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Women on Boards I Making it Real

Release Date: 12/14/2020

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

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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If you are on a board or aspiring to serve on one, you would know the name Susan Oliver. As a child, Susan was fascinated with construction sites and loved the smell of raw concrete. Her passion for the traditionally male-centric industry led her to be the first woman to graduate with a Bachelor in Building at the University of Melbourne. Her life has remained an exploration of risk-taking because being equally challenged and in awe of technology, science and big companies doing big things has not only kept her in the game, but leading the game.

Since 1996, Susan has been involved in the governance of global companies such as IFM Investors, Transurban Group, and the restructure of Centro Group. Her expertise is in rebuilding stakeholder trust and finding the potential in legacy assets, all whilst mapping a path for a company to succeed into an unknown future. Before joining boards, Susan enjoyed a long career in technology and futures consulting, culminating with leading the Commission for the Future for the Australian Government. The Honourable Barry Jones who is on the National Trust’s list of Australian Living Treasures, was pivotal to Susan’s journey — a mentor, inspiration and friend.

Close to Susan’s heart is a range of not-for-profit causes. She currently sits on the board of Melbourne Theatre Company, The Wheeler Centre and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and previously was governor and on the national board for The Smith Family. She helped to found The Big Issue in Australia, a fortnightly, independent magazine that is sold on the streets by homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people, and co-founded Scale Investors to fund female led start-ups.

Hear from Susan why big companies need to stop reacting and start strategically and intelligently preparing for the dynamic world we live in.

Susan's current board roles include:

  • Independent Member of Global Investment Committee for IFM Investors
  • Advisory Board, Fishermans Bend
  • Chair, The Wheeler Centre
  • Founding Chair, Scale Investors
  • Director, Melbourne Theatre Company
  • Director, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
  • Judge, Entrepreneur of the Year

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Claire Braund (host)

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