Getting on a board and networking for various situations

10 September

On Tuesday, 10 September, Associate Professor Stella Clark AM delivered a half-day workshop on ‘Getting on a board and networking for various situations’ to the 2019 Leading the Way stream at The Bowl, NAB. The aim of the session was to assist participants with networking strategies, defining the role and responsibilities of a board director, and how participants can gain a board position. 

 

 

Stella Clark AM began the workshop by highlighting the importance of networking. She explained that being able to talk about yourself is a necessary skill, and developing a 30-second elevator pitch can help with this - keeping your audience in mind, removing any jargon and factoring in whether you are representing your organisation or yourself at a networking event.  Don't be put off by bad networking experiences, persevere and keep putting yourself and your knowledge out there as this can open the door to many opportunities.  Stella further highlighted that networking is important if you are seeking a board role, as boards see value in their members being well connected.

 

 

During the second part of the session, Stella took participants through the role of a board, the duties of directors, and the skills sets that make a functional board.  Pre-work requested prior to the session included the development of a SWOT analysis, a draft board profile and the preparation of an elevator pitch. Participants then broke into groups to review and discuss board resume profile paragraph. 

 

 

The session ended with a panel discussion, with Associate Professor Stella Clark AM, Dr Leonie Walsh, Anna Burke AO and Natalie Collard, facilitated by one of the founding members of the veski inspirign women STEM sidebyside program, Dr Rowan Brookes. 

 

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