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Free workshops for ACT women interested in becoming board directors

Glynis Quinlan17 June 2019
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The ACT Government has committed to having 50 per cent female representation on ACT Government boards by 2020.

Are you a woman living in the ACT who is interested in becoming a board member or director? If so, a series of free workshops will be run in coming weeks aimed at developing the skills needed.

The ACT Government is committed to having 50 per cent female representation on ACT Government boards and committees by next year and sees this initiative as part of the process.

The Government has partnered with the Australian Institute of Company Directors to hold the 2019 Audrey Fagan Board Directorship Program, with applications now open to participate in a series of workshops to help women develop their leadership skills and knowledge of boards and committees.

ACT Minister for Women, Yvette Berry, said the Audrey Fagan Board Directorship Program is in its seventh year and aims to support women to build their confidence in their existing board roles, or to take the first steps towards becoming a board director.

“Participants will be provided with tailored training designed by expert educators with the input of experienced directors and will have access to resources and networking opportunities,” Ms Berry said.

The program will be run over three workshops with a social networking event at the end of the course. The key dates are:

  • 24 July – Workshop 1 – In the Boardroom: Responsibilities and Practice
  • 7 August – Workshop 2 – Introduction to Financial Statements for Directors
  • 21 August – Workshop 3 – Introduction to the Strategic Role of the Director
  • 28 August – Social Networking Event – Director Journey Discussion

Ms Berry said that the 2019 Board Directorship Program supports the ACT Government’s commitments of 50 per cent female representation on ACT Government boards and committees and 40 per cent female representation on government-funded sporting organisation boards by 2020.

The Audrey Fagan Board Directorship Program is a component of the four-part 2019 Audrey Fagan Program designed to promote gender equality and increase the representation of women in leadership roles.

The other components are: the Audrey Fagan Enrichment Grants; the Audrey Fagan Communication and Leadership Program; and the Audrey Fagan Board Traineeship Program.

Spaces are available for up to 30 women to participate in the free board directorship program, with applications closing on 5 July 2019. To apply please click here.

The program is giving preference to those who can attend all three workshops and the social networking event. However, women who are only able to attend one or two of the workshops can still apply in case there are places available.

For more information contact the ACT Office for Women at [email protected] or on 02 6205 8484.

Original Article published by Glynis Quinlan on The RiotACT.

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