As the battle continues at the highest levels to increase the number of women on boards in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, it became clear to She Brisbane last week that there is no shortage of contenders.
The growing number of successful Queensland business women seeking a Board role was shown by the turnout at a special Business Women Australia – Brisbane Qld, Board Ready Workshop in the city.
The workshop was designed and developed by experienced Board Director, Balveen Ajimal, Founder of Grace Consulting and Diamond Member of Business Women Australia.
SheBrisbane’s representative was impressed by the mix of women with business runs on the board seeking to demystify the Board member process.
All, no doubt, went away with the belief that achieving a Board role was well within their grasp after listening to Balveen explain the skills required and how it was not necessary to rush out and bulk up on more study and degrees.
Balveen explained the six keys to “Open the Boardroom Door” and how to develop a clear plan of action.
Time was taken detailing the different types of boards, roles and responsibilities and the motivations and reasons behind board role ambitions.
She also helped identify the right board for a person, defining a constructive, targeted plan that was the right professional and personal fit for the required investment in time and energy.
Balveen is a Diamond member of Business Women Australia and corporate lawyer with over 10 years of international mergers and acquisitions working with global law firms and private equity funds.
As the founder and Principal of Grace Street Consulting, Balveen is a trusted advisor and industry leader who works closely with both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.
As an experienced board member, Balveen brings strong vision, innovative ideas, new perspectives and solid legal and business knowledge to the table.
The Queensland Government is committed to increasing the number of women on boards in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Government research has shown that diversity of gender on boards provides financial, performance and social benefits.
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