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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.

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, 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.

    Nice to meet you, I'm Anne Wiberg and you may have the skills my board needs

    Nice to meet you, I'm Anne Wiberg and you may have the skills my board needs

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking to Anne Wiberg about some challenges that not for profit board directors might experience. In particular, we'll explore putting together a skilled board, and she'll also give us some tips and tricks on being a good chair.

    Anne is the Chair of Music SA, an organisation committed to promoting, supporting and developing contemporary music in South Australia. She is also on the Board of Tutti Arts.

    She is the Head of Programming at Light Adelaide after freelancing for a number of years, delivering three national AIR Awards, programmed four Ruby Awards, and coordinating various corporate events. She is also the music programmer for Darwin Festival and a part time DJ.

    Anne was previously an Associate Producer for the Adelaide Festival and has worked and volunteered on numerous other multi-arts and music events, including Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Off the Couch, Hoot! Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival, Womadelaide, Adelaide Guitar Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Come Out Festival (now DreamBig).

    Contact Anne or find out more about her:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/anne-wiberg-70a241b7/

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    TOB Breakfast: Event - 16 March 2021: https://www.trybooking.com/BOJER

    Board Accelerator 2021: https://www.trybooking.com/BLWWY

    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

    • 27 min
    Boardroom or Directors Club? Looking at board composition with Jessica Wallace

    Boardroom or Directors Club? Looking at board composition with Jessica Wallace

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking to Jessica Wallace about board composition. They'll be discussing the key findings of the recent report "Many are called, few are chosen", a study on changes to the composition of ASX 300 boards - focusing on the non-executive pool - from 2006 to today.

    Jessica is a corporate governance analyst, first in the UK and then joining Ownership Matters in Australia in 2013 where she engages with and prepares research on ASX 300 listed companies.

    A Ownership Matters they believe that ownership does matter and that shareholders, as the owners of the company, should hold boards and management teams accountable for their performance. They highlight governance risks to clients and advocate for change, both through their research and recommendations and through an ongoing dialogue with boards and management.

    Contact Jessica or find out more about her:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-wallace-0a7610146/
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Report: Many are Called, Few are Chosen - https://www.ownershipmatters.com.au/research-news/2020/10/25/many-are-called-few-are-chosen/
    Australia's biggest companies are being run by a 'directors' club', study finds - https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/26/australias-biggest-companies-are-being-run-by-a-directors-club-study-finds

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    TOB Breakfast: Event - 16 March 2021: https://www.trybooking.com/BOJER

    Board Accelerator 2021: https://www.trybooking.com/BLWWY

    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

    • 27 min
    Mentoring and advisory boards does one beget the other with Leesa Chesser

    Mentoring and advisory boards does one beget the other with Leesa Chesser

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking to Leesa Chesser about AICD chairs mentoring program and why advisory boards are a great way to build your portfolio career.

    Leesa is a Non-Executive Director, and mentor who builds and Chairs Advisory Boards for start ups, SME's, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises to create value in the health and human services, infrastructure, defence and space industries.

    She is on the boards of Community Options Australia Sydney, Hen House Co-operative Ltd Adelaide and chairs or sits on several advisory boards in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide in the start up space, social enterprises and the GOGO Foundation.

    Contact Leesa or find out more about her:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/leesa-chesser-ned/

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    The Reith Lectures: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00729d9

    What barrier? Getting more women in the boardroom with Jan Easton https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/episode-64-jan-easton

    Can I get some help over here? Tips for putting together an advisory board with Louise Broekman https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/episode-63-louise-broekman


    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    TOB Breakfast: Event - 16 March 2021: https://www.trybooking.com/BOJER

    Board Accelerator 2021: https://www.trybooking.com/BLWWY)

    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

    • 30 min
    From Brownies to the board room, what Moira Were can teach us about gender on boards

    From Brownies to the board room, what Moira Were can teach us about gender on boards

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking to Moira Were about the role of women and gender in the board room and in decision-making.

    Moira is on the boards of Scope Global Pty Ltd, Oikumene Foundation, Hen House Co-op and Collab4Good Pty Ltd.

    Her list of previous boards includes Medical Board of SA, SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission; Southern Domestic Violence Service, Noarlunga Community Legal Services; Volunteering SA & NT.

    Moira has worked from the kitchen table to the cabinet table and started her board career as a 19 year old youth volunteer representative on the Service to Youth Council board. She currently serves on the Scope Global board and is a ministerial appointment to the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board in South Australia.

    Moira received an AM - order of Australia in 2019 for her community service to South Australia. And she was a Brownie!

    Contact Moira or find out more about her:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/moirawere/

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    The Fish Rots from the Head: The Crisis in our Boardrooms by Bob Garrett: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2891767-the-fish-rots-from-the-head

    Apollo 13: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112384/

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Board Accelerator 2021: https://www.trybooking.com/BLWWY)

    Take on Board March Breakfast: https://www.trybooking.com/BOJER

    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

    • 34 min
    Rethinking 'Class at Work' with Lisa Annese

    Rethinking 'Class at Work' with Lisa Annese

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking to Lisa Annese about a recent report by the Diversity Council of Australia called 'Class at Work".

    Lisa is on the Board of Amnesty International Australia and is the Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Council Australia. In this role she leads debate on diversity and inclusion in the public arena, and as a appears regularly on ABC's The Drum and in wider Australian media.

    Under her leadership, DCA delivers innovative diversity practice resources for Australian businesses and supports in them improving their inclusion capability. She has led a broad array of ground-breaking, evidence based research, including Australia's first national index on workplace diversity and inclusion, seminal research on the economics of the gender pay-gap and original work on building Asian Leadership Capability, as well as research supporting individuals being "Out at Work" and main-streaming flexible work.

    In 2018, Lisa was named one of the AFR's 100 Women of Influence. In 2019 she was elected to the Board of Amnesty International Australia. Lisa is also Executive Producer of DCA's podcast, The Art of Inclusion.
    Lisa has had a long career in the diversity and inclusion space across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sector.

    Contact Lisa or find out more about her:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-annese-4b847617/

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    https://www.dca.org.au

    Class at Work report: https://www.dca.org.au/research/project/class-work

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Board Accelerator 2021: https://www.trybooking.com/BLWWY)
    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

    • 28 min
    How secure is your data? Unpacking the importance of cybersecurity with Hannah Browne

    How secure is your data? Unpacking the importance of cybersecurity with Hannah Browne

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking to Hannah Browne about cybersecurity.

    Hannah is on the board of Greenpeace Australia Pacific (GPAP) and is Chair of the Nominations Committee, which is where we met. She also reports into an Advisory Board as the Managing Director of Midnyte City.

    Hannah is a technology leader and entrepreneur, now building her fifth tech company, Midnyte City. For 15 years she has worked on strategic transformation initiatives with start ups, scale ups and innovative enterprises, helping to build high-performance teams and progressive, digital first, human-centric organisations. Her core skills are in technology leadership, organisational development, building high-performance culture and influencing for change.

    Contact Hannah or find out more about her:
    https://www.midnytecity.com.au/
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Midnyte City Cyber Resilience Seminar: https://www.midnytecity.com.au/building-cyber-resilience-for-nfps
    National Institute of Standards and Technology Framework: https://www.nist.gov/cyberframework
    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Board Accelerator 2021: https://www.trybooking.com/BLWWY)

    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

    • 28 min

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