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Going full circle and building collegiality

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Release Date: 07/24/2020

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Women on Boards I Making it Real

Dr Liz Paslawsky is a Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year, a business owner and accomplished CEO in healthcare and banking. She has a portfolio career that has seen her hold CEO and executive positions in the public, private and NPF sectors, both nationally and globally, and she currently serves on four international boards.

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Women on Boards I Making it Real

In this podcast Lisa Chung AM, lawyer, experienced Non Executive Director and Chair, shares her journey to the boardroom and explores a range of insights, including how she overcame cultural and gender challenges, the important role her mentors have played, as well as providing advice on how to approach a board  “interview” – or "peer discussion", as she likes to call it. 

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Women on Boards I Making it Real

In this podcast Jennifer Grech shares her journey as someone relatively new to the board arena, including the systematic approach she has taken to learn about boards, how she has built her board collateral, and how she sees her eight applications as a learning process to help define her board value.

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Women on Boards I Making it Real

In this podcast Anne talks to Claire about public life, working with Bob Katter, her long built understanding of remote indigenous communities and how she was instrumental in introducing the Indigenous Art Code. She also talks about her board aspirations and how she swam the English Channel in 2018, becoming just the 207th Australian to do so, in what can only be described as a truly monumental feat against the weather!

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Flying by an alternate path - Insights into board recruitment and governance trends with Kerryn Newton show art Flying by an alternate path - Insights into board recruitment and governance trends with Kerryn Newton

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Kerryn Newton is Managing Director of “Directors Australia”. In this podcast we hear about the interesting career path, including serving in the Army Reserves, working as a lawyer and stumbling across a job in parliament, where she worked for 10 years across 25 parliamentary enquiries.

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Women on Boards I Making it Real

In this podcast Megan Motto, CEO of the Governance Institute provides a glimpse into her background, her interpretation of "governance" and how she came to lead The Governance Institute, which has historically seen a legacy of older males at the helm.

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Lessons from the trenches –  how to prepare so you stand out in board applications and interviews with Christine Hawkins show art Lessons from the trenches – how to prepare so you stand out in board applications and interviews with Christine Hawkins

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Christine Hawkins AM has had an illustrious board and executive career. Her extensive experience on board selection committees has clearly shown her what separates board applications – what makes one attractive and another not. In this podcast Claire Braund talks to Christine about her career and board journey, delving into Christine’s four key lessons for directors in the board application and interview process, including what not to say.

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Women on Boards I Making it Real

Cheryl Hayman mentored Gina McClement in 2018-19 as part of Gina’s three step plan to gain a board role. In this podcast Claire talks to Gina and Cheryl to uncover why Gina wanted a mentor, how her journey changed once the process started and how the process ran. Cheryl discusses her mentoring philosophy and reverse approach, which is not as you’d expect. If you're thinking about a mentor or what you can do to open career doors, this podcast will provide some great food for thought.

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Women on Boards I Making it Real

Georgie Somerset has built an impressive board portfolio, currently sitting on the board of the ABC, AgForce Queensland, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Red Earth Community Foundation.

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Women on Boards I Making it Real

Kerrie's journey has gone full circle, from a young Girl Guide to CEO of Girl Guide’s SA.

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Claire Braund talks to Kerrie Akkermans about how her journey has taken her full circle, from a young Girl Guide where her mother was Girl Guide Commissioner, to CEO of Girl Guide’s SA.  

A Willundera girl from South Australia’s wine region, Kerrie completed a BA, started a job and then returned to uni to complete a communications degree.

Founding her own consulting business at just 32 after her first child, Kerrie built an impressive client list of iconic Australian brands such as Hills Industries (aka Hills Hoist) and became a sought-after public speaker on lifetime value and customer experience.

Kerrie talks about her decision to return to the workforce following major life changes, including a divorce and the death of her parents.

The discussion provides valuable insights into how Kerrie built her board career through her broad network and by differentiating herself; how her career and board roles have been complementary; and how being on boards has helped her to become a much better CEO, teaching her to find common ground and understanding the importance of collegiality.

Kerry Akkermans
CEO Girl Guides SA
Director, On Demand Short Stays
Partner Mediation Adelaide
Director Kerrie Akkermans Consulting

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Kerrie Akkermans
Claire Braund (host)

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