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Women on Boards I Making it Real

Release Date: 08/14/2020

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

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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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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.

In this conversation, Georgie takes us back to her boarding school days, which she says laid a solid foundation of resilience and taught her how to problem solve – starting with catching a bus from Brisbane to Melbourne for 16 hours to get to school.

Georgie’s board career started at the Queensland Regional & Remote Women's Network in 2009, where she was founding vice president, took a break, then returned as president for seven years. 

Throughout this time, she continued to build her experience by grasping as many volunteering opportunities as she could. Georgie says she cooked lots of cakes and flipped many burgers. She says it was this foundation that taught her how to work with other volunteers and the value of true collaboration.

Georgie talks about her board progression, lessons learned and what inspires her, saying “my community foundation really feeds my soul” and “if you have the right framework and the right foundations, you can actually trust the process and the people to take you there".

Listen to the full fascinating interview.

Georgie Somerset's current board roles
President, AgForce Queensland
Director Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC)
Director Royal Flying Doctor Service (Qld)
Chair Red Earth Community Foundation
Director Children’s Health Queensland

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