WiT Board Readiness™ Program

The WiT Board Readiness™ Certificate is a 10-week practical program designed for female leaders from STEM disciplines 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.

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.

This introductory program is designed for female leaders who have the desire and drive to apply their unique combination of strengths, expertise, work experience, passions and skills to enhance their leadership capabilities and kick-start their board leadership career.

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. That’s why we’re unwavering in our commitment to empower more women with the opportunities to make a contribution as leaders and key decision makers in 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 science and technology-related expertise are critical skills for leaders at Board level.

“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

Who is this course for?

This foundational program is best suited to female STEM leaders who ideally possess 5+ years leadership experience of a business or a component of a business relevant to your industry background, and aspire to join a Board within the next 5 years or are new directors in their first committee role.

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.

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

You’ll also 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.

“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 2021-22 WiT Board Director

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

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

 

“The reason I chose to undertake the WiT Board Readiness Program is because it was one of the most practical courses I could find. The knowledge was shared in a way that was easy to understand and I could apply immediately. In my role as National Chair (Education & Skills) of the Australia India Business Council it gave me the structure needed for good governance and the confidence to focus on asking the right questions to drive forward mission at hand in the best way possible.

I am so grateful for the connections, learnings, and skills I gained from doing the program. Especially my cohort of brilliant women from 2021 who were a stellar group. During the program and after, as a group we were willing to talk about the difficult questions and learnt so much from each other. This is gold and not easy to come by!”

 

Amritha Zachariah
National Chair (Education and Skills) – Australia India Business Council
2021 WiT Board Readiness Graduate

What you’ll learn

Under the guidance of experienced board directors and industry experts, you’ll be equipped with the foundational 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.

The program is also an excellent pathway into further study.

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.

Read Lisa Deveraux’s story

Lisa Devereaux  believes that stepping up into Board leadership takes courage and honour.

Learn about Lisa’s experiences completing WiT’s Board Readiness Program in 2016 and her Board leadership career to date. Lisa shares why – as a leader and key-decision maker in the community – it’s so important to seek guidance from mentors and trusted support networks to navigate difficult decisions and guide you through challenging periods throughout your career (and life).

2016 WiT Board Readiness Graduate Lisa Deveraux

2023 Program Overview and Course Outline

The 2023 Program runs from 27th April – 15th June 2023 and commitment to attend each weekly workshop is required. As the saying goes ‘you only get out what you put in’.

The program kicks off with a virtual session in week 1 to give the cohort the opportunity to meet and get an understanding of the journey which lies ahead.

The introductory course is then delivered over a series of in-person and virtual 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.

2023 Course Outline

Prep Session

Introduction to the program (virtual)

20 April 2023
Workshop 1

The Role of the Director and the Board

27 April 2023
Workshop 2

Introduction to the Strategic Role of the Director

4 May 2023
Workshop 3

Panel Discussion with experienced Board Directors

11 May 2023
Workshop 4A

Building your Brand

Profile development

Recruitment

Online brand

18 May 2023
Workshop 5A

Foundations of Finance (Virtual)

23 May 2023
Workshop 5B

Finance for Directors

25 May 2023
Workshop 6

Board Mentor Workgroup

1 June 2023
Workshop 4B

Profile review and complete (TBC Virtual)

8 June 2023
Workshop 7

Sharing experiences: Mock Board + Analysis

15 June 2023

 

“I was privileged to be part of the Board Readiness course in 2009. This course gave me the confidence to be a board member on a Government owned Board (as a Non-Executive Director) – including understanding the role and its responsibilities but also being able to contribute into Board subcommittees such as renumeration.

“The networking developed through participation in the course was really valuable. The course also gave me a deep understanding of the expectations, roles and responsibilities of various roles in the governance structure – including secretary and Chair.

I have subsequently become executive director and then Chair of a not for profit Board – the WIT experience has been invaluable in giving me confidence to seek support where needed and make sure that any Board I am involved in promotes – and is seen to promote – equity on all counts. Thank you WIT!!”

Nicky Vaisey - 2009 WiT Board Readiness Graduate

Nicky Vaisey
Chair Constructionarium Australia
2009 WiT Board Readiness Program graduate

Your investment

The 2023 Board ReadinessTM Program course fee is $2,250 for WiT members and $2,500 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 will open on 2 March 2023. More information on how to apply for the 2023 intake will be available soon.

Expressions of interest are now open for the 2023 WiT Board Readiness Program. Register your interest today.