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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, Helga Svendsen talks 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.

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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, Helga Svendsen talks 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.

    Professional development is always a good idea, the WOBSX program with Denise North

    Professional development is always a good idea, the WOBSX program with Denise North

    Today on the Take on Board podcast I'm speaking to Denise North about the Women on Boards SX (WOBSX) program, and also about the current shift in society's expectations of business.

    Denise is Chair of the Advisory Board for Catherine Henry Lawyers, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Australian Society of Orthodontists Inc and Chair of INSEAD Alumni Association Australia & New Zealand Limited and Streetwize Communications Limited

    She has previously been on the External Advisory Committee of Sydney University Dept Government, Commissioner and Chair of Audit and Risk at Australian Fisheries Management Authority and also Chair of Council for International House (Sydney University) and Deputy Chair of Armidale Development Corporation.

    Denise has an MBA, a Bachelor of Economics, and an International Governance Certificate from INSEAD. She is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney. Her executive career spanned the listed, professional services, government and community sectors. Denise has started businesses, grown them, changed them and sometimes ended them.

    Contact Denise or find out more about her:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/denisenorth/
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    WOBSX Program: https://www.womenonboards.net/
    Boardroom or Directors Club? Looking at board composition with Jessica Wallace: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/episode-85-jessica-wallace

    FOR MORE TAKE ON BOARD INFORMATION:
    Next Take on Board event: Developing strategy: From global to local organisations - 25 May 2021
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    For more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/
    Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithme
    Contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

    • 25 min
    That's unexpected! How Elenie Poulos found her own path to the boardroom

    That's unexpected! How Elenie Poulos found her own path to the boardroom

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking to Elenie Poulos about her accidental journey to the boardroom.

    Elenie is on the boards of Uniting NSW/ACT and ANDI (Australian National Development Index). She was previously on the boards of ACOSS, Act for Peace and the Churches Refugee Taskforce.

    She has more than 20 years' experience working in public policy, advocacy and government relations in the not-for-profit sector. She is an ordained minister in the Uniting Church in Australia and has a PhD in Politics.

    Contact Elenie or find out more about her:
    https://eleniepoulos.net/

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-sOgMIu3z_A7s-Ghnj6ywg

    FOR MORE TAKE ON BOARD INFORMATION:
    Next Take on Board event: Developing strategy: From global to local organisations - 25 May 2021
    https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=736768&
    Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/
    Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoard
    For more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/
    Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithme
    Contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

    • 25 min
    Deciding to list on the ASX during a global pandemic with Deanne Weir

    Deciding to list on the ASX during a global pandemic with Deanne Weir

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga's speaking to Deanne Weir about listing AI-Media during a global pandemic and we'll also touch on some tips for working with CEOs as Chair.

    Deanne has a wealth of experience. In fact, her first board was Museums Victoria when she was in her 20s and she's been on a roll ever since.

    Here is where you can find her.

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    •Chair of Ai-Media (ASX code AIM), an ASX listed global provider of speech to text services,
    •Chair of Seer Data & Analytics (tech start up) a technology start-up helping the social sector make better decisions through the use of data and insights.Not for profit:

    •Chair of Sydney Film Festival,
    •Chair of Grata Fund,
    •Chair of Global Sisters,
    •Chair of For Films Sake,
    •Trustee of The Asia Foundation


    Deanne is a former media lawyer and executive turned producer, investor and company director. She is passionate about storytelling, change-making and gender equality. Deanne's company WeirAnderson invests in entrepreneurs and storytellers.

    Contact Deanne or find out more about her:
    http://www.weiranderson.com/
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Sway with Kara Swisher: https://www.nytimes.com/column/sway

    FOR MORE TAKE ON BOARD INFORMATION:
    Next Take on Board event: Developing strategy: From global to local organisations - 25 May 2021
    https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=736768&
    Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/
    Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoard
    For more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/
    Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithme
    Contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

    • 26 min
    The 101 on voluntary administration and what you need to know for your boards with Kate Conneely

    The 101 on voluntary administration and what you need to know for your boards with Kate Conneely

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking to Kate Conneely about voluntary administration, what is it, what it can be used for, and why directors should consider it as part of their governance framework.

    Kate is a partner at KordaMentha and a registered liquidator. She bring over 13 years' experience specialising in formal insolvency, restructuring and litigation strategy. In her role as Registered Liquidator, she, in effect, assumes the position of the board on each company to which she is appointed.

    Kate has a proven track record dealing with small enterprises through to large corporate groups, across a broad range of industries and restructuring scenarios, including playing a lead role in the Arrium administration. Most recently, Kate was appointed as Administrator of Equestrian Australia Limited. Appointment occurred in June 2020.

    Fun fact - or maybe not so fun fact: Kate is one of the 7.6% of women who are Registered Liquidators across Australia. Whilst Korda Mentha are punching above their weight on this - they have double the national average - this still only represents 16% of the Registered Liquidators there. Kate is passionate about nurturing and supporting women to become registered liquidators so we can change this statistic.


    Contact Kate or find out more about her:
    https://kordamentha.com/people/kate-conneely

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Podcast episode with Linda White - Insights from the Take on Board Breakfast with Linda White on distress signals boards should be on the lookout for.
    https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/episode-62-take-on-board-breakfast

    KordaMentha Behind Business Podcast
    https://www.kordamentha.com/Behind-Business

    Brene Brown - Dare to Lead podcast
    https://brenebrown.com/dtl-podcast/

    FOR MORE TAKE ON BOARD INFORMATION:
    Take on Board event: Developing strategy: From global to local organisations - 25 May 2021
    https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=736768&
    Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/
    Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoard
    For more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/
    Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithme
    Contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

    • 32 min
    Cyber security Q and A from the Take on Board Breakfast: Cyber security with Hannah Browne - Part 2

    Cyber security Q and A from the Take on Board Breakfast: Cyber security with Hannah Browne - Part 2

    Today on Take on Board, Hannah Browne continues to field questions from the Take on Board Breakfast event on cyber security. It's chock full of tip, tricks and resources.

    This podcast has been edited for time. If you want to ensure you don't miss an opportunity to network with amazing women, learn about board openings and gain insights to help you in your board roles or just life, join the Take on Board Community so you can come along to the next one - which will be May 25! Sign up below.

    Contact Hannah or find out more about her:
    https://www.midnytecity.com.au/

    Hannah mentions the following resources, articles and tips:

    •The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History - https://www.wired.com/story/notpetya-cyberattack-ukraine-russia-code-crashed-the-world/
    •Notifiable data breach scheme - https://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/notifiable-data-breaches/
    •General Data Protection Regulation - https://gdpr-info.eu/
    •The National Institute of Standards and Technology - Cyber Security Framework - https://www.nist.gov/cyberframework
    •Midnyte City Cyber Resilience Seminar - https://www.midnytecity.com.au/building-cyber-resilience-for-nfps
    •Security Shift Cyber Security Portal (cyber training service) - https://aware.securityshift.com/
    •1Password - https://1password.com/
    •LastPass - https://www.lastpass.com/
    •Have I Been Pwned - https://haveibeenpwned.com/


    FOR MORE TAKE ON BOARD INFORMATION:
    Take on Board event: Developing strategy: From global to local organisations - 25 May 2021
    https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=736768&
    Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/
    Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoard
    For more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/
    Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithme
    Contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

    • 32 min
    Insights from the Take on Board Breakfast: Cyber security with Hannah Browne - Part 1

    Insights from the Take on Board Breakfast: Cyber security with Hannah Browne - Part 1

    Today on Take on Board, Helga shares her conversation with Hannah Brown. This chat was part of the March Take on Board Breakfast event. Hannah joined Helga to present what boards need to know about protecting themselves and their stakeholders from cyber threats.

    Using the story of Maersk cyber attack, Hannah shares real tips of how to take action about these real risks. One key message - start today!

    Hannah then fields questions from women who joined the event. There were so many amazing questions, a second podcast with just questions and insightful responses form Hannah will be released soon. So subscribe so you don't miss out.

    This podcast has been edited for time. If you want to ensure you don't miss an opportunity to network with amazing women, learn about board openings and gain insights to help you in your board roles or just life, join the Take on Board Community so you can come along to the next one - which will be May 25! Sign up here:
    Take on Board event: Developing strategy: From global to local organisations - 25 May 2021
    https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=736768&

    Contact Hannah or find out more about her:
    https://www.midnytecity.com.au/

    Hannah mentions the following resources, articles and tips:

    •The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History - https://www.wired.com/story/notpetya-cyberattack-ukraine-russia-code-crashed-the-world/
    •Notifiable data breach scheme - https://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/notifiable-data-breaches/
    •General Data Protection Regulation - https://gdpr-info.eu/
    •The National Institute of Standards and Technology - Cyber Security Framework - https://www.nist.gov/cyberframework
    •Midnyte City Cyber Resilience Seminar - https://www.midnytecity.com.au/building-cyber-resilience-for-nfps
    •Security Shift Cyber Security Portal (cyber training service) - https://aware.securityshift.com/
    •1Password - https://1password.com/
    •LastPass - https://www.lastpass.com/
    •Have I Been Pwned - https://haveibeenpwned.com/


    FOR MORE TAKE ON BOARD INFORMATION:
    Take on Board event: Developing strategy: From global to local organisations - 25 May 2021
    https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=736768&
    Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/
    Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoard
    For more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/
    Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithme
    Contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

    • 38 min

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