Are you taking a strategic approach to career management?

Do you know how to map out your ‘plan on a page’.

Do you have a compelling narrative that can build connections in your presentations?

Registrations Open for 2024 program

It’s time to stop and make choices about what you want to do, not to have your career progress by pure serendipity,” says past PCM participant Rose Njuguna. Take five minutes to hear more about the program from Claire Braund and Rose.  

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Develop your understanding around what counts in managing your career from a strategic perspective, how to exercise influence and why you need self-awareness and clarity around your career narrative. Support yourself to dig deep and align your purpose and values with your career goals. Thrive at work and in life — regardless of what the future holds.

"Employees want to be seen, valued, and listened to. They want equity, dignity, security, balance, flexibility, and autonomy. They expect opportunities for growth, learning, meaningful contribution, and fulfillment." April Rinne, HBR August 2022 ' Stop Offering Career Ladders. Start Offering Career Portfolios.

Offered as a hybrid program, two days face-to-face and three virtual sessions, Personal Career Management is highly interactive and features a suite of templates, tools and approaches that can be applied wherever you are on your career journey.

Suited to women at various stages of their career-life, regardless of their role or sector. For example (but not limited to):

  • women who are looking to a future career ‘change in direction’, but are not quite sure of the ‘how’ or the ‘what’;
  • women who feel they may have been passed over for advancement due to a perception they are 'not ready';
  • women resuming their career role following a career break;
  • women who feel stuck in management roles who need to overcome speed humps that have slowed their progress to more senior roles;
  • women seeking to affirm or re-affirm they are doing all the right things to effectively manage and ‘future proof’ their careers; &
  • women in a transition phase and moving to a portfolio career.

Take a look at our 2023 PCM program in this short video

Program outline

The PCM program contains eight modules run over five sessions. It offers:

  • A minimum of 18 hours of face-to-face and virtual learning with our expert and qualified presenters
  • A one hour personal mentoring session
  • Program drinks & dinner at a CBD Sydney venue
  • Guest speakers and panellists.
  • 24-hour access to additional resources, tools and templates via our online learning platform.
Download the 2024 PCM Program Outline

2024 Program Dates

Session 1 | Friday 19 April | 12noon - 1:30pm AEST via ZOOM
Session 2 | Thursday 2 May  | 9:00am - 5:30pm in Sydney CBD 
Cohort dinner | Thursday 2 May | 6:00pm - 9:00pm in Sydney
Session 3 | Friday 3 May  | 9:00 am - 4:00pm in Sydney CBD 
Session 4 | Friday 17 May | Individual participant presentations via ZOOM
Session 5 | Friday 24 May | 12noon - 1:30pm AEST via ZOOM

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes are significant and include:

  • Awareness of how to employ ‘critical career thinking’.
  • Greater self-awareness and understanding of what motivates you in work and life
  • Insight into how your self-perceptions can be limiting your progress
  • Enhanced communication, influencing and negotiating skills.
  • Improved presentation skills – in a variety of situations.
  • Greater confidence in your capability and capacity
  • A clearer understanding of the value you bring to an organisation.
  • How to broaden yourself out of your profession to various industry sectors and leadership roles.
  • How to actively engage with and benefit from mentors, coaches, sponsors and others who support you
  • Strategies for negotiating performance reviews
  • Ownership of your own career narrative via the ‘Plan on a Page' tool.


From a ‘breath of fresh air’ to a ‘lightbulb moment’ Women on Boards’ Personal Career Management program was a pivotal turning point for graduates from the 2022 program. Click Here to read their stories.

Program fees


Early Bird - until 29 Feb 2024

Full Registration

Full, Premium or Corporate

$2,750 $3,300

Full, Premium or Corporate Member employed by an NFP
$2,475 $2,970


$3,163 $3,823

Group Discount*

$2,613 pp $3,135 pp

All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
* Must be Full, Premium or Corporate Members of Women on Boards and employed by (as opposed to serving on the board of) a registered Not for Profit company.

** Minimum group of three. Contact to discuss your group discount. 


Women on Boards is offering one scholarship place to the Personal Career Management program. The scholarship is open to one culturally diverse woman who needs a more strategic approach to her career.

  1. Cover email outlining why are you interested in the program, demonstrating financial need and confirming you can attend all 5 sessions of the program. (two days will be held face-to-face in Sydney CBD).
  2. Current CV
  3. Short video
Your short video (1-2 minutes) should include:
  1. An introduction and how you define yourself as culturally diverse.
  2. How you would seek to benefit from the program.


Who has developed the Personal Career Management (PCM) program?

The PCM program has been developed by Women on Boards and Sheena Wilson, a highly accomplished business leader, talent executive and accredited career coach. It has been further refined and informed by the expert presenters and from feedback from prior programs.

Tell me more about the PCM program.

The PCM program is exactly as it sounds - understanding how to take management and mastery over the processes and inputs in your career to impact the outcomes. It features a suite of templates, tools and approaches that are accessible from our online training hub and can be applied wherever you are on your career journey. Central to the PCM program is crafting your ‘plan on a page’ which takes time, thought and self-awareness. Once done, it becomes a personal tool to guide you throughout your career. The program also features a wonderful lineup of presenters who are committed to supporting you to build your plan on a page or with any issues that arise throughout the program.

Who is the PCM program suited to?

The PCM program and your ‘plan on a page’ will work for you whatever age or career stage you are at; whether you are younger and looking to develop a pathway through to management and leadership roles, whether you are stuck in middle management and you can't find a way out, or whether you are more senior and wondering how to transition to a portfolio career? 

Is there any personal mentoring included?

PCM comes with a one-hour personal mentoring session, where you are connected with a member of the WOB mentor panel who can help you drill into where you are at now, and start to think about and achieve where you want to be. 

Can I talk to someone?

We would love to speak to you if you have any questions about your suitability for the program. Call the WOB office on 02 4321 0100 or click here to send an email and our Executive Director, Claire Braund, will be in touch.

Presenters & mentors

Claire Braund

Non-Executive Director, WOB Pty Ltd 
Executive Director, Women on Boards Australia 
President & Building Committee Chair, Central Coast Conservatorium of Music
Non-Executive Director & Governance Committee Chair, Coast Shelter Emergency Accommodation Ltd

Claire is a former journalist who co-founded Women on Boards in Australia in 2006 and in the UK in 2012.  Leads the Australian team and is a highly experienced presenter, MC and facilitator.  Non-Executive Director roles on small businesses and large Not-For-Profit organisations and has significant expertise on board governance in many other sectors. Known as a woman of courage, conviction, compassion and confidence, Claire has been a long-term and effective advocate for gender balance in board and leadership roles. A Churchill Fellow for her research into gender balance on boards in Norway, France and the UK in 2011, travelling to all three countries and interviewing 63 business leaders, Chairs and Non-Executive Directors. Claire looks for new ideas and opportunities in everything she does and has a deep and abiding commitment to social justice, particularly in the area of housing affordability.

Sheena Wilson

Chair, WOB Australia Pty Ltd (t/a Women on Boards)
Chair, Herron Todd White (Australia) & Herron Todd White (Consolidated)
Trustee of the Banks Rowing Club Foundation
Executive Career Coach
Co-Founder and Director, Parents on Leave®
Pty Ltd

Sheena is a Non-Executive Director, Board Chair, executive leadership consultant and accredited career coach, with multi-disciplinary experience on a global scale.
Sheena manages a range of responsibilities: she is an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of Women on Boards Australia; Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of Herron Todd White (Australia) and Herron Todd White (Consolidated); Principal of her own management consulting firm; a Co-founder and Director of Parents on Leave® Pty Ltd; Trustee of the Banks Rowing Club Foundation; and coach and mentor to a diverse range of individuals and leadership
groups in Australia and internationally.
Demonstrating sector and role dexterity at senior levels, pre-portfolio life Sheena transitioned in leadership roles in Administration, Operations, Consulting, HR, and General Management across multiple sectors – from Engineering to Management Consulting, to Business Services and ultimately Banking & Finance. This included 16 years based overseas in the USA, the UK, Europe, and India, working for two NYSE listed multinationals. Prior to returning home to Australia in 2014, over a 12-
year period she was successively the Head of HR-International, CEO of India Operations, Global Head of Talent Strategy, a Managing Director, and member of the firm’s global Operating Committee for The Bank of New York Mellon, one of the world’s leading financial institutions. She has worked on the people aspects of many cross-border M&A deals, and is the recipient of international awards for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and cross-border strategic human resources leadership.
Sheena’s stated purpose is “to help others succeed” . . . she evidences this passionately in all that she does, in every arena. Her gift is the ability to leverage many years of cross-disciplinary, cross-border, cross-sector experience in a highly pragmatic way, to help others craft their own unique career narrative, and think through and plan effectively for whatever comes next.

Mariette Rups-Donnelly

Director, Powerhouse Presentation
Senior Executive Coach
Speaker - Influence, Presence, Presentation

Mariette has taken her years of experience as a leading actor and teacher of actors and combined it with an astute business understanding to create programs that go to the core of presence, presentation skills and business performance. She draws her expertise from a national and international career as a leading Actor/Singer in major theatrical productions and as a teacher in some of Australia’s foremost acting institutions including NIDA, WAAPA, Uni of Western Sydney and The Actor’s Centre. Through her company Powerhouse Presentation, she runs a wide variety of one on one programs, and customised workshops for executives and corporations and is particularly valued for her understanding of how to use language, voice and body for maximum impact.

Gillian McFee

Independent Co-op Advisor, Common Equity Housing Limited (CEHL)
Board member, Kudos Services
Board member, Barnados Australia

Gillian is a change-maker who applies a unique mix of leadership and strategic capacity with deep operational experience to help people and organisations navigate change. Gillian’s career focus has been on transforming health and community services to be more person-centered and accountable. She has developed a keen interest in the benefits of the co-operative and mutual business model, appreciating its potential to lift the quality of human services. Prior to establishing a consulting business, Gillian was CEO of UnitingCare Ageing one of Australia’s largest health and aged care providers.

Catherine Brown GAICD PCDAA   

Director, Parents on Leave
Non-Executive Director, Sovereign Hill Museums Association
Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant

Catherine is a leading Human Resources executive with over 30 years of experience in HR and Consulting. 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 judgment, 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 and an accredited Executive Coach, and until recently, led the Executive Talent and Capability function for the University of Melbourne. She is committed to assisting others to 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.






With thanks to our corporate sponsor 


For enquiries about the program or for group bookings please contact Angela Bowen on 02 4321 0100 or click here to send Angela an email.