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Women on Boards (WOB) co-founder and Executive Director, Claire Brand in conversation with inspirational leaders and directors about their board and leadership journey.

WOB's mission is to assist women on their board and leadership journey. We actively advocate for gender balance and cultural diversity in board and leadership roles.

In this podcast, Claire talks to women about their board journey as well as a range of governance and networkings experts for tips and advice.

Women on Boards - Leaders and Directors in conversation with Claire Braund Women on Boards

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Women on Boards (WOB) co-founder and Executive Director, Claire Brand in conversation with inspirational leaders and directors about their board and leadership journey.

WOB's mission is to assist women on their board and leadership journey. We actively advocate for gender balance and cultural diversity in board and leadership roles.

In this podcast, Claire talks to women about their board journey as well as a range of governance and networkings experts for tips and advice.

    Claire Braund in conversation with Tom Elliot on 3AW

    Claire Braund in conversation with Tom Elliot on 3AW

    Claire Braund spoke to 3AW Drive Host, Tom Elliot on 23 Sept 2023 about a decision by HESTA that they will vote against select director re-elections of ASX300 companies where the board has less than 30 per cent of female representation.
    Claire says HESTA and other investment firms are taking a stance on “merit”,
    “We like to think of merit as something objective … but it’s actually defined by culture, values and expectations … which means only some parts of merit are to do with how hard one works,” she told Tom Elliott.
    Read HESTA's four key expectations for ASX300 companies in 2023-24 AGM season HERE

    • 7 min
    Claire Braund in conversation with Dr Amber Tan

    Claire Braund in conversation with Dr Amber Tan

    You may well think Dr Amber Tan has the world at her feet and job offers flowing in. A former Malaysian national who was born and raised in Ipoh (the gateway to the Cameron Highlands hill station), Amber migrated to Melbourne in 2011 with her partner and received an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship in 2013 to complete her PhD at Monash University. A feat she accomplished in 2017 with no amendments. 
    Her thesis critically examined national security and public order laws in Malaysia and their impact on constitutionalism and the rule of law and Amber has also conducted extensive research into human rights abuses under these laws.
    Prior to academia, Amber was in private practice as a litigator in Malaysia having won a full scholarship to study at law at Kings College London where she graduated with 1st Class honours in 2007 and as one of only five students in her class to be awarded an Exhibition Prize.
    Yet Amber’s employment story is not one of which Australia can be proud. In this podcast with Claire Braund, Amber shares her story  - from her determination as a 14 year old to win an international scholarship to follow her dreams studying law in London to the systemic discrimination she experienced in Australia due to her multicultural background where she says “I felt like my career was crushed”.
    Forced to wait tables and sell her paintings to scratch a living for two years, Amber recalls being asked if she spoke English when applying for legal roles. “They weren’t  even looking at my CV beyond looking at my name.”
    Today Amber is on a mission to use her research into the challenges and discrimination facing Asian women in the workplace in Australia for positive change. As she says: “I don't want to be just part of another unfortunate statistic. I want to change the statistics".
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    Amber Tan (guest)
    Claire Braund (host)
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    • 34 min
    Claire Braund in conversation with Dr Monique Beedles

    Claire Braund in conversation with Dr Monique Beedles

    Dr Monique Beedles was not your average teenager. At 15, as well as having posters of Murph Hughes and the Adelaide Oval on her bedroom wall, it was her dream to be CEO of Swiss multinational healthcare company Roche. To this end, she went on to study German and chemistry at school. “I was always interested in medical research from a very young age. But I didn’t know back then that to be the CEO of Roche, your name has to be Roche,” she tells Claire in this podcast.
    Undeterred, Monique went on to study pharmacy and gained her first board role with the Australasian College of Pharmacy. Today she is an internationally recognised thought leader and bestselling author of books on strategy, leadership and asset management and a self-confessed cricket tragic. She also has a PhD in strategy, a Master of Finance, 20 years of board experience, is a qualified pharmacist and has been a member of Women on Boards for many years.
    “I haven’t really followed the traditional path,” she tells Claire, while sharing her insights on asset management in 2023 - and the shift from traditional ‘physical’ asset management to intangible assets such as data and intellectual property. Monique and Claire also discuss the enduring relevance of her 2011 book Pivot Point about how business decision makers have to prepare for an uncertain future, and look at the challenges for boards post-COVID.
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    Dr Monique Beedles (guest) 
    Claire Braund (host)
    Further Information:
    WOB membership, events & services, please visit our website.
    To receive our weekly newsletter, subscribe to WOB as a Basic Member (free).
    Join as a Full Member for just for full access to our Board Vacancies, WOBShare (our online member platform) and more.
     

    • 26 min
    Connection Content: Rethinking Your LinkedIn Strategy with Karen Tisdell

    Connection Content: Rethinking Your LinkedIn Strategy with Karen Tisdell

    When it comes to getting the most out of your LinkedIn page, content is great but it’s no match for connection. That’s the message from LinkedIn expert Karen Tisdell, who talks to Claire Braund about how LinkedIn has changed over the years and the importance of content AND connection when it comes to directors putting themselves out there”. 
    As she says, “if you have a really great profile and you’re putting out content but you haven’t made the effort to connect with people to build your network, then you’re just shouting into the wind”.
    With a long background in the recruitment industry, Karen was an early adopter of LinkedIn, which she describes as “like a Rolodex of everybody you’ve ever met and everybody you’d want to meet”. 
    Now an in-demand LinkedIn profile writer and trainer, Karen shares her tips on getting the most out of LinkedIn, how to own your profile through authentic and engaging storytelling and how to build real relationships with people who can help you reach your professional goals. "For board directors, putting content out is fantastic - but we know that success is so often about who you know and who knows you.”
    Karen Tisdell (guest)
    Claire Braund (host)
    Further Information:
    WOB membership, events & services, please visit our website.
    To receive our weekly newsletter, subscribe to WOB as a Basic Member (free).
    Join as a Full Member for just for full access to our Board Vacancies, WOBShare (our online member platform) and more.

    • 25 min
    Gorana Saula: International woman of innovation

    Gorana Saula: International woman of innovation

    Bosnian-born Gorana Saula speaks three languages, has three passports, four drivers’ licenses and loves to travel. And with her passion for gadgets and all things tech it’s no wonder friends of the former CEO and electronics engineer call her James Bond. 
    The Non Executive Director has had a wide range of executive leadership roles in defense, telecommunications, and electronics manufacturing.
    Attending university in Croatia she holds two master's degrees in electronics and business and is known as a woman who loves innovation - her first job out of uni was leading a project to develop tech for self-guided missiles.
    Gorana has experience working in many countries - from Germany and California to New Zealand and Brisbane - and brings a different perspective and international mindset and cultural sensitivity to all her organisations.
    In this podcast she talks to Claire Braund about making the dangerous journey from war-torn former Yugoslavia with her husband and two children, leaving behind her mother and disabled brother without knowing if she would ever see them again and how she went from arriving in New Zealand speaking very little English to becoming Director of Engineering in a microwave networking solutions provider, eventually leading it to become the only private New Zealand company listed on the NASDAQ. 
    She also reflects on the challenges of attracting top talent, particularly during the dot.com era and mining boom, pointing to the importance of offering employees a good work-life balance to pursue their passions.
    A self-described ‘champion for product innovation’ Gorana now chairs three boards and brings her deep expertise to organisations that create and innovate. 
    LinkedIn Gorana Saula
    Claire Braund (host)
    Further Information:
    WOB membership, events & services, please visit our website.
    To receive our weekly newsletter, subscribe to WOB as a Basic Member (free).
    Join as a Full Member for just for full access to our Board Vacancies, WOBShare (our online member platform) and more.

    • 26 min
    Fair game: Dr Catherine Ordway on gender equity, integrity and anti-corruption in sport

    Fair game: Dr Catherine Ordway on gender equity, integrity and anti-corruption in sport

    Dr Catherine Ordway is an academic in sports management, and a sports lawyer, who specialises in anti corruption and integrity.

    She's a sought after tribunal member, media commentator and consultant who's assisted sports including AFL, archery athletics, basketball, combat sports cricket, cycling, football, golf, handball, rowing, rugby, softball, swimming, and triathlon in governance, selection and anti-doping and code of conduct disputes.

    What is less well known is that Catherine played a central role in the establishment of Women on Boards shortly after the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
    In this podcast Catherine talks about that first meeting with Ruth Medd and the growth of Women on Boards and the push to have better and skills represented on state and national sports boards. As she says, it was all about moving away from “Oh, he kicked the winning goal in 1978 - he’d make a good board member,” to professionalising sports boards and setting gender targets.
    Claire and Catherine also discuss the push for parity for female athletes “starting with broadcasting and sponsorship rights, pay parity, and access to facilities,” and the complex issues around trans women in sport. 
    About Dr Catherine Ordway: Sport Integrity Research Lead & Associate Professor at University of Canberra; Chair, Vetting Panel, Badminton World Federation; Independent Review Board, International Cricket Council; Head Anti-Doping Hearing Panel, World Curling Federation.
    LinkedIn: Catherine Ordway
    Claire Braund (host)
    Further Information:
    WOB membership, events & services, please visit our website. To receive our weekly newsletter, subscribe to WOB as a Basic Member (free). Join as a Full Member for full access to our Board Vacancies, support, WOBShare (our online member platform) and more.
     

    • 32 min

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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Fabulous insights for aspiring directors

I’ve listened eagerly to every podcasts in the series and learned so much about the many different et pathways to the board. Highly recommend.

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