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Welcome to the Take on Board podcast, where we talk all things boards and governance. Being on a board can be interesting, valuable and exciting. Yet it can also be lonely, challenging and hard. Each week I talk to women who have been there, done that. Together we'll discover what we need to take on board to be your best in the boardroom.

Take on Board Helga Svendsen

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Welcome to the Take on Board podcast, where we talk all things boards and governance. Being on a board can be interesting, valuable and exciting. Yet it can also be lonely, challenging and hard. Each week I talk to women who have been there, done that. Together we'll discover what we need to take on board to be your best in the boardroom.

    Take on Board Breakfast - from May 3, 2022, with Tara Anderson - Governing for Profit and Purpose

    Take on Board Breakfast - from May 3, 2022, with Tara Anderson - Governing for Profit and Purpose

    Today's podcast was recorded at the second Take on Board Breakfast event on 3 May 2022.

    Breakfast guests heard from Tara Anderson of the Dragonfly collective. We talked about governance for profit and purpose, and purpose is the part to emphasize there.
    Many of the Take on Board Community are involved in the governance of a range of organizations, and my view is every organization, especially not for profits need to be financially sustainable.

    Tara has some incredible and practical wisdom to share here about governing for profit and purpose. She's worked in organizations across the world. So she or she has a great wealth of experience to draw on.

    We heard about some fabulous resources and frameworks that I think will help all of us in these conversations that we wrestle with now, and even more so into the future, in the boardroom.

    Tune in next week for the animated Q&A session from this breakfast, plus questions we didn't have time for in the Take on Board Breakfast.

    From this episode
    The Dragonfly Collective - an international consultancy supporting for-purpose businesses to be strong and successful.
    For Purpose Business Model Workbook
    UN Sustainable Development Goals
    Tara Anderson on LinkedIn

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    • 35 min
    Helle Bank Jorgensen - Stewards of the Future: what your board needs to know.

    Helle Bank Jorgensen - Stewards of the Future: what your board needs to know.

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, I'm speaking with Helle Bank Jorgensen about her new book Stewards of the Future: A Guide for Competent Boards. This is the subject of the next Take on Board Book Club - a relaxed Zoom conversation with adult drinks and casual conversation for just 12 people on the 26th July at 7pm Eastern Australian Time. Early bird tickets available until 28th June.

    Helle is the CEO and Chair of Competent Boards and a Board member of the Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

    She has a long list of previous boards including Chair of the Canadian Chapter of the UN Global Compact, Finance and Audit Committee for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and board of the European Policy Centre.

    Helle is an internationally recognized expert on sustainable business practices, with a 30-year record of turning environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks into innovative and profitable business opportunities.

    In 2021 she was chosen by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as an Expert for Corporate Governance, Leadership, and Emerging Multinationals.
    And, as I mentioned in the introduction, Helle is the author of the newly published book "Stewards of The Future: A Guide for Competent Boards."

    From this episode:
    Buy Stewards of the Future - Dymocks, Booktopia, Amazon.com.au

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    Competent Boards - online environment, social, governance (ESG) and Climate education programs for board directors and senior business professionals.
    Helle Bank Jorgensen on linkedIn

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    Join the Take on Board Book Club, 26th July at 7pm Eastern Australian Time - Stewards of the Future, by Helle Bank Jorgensen
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    • 34 min
    Sarah Morse on making sense of the Modern Slavery Act and it's implications for ALL boards.

    Sarah Morse on making sense of the Modern Slavery Act and it's implications for ALL boards.

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, I'm speaking with Sarah Morse about the Modern Slavery Act and its requirements for boards.

    Sarah is a former (NSW) Young Australian of the Year, she draws on 20 years as a nurse and humanitarian to bring a uniquely global and deeply human perspective to the way humans think, work and behave.

    Most recently, Sarah worked as a Health Advisor in a safe house in Spain for survivors of human trafficking. On returning to Australia, Sarah and her husband Stephen saw a gap in the market in helping companies comply with the Modern Slavery Act. In her current role as Director of Unchained Solutions, Sarah inspires Australians to be leaders in making an impact on modern slavery.

    From this episode:

    Sarah Morse on LinkedIn
    Unchained Solutions Inc
    Reverse Culture Shock

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    Also mentioned in this episode:

    The 2018 modern Slavery Act (Federal Register of Legislation)
    How boards must comply with the Modern Slavery Act (AICD)

    • 32 min
    Victoria Crane - Three reasons you should consider the Board Observership Program

    Victoria Crane - Three reasons you should consider the Board Observership Program

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, I'm speaking with Victoria Crane about the Board Observership program. Victoria is the Treasurer of Regional Arts Victoria and the Secretary for The Learning for Life Autism Centre.

    With a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Victoria originally practised as a corporate solicitor before transitioning across to banking, holding various positions in ANZ's Institutional Bank. Family circumstances necessitated a career change leading her to the not for profit sector and she is now General Manager and Board Secretary of The Learning for Life Autism Centre.

    Victoria is also an Alumni of the Board Observership Program and now welcomes Observers onto her board!

    From this episode:

    Victoria Crane on LinkedIn
    The Observership Program


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    Also mentioned in this episode:

    Peggy O'Neal on One Plus On (ABC TV)
    Regional Arts Victoria
    The Learning for Life Autism Centre

    • 31 min
    Carly Jordan - Exactly what it takes to join your first board, and why it's such a good idea.

    Carly Jordan - Exactly what it takes to join your first board, and why it's such a good idea.

    In September 2021, Carly joined the board of South West Community Foundation, a philanthropic trust created by the people of South West Victoria, funded by donations from the region, with the goal to provide small but vital grants to community organisations across the region.

    She is the Co-Founder and Project Manager of City2Country - an innovative project assisting migrants and refugees to relocate from the cities to south west Victoria to build resilient, diversified and sustainable intercultural communities.

    Carly's vast life experiences - including working in international aid and development in a remote village in Cambodia - brings a global perspective to her local region. Her experience has affirmed her innate respect for people of all cultures and shaped her as a leader who is passionate and driven to help migrants and refugees create meaningful lives in regional communities. She is bringing her passion for building cultural diversity, to her role in the Healthy, Engaged Communities team at Warrnambool City Council. She also hosts her own podcast: Me, Mark and a Migrant.

    Carly has been recognised for her achievements as the Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Award in 2021, Inspiring Women of Moyne Award in 2020, and State Finalist in the Victorian Agrifutures Rural Women's Award in 2019 for her contribution to building and supporting culturally diverse regional communities.


    From this episode:

    Carly Jordan on LinkedIn

    Me, Mark and a Migrant - Carly's awesome podcast

    Leadership Great South Coast - and nationwide



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    Legacy by James Kerr

    Blinkist - read more, faster.

    • 27 min
    Sandy Hansen-Wolff - unpacking the value in unconventional thinking

    Sandy Hansen-Wolff - unpacking the value in unconventional thinking

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, I'm speaking with Sandy Hanson-Wolff about unconventional boards. First, let me tell you about Sandy. Sandy is on a University Board and an advisory board for ITL labs, a large training platform for entrepreneurs and leaders. She was previously on the development board for a monastery and an economic development board for many years.

    Sandy has owned her speaking, coaching and consulting business for decades. She has managed several turnarounds in times of extreme chaos and overwhelm. Sandy assumed responsibility of her late husband's company in 2003, which she successfully sold in 2020.

    Sandy now coaches business owners, executives and leaders and speaks on topics of negotiation, business success, scaling strategies, emotional intelligence, employee engagement and culture, rebuilding business, as well as aligning intuitive strategies to profits. She's a certified executive and leadership coach and a certified emotional intelligence assessor.

    She is also a mastermind peer group facilitator of business leaders, and serves on boards. You can see why I got Sandy here today she's talking the Take on Board language!

    About Sandy at www.sandyhansenwolff.com
    Sandy Hansen-Wolff on Twitter
    Sandy Hansen-Wolff on linkedIn

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    Also mentioned in this episode:
    On-air strategy session - application form
    Take on Board breakfast: climate governance in the boardroom (3 May 2022)
    Take on Board book club: Dare to Lead, by Brené Brown (10 May 2022)

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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61 Ratings

Mary Muirhead ,

Mary Muirhead

I look forward to the TOB podcast every week and love hearing from the diverse women leaders who share their governance journeys. Helga brings out the best in all her podcasters and her listeners and community are drawn together to raise each other up to make the world a better place. I’ve learnt so much. When we are often time poor you can be sure that each episode is tight and direct so you can fit it into your week. Thanks Helga!

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Candid, insightful and entertaining!

Helga has a really candid approach to her podcast that makes learning enjoyable. Through her guest’s story telling, and her warm interviewing style, Helga brings those nuggets of wisdom out of her guests so easily. Great podcast for experienced and emerging directors.

Marianna O'Gorman ,

A must-listen to for emerging board directors

Covering every aspect of the journey to the boardroom and critical contemporary governance challenges for current directors. Love your work Helga!

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