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Going full circle and building collegiality

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Release Date: 07/24/2020

How Leanne Heywood went from being made redundant to building an ASX portfolio career show art How Leanne Heywood went from being made redundant to building an ASX portfolio career

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Once upon a time, this full-time NED for various ASX listed companies, worked one week a month in Mongolia in minus 40 degrees when she was the General Manager for Rio Tinto’s Global Copper Concentrate. Today she is often battling 40 degrees heat from her 1600-acre farm in Western NSW. Leanne latched onto the mining industry at a time when it wasn’t common for women and discrimination was overt. Leanne launched her portfolio career through hard work and preparation, and by not taking feedback personall

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Defying All Odds: Increasing female tradies, smashing assumptions and leading with courage show art Defying All Odds: Increasing female tradies, smashing assumptions and leading with courage

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Crushed by a 600kg horse in 2017 when training to qualify for the World Equestrian Games, doctors told Hacia Atherton she’d never walk again. Four years and 14 operations later, Hacia tells us how she has transformed her trauma into triumph. A CPA, CCO for her family’s manufacturing business, Committee Member for the CPA Australia Emerging Leaders Network and Advisory Board Member for Real Time Learning Australia, Hacia is passionate about increasing female tradies and smashing assumptions

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Education changed the course of my life: Former MP and OAM reveals all show art Education changed the course of my life: Former MP and OAM reveals all

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Ros Kelly, the former MP and OAM, joins Claire this week and shares the intimate story of her upbringing and professional life. Ros was elected the first woman member of the Australian Capital Territory House of Assembly, later became the first Labor woman federal minister in the House of Representatives and the first to give birth while holding office. Hear why it’s important to take opportunities, to know who you are and to choose the right partner, because we all need someone who has our back.

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How to improve board performance and the governance of your organisation show art How to improve board performance and the governance of your organisation

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Have you heard of the Governance Evaluator? If you’re on a Board or a Committee, it’s time you had. In this episode, Claire speaks with Maryanne Puli Vogels, Chair of Timboon and District Healthcare Services, about the Governance Evaluator — an intelligent technology solution with expert governance consultants. By baptism of fire, Maryanne became Chair and without GE, she and her Board would not be able to predict risks, identify gaps, create reports and generate insights for the future of their commu

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How Julie Green moved into board roles and found her core purpose – Membership, rural communities and Greening Australia show art How Julie Green moved into board roles and found her core purpose – Membership, rural communities and Greening Australia

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Julie is one of those women who knows, deeply, what she is here to do. In this podcast, Julie shares her story of advising chartered firms in the UK and Australia for 10 years, including Ernst & Young, before changing career paths. She realised her core purpose was to use her financial acumen to promote healthier communities and today serves as NED for RAVC, Greening Australia and Loddon Mallee Waste & Resource Recovery Group Board, among other significant roles.

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Your digital footprint: The first impression you make in business show art Your digital footprint: The first impression you make in business

Women on Boards I Making it Real

It’s podcast time! In this episode, Claire Braund speaks with Fiona McLean, CEO and Managing Director of The Social Index, about the impact of our digital footprint and the challenges and opportunities that exist for people in positions of governance. It’s a brand new world and your reputation as a leader is your most valuable and critical career asset. Learn why WOB has partnered with this unique platform to help its members optimise their online presence. Don’t miss this one.

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From Investment Banking to Global Governance: The Naked Truth about Diversity show art From Investment Banking to Global Governance: The Naked Truth about Diversity

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Claire speaks with a very special friend of WOB, Charlotte Valeur from Jersey in the United Kingdom. The internationally renowned and highly experienced Non-Executive Director and Chair has a reputation for leveraging good governance globally through her style of value-based leadership. The former Danish investment banker has extensive Board level experience with IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring, but it is her ability to foster true diversity in the Boardroom that sets her apart.

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Debunking Gender Stereotypes: For the love of cars and sports show art Debunking Gender Stereotypes: For the love of cars and sports

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She’s kicked goals, smashed glass ceilings and debunked gender stereotypes at every turn during her substantive career. This week Claire Braund in conversation with Rebecca Frizelle, pioneer for Australia sports and passionate ambassador for the motor industry. She’s the Chief Operating Officer of Frizelle Prestige, was first female Chair in the NRL code and just last year, was awarded an Order of Australia for her contributions to the Motor Industry and Rugby League.

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The amazing career of Zita Peach - from refugee to ASX Chair show art The amazing career of Zita Peach - from refugee to ASX Chair

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Zita Peach discovered early in her career the importance of both actively seeking Board opportunities, actively networking and becoming known in the Board community. That’s how she transitioned from CSL Limited to Fresenius Kabi, while accepting two Board positions with ASX listed companies. Her story starts in Eastern Europe, takes her to studying BioMed at university and sees her today successfully heading multiple ASX listed companies.

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Network Like A Boss: Drop assumptions, know your value and be deliberate - with Kerry Gleeson FAICD show art Network Like A Boss: Drop assumptions, know your value and be deliberate - with Kerry Gleeson FAICD

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You can’t assume roles will fly at you because you have had a successful executive career, shares Kerry, ASX Director, Senior Executive and Board Advisor for the past two decades. In this podcast, Claire speaks with Kerry who has successfully led over $10 billion of complex multi-regional transactions, but regardless, networks like a boss to get seen in the non-executive sphere. Passionate about building strong corporate cultures, rigorous governance standards and unifying diverse operations.

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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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