73 episodes

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

WOB is dedicated to supporting women on their board and leadership journey through our high quality network, programs and events. We actively advocate for gender balance - our aim is to have 40% of board and leadership roles occupied by women by 2025. Join us and reap the rewards! #wob404020

Women on Boards Women on Boards

    • Business
    • 4.6 • 10 Ratings

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

WOB is dedicated to supporting women on their board and leadership journey through our high quality network, programs and events. We actively advocate for gender balance - our aim is to have 40% of board and leadership roles occupied by women by 2025. Join us and reap the rewards! #wob404020

    Claire Braund in Conversation with Miriam Silva AM

    Claire Braund in Conversation with Miriam Silva AM

    Miriam Silva is an experienced board member and senior corporate roles across multiple industries including pharmaceuticals, banking and agriculture. Her influence extends across business, Government, media, Muslim and broader Australian communities.
    Educated at The Wilderness School, a non-denominational school for girls in Adelaide, Miriam went on to read mathematics at Adelaide University before launching into the corporate world where she took on roles with ANZ & Elders before becoming COO for FleetPartners.
    In 2022 Miriam was made an AM for significant service to the multicultural community of South Australia, and to women. She is also on the South Australian Women's Honour roll, one of the inaugural AFR 100 Women of Influence, winner of the Governor's Multicultural Award for the Private Sector in 2012, Patron and Life Member of the International Women's Day Association (SA) and is the Multicultural Patron for the SA Police Academy.
    In this podcast, Miriam talks to Claire Braund about how a diminutive hijab wearing Muslim woman conquered corporate Australia, her rescue mission on the board of the Malek Fahd Islamic School and setting up the Young Directors program.
    A cancer survivor, Miriam also discusses the role her faith and resilience have played in her board and career journey.
    Further Information:
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    • 30 min
    Ready for lift off: How Amanda Mark nailed her elevator pitch

    Ready for lift off: How Amanda Mark nailed her elevator pitch

    From avoiding fisticuffs on the trading floor to conquering Wall Street and running her own financial market regulation consultancy, Sydneysider Amanda Mark is known for her fearless determination and big picture thinking. It was always Amanda’s dream to work in financial services overseas, so after landing a job in Sydney for a money market broker as a chalky in the early 90s - one of four women on a trading floor of more than 250 men - Amanda secured a role in Morgan Stanley’s Sydney office before getting a transfer to the New York head office. It was in Manhattan that Amanda was to make her biggest impact, and it all started with her elevator pitch.
    In this interview, long-time WOB member Amanda tells Claire Braund how she made a lasting impression in the New York office, and - never one to let an opportunity slip - caught the attention of the CEO after literally bumping into him in a lift early one Monday morning.
    In this insightful and entertaining conversation, Amanda also discusses the evolving challenges of being a woman working in the financial markets, the devastating experience of being in New York during 9/11 and losing much-loved colleagues in the attacks, working through the GFC and clean-up and moving from the ‘sell and buy side’ to the ‘dark side’ of financial regulation in Australia.
    Watch this interview on YouTube HERE
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    Amanda Mark 
    Claire Braund (host)
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    • 33 min
    Corruption, whistleblowing and disclosure in the boardroom - with Dr Kath Hall

    Corruption, whistleblowing and disclosure in the boardroom - with Dr Kath Hall

    Dr Kath Hall is an internationally recognised expert on transnational corporate corruption and foreign bribery regulation. Her career as a legal academic and writer has led to her advising a number of leading international organisations including the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit and Safra Centre for Ethics at Harvard University.
    Dr Hall has advised the International Standards Organisation on the introduction of a global standard on best practice whistleblower policies and processes and between 2016-2020 was the lead researcher on a global project investigating positive organisational responses to whistleblowing in the public, private and not for profit sectors.
    Dr Hall has a PhD in Law and Psychology from the Australian National University and brings a unique understanding of human behaviour into all her work. In this podcast Dr Hall talks to Claire Braund about how the landscape has changed in Australia and globally in relation to misconduct and corporate corruption and bribery and about the need for transparency and full disclosure in the boardroom - from appointing board members to disclosing potential conflicts of interest.
    She also discusses whistleblower regulations, the implications for small to large organisations and why we need to take the issue seriously:
    ‘It is important for all organisations. We've seen it in Australia from sporting to church organisations, no one is immune from misconduct potentially occurring. We have to take it seriously putting these processes and practices in place."
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    Dr Kath Hall
    Claire Braund (host)
    Further Information:
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    • 32 min
    What steps can First Nations allies take towards reconciliation? - with Claire Beattie

    What steps can First Nations allies take towards reconciliation? - with Claire Beattie

    As Australia celebrates NAIDOC week - an historically important celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and connection to Country - WOB Cultural Diversity Member and proud Yorta Yorta woman Claire Beattie discusses what steps First Nations allies can take towards reconciliation -  from helping more Indigenous women into leadership positions to buying from Aboriginal businesses. “Now it is time for individuals and organisations to think about procurement, employment, how you walk with First Nations people, your acknowledgement of country, how you create cultural and psychologically safe environments for your First Nations employees and how you work with Aboriginal businesses.”
    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.

    • 10 min
    Cultural Diversity and Inclusion - Panel discussion with Shirley Chowdhary, Claire Beattie and Claire Braund

    Cultural Diversity and Inclusion - Panel discussion with Shirley Chowdhary, Claire Beattie and Claire Braund

    Women on Boards marks UN World Day for Cultural Diversity with a panel discussion about cultural diversity and inclusion in board and leadership roles, with guests Shirley Chowdhary, AAP Board Member; and Women on Boards' Cultural Diversity Committee member and proud Yorta Yorta woman, Claire Beattie.
    Tune in to listen to this insightful and real conversation, as the panel discusses:
    The backgrounds and lived experiences of our guest Why cultural diversity in board and leadership roles matters What is cultural inclusion and psychological and cultural safety - How we can support culture & inclusion Recognition that cultural diversity is challenging for many of us, and that we can be reluctant to ask questions because we feel ignorant....but that's okay if its done in a respectful way. Shirley Chowdhary “The most important word that I think of when I think of cultural safety is authenticity. Because the truth is that at the end of the day, every single one of us, regardless of where we come from or who we are or what our background is, we want to be able to take our authentic selves into the workplace. And we don't want to have to change that according to who we are in a room with or who we're in a meeting with, or who's there that day.”
    Claire Beattie "I think that everyone comes to work expecting to leave work either feeling the same way they started. So hopefully they start happy and they finish happy or even more enriched as the day goes on. Now, WHS is something that's treated very,very seriously, particularly on work sites and in infrastructure where I work. But people don't understand that psychological damage and emotional damage and trauma is just as hurtful and if not ongoing, as if you fall down a pothole and you twist your ankle or something more serious. So psychological safety and cultural safety go hand in hand. It's very important as leaders and as team members and workmates, that we understand that diversity inclusion is not a bumper sticker. It's not something that you just throw around and you think you've got it. There's a big difference between equity and equality as well. And I invite you to have a think about what those things mean.”

    Shirley Chowdhary
    Non-Executive Director, Advisory board member and Indigenous consultant.
    Shirley is an internationally experienced board director with a diverse set of credentials across law, financial services, funds management, the NFP sector and journalism. Admitted as a lawyer in Australia and the State of New York, she has extensive cross-border experience across Asia.
    She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, and has invested throughout her career to address these issues. This work was recognized when she was selected as one of the 2019 AFR 100 Women of Influence.
    One of Shirley’s most recent executive roles includes being Chief Executive Officer for the GO Foundation, an Australian Indigenous organisation founded by Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin, providing holistic support and pathways for Indigenous students in Australia.
    Shirley now has a portfolio that supports organisations to build collaborative ecosystems connecting shareholder value with a deeper connection to impact and purpose. She believes fiercely in diversity and inclusion as tools for innovation. Shirley is currently a non-executive director on the board of the Australian Associated Press, Chair of the Advisory Board of Octadoc, a health tech startup, and is consulting with a number of diverse organisations including the Criterion Institute and Australia’s largest NFP endowment, the Paul Ramsay Foundation. Shirley is a keynote speaker and presenter for Saxton Speakers and her portfolio includes an extensive array of mentoring and volunteering.
    Claire Beattie
    Executive Director Asset Activations School Infrastructure NSW, Department of Education NSW & Board member of PCYC NSW and WAGEC.
    Claire is a proud Yorta Yorta woman and prominent senior NSW Public

    • 55 min
    Turning diversity into a superpower - with Anita Kumar

    Turning diversity into a superpower - with Anita Kumar

    Turning diversity into a superpower
    Born in Tamil-speaking southern India, Anita Kumar was the first girl in her family to leave home at 17 to go to university.
    Today Anita lives in Sydney and is an experienced CEO, social entrepreneur and passionate advocate for the rights of children and families, especially those dealing with complex life issues or living in vulnerable circumstances.
    But her decision in 1990 to study engineering eight hours from home was less about following in the footsteps of her father - an early adopter of technology who worked at the University of Madras- and more about putting off marriage.
    “It was just a way to get some time. I can’t tell you what a great opportunity that was for four years,” Anita tells Claire in this podcast. After her final exam, her parents were there straight away. “I knew what was coming.”
    And so it was that Anita and her then husband arrived in Australia in the late 90s. In this podcast, Anita describes the isolation and difficulty negotiating a new life as a young mother in a strange country, the discrimination she faced applying for jobs in her early career and how she turned diversity into her superpower.
    “I spoke fluent English and I had never faced discrimination before that but now it was hitting me from all directions. But all I can say is I wouldn't be who I am today, if not for those six years.”
    From volunteering with Burwood Community Welfare services, helping domestic violence survivors, Anita then worked her way from an admin role at The Infant’s Home Child and Family Services in Ashfield to become CEO.
    In 2012 she joined 150 other CEOs from around the world on the Executive Education program at Harvard Business School looking at non-profit management.
    Since 2017 she has been the CEO of Early Start, a collaborative initiative between the Commonwealth Government, The Abbott Foundation and the University of Wollongong to positively impact on the life trajectories of children growing up in regional and remote Australia.
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    Anita Kumar  (guest)
    Claire Braund (host)
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    • 28 min

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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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