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Women on Boards has several masterclasses to help you compete successfully for and succeed in board and leadership roles: Board CV Masterclass ; Impact and Influence and new for autumn 2018 The Contemporary NED.

Board CV Masterclass

The key purpose of a Board CV is to get you onto the long-list, and ultimately to an interview.  It is a tool to position your capability and credibility; it tells those involved in the selection process what value you will bring to their Board or Committee. 

Developing a Board CV that really does your skills and experience justice requires considerable thought and focus - and an understanding of what is valued in the boardroom. This masterclass covers the structure, length and language of a Board CV as well as discussing the role of board members and the qualities that make them effective. By the time you complete the follow up session you will have a strong sales document in a format that works.

This half-day covers:

  • The structure, length and language of a Board CV
  • Some Do’s and Dont's
  • How to demonstrate you can operate at director level
  • Understanding your board capabilities and points of difference
  • Applying the concepts to write your new capability-based Board CV
  • Cover letters and your LinkedIn profile

The masterclass is limited to 15 attendees and includes one-on-one follow up to ensure you end up with a Board CV that does justice to what you have to offer.

Please see the video below for a short overview of the WOB Board CV Masterclass.

"An excellent workshop, well paced and packed with useful tips and advice. Highly recommended."  London, May 2014

“Thank you (and Alison) for all your help. My completely re-written CV following the masterclass last July was a critical factor in my success I know.” February 2017

“Just a short note to thank Rowena and Alison for the fantastic Board CV seminar yesterday. It was useful, fast paced, topical & insightful information delivered with good humour & gravitas. I enjoyed it immensely because it was a very long time ago when I was in a room with so many obviously intelligent, multi-lingual & aspirational women. I'm delighted I decided to join WOB a & look forward to being an active member, thanks again.” December 15‚Äč

"The conundrum when plumping for 'self-help' counsel is whether it will be worth the time and money. As always with Women on Boards, it was. The size of the group (15) was small enough to be personal but large enough to provide variety. The exercises were thoughtful but pragmatic, with the focus clearly on a usable, practical outcome – a Board-ready CV.  In my case, the guidance was put directly to work within a few days. Alison astutely gauged my needs and her follow-up counsel hit the mark precisely."  

 "Thank you WoB for all you do. I had been struggling for a year to draft a NED CV. After meeting WOB UK founders Fiona & Rowena I registered and attended the Board CV Masterclass. The workshop allowed me to better understand the value I add into boardroom settings and the one-on-one help from Alison Thorne enabled me finalise my NED CV in the space of 3 weeks. Now I am ready to apply for NED positions – greatly appreciated." August 2016

Impact and Influence Masterclass

Strong communication skills are essential to effectiveness throughout your career, not just in the boardroom. We have two versions of our popular Impact and Influence Masterclass, one targeted at women moving into senior leadership who want to develop their personal brand and impact and the second for women at board level or about to take on their first board role whose focus is impact and effectiveness in the boardroom.

These masterclasses are led by former BBC presenter Stephanie Hughes.  The skills needed to come across with confidence, in whatever situation, are something that Stephanie has direct experience of, having presented for national TV and radio for nearly two decades and run her own communication skills company for 10 years.  

Impact and Influence: Communicating with Confidence

The skills to communicate effectively and with confidence are important throughout your career. This half-day workshop is designed for individuals who are moving into senior leadership positions or simply want to improve their ability to communicate with impact and exert real influence in key meetings; and/or to develop their personal brand.

Impact and Influence: Building Boardroom Presence

This half-day workshop is designed for senior managers who want to improve their impact and influence in the boardroom and/or other key strategic settings.  It is designed to give you the skills and strategies to take control of your impact, build resilience and perform effectively at this level.  

Both workshops are highly interactive and explore in depth the business of having impact and influence. Among the many exercises, Stephanie will include filming and reviewing each of the attendees.  As a result, each workshop is limited to 6 people.

Watch this video to find out more information about our Impact and Influence Masterclass:

"Brilliant practical course in a very friendly environment, far superior to any other course I have attended; would definitely come to another WOB course on the back of it.

“I have been at my company for three months now and today had to give a big  presentation to the senior team on progress to date. I went back over my notes from our session, thought hard about the various stakeholders and what they would be looking for, prepared well, including mental prep just before the session. Even did the winners pose. One of the things I reminded myself about was a compliment you paid me in our bigger session which also put me in the right mindset. And it went so well, amazing feedback from some very different stakeholders. As I paid for the session myself, I can honestly say it was money very well spent, worth every penny.”
 July 2017
“Stephanie was great and the group really worked nicely together throughout the morning. I think we all got a lot out of it. Stephanie had a great analogy re tennis and focusing on the next point which I am aiming to do. Thank you.“
April 17

“The workshop exceeded my expectations. Thank you Stephanie and WOB - top class!”  June 14
“ I have to say I thought the training was fantastic. I have my first NHS Board interview on Tuesday so will be putting what I have learnt to the test.”
June 14

"I've attended so many events, courses and workshops in my career and there have been many times I leave feeling disappointed or how better I could've spent my time. But not this time, I left feeling inspired, positive and raring to "go-do"! A great group, a great leader and a great big thanks to WOB for hosting."

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If you are interested in one of our Masterclasses, but there are no free places on a date that works for you, please contact us and we will register your interest and let you know when new events are scheduled.