WOB speakers share insights and stories at networking events

3/07/2023

From finding a board role that’s right for you to building a board portfolio, experienced directors have shared their insights and personal stories at a series of sell-out Women on Boards networking events in June. 

 

Women on Boards hosted a diverse line-up of guest speakers at the WOBMeet networking events across the country in June, which included WOB’s first networking event held in Tasmania.

The seven WOBMeet events - in Sydney, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide - were hosted by WOB’s state representatives and included presentations from guest speakers which included Australia’s first female Crown Solicitor and a ‘decision-making maverick’.

Tasmania hosted its first Women on Boards networking event with WOB’s new Tasmania rep, Bettina Pidcock, in Hobart. "The event was a big success, with 15 people attending," said Bettina.  "It was a great group of women who expressed their appreciation of the opportunity to meet one another and share their experiences."

While on the Sunshine Coast, WOB members and guests met speaker Babette Bensoussan, Advisory Board Member of the Council of Competitive Intelligence Fellows, who discussed the importance of a well-written cover letter and the difference between a resume and a Board CV. 

Experienced NED Robin Buckham was the guest speaker at the sell-out event at McGrathNicol, Melbourne, hosted by WOB COO Nicole Donegan. Robin shared her fascinating, candid and entertaining presentation on how she has built a board portfolio. 

In Perth WOB’s WA rep, Kylah Morrison, hosted a lively panel discussion together with the Jollie Club which included Rugby WA board member Cinzia Donald and Activ Foundation NED Lisa Palmer. The panel discussed 

  • Getting started if you’re new to board work 
  • Finding a board role that’s the right fit for you
  • Navigating the tricky parts that inevitably come up
  • Getting the most out of board work

In Brisbane WOB QLD rep Anna Hebron hosted the evening with guest speaker Melissa Donnelly. “For lots of us in the room Melissa turned on its head how we think about the connection between brand and trust, its impact on any organisation navigating an uncertain future and why this is a burning issue for CEOs and Boards,” said Anna of the event, also hosted by McGrath Nicol. “It was fascinating to hear Melissa's experience in navigating issues impacting on brand and having to dig into your trust pool when something doesn't go according to plan.”

In Sydney, WOB’s guest speaker was Rachel Riley, Head of Strategic Operations of ASX-listed tech company Ansarada. The final WOBMeet of the month was in Adelaide, with guest speaker Chancellor Catherine Branson AC KC - the first female Crown Solicitor in Australia and first female permanent head of a Government department in South Australia who served for more than 14 years as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia and former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

“Be Courageous, Not Foolhardy” was the career advice given by Catherine Branson to the Women on Board (WOB) attendees,” said WOB SA rep Wendy Teasdale-Smith who hosted the event with Andreyev Lawyers. “Catherine was both generous and wise in what she had to say last night. An amazing career and an amazing woman.”

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