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Women's Board Leadership Program

Take the next step in your board career with this scholarship.

Overview

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This scholarship program provides governance training and mentoring to help women advance their board careers. All women in Victoria with experience on a community or government board or committee of management can apply.

The program has 5 streams of entry:

  • 1 for applicants with up to 3 years’ experience serving on a board or committee of management
  • 1 for applicants from the Victorian Rural Women's Network with up to 3 years’ experience serving on a board or committee of management
  • 1 for applicants from culturally diverse backgrounds with up to 3 years’ experience serving on a board or committee of management
  • 1 for applicants with more than 3 years’ experience serving on a board or committee of management
  • 1 for applicants from the Victorian Rural Women's Network with more than 3 years’ experience serving on a board or committee of management

Apply now

Nominations close: Tuesday 17 September 2019

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Guidelines

  • You are eligible for the Women’s Board Leadership Program if you:

    • identify as a woman
    • live in Victoria
    • have experience on a board or committee of management

    If you are currently a board director, you must be serving on a Victorian Government board or a not-for-profit board.

    Time commitment

    The time commitment for the Women’s Board Leadership Program will vary depending on your stream of entry. Expect to commit 10 to 20 days for networking, pre-work and face-to-face coursework across the program.

    Some sessions are held during business hours, so if you’re employed you should gain your employer’s support.

    Contact

    For more information contact womensleadership@dpc.vic.gov.au

  • The program

    You will have access to governance courses from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. The program includes networking and coursework that will develop your governance knowledge and leadership skills.

    For applicants from the Victorian Rural Women's Network 

    The program has three streams of entry: two for applicants with up to 3 years’ experience serving on a board or committee of management, and one for applicants with more than 3 years’ experience.

    The 5 streams

    Strengthening board skills

    Learn about the duties and responsibilities of boards and directors.

    This program is for women starting out in their board careers (with up to 3 years’ experience serving on a board or committee of management) who want to develop their leadership and governance skills.

    This program includes:

    • Foundations of Directorship™ 
      This program will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the main components of directorship – governance, strategy, risk and finance. You will establish a new director-oriented outlook that will prepare you for a successful board director career. The program is delivered in a mixed-gender environment, with opportunity to engage with participants from across business, government and not-for-profit sectors.
      Time commitment: 3 full days and approximately 20-30 hours of pre-program reading.

    • Boardroom Effectiveness for Women
      This course will provide you with knowledge of the competencies of effective leaders. It will examine the role of female directors as leaders and consider ways in which women can enhance their leadership skills to improve board and organisational outcomes and performance.
      Time commitment: A 60-minute pre-course webinar, followed by a one-day session and post-course reading components.

    • 1-year membership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors

    • Networking with other participants

    Strengthening board skills for women from the Victorian Rural Women's Network

    The Victorian Rural Women’s Network is a supportive and inclusive group of rural and regional Victorian women who connect skills and ideas, and empower each other to step up, lead and succeed. The Network is an initiative of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and is free to join.

    One of the programs offered as part of the work of the VRWN is the Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program 2020 which provides funding for two rural women in the Strengthening Stream and two rural women in the Mastering Stream. To be eligible you must be a rural or regional woman involved in agriculture and/or the agricultural supply chain and a member of the VRWN.

    • Delivered by Australian Institute of Company Directors

    Learn about the duties and responsibilities of boards and directors.

    This program is for women from the Victorian Rural Women's Network starting out in their board careers (with up to 3 years’ experience serving on a board or committee of management) who want to develop their leadership and governance skills.

    This program includes:

    • Foundations of Directorship™ 
      This program will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the main components of directorship – governance, strategy, risk and finance. You will establish a new director-oriented outlook that will prepare you for a successful board director career. The program is delivered in a mixed-gender environment, with opportunity to engage with participants from across business, government and not-for-profit sectors.
      Time commitment: 3 full days and approximately 20-30 hours of pre-program reading.
    • Boardroom Effectiveness for Women 
      This course will provide you with knowledge of the competencies of effective leaders. It will examine the role of female directors as leaders and consider ways in which women can enhance their leadership skills to improve board and organisational outcomes and performance.
      Time commitment: A 60-minute pre-course webinar, followed by a one-day session and post-course reading components.
    • 1-year membership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors
    • Networking with other participants

    Strengthening board skills for women from culturally diverse backgrounds

    Learn about the duties and responsibilities of boards and directors.

    This program is for women who were born overseas, have a parent who was born overseas and/or their first language is not English, who are starting out in their board careers (with up to 3 years’ experience serving on a board or committee of management).

    This program includes:

    • Board Leadership for Culturally Diverse Women
      Explore excellence in board governance in a culturally relevant and peer-supported context. This foundational board leadership program provides an overview of the main components of directorship – governance, strategy, risk assessment and management and finance. Form peer networks and connect with female leaders from culturally diverse backgrounds.
      Time commitment: 3 full days and approximately 20-30 hours of pre-program reading.

    • Director Nexus
      These small confidential peer group discussions are supported and guided by an experienced chair, and provide a forum where you can seek perspective on a wide range of boardroom issues and take away practical guidance.
      Time commitment: 10 x two hour meetings.

    • Boardroom Effectiveness for Women
      Learn about the competencies of effective leaders. Examine the role of women directors as leaders and consider ways you can enhance your leadership skills to improve board outcomes and performance.
      Time commitment: A 60-minute pre-course webinar, followed by a one-day session and post-course reading components.

    • One year membership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors

    • Networking with other participants.

    Mastering board skills

    Take your board performance to the next level.

    This program is for women who are experienced board directors (with more than 3 years’ experience serving on a board or committee of management), in particular board chairs and executives such as treasurers and board secretaries.

    This program includes:

    • Company Directors Course™
      In this course you will gain a greater understanding of the practice of directorship and the mindset of a director as a leader of an organisation, before examining the directors’ duties and legal environment, risk oversight, strategy contribution, financial performance analysis and measuring board effectiveness. Participants may attain the Company Directors Course award, through successfully completing the three assessment tasks.
      Time commitment: 5 days and approximately 40-60 hours of pre-program reading.

    • Director Nexus
      These small confidential peer group discussions are supported and guided by an experienced chair, and provide a forum where you can seek perspective on a wide range of boardroom issues and take away practical guidance.
      Time commitment: 10 x two hour meetings.

    • One year membership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors

    • Networking with other participant

    Mastering Board Skills for Women from the Victorian Rural Women's Network

    The Victorian Rural Women’s Network is a supportive and inclusive group of rural and regional Victorian women who connect skills and ideas, and empower each other to step up, lead and succeed. The Network is an initiative of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and is free to join.

    One of the programs offered as part of the work of the VRWN is the Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program 2020 which provides funding for two rural women in the Strengthening Stream and two rural women in the Mastering Stream. To be eligible you must be a rural or regional woman involved in agriculture and/or the agricultural supply chain and a member of the VRWN.

    • Delivered by Australian Institute of Company Directors

    Learn about the duties and responsibilities of boards and directors.

    This program is for women from the Victorian Rural Women's Network starting out in their board careers (with up to 3 years’ experience serving on a board or committee of management) who want to develop their leadership and governance skills.

    This program includes:

    • Company Directors Course™
      In this course you will gain a greater understanding of the practice of directorship and the mindset of a director as a leader of an organisation, before examining the directors’ duties and legal environment, risk oversight, strategy contribution, financial performance analysis and measuring board effectiveness. Participants may attain the Company Directors Course award, through successfully completing the three assessment tasks.
      Time commitment: 5 days and approximately 40-60 hours of pre-program reading.
    • Director Nexus
      These small confidential peer group discussions are supported and guided by an experienced chair, and provide a forum where you can seek perspective on a wide range of boardroom issues and take away practical guidance.
      Time commitment: 10 x two hour meetings.
    • One year membership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors
    • Networking with other participant
  • Applications are assessed by an independent panel of women from business, government and community. This panel provides recommendations to the Minister for Women.

    We encourage previously unsuccessful applicants to re-apply.

    You will not need to attend an interview.

  • To complete your online application, prepare:

    • responses to the key selection criteria (these will be available to download when applications are open)
    • your resume
    • a letter of support from the Chair of a board that you serve on, or a professional referee who can confirm your board leadership achievements, capability and potential

    Apply now

    Additional support available

    Capped allowances for child care, travel and accommodation are available. Identify these requirements in the Additional information section of the application form.

Reviewed 13 September 2019

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