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

Release Date: 03/26/2021

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

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...

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

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...

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

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

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...

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

Karen Loon is a Non-Executive Director, and a former senior Big 4 partner. She has worked with the world’s leading banks and is a recognised thought leader and speaker on workplace diversity and inclusion - inspired partly by her own experiences in Australia. “What really struck me was that I was sitting in boardrooms or sitting in meetings, where there was pretty much I was the only Asian in the room, let alone an Asian Australian woman in the room,” Karen tells Claire in this episode. She was formerly PwC’s Singapore and Asia-Pacific Diversity Leader and a member of its award-winning...

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

Wendy Teasdale Smith is a woman full of surprises. As well as being the owner of possibly one of the largest collections of hairclips for anyone over 40, WOB’s quirky and energetic South Australian representative also recently won a Toastmasters humorous speaking award with her speech on having an RBF (resting bitch face), which she presented over Zoom during COVID. Born and brought up in Elizabeth, South Australia (the inspiration for Jimmy Barnes’ song Working Class Man) she is also in a book called Elizabeth Champions celebrating people from the region. As she tells Claire in this...

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

In the wake of the Optus cyber-attack, in this special update we talk to Matt Fehon AM, partner at McGrathNicol.  Matt has led some of the largest and highest profile fraud, corruption, and regulatory investigations in Australia. He is one of the key presenters in our new 5-part program Security Risks and Risk Management for boards.  The program starts on the 20 October and consists of 4 one hour webinars plus a fifth panel session in Sydney at the end (also via livestream). Here Matt provides an overview of what will be covered in the program, including: - His view on the key risks...

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

Helen Conway has, by her own admission, always been an agitator. As the experienced lawyer, senior executive, NED and workplace gender equality expert tells Claire Braund in this podcast, it was her “contrary nature” which compelled her to get involved when she saw something that was not right. “I may have made a few enemies along the way, but you have to be courageous enough to stand up for what is right, and ultimately you get a return on that investment.” Helen spent 10 years in private legal practice, including seven years as a partner in a major law firm in Sydney before moving...

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

To be good at cyber security you need to be able to think like a threat actor. That’s according to state-based cyber warfare expert Dr Sarah Morrison, who has herself embedded herself for the last 20 years in the technology and cybersecurity industry.  No surprise then that Sarah is always the one at dinner parties reminding people to use secure passwords and update their anti-malware. What is more of a surprise is that Sarah - who has no less than seven qualifications in the area of criminology, investigation & intelligence and cyber security including a PhD in Russian Information...

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

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...

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

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...

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In this episode, Claire speaks with Maryanne Puli Vogels, the Chair of Timboon and District Healthcare Services about Australia’s leading online solution for building governance performance. The service is known as the Governance Evaluator and organisations across sectors and disciplines are innovating the way that they function, predict risks, identify gaps, create reports and generate insights through this technology.

Maryanne has a long history in online education dating back to the early 1980s and when she joined the Board of Timboon and District Healthcare Services some four years ago, it was a baptism of fire. She had never been on a Board before and five months into her role, was elected as Chair. The government had recently introduced the new term rule of nine years, which also meant the Board lost six of its existing members and therefore, a lot of history. Maryanne found herself chairing a brand new team who were just as ‘green’ as her.

Maryanne discovered that the organisation had an existing license with Governance Evaluator, yet the service hadn’t been properly utilised or leveraged. It was music to her ears. She dived into the technology and found access to a world of information and knowledge that would not only improve her personal ability to Chair, but to service the multi-purpose organisation and its increasingly growing community.

Each Board member completed an online questionnaire to help identify their insights into the organisation and then worked with a convenor to understand their strengths and areas for growth. A dynamic report was then produced that detailed the organisation’s risks, skills, strategies and gaps, and particularly highlighted how to improve its clinical governance. Four years on and Maryanne can only speak highly of the platform that is intuitive, easy to use, enables simple reporting and is invested in supporting the organisation in the long-term with ongoing data and acumens — not just the current Board members.

As a WOB partner, all WOB members receive preferential member pricing for the Governance Evaluator. 

Find out more about Governance Evaluator here

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