Build a board career: Board Kick-Starter
Date Tuesday, 24 May 2022
Time 24 May 8:45 - 24 May 12:15
Venue Andreyev Lawyers Level 4/29-31 King William Street Adelaide SA 5000 Australia
Pricing Full Member
$ 250 Full Member
Corporate Member
$ 250 Corporate Member
Basic Member
$ 350 Basic Member
Champion Member
$ 250 Champion Member
Premium Member
$ 250 Premium Member
Guests Not Allowed
Register by Monday, 23 May 2022

Board Kick-Starter

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

We use a combination of live virtual sessions and tools and resources accessible via our online training platform to keep you engaged and focussed on the outcome of securing your first or additional board or committee role. Areas covered include:

  • The roles and requirements of a good board member.
  • Where to focus your education and PD efforts.
  • How a director adds real value to a board.
  • Director assessment and sectors you can target.
  • What are boards looking for and what you can expect.
  • Case studies on directors duties and lessons learned.
  • Personal stories on how I achieved a board role.
  • Your personal action plan.

Workshop inclusions

One face-to-face session with comprehensive slides + video presentations, case studies and reading to access in your own time. Morning tea will be provided.

Attend the Director Lunch 

Continue to build your board network by attending the Director Lunch which is being held after the workshop.  This lunch is an excellent opportunity to hear from a current director about challenges and learning from their board journey, their tips for aspiring directors and opportunities as well as other current topical issues in their sector.  You must register to attend. Register here.
NB: Registration at the luncheon is not included in the workshop fee.

With thanks to our Corporate host:  


Ruth Medd FCPA

Chair, WOB Pty Ltd (appointed April 2006)
Chair, Women on Boards Australia (appointed February 2018)
Chair, Health and Sciences Institute Pty Ltd
Chair, Australian Chocolate Pty Ltd
Trustee, NSW Historic Houses Trust
Board Member, National Foundation for Australian Women

Ruth is a Certified Practising Accountant and former IT professional who has been pursuing a career as a Non-Executive-Director since 2000. She was the founding chair of Women on Boards and in this capacity has been instrumental in the growth of the business and supported many thousands of women to become board members. She maintains wide interests outside of WOB, including in the start-up sector and angel investing as well as her other board and committee roles. Ruth was previously the chair of Australian Ethical Superannuation, a member of the NSW Casino Control Authority and a director of the Infants Home at Ashfield. Prior executive roles include executive director of the Australian Association of National Advertisers and senior positions with Telstra, the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal and the Federal Government.

Wendy Teasdale-Smith, SA Representative, Women on Boards Australia

Wendy has been a member of WOB for the last 15 years. Over the last 5 years, she has taken on the role of the SA representative of WOB. She is a staunch advocate of women their contribution to industry and the community.

In addition to her WOB leadership, Wendy works as a consultant in the area of public speaking and executive presence, in her company “What’s the Stuff? She also works as an academic lecturing international students at master’s level in the areas of leadership, emotional and cultural intelligence, strategy, and operations.

Wendy is currently a non-executive director on the Road Safety Education Board. Her previous board-related appoints include being chair of the Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre the Education Standard Board SA and the Australian National Council and the Uniting care Wesley Board Inc. Wendy is also a winner of the SA Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Community Section, Award.


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

"Thank you for the opportunity to gain first hand experience of being in the presence of high calibre women who inspire and drive other women who have already achieved career status." 

"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."