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Articles

Access to high quality articles to support your career in the boardroom. Includes how to write a board-ready CV and cover-letter and what to consider when applying for NED roles.  

Government | Click to Register

Thousands of State and Federal Government Board and Committee roles are on offer every year - many via WOB. They are suited to the first time and more experienced directors.

Paid Parental Leave

Women on Boards was part of the coalition of women that lobbied for universal Paid Parental Leave, which was introduced at 18 weeks paid at the national minimum wage on 1 January 2011. It defended the scheme against proposed changes under the Abbott Government in 2015 and in 2017 put forward a hybird model to the Government, based on a model of 26 weeks PPL.

2018: WOB calls for 40:40 by 2020

Of the 15 sectors analysed only some state governments, the Federal Government, Not For Profits, Affordable Housing, some health boards and University boards made the 40% grade. WOB has advocated for a minimum of 40% of the under-represented gender to the target for all boards for at least 10 years. With the support of the mighty WOB network it has put thousands of women on boards

All Reports

Key reports collated by Women on Boards since inception with the express intention of providing insightful resources for you during your career leadership and boardroom years.

Your Board Ready CV

Only for subscribers - all our great resources to support you to build your board CV. 

Listed Companies & Pre-IPO | Click to Register

For those with an interest in board roles in the listed, pre IPO and private company sectors.

Success Stories

Women on Boards subscribers discuss their board and committee appointments; the selection or election process, their challenges and their opportunities.

Getting your first serious board role can take time and we are delighted to share our members experience with you to provide some inspiration and support for your journey.

Thank you to all those who contributed their stories - we are always looking for more.

2016: Women on Boards celebrates years of hard work

WOB celebrated 10 years of hard work in 2016 with the numbers of women on serving on boards continuing its slow trend upward across most sectors.

Bain and Company Reports

Bain and Company have written numerous articles pertaining to gender parity. WOB have collated some of these for your review.

Gender Balance in Global Sport

In 2014 Women on Boards authored the inaugural Gender Balance in Global Sport Report, which was subsequently updated in 2016.

In the Boardroom

Only for WOB Subscribers. Some high quality resources for women navigating their way to the boardroom.

Gender lens on the budget

Each year the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) conducts a careful, expert, non-partisan analysis of the Federal Budget and makes recommendations across a range of policy areas – workplace relations, health, education, housing, domestic violence, taxation, superannuation and more, as well as some related to machinery of government and data.

2015:  All except Government trending to greater gender balance

Women on Boards evaluated 1422 organisations from more than 10 sectors in its 2015 edition of the Boardroom Diversity Index.

Sport | Click to Register

Sporting organisations exist from community to national level and span club sports in all desciplines and the 100+ National Sporting Organisations of which most are funded by the Australian Government.

Board Evaluation

A free trial of a board evaluation service that provides you with great access to a wide range of governance tools.

I would like to get a Non-Executive Director role 

By: Mary-Sue Rogers, WOB Non-Executive-Director
I have recently been to several networking events that focused on “how do I get on to a board as a non-executive”?  The supply of individuals, with significant experience and qualifications, outstrips the demand for non-executive directors (NED) especially at the listed company end of the market.  And the challenge for talented women to get appointed to an ASX board is even more of an uphill battle.  There are still 13 ASX 200 companies that have no women on their boards and over 60 that have only one and less than ten where the chair is female.  This makes it all the more challenging to secure an ASX NED appointment.  

Catalyst Reports

Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world's most powerful CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that work for women.
Catalyst helps organisations remove barriers and drive change with pioneering research, some of which WOB has provide for your review.

Articles

Access to high quality articles to support your career in the boardroom.

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Lord Davies Reports

Lord Davies of Abersoch, a former British banker and Labour government minister and currently a non-executive chair has written a number of reports regarding the FTSE and women on these boards in efforts to achieve female parity.

WOB Dashboard - What's it all about?

We appreciate not everyone might have a driving licence when it comes to a dashboard, so here are a few road rules for you all.

 

Start-Ups & ESICs | Click to Register

For those with the appetite and skills to take on advisory entity or board roles in the world of Start-Ups and Early Stage Innovation Companies.

What Do You Pay Your Non-Executive Directors?

WOB board member, Mary Sue Rogers, is a member of the INSEAD International Directors Programme (IDP) Alumni, and has the opportunity to attend many excellent networking and educational events.  In May INSEAD hosted a webinar with Bill Reilly and Simon Patterson who are senior team members at Pearl Meyer, a consulting firm that specialises in executive compensation.  Pearl Meyer has been conducting compensation surveys for over 18 years on behalf of the NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) in the USA making them one of the “go-to” firms for compensation advice.
 

2013: Hope is not a business strategy’ for more women on boards

​The evidence is that sectors with measurable gender balance targets are moving ahead of those that rely on good intentions and rhetoric alone.

Committees and Coalitions

Women on Boards works with a range of organisations and informal groups to maximise its contribution to policy development.

Superannuation & Financial Services | Click to Register

For those with an interest in / suitable skillset for board and committee roles in the ever growing financial services sector (banks, mutuals, credit unions, insurance companies, superannuation). 

McKinsey Women Matter Report Series & Others

McKinsey has conducted research to gain greater parity within corporations and presented their findings through reports such as their Women Matter series.







 

2012: Small increase in percentage of women on boards

There have been small, but encouraging, signs that the recent gains in the number of female directors on the boards of ASX200 companies are being matched in other key sectors in the economy, according to findings from the latest WOB Boardroom Diversity Index (BDI).

2011: 100th International Women's Day: Women still marking time in the boardroom

Australian boards are not becoming more gender diverse and we run the risk of sidelining this critical issue in the hype surrounding the ASX200, a leading advocate and broker for women into board roles warned today.

2010: A benchmark for gender diversity on boards

Australia’s first comprehensive index to track the performance of key sectors in our economy on gender diversity in the boardroom was released on International Women's Day, 8 March 2010.