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Culturally diverse women: advance your board career

Apply for a scholarship for professional development in board leadership.

Wednesday 4 September 2019 4:40am
Published by Department of Premier and Cabinet
Apply now for the Victorian Government's Women's Board Leadership Program
Victorian Government Women's Board Leadership Program

Women who sit on boards in Victoria can take the next step in their board career, thanks to a scholarship offering networking and courses to improve their leadership skills.

The Victorian Government’s Women's Board Leadership Program has 5 streams of entry – including a stream for women from diverse backgrounds.

This stream is for Victorian women who:

  • were born overseas
  • have a parent who was born overseas and/or
  • have a first language other than English
  • are starting out in their board careers (with up to 3 years’ experience)

Last year’s program saw more than 90 diverse women from across the state improve their board capabilities through courses, workshops, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Offered through the Australian Institute of Company DirectorsExternal Link , the learning opportunities of the stream include:

  • Board Leadership for Culturally Diverse Women
    Learn about the duties and responsibilities of boards and directors and connect with female leaders from culturally diverse backgrounds.
    Time commitment: 3 days.
  • Director Nexus
    Small-group discussions, guided by an experienced Chair, on a wide range of boardroom issues.
    Time commitment: 10 x 2-hour meetings.
  • Boardroom Effectiveness for Women
    Explore effective leadership and consider ways to improve board outcomes and performance.
    Time commitment: A 60-minute webinar, followed by a 1-day session.
  • 1-year membership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Networking with other participants.

An independent panel of women from business, government and community will assess applications.

The program encourages applicants who have been previously unsuccessful to re-apply. Selected applicants will not need to attend an interview.

Note: applications for the 2019 program have now closed.

Reviewed 23 June 2021

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