Thanks everyone for joining me at the November Board KickStarter breakfast and, in particular, to our fabulous speakers Karen Corry and Christy Karamzalis for their informative, insightful and interesting stories and tips.
Here's a summary of some of their take-out messages:
Summary of key points
Put yourself out there - give a clear message that you are looking for board roles
Being passionate about the organisation you are applying for - helps, but it's not an absolute
Board aspirations can start small and build
when applying for a board, take it seriously and know what it means. Be careful in what you accept - don't just take the first thing that comes along. Do your due diligence. Don't under-estimate the time required to be a Non Executive Director.
treat finding a board role like finding a job
your resume is important - and it's different to the resume you use for your usual job. Take the time to tailor it for a governance role.
do your research - read annual report of the organisation and also of any competing or complementary organisations. Identify drivers, metrics, issues. Review the finances. Speak to others. You might even work with the CEO or orgnaisation pro bono for a few days before accepting a role.
Be clear on the skills that you have that match this organisation and this Board - identify your core skills and your differentiating skills.
Switch your mindset from being the 'do'er' to the 'governor' - a Board role is not (necessarily) about how good you are at doing things and action item
A sample of the feedback from breakfast
A little more time for networking around the room would be great
Networking in a relaxed environment.
Great speakers and really interesting questions
The speakers were really interesting, relatable and really impressive
It was great to talk with interesting people
It was a terrific balance of discussion and presentation
Entertaining speaks - high energy
Loved the speakers
Best breakfast event I've been to
Speakers (candor, approachable, relevant, kind)
Great to hear two speakers from the same board - different perspective on things
Hearing about the speakers experience
The Q&A session at the end
Great structure of the event and energy of the room
Practical, grounded conversation
Geared to equipping women to get best spot of a board
Listening learning from board members' experience, how they started and how to be successful
The speakers were really engaging
The format of the breakfast worked really well
Hearing other women's stories
Great - keep it up!
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