Thanks everyone for joining me at our final Board KickStarter breakfast for 2016 and, in particular, to our fabulous speakers Jill Riseley and Alison Rowe for their informative, insightful and interesting stories and tips.
Here's a summary of some of their take-out messages:
Skills - sought after skills include finance, legal, strategy, fundraising and also your operational experience is also vital for understanding an industry or sector. Don't forget soft skills such as vulnerability, vision, humility
Challenges - try to balance up commitment so you don't end up over-committed; Board should stay in the strategy space; role of CEO as Director as well ; Chair is not the boss!
Conflict of Interest - if you see it, have the vulnerability to step up and say so.
Diversity in all aspects is important - age, gender, experience, location, where born.
Get qualified - in particular, understand the role of management v. board. There's some useful links below
Get a Board CV - they are generally shorter than a regular CV and showcase your governance skills rather than operational experience
Get governance experience - sub committees, local organisations (there's some ideas of where to look below) BUT remember to not only do all the hard work with no glory!
Look for opportunities in organisations you are already part of - industry or membership organisations often have governance roles
“Find your box” - look at the skills matrix for various Boards and work out what your contribution is. It doesn't have to be all about finance and legal - strategy, engagement, digital and other skills are also sought after.
Timing - be in the right place, at the right time!
Understand the role and what you're signing up for - is it a 'hands on' board? Or governance? Are there any conflicts for you (think broadly about this - including interests of family and partner)
Trust your instincts
Network - go to events, participate online, invite people for a coffee
Develop your plan - think ahead 10 years of where you want to be and work backwards
Seize the day - never been a better time for women to get on boards in Victoria