Information Sessions: Why a mentor is your secret to getting ahead
Date Monday, 19 June 2023
Time 19 Jun 16:00 - 19 Jun 17:00 AEST
Venue Zoom Virtual Online
Pricing Free Event
Guests Not Allowed
Register by Monday, 19 June 2023

Why a mentor is your secret to getting ahead

What do Julia Gillard AC, David Gonski AC and Mia Freedman have in common? Aside from their contributions to public life and professional success, each had a mentor to guide them to the top of their respective fields.

Many senior men and women attest to the importance of mentors to achieving professional success and personal satisfaction. Mentors allows you to tap the experience of someone who has faced similar challenges or circumtances and provide a guiding hand to assist you develop strategies to navigate your pathway. Many successful directors have mentors, many obtained through the WOB mentoring program.

In this live virtual webinar, Claire Braund and Catherine Brown (WOB's MyMentor Manager) will discuss how a mentor will support your journey to (and in) the boardroom.

PS/ The mentors to Julia Gillard, David Gonski AC and Mia Freedman were Joan Kirner AC (dec), the Honourable Justice Kim Santow AO (dec) and Poppy King!

Read about the value of the WOB Mentoring program here.

Claire Braund - Executive Director, Women on Boards Australia 

Non-Executive Director, WOB Pty Ltd (appointed April 2006)
Executive Director, Women on Boards Australia (appointed Feb 2018)
Chair, Central Coast Conservatorium of Music
Non-Executive Director & Governance Committee Chair, Coast Shelter Emergency Accommodation Ltd

As the co-founder of Women on Boards, both in Australia (2006) and the UK (2012) it goes without saying that Claire has a wealth of experience in working with women who are seeking board roles. She is an informed,  entertaining and engaging presenter who brings the world of boards across a wide range of sectors alive to participants and is able to quickly connect the dots and match people to areas aligned to their skills and interests. Claire is an experienced Non-Executive Director on small businesses and large Not-For-Profit organisations and has a deep understanding of the board environment across a wide range of sectors.

Catherine Brown - MyMentor Manager, Women on Boards Australia

Catherine is a leading Human Resources executive with over 30 years’ experience in HR and Consulting as well as a Non-Executive Director.

She is a Co-Founder and Director of Parents on Leave Pty Ltd, a unique program aimed at ensuring parents returning to work from parental leave, do so with confidence, sense of purpose and a fully developed career plan.

She has held executive HR roles in diverse sectors including Professional Services, Mining and Manufacturing and Higher Education, and has extensive experience leading global teams and working both in Australia and the UK. Catherine brings to the table sound judgement, pragmatism, deep knowledge of contemporary HR and Talent practices, all honed in highly complex operating environments. She has built her own successful businesses in the consulting and retail environments as well as service in the British Royal Navy where she was instrumental in designing and implementing the Royal Navy’s first centre to deliver counselling and support services to Naval staff and their families.

Catherine is a Mentor for Women on Boards Australia, an Executive Coach and HR Consultant with clients globally. She is committed to  assisting others achieve their career aspirations and goals and was a panel judge on one of the professional services sector’s first Diversity and Inclusion programs for women.

Former Non-Executive Director, The Sovereign Hill Museums Association
Former Non Executive Director, SEDA College VIC