WiT Board Readiness™

The WiT Board Readiness™ Certificate is a 9-week practical program designed for female leaders from STEM industries to develop the skills, confidence and connections to take the next step towards taking your seat at the Board table- all within a safe, inclusive, down-to-earth and culturally diverse learning community.

Applications to join the 2022 intake are now closed. If you are interested in joining a future intake, please email secretariat@wit.org.au

The first Board Readiness Program in Australia specifically designed for female leaders in STEM

WiT’s Board Readiness™ Program takes a unique, holistic approach with:

  • practical workshops led by highly experienced Board Directors and industry experts in personal branding and financial management.
  • key sessions presented by the Australian Institute for Company Directors.
  • mentoring and guidance from experienced Board Directors and executive leaders to create your unique executive profile and help you develop a longer-term strategy for securing board placements in private, public and not-for-profit sectors in alignment with your values, interests and aspirations.

The program culminates with an industry luncheon to introduce graduates into the business community and empower them with the opportunity to showcase their skills and expertise to some of Queensland’s highest profile organisations.

“The Women in Technology (WiT) Board Readiness Program represents a unique and valuable pathway for STEM women to progress into board roles. Having been associated with WIT for many years I have witnessed first-hand the tremendous impact of this program on the lives of STEM women who have undertaken the program and in equipping them to be the key decision makers of tomorrow. For STEM women, this is the program of choice for your next career step.”
Dr Terry Fitzsimmons
Associate Professor in Leadership – UQ Business School
Board Member and Managing Director – Australian Gender Equality Council

Why we need more women on boards

In 2015, women only made up 20.6% of ASX 200 directors. The latest statistics reveal that, as at February 2021, women occupied one-third of ASX 200 Board seats.

While the representation of women has continued to improve slowly over time, AICD Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Angus Armour puts it succinctly when he said,

“Of course, 30 per cent remains the floor and not the ceiling for gender diversity.”

Transforming boards to reflect the diverse community of people they serve

WiT believes that diversity in Boards brings out the best in thinking, work, and impact on the community. The WiT Board Readiness™ Program aims to lessen the gender divide at Board level by addressing the critical success factors for the appointment of women on boards, and recognising that digital and technology-related expertise are critical skills for leaders at Board level.

 

Why undertake WiT’s Board Readiness™ Program

When you undertake WiT’s Board Readiness Program, you’ll gain more than just a Certificate.

You’ll gain new friendships and a supportive network of inspiring leaders and experienced Board Directors from across STEM who’ve got your back, and will guide and cheer you on as you embark on your board career.

Some of the inspiring STEM leaders who were part of the 2021 Cohort of WiT’s Board Readiness Program.

What you’ll learn

Under the guidance of experienced board directors and industry experts, you’ll be equipped the knowledge, the skills, the connections, the voice and the confidence to become a highly skilled Board Director and take your seat at the Board table.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Examining the responsibilities of boards and directors, and the main components of directorship – including governance, strategy, risk and finance.
  • Enhancing your financial literacy and financial management capabilities with practical tips and strategies you can apply for critically analysing financial statements.
  • Deepening your understanding of your leadership expertise and the value you bring to an organisation.
  • Creating your unique executive profile that clearly articulates your unique passions, interests, skills, expertise and leadership capabilities.
  • Reflecting on ways you can continue to enhance your leadership capabilities to improve board and organisational outcomes and performance.
  • Developing a future-focused, strategic approach for securing board placements in private, public and not-for-profit sectors that align with your values, interests, skillset, expertise and aspirations.

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn alongside fellow STEM leaders, grow your professional network, learn the latest insights from the Australian Institute for Company Directors and hear thought-provoking honest stories from inspiring, experienced board directors about how they became curious in board leadership as well as the highs and lows of their board careers.

 

What others say

“Looking to develop my skills as a board member, I had the privilege of completing the 2021 Board Readiness Program. As a result, I am equipped for a board role, developed diverse friendships and discovered an entire community of inspiring women supporting one another to dream bigger and go further than they had imagined.”
Alison Stokes, 2021 Board Readiness Program Participant

“The network that I have gained from this course is the most meaningful outcome for me. To have 20 trailblazing women who are willing to pay it forward and fuel the success of their peers is quite remarkable.”
Indi Tansey, 2019 WiT Board Readiness Program Participant and Current WiT Board Director.

Read Indi’s full reflection of her experience on the Board Readiness Program

“As a scientist I found the program an illuminating experience and felt that the curtain had been lifted on the secret world of boards. It gave me the confidence to know that I could actively and positively contribute to a board and make a difference to the organisation.”
2020 WiT Board Readiness Program Participant

Who is this course for?

This program is best suited to female STEM leaders who aspire to join a board in the next 2-5 years, and ideally possess 5+ years leadership experience of a business or a component of a business relevant to your industry background.

Your sense of curiosity, work ethic and your strengths in problem solving, critical thinking and relationship-building will empower you to make the most of the opportunities this program offers.

Places are limited. Acceptance into the program is based on an assessment of your skills and expertise along with your suitability to take on Board roles in the future.

Applications to join the 2022 intake are now closed. If you are interested in joining a future intake, please email secretariat@wit.org.au

2022 Course Format and Program Outline

The program kicks off with a virtual session in week 1 to give the cohort the opportunity to meet virtually and get an understanding of the journey which lies ahead. The course is delivered over 8 weekly in-person workshops, and culminates with an industry luncheon to introduce graduates into the business community and empower them with the opportunity to showcase their skills and expertise to some of Queensland’s highest profile organisations.

The program timetable of the 2022 program listed below. Please note that dates, and format of delivery are indicative and subject to change.

Week 1: Virtual Meet and Greet plus program introduction (online)
Thursday 21 April 2022
7.30-8.30am

Week 2: The Role of the Director and the Board (in-person workshop)
Thursday 28 April 2022
5.30-9pm

Week 3: Introduction to the Strategic Role of the Director (in-person workshop)
Thursday 5 May 2022
5.30-9pm

Week 4:  Finance for Directors (in-person workshop)
Thursday 12 May 2022
5.30-9pm

Week 5: Building your Brand (in-person workshop)
Thursday 19 May 2022
5.30-8.30pm

Week 6: Review of your executive profile (in-person workshop)
Thursday 26 May 2022
5.30-7.30pm

Week 7: Boards Embracing Future Trends (in-person workshop)
Thursday 2 June 2022
5.30-8.30pm

Week 8: Experienced Board Members share their Board Career experiences (in-person workshop)
Thursday 9 June 2022
5.30-8.30pm

Week 9: Mock Board Meeting and Analysis (in-person workshop)
Thursday 16 June 2022
5.30-8.30pm

Industry Luncheon and Graduation (in-person workshop)
Friday 15 July 2022
12.30-2.30pm

Your investment

The 2022 Board ReadinessTM Program course fee is $1,950 for WiT members and $2,250 for non-members.

Course fees includes attendance at VIP Industry luncheon, all workshops, support materials and production of professional profiles.  All prices inc GST.

Note: You do not need to pay for the course until you have been officially accepted into the program.

Take the next step towards becoming a future Board Director

Applications to join the 2022 intake are now closed. If you are interested in joining a future intake, please email secretariat@wit.org.au

Download the Board Readiness Program Prospectus for more information about the program.

WiT’s Board Readiness program is proudly sponsored by


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