Succeed in the boardroom: The Boardroom School
Date Tuesday, 02 May 2023
Time 02 May 12:00 - 02 May 14:00 AEST
Venue Zoom Virtual Online
Pricing Full Member
$ 1390 Full Member
Corporate Member
$ 1390 Corporate Member
Premium Member
$ 1340 Premium Member
Guests Not Allowed
Register by Friday, 28 April 2023

The Boardroom School

Women on Boards has partnered with Margot Foster AM to present her signature program The Boardroom School to WOB Members.

Regardless whether you are on a board or intend to be, this program will equip you with the knowledge and tools to be an effective and valuable director.

Held with a maximum of 15 people, this interactive program will provide you with a kitbag of skills and insights to make a difference to the governance and performance of any organisation.

At the end of the 8 session series, you will:

✧ Know you are equal to every other director at the board table
✧ Be confident in contributing to discussions and decisions
✧ Be highly attuned to the board and management relationship dynamic
✧ Know how to have effective discussions on tough topics
✧ Be comfortable with strategy, risk and compliance agenda items
✧ Know what to expect of the chair
✧ Be familiar with protocols about board papers, minutes, motions and resolutions

This program is for:

✦ Established directors
✦ New directors & board aspirants
✦ CEOs & senior managers
✦ Change of career seekers

Margot Foster talks about the Program.  Read more here

* Please be advised this video was recorded in 2021 (when the program was starting on the 20 September 2021) For the program's 2022 dates, please refer to the events & workshops current page. 

A practical and informative program

✦ Founded on the basics which quite often aren't as basic as they seem.
✦ Real-life examples of what can happen and what should have happened are discussed. So often a decision depends on "all the circumstances" which are never identical nor ideal.
✦ Fundamental principles and duties, so often assumed but never spoken about, are canvassed because every director needs to know them.
✦ Over the course of the program you will find common ground, collegiality and friendship with your fellow participants and be astonished at the number of shared experiences.
✦ Two sessions will contain a role-play segment where you will don the hat of a fictional director in a fictional organisation to debate fictional facts. You'll find out where the rubber does hit the road even when the outcome doesn't matter.

Session Dates

Module 1 | Welcome & Introduction | 2 May 2023
Module 2 | The Board and its People | 9 May 2023
Module 3 | Conflicts of Interest | 16 May 2023
Module 4 | Director duties & responsibilities | 23 May 2023
Module 5 | Meetings | 30 May 2023
Module 6 | CEO & board | 6 June 2023
Module 7 | Structure, constitution & compliance | 13 June 2023
Module 8 | Strategy, risk & dispute resolution |  20 June 2023

Modules will be held Tuesdays from 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm AEST  (NSW time)
If you are unable to attend a live session, the recording will be provided. 

Program Fee

The full program fee is $1,390 for eight virtual modules and all materials and is open for WOB FULL members only.


"The course was valuable in taking the theoritcal and being able to apply it in practice through case studies and role play. I would recommend it to anyone who is contemplating applying for their first board position."
"Thank you Margot and WOB for the opportunity to complete the Boardroom School. I feel much more confident about applying for Board roles, and that I have skills and a voice that can count in the Boardroom."
"I really enjoyed the sessions. Very informative and interactive. So much value for money!"

Presenter - Margot Foster AM BA LLB OLY

Margot's first committees were the Melbourne University Ladies' Rowing Club (then separate from the men's club) and the Trinity College Student Committee during her days at Melbourne Uni studying law and arts.

She continued on with a board career on a variety of boards from the local to the international, all the while learning what constitutes good governance best practice.
Margot has learned what it takes to become a valued, valuable and considered director.  LinkedIn profile