WOB & the Girl Guides

Regular readers will be aware of WOB’s interest in encouraging women in the earlier stage of their careers - in their 30's - to join a board. Often the response is:
  • Am I too young?
  • Do I have any skills a board would want?
The answers are 'no' then 'yes'.
The recent Information Evening in Sydney with a focus on boards for women under 35’s was well received. We are running a similar event in Melbourne and will also provide a Sydney follow up. 
But our interest extends to even younger women and this week your scribe attended the Girl Guides Roundtable in Canberra that explored:
  • Barriers that young women face in seeking leadership and governance roles
  • Skills, attributes and experience that organisations need in their Board directors
  • Challenges for recruitment and training.
The aim of the workshop was to assist the development of a new learning program for Girl Guides Australia, to be rolled out in 2018, and open to both Guiding and non-Guiding participants. This program was launched at Parliament House Canberra on Wednesday 6th September as part of the annual Guiding in the House outreach event to parliamentarians. To learn more about this initiative click here 
My takeout from the event was in the form of two pieces of sound advice. 

Firstly, governance is defined as the practice of:
  • Critical thinking
  • Curiosity
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
and secondly, the quote from Oscar Wilde
  • Surround yourself with those you wish to become
WOB prides itself on being an organisation for 'the women you are, the women you were and the women you will become' - so Oscar Wilde lives on. So we encourage you to network up, down and across the WOB network - and also to consider a board / committee role as part of your career or encourage others to do the same. As always we stand ready to assist.

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