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Take a deep dive into the concept of personal career management and build capacity in the areas of leadership, communication and influencing with this practical, strategic and well resourced WOB program.

Our Personal Career Management program will 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. It supports you to dig deep to align your passion and purpose with your career plan.

Offered as a hybrid program, one day face-to-face and four 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.

It is suited to:

  • women who have been passed over for advancement due to a perception they are 'not ready' or are 'not strategic enough';
  • women stuck in general or mid-level management roles who need to overcome speed humps that have slowed their progress into more senior roles; and
  • senior and executive leaders who are seeking to understand how to plan their way to board and committee roles.

Claire Braund talks about the latest program

Program outline

Virtual Sessions (via ZOOM)

Session 1 | Wednesday 7 September | 11.00 am - 1:00 pm AEST 
Session 3 | Wednesday 12 October | 11.00 am - 12:30 pm AEDT
Session 4 | Wednesday 19 October | 10.00 am - 3:00 pm AEDT (20 minute virtual individual participant presentations)
Session 5 | Wednesday 26 October | 11.00 am - 12:30 pm AEDT

Face-to-Face Session

Session 2 | Wednesday 21 September | 8:45am - 5:00pm | McGrathNicol, Level 6/171 Collins St, Melbourne VIC - will also be LIVE STREAMED

Mentoring Session

One-hour personal mentoring sessions available for individual booking for duration of the program. Conducted virtually.

If you are unable to attend a live session, the recording will be provided.

Download the WOB Personal Career Management Program Outline

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes are significant and include:

  1. Awareness of how to employ ‘critical career thinking’.
  2. Enhanced communication, influencing and negotiating skills.
  3. Improved presentation skills – in a variety of situations.
  4. Greater self-awareness and understanding of what drives you to achieve / succeed.
  5. A deeper understanding of how to think and act strategically.
  6. How to appreciate the difference between strategy and strategy execution.
  7. Understanding of the importance of co-design in strategy and stakeholder engagement.
  8. A clearer understanding of the value you bring to an organisation.
  9. Greater confidence in your capability and capacity to succeed.
  10. Ownership of your own career narrative via the ‘Plan on a Page' tool.
  11. How to broaden yourself out of your profession to various industry sectors and leadership roles.
  12. How to manage-up to report to / engage with leadership and boards.

Program fee

The full program fee is $2,475 for five sessions, one virtual mentoring session and all materials.

Group Discounts available: Learning is always better when done in teams (and your company gains more value too!) Take advantage of our group discounts: Email for information.

NB: CPA Australia members please note that CPAA offers the WOB Women in Leadership program for its members commencing 21 July 2022.  Contact CPAA for enrolment details. 


Women on Boards is offering two scholarship places to the Personal Career Management program. The scholarship is open to two culturally diverse mid to senior-level managers who need a more strategic approach to overcome speed humps that have slowed their progress into executive roles; and early-stage / future leaders needing to build their toolkit for success.

To apply please email the following to Angela Bowen -

  1. Cover email
  2. Current CV
  3. Short video
Your short video (1-2 minutes) should include:
  1. An introduction (Include your name, where you reside (country, state), your current role, and how you define yourself as culturally diverse)
  2. How you would seek to benefit from the program
  3. Confirm you can attend all 5 sessions
  4. Outline your financial need.

Closing date is Monday 22 August 2022.    Applications and queries should be directed to


How is the Personal Career Management program different from the Women in Leadership program?

Our new personal career management program has refreshed from our very successful Women in Leadership series, taking all the essential elements and building and packaging them into a hybrid program.

Offered as a hybrid program, one day face-to-face and four 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. Whereas Women in Leadership was across nine virtual modules, our new Personal Career Management program focuses on your ‘plan on a page’, helping you with the tools, support, practical skills and strategies to make the plan come alive. 

What format is the Personal Career Management program?

We've taken that big nine-module Women in Leadership virtual course and distilled it into a hybrid course - with a one day face-to-face where you get to meet all of your key presenters and fellow participants and four online or virtual sessions, where you'll be able to further your knowledge and dig deeper into some of the things that we're going to explore on the face-to-face day. 

The program has also got a fantastic suite of tools, tips and strategies plus a brilliant lineup of presenters.

Who is the PCM program for?

Personal Career Management is exactly what it sounds: it's about you taking control of your career, of the processes, of the inputs of personal career management. It is you taking personal control for the management of your career.

And you can do it at any stage, whether you're early and looking to really develop a pathway through to management or leadership roles, whether you're in middle management and you're stuck and you can't find a way out. Or whether in fact, you're more senior and you're thinking ‘how do I track a pathway through to the boardroom? 

Personal career management and your ‘plan on a page’ will work for you whatever age or ever stage you're at. 

Is there any personal mentoring included?

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

What if I can’t make it to the face-to-face session in Melbourne?

The face to face day is being held in Melbourne. But if you're not in VIC or don't want to fly to Melbourne, we're offering the option for you to have that day live-streamed. So why not grab a couple of colleagues and do it in a group from wherever you are - whether you’re in WA or SA? Of course we'd love to see you face to face but if that's not possible, then let's make it work for you. 


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 experiened 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

Deputy Chair, Herron Todd White
Executive Career Coach
Founding Director, Parents on Leave

Sheena is a highly accomplished business leader, talent executive and accredited career coach, with multi-disciplinary experience on a global scale. She is also a professional Non-Executive Director and Foundation Trustee, and Director and Co-Founder of Parents on Leave Pty Ltd. Sheena is Deputy Chair of a large professional services firm, and Chairs the Board’s People, Performance, Nominations and Governance Committee. She is a Mentor and Leadership Consultant for Women on Boards Australia; a member of the Nominations Committee for Basketball Australia; and coaches Board members and executives from multiple sectors in Australia and internationally. Sheena’s international business career included many years working overseas at The Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) where she was a member of the firm’s global Operating Committee. She was BNY Mellon’s Head of HR - International for five years; CEO of BNY Mellon India for three years; and Global Head of Talent Strategy for five years. She is an international award-winning expert in Inclusion & Diversity; and has worked on the ‘people aspects’ of many M&A deals globally. Sheena has lived and worked extensively in Australia, New Zealand, India, the USA and Europe in a range of sectors: Banking & Finance; Management Consulting; Engineering; Social Enterprises and Higher Education among others.

Ruth Medd FCPA

Chair, Women on Boards Australia 
Chair, WOB Pty Ltd
Chair, Australian Chocolate Pty Ltd
Chair, Health and Sciences Institute Pty Ltd
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.

Mariette Rups-Donnelly

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.


See what participants attending the 2020/21 Women in Leadership Virtual program said. Personal Career Management is the hybrid extension of the WIL program.

Nandita Alva, financial services exutive
Victoria Oey, Occupational Physician (Doctor)
Rachel Whiffen, Program Manager in Public Health
Sheeja Panicker, Special Intelligence Operative


For enquiries about the program or to book two or more people on the Personal Career Management Program please contact Angela Bowen on 02 4321 0100 or click here to send an email.