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Welcome to the Take on Board podcast, where we talk all things boards and governance.Being on a Board can be interesting, valuable and exciting. Yet it can also be lonely, challenging and hard. Each week, Helga Svendsen talks to women who have been there, done that. Together we’ll discover what we need to Take on Board to be your best in the boardroom.

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Welcome to the Take on Board podcast, where we talk all things boards and governance.Being on a Board can be interesting, valuable and exciting. Yet it can also be lonely, challenging and hard. Each week, Helga Svendsen talks to women who have been there, done that. Together we’ll discover what we need to Take on Board to be your best in the boardroom.

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Great podcast, equipped me for my first meeting

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There’s a lot I didn’t know I didn’t know about boards and their responsibilities. This podcast set me up. It’s Australia focused but still so much relevant advice. Highly recommend.

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Great podcast, equipped me for my first meeting

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There’s a lot I didn’t know I didn’t know about boards and their responsibilities. This podcast set me up. It’s Australia focused but still so much relevant advice. Highly recommend.
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Take on Board

Latest release on Nov 17, 2020

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Welcome to the Take on Board podcast, where we talk all things boards and governance.Being on a Board can be interesting, valuable and exciting. Yet it can also be lonely, challenging and hard. Each week, Helga Svendsen talks to women who have been there, done that. Together we’ll discover what we need to Take on Board to be your best in the boardroom.

Insights from the Take on Board Breakfast: Research on board composition and decision making with Jo Smith

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Today on Take on Board, Helga shares her conversation with Jo Smith. This chat was part of the November Take on Board Breakfast event. Jo Smith joined Helga to talk about her research report, New Zealand Boards and Frontier Firms. She shares some lessons from the research around board composition and strategic decision making.
Jo is an economist by training. She specialises in Applied Research and Analysis, particularly qualitative and mixed method studies. She spent much of her career as a consultant, first at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. And then with Sapir, a research group.
She has considerable experience in program evaluation for clients in the government, private and community based sectors and across the Pacific. Jo is now a principal advisor at the New Zealand Productivity Commission, where she works on major inquiries into productivity related issues.
There were several questions from women who are board aspirants. If you have these same goals, Helga would love to talk to you about her Board Kickstarter program.
If you are a Non Executive director (current or past board member), Helga is accepting applicants for the 2021 Board Accelerator program - https://www.trybooking.com/BLWWY).
This conversation has been edited, if you don’t want to miss any of the next TOB Events, register for updates from Helga.
Contact Jo or find out more about her:https://www.linkedin.com/in/jo-smith-b88aa044/?originalSubdomain=nz
Resources mentioned in this episode:https://www.productivity.govt.nz/research/nz-boards-and-frontier-firms/
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Nov 17 2020

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Unpacking the NDIS and lessons you can apply to your board with Liz Kelly

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Today on the Take on Board podcast Helga is speaking to Liz Kelly about the NDIS – the National Disability Insurance Scheme - and what that means for the sector.
Liz is on the boards of BreastScreen Victoria Board & have just joined the Stroke Association Victoria aboard
She has previously been President of the Association for Children with a Disability and on the boards of
  • Children and Young People with a Disability
  • The Disability Services Board
  • VDAC ( Victorian Disability Advisory Council)
Liz is qualified in divergent fields of Finance and Human Resources. She has been a director of her own wine consulting business specialising in organisational change and conflict management. Liz has been involved at a governance and operational level in the community, particularly the disability sector, and she has an absolute commitment to advocating for the rights of the more vulnerable in our society.
Liz has always impressed me as a powerhouse of a woman and it’s not always the case that the bean counter also knows the people stuff.
Liz is also the number one ticket holder for the Board Accelerator program – when I created the program back in 2017 (which is perfect timing since the 2021 program is open for enrollment). She was the very first to sign up – a special thanks for being with Helga from the start, Liz!
Contact Liz or find out more about her:https://www.linkedin.com/in/liz-kelly-3633611b/
Resources mentioned in this episode:Board Accelerator 2021 - https://www.trybooking.com/BLWWY)
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Nov 10 2020

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Nous pouvons le faire (We can do it), changing boardroom culture with Caroline Codsi

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Today on the Take on Board podcast Helga is speaking to Caroline Codsi about her journey to the boardroom and the importance of diversity.
Caroline is on the board of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and has previously been on the boards of Music and drama Conservatory, Missing Children's Network and College International Marie-de-France.
A passionate and strategic leader, Caroline has had a successful career in the corporate world of over 25 years including the past decade in VP and SVP roles within major organizations.
Caroline founded Women in Governance in 2010, a non-for-profit organization with mission to encourage women to develop their leadership, advance their career and sit on boards. She dedicates her life to all matters relating to the access of women to executive roles and board positions in the corporate world in Canada as well as women’s equality rights everywhere in the world.
Contact Caroline or find out more about her:https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolinecodsi/
https://twitter.com/carolinecodsi?lang=en
Resources mentioned in this episode:Women in Governance: https://lagouvernanceaufeminin.org/ (in French and English)
Women in Governance Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/lagouvernanceaufeminin/?fref=ts
Woman in Governance LinkedIn group https://www.linkedin.com/company/la-gouvernance-au-f%C3%A9minin/
WOMAN (trailer) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6-S6m1qZDg&t=14s
Global Parity SummitThis unprecedented event will take place online on November 12 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and November 13 from 11:30am to 3pm EST and will bring together international leaders, women and men, working together to achieve parity. https://womeningovernance.org/?post_type=post_events&p=4880
EventBrite link to our SummitLinks to Caroline's Ted TalksFOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Nov 03 2020

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Navigating regulation and enforcement in governance with Helen Bird

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Today on the Take on Board podcast Helga is speaking to Helen Bird about the role of regulation – including enforcement – in governance.
Helen is a Member of Corporate Governance Consultation Panel at ASIC, Professional Education Committee at RMIA
She is a legal academic and the discipline leader of governance studies at Swinburne Law School. Helen credits Swinburne with really putting an industry focus into her work, which has led to her appointments at ASIC – the Australian Securities and Investments Commission - and RMIA – the Risk Management Institute of Australasia.
Helen is a regular media commentator and feature regularly in ABC TV's business report and the Financial Review. Helen have also written on governance issues for the Diligent Institute.
Contact Helen or find out more about her:https://www.linkedin.com/in/helenbird/
https://twitter.com/Birdsperch/
Resources mentioned in this episode:Diligent Institute - https://www.diligentinstitute.com/
Join the next Take on Board event: https://www.trybooking.com/BLPXK
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Oct 27 2020

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It's not a competition, the difference between advisory boards and governance boards with Sonya Beyers

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Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking to Sonya Beyers about the difference between advisory and governance boards and the value add that governance boards could get from an advisory board.
Sonya is on the boards of BUSS(Q) Industry Superannuation Fund, Australian Affordable Housing Securities Ltd, The Forde Foundation, OzCare Governance Committee, Queensland Law Society and a NFP Committee
Sonya is Managing Director of leading governance consultancy and legal advisory firm, Governance by Design. Sonya specialises in developing solutions to foster leadership from the boardroom. Her combined expertise and experience support directors and their boards to become future-focused leaders for greater impact and results.
Contact Sonya Beyers or find out more about her:https://www.linkedin.com/in/sonya-beyers/
Dale Carnegie's Book: How to win friends and influence people
Resources mentioned in this episode:Mac Planck Quote: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Join the next Take on Board event: https://www.trybooking.com/BLPXK
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Oct 20 2020

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Navigating uncertainty in stressful economic times with Sophie Gibbons

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Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking to Sophie Gibbons about 'Navigating an economy under stress - learnings from working with distressed organisations'.
Sophie supports organisations on their most ambitious and complex performance turnaround and transformation initiatives. Her role with KordaMentha Corporate means she works with Boards when significant value is at risk.
Most recently, Sophie acted as the co-Administrator of South Australia's largest public healthcare network, working to deliver an ambitious turnaround of end to end financial, operational and cultural measures.
Contact Sophie or find out more about her:https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophie-gibbons-ab753726/
Resources mentioned in this episode:The three secrets of resilient people by Lucy Hone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWH8N-BvhAw
Join the next Take on Board event: https://www.trybooking.com/BLPXK
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Oct 13 2020

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This board culture is not going to innovate itself with Jane Crombie

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Today on the Take on Board podcast I’m speaking to Jane Crombie about innovative way for boards to oversee culture.
Jane is on the boards of Freemasons Board of Benevolence, an Anglican Schools Commission board, governance committees for PwC, AMA Qld, SecondBite, ImpaQt Qld, and a Fintech start-up
Jane's background is in financial services. Her governance experience ranges from an outback bush nursing association, to chair of an investment committee overseeing $1bn in client funds. Having competed as a healthtech entrepreneur at a global MBA start-up competition she has a first hand understanding of digital innovation and venture capital.
Jane is a board and governance specialist at Directors Australia advising boards on ESG and sustainability, investment governance, and oversight of culture.
And there is a surprising reveal from host and guest in this episode!
Contact Jane or find out more about her:https://www.linkedin.com/in/jane-crombie
Resources mentioned in this episode: Directors Australia article - Five actions your board can take to improve oversight of corporate culture.https://directorsaustralia.com/five-actions-your-board-can-take-to-improve-oversight-of-corporate-culture/
Join the next Take on Board event: https://www.trybooking.com/BLPXK
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Oct 06 2020

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Boardroom diversity and allyship is more than ticking a box with Tricia Malowney

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Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking to Tricia Malowney about diversity, recognising women with a disability for their skills and talents, and becoming an ally.
Tricia is President of Women with Disabilities Australia, Director at Scope Australia and Director Western Health. She has also recently been appointed to the NDIS Independent Advisory Council.
The list of boards she has previously been on is long, that it is easier to list them!
  • Inaugural President Disability Services Board
  • Inaugural Chair Women with Disabilities Australia
  • Chair Independent Disability Services
  • Director Women's Hospital Director,
  • Disability Discrimination Legal Service
  • Director Australian Orthotics and Prosthetics Association
  • Deputy Chair, Victorian Disability Advisory Council
  • Director Women's Health Victoria
  • Director Women's Health East
You’ll leave this episode thinking - “I should really try to do more!”
Contact Tricia or find out more about her:https://www.linkedin.com/in/tricia-malowney-oam-dli-06689b25/https://twitter.com/triciamalowney?lang=en
Resources mentioned in this episode:Women with Disabilities Australia - https://wwda.org.au/
Join the next Take on Board event: https://www.trybooking.com/BLPXK
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Sep 29 2020

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What barrier? Getting more in women in the boardroom with Jan Easton

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Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking with Jan Easton about increasing women’s representation in the board room and her recent report “Achieving Scale: Breaking Through Barriers for Female Founders”
Jan is a founding member and Certified Chair of the Advisory Board Centre and she has served as Advisory Board Chair for several private organisations including a national hospitality franchise and marketing agency.
Jan has extensive senior management experience in the franchise and professional services industries. Originally from the US, at just 21 years old, Jan became the General Manager of a global software company disrupting a traditional industry well before disruption was celebrated.
Contact Jan or find out more about her:https://www.linkedin.com/in/janeaston
Resources mentioned in this episode:Achieving Scale: Breaking Through Barriers for Female Founders - https://www.advisoryboardcentre.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Achieving-Scale-Female-Founders-Report-2020.pdf
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Sep 22 2020

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Can I get some help over here? Tips for putting together an advisory board with Louise Broekman

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Today on the Take On Board Podcast, Helga is speaking with Louise Broekman about the emergence of advisory boards, and why they are a growing area of work in portfolios.
Louise is the founder and CEO of the Advisory Board Centre. Having had firsthand life changing experience with her advisory board in a previous business, Louise researched and tested the advisory board sector for five years prior to establishing the world's first professional body for the advisory board sector.
Louise’s entrepreneurial spirit led her on an exciting career path, but when she realised she needed help, she called in reinforcements - and one of the people she signaled out for her first advisory board may surprise you - it surprised us!
Contact Louise or find out more about her:https://www.linkedin.com/in/louise-broekman/Resources mentioned in this episode:State of the Market Report -
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Sep 15 2020

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Insights from the Take on Board Breakfast - Linda White on distress signals boards should be on the lookout for

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Today on the Take on Board podcast, things are a little different.
A couple of weeks ago, people from around the world congregated on Zoom to meet, network, laugh and share insights with like-minded people as part of August’s Take on Board Breakfast.
In a Take on Board first, Helga interviewed Linda White live for the breakfast participants. Following that discussion, Linda fields questions from the group. This is an edited version of those conversations.
To make sure you don’t miss a moment of the networking and conversation, join Helga for the next event on September 29.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardSpecial event: Take on Board breakfast, 29 September 2020. At this special Take on Board event, you'll hear from Danielle Jacobs. In early August 2020, in collaboration with Drs. Peggy Kern from The University of Melbourne and Lindsey Godwin from Champlain College, The Wellbeing Lab surveyed more than 1500 Australian workers on how they’re coping during COVID times and how their employers and leaders may best support them both now and in the future.Book here: https://www.trybooking.com/BLHEWDetails about the 2020 Board KickStarter program: https://www.trybooking.com/BGYYLDetails about the 2020 Board Accelerator program: https://www.trybooking.com/BGYIYFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Sep 08 2020

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From the top down: setting the diversity agenda with Elana Rubin

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Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga’s speaking to Elana Rubin about diversity and culture.
Elana is on the boards of Afterpay Ltd, Telstra Ltd, Slater & Gordon Ltd, and several unlisted government entities. She’s previously been on the boards of AustralianSuper, Mirvac, ME Bank, WorkSafe Victoria and TAC.
Elana started her career in social policy and industrial relations at the ACTU before moving to superannuation, where she was the investment director for a large industry super fund. She then moved into non executive director roles working across a wide range of sectors..
She is a strong believer in organisations with purpose and in social license to operate. Her interests include social policy, social equity, travel and cinema.
Elana has been making the most of lockdown and streaming some interesting shows, you’ll want to hear some of her suggestions.
Contact Elana or find out more about her:https://www.linkedin.com/in/elana-rubin-aa97592b/
Resources mentioned in this episode:Becoming by Michelle Obama
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoard
Upcoming Event:Special event: Take on Board breakfast, 29 September 2020. At this special Take on Board event, you'll hear from Danielle Jacobs. In early August 2020, in collaboration with Drs. Peggy Kern from The University of Melbourne and Lindsey Godwin from Champlain College, The Wellbeing Lab surveyed more than 1500 Australian workers on how they’re coping during COVID times and how their employers and leaders may best support them both now and in the future.Book here: https://www.trybooking.com/BLHEWFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Sep 01 2020

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"We should really be on Facebook": Navigating the world of marketing and boards with Kate Badgery-Parker

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Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking to Kate Badgery-Parker about what boards need to think about when considering marketing issues and making sure they stay in a strategic space.
Kate is on the board of a Onemda and not for profit disability services provider supporting more than 200 adults with intellectual disabilities. She's also a member of the risk and compliance subcommittee. Kate is also the vice chair and Treasurer of marketing women incorporated Victoria, a small volunteer group who connect and educate marketing women.
After more than 20 years in blue chip consumer service organizations including RACV and Wesfarmers Insurance, Kate consults as a Senior Marketing Manager and strategist. She helps for profits and not-for-profits to define marketing strategies and improve marketing performance. She also works one on one coaching and mentoring marketers at all levels. She's got a master's in marketing and formal training in coaching and group facilitation.
And Kate lives in Melbourne with a rescue Greyhound who I've just met via zoom and a small gray tabby cat.
Contact Kate or find out more about her:https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-badgery-parker-39b7a614/Resources mentioned in this episode:State Library of Victoria: https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/National and State Libraries of Australia: https://www.nsla.org.au/
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Aug 25 2020

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Get to know a board's role in creating regenerative economies with Jenny Andersson

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Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking to Jenny Andersson about The role of boards in creating regenerative economies
Jenny is on the Board of Coast to Capital, an organisation that seeks to ensure that their local towns and cities are known around the world as fantastic places to live.
She is a creative strategist and trusted advisor who has worked with global brands, scale-ups and start-ups for over 30 years on communications and sustainability strategies. Today she concentrates on working with organisations that are accelerating a shift from sustainability to regenerative strategies.
Jenny is CEO of We Activate The Future, a strategy and narrative development consultancy; and co-founder of The Really Regenerative Centre - a community interest company helping business and citizens of Sussex to develop resilient, integrated, and regenerative economies and ecologies through learning journeys which explore the potential of place.
Contact Jenny or find out more about her:https://jenandersson.com/
Resources mentioned in this episode:https://www.connectle.com/regenerative
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Aug 18 2020

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How to deal with a 'bad boss' in the boardroom with Michelle Gibbings

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Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking to Michelle Gibbings about her new book, Bad Boss and about the relationship between the board and CEO, between the CEO and their direct reports and organisational culture and leadership.
You might remember Helga interviewed Michelle last year about one of her previous books Step Up: How to Build Your Influence at Work. Michelle has just released a further book called Bad Boss: what to do if you work for one, manage one or are one, which unsurprisingly, talks about relationships and culture. In this episode, Helga and Michelle how to deal with a ‘bad boss’ in the boardroom.
Michelle is on the board of Arts Law, and she's previously been on the boards of 3MBS and Red Stitch. Michelle is a workplace expert. She is the author of three books, and is welcome on stages globally to help inspire leaders, teams and organisations to create successful workplaces.
Her mantra is simple, help people thrive and progress is accelerated. And guess what, Michelle admits to, at one time in her career, being a bad boss.
Contact Michelle or find out more about her:https://www.michellegibbings.com/
Resources mentioned in this episode:Pre-order Michelle’s book Bad Boss: what to do if you work for one, manage one or are one here https://www.thebadboss.com.au/. So order a copy of the book before 27th August and get your hands on a whole heap of additional value.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Take on Board special event - 26th August: At this special Take on Board event, you'll hear from Linda White, Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Services Union, in conversation with Take on Board host Helga Svendsen about the union perspective on one of the largest corporate collapses in Australian history - Ansett Airlines, and more recently with the voluntary administration of Virgin Airlines. Whilst it's not a directly boardroom perspective, there'll undoubtedly be some great insights for board members (and possibly a few war-stories about it all too!).
Register here https://www.trybooking.com/BKTQM
Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Aug 11 2020

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Using lessons from netball to build up your perfect board with Rochelle Courtenay

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Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga is speaking with Rochelle Courtenay about being a founder of an organisation, board meetings and surrounding yourself with skills and strengths.
Rochelle is Share the Dignity’s founder and Managing Director; the title she is most proud of though is ‘Pad Lady’. Rochelle has led a team of volunteers collecting around 2.5 million sanitary products across Australia. When Rochelle first learnt of homeless women going without basic sanitary items during their menstrual cycle, she decided the question was not, “why is no one doing anything” but rather, “what’s stopping me from doing something?”
In March 2015, Rochelle took matters into her own hands collecting sanitary items with her local community and distributing to local shelters. As a result, a simple idea of giving dignity to women, Share the Dignity was created and has grown to a national charity. Consequently, it has over 5,000 volunteers Australia wide, and most noteworthy, provides multiple initiatives aimed at giving dignity to women.
But going from idea to implementation came with a set of challenges Rochelle was ready for, because… netball!?
Contact Rochelle or find out more about her:https://sharethedignity.com.au/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rochelle-courtenay-6769156b/
Resources mentioned in this episode:Me First: The Guilt-free Guide to Prioritising You by Kate Christie
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Aug 04 2020

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What's your definition of board diversity? Rethinking what it means with Rachel Watson

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Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga’s speaking with Rachel Watson about diversity on boards and what that means to her and her organisations.
Rachel is the CEO of Pacific Hydro and Chair of the Clean Energy Council. Prior to joining Pacific Hydro, Rachel worked as in-house counsel in Sydney and Melbourne for Orica Ltd, and spent three years in Japan working for a major turbine supplier.
She has over 20 years’ experience in major transactions and leading teams in a wide range of business functions.
Aside from her current board roles with Pacific Hydro and Clean Energy Council, Rachel was also formerly on the boards of Uniting Care Kildonan and MS Base Ltd.

Contact Rachel or find out more about her:https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-watson-80b77643/Resources mentioned in this episode:Your body language may shape who you are: https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_may_shape_who_you_are
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Jul 28 2020

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Good as gold: how to tackle your board responsibilities with Michele Ashby

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Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga speaks with Michele Ashby about board work and the responsibilities of chairing committees.
Michele is on the boards of McEwan Mining and has previously been on the boards of Lake Victoria Gold, Lucky Strike Mining, Lithium X and Green Energy Corp.
She was named one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business in Colorado for 2019 and is the President and founder of Ashby Consulting Enterprises & Corporate Directors International. She is the originator of Ace Board Training For Women which has a goal to train 1,000 women for corporate boards.
Michele is an engaged Independent Director with collective corporate board experience of 20 years on six boards. She has a diverse background which includes over 20 years as a gold specialist/analyst, financial expert and a successful entrepreneur.
Among her achievements are the Denver Gold Group - a global trade association which has become an institution for the gold mining business, which she founded and ran for 18 years. Following DGG, she formed Mine LLC, a successful marketing firm which matched international investors and bankers with resource and energy projects in Africa, Middle East, Asia and the Americas.
Contact Michele or find out more about her:https://www.acellc.consulting/
Resources mentioned in this episode:Blockchain in the Boardroom by Jennifer Wolf: https://www.amazon.com/Blockchain-Boardroom-Practical-Directors-Executives-ebook/dp/B07D5MT88S
How you can use imposter syndrome to your benefit: https://www.ted.com/talks/mike_cannon_brookes_how_you_can_use_impostor_syndrome_to_your_benefit?language=en#t-99163
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Jul 21 2020

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Using tech to help onboard new directors with Maryanne Puli Vogels

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Today on the Take On Board Podcast, Helga is speaking with Maryanne Puli Vogel's about how she leveraged technology to better prepare new directors.
Maryanne is passionate and inspired by the divergence of learning and technology. She is always looking to improve the way businesses and health institutions leverage and streamline their operations with new technologies.
She's led and managed teams virtually for over 20 years sharing her expertise in the successful implementation of online education. So she’s had a jump on those of us catching up to working from home in our COVID times.
Maryanne has held voluntary positions on the Australian Information Industry Association, and she now chairs one of Victoria's multipurpose health centres, Timboon District Healthcare service (TDHS), and in that role, she helps to strategically oversee the implementation of the work of TDHS.
Contact Maryanne or find out more about her:https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryannepuli/
Resources mentioned in this episode:Governance Evaluator: https://governanceevaluator.com/
Here's the link to download Maryanne's templates: https://zfrmz.com/96lF1vmRCVgBJSCt5XyV
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Jul 14 2020

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Happy Birthday Take on Board: An interview with Helga Svendsen

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Today on the Take on Board Podcast, in celebration of Take on Board’s first birthday, the microphone is turned towards Helga!
She sits down for an across the world chat with producer, Buffy Gorrilla. Helga shares how she caught governance fever, her decision to leave law and what her hopes are for the podcast in year two. Spoiler: grow the community.
So, be a Helga, use your joining gene and come be part of the active and supportive Take on Board community today! Come to a Take on Board event, join the Facebook group (link below) or share the podcast with some of your friends and colleagues. Thanks for being here!
In all seriousness, thank you for all the love and support you have shown the podcast this year. We are so pleased you have found us and if you have any ideas for we can improve what we are doing, please let us know.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoardFor more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithmeTo contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

Jul 07 2020

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Great podcast, equipped me for my first meeting

By benpawson - Dec 10 2019
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There’s a lot I didn’t know I didn’t know about boards and their responsibilities. This podcast set me up. It’s Australia focused but still so much relevant advice. Highly recommend.