completed our Board Starter workshop and be actively seeking board 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".

View all of our upcoming events on our Events Calendar


Therese Ryan, Director discusses the benefits of Not for Profit and Government board positions as well as in Committee roles.