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2021 Board Accelerator group coaching program for women (SOLD OUT)

2021 Board Accelerator group coaching program for women (SOLD OUT)


Are you:

  • A Non Executive Director of an organisation and dealing with challenges – managing the CEO, mergers, board evaluations, effective financial reporting, diversifying the organisations funding base and more?
  • Looking to improve your practice as a Non Executive Director?
  • Looking for a place where you can learn from others and share your own wisdom so we can practice better governance?
  • Looking for a safe space where you can discuss these challenges, knowing that confidences will be kept and constructive insights will be shared?

If you have answered yes to these questions, then Board Accelerator is for you. 

Scholarships: I am committed to encouraging diversity and equality and have a number of scholarships available for this program. Two scholarship places are available at 75% discount. As a guide, someone applying for this scholarship might be a woman who is undertaking unpaid caring responsibilities, or in part time work and/or in the not-for-profit sector and will likely be earning less than $60,000. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, you will need to provide an outline of your reasons and evidence of financial circumstances and, if accepted, you will be provided a code to register and pay.

Aboriginal women, or women from culturally diverse backgrounds or women with a disability will be given preference for these scholarship places.

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This 12-month program of meetings with a small (6-10) group of women Directors will cover topics including managing the CEO relationship, succession planning, what to do in a crisis, financial reports and more.

Program options

Monthly sessions

MORNING monthly sessions via zoom: Thursday's 7.15am - 9.00am ** CLOSED **
Dates: 18 Feb, 18 Mar, 15 Apr, 20 May, 17 Jun, 15 Jul, 19 Aug, 16 Sep, 14 Oct, 18 Nov

MIDDAY monthly sessions via zoom: Thursday's 12.00pm - 1.45pm
Dates: 25 Feb, 25 Mar, 29 Apr, 27 May, 24 Jun, 29 Jul, 26 Aug, 30 Sep, 28 Oct, 25 Nov​

AFTERNOON monthly sessions via zoom: Thursday's 4.15pm - 6.00pm ** CLOSED **
Dates: 25 Feb, 25 Mar, 29 Apr, 27 May, 24 Jun, 29 Jul, 26 Aug, 30 Sep, 28 Oct, 25 Nov​

EVENING monthly sessions via zoom: Thursday's 7.15pm - 9.00pm ** CLOSED **
Dates: 25 Feb, 25 Mar, 29 Apr, 27 May, 24 Jun, 29 Jul, 26 Aug, 30 Sep, 28 Oct, 25 Nov

Full price: $2,100 + GST



I was part of the Board Accelerator Program run by Helga. Quite apart from meeting a great group of people, it inspired me to take on some issues around how our Board is run. We've now done a skills audit, are about to establish an annual calendar and are working on improving our working methods. The Board accelerator works equally well if you want to tease out some of the big strategic issues that go along with corporate governance, or if you need to get into the nitty-gritty detail. I can heartily recommend taking part.
-Antonia Mochan, Manager, External Communications and Content at Uniting

Helga’s Board Accelerator Program was terrific. Helga ensured a safe space to learn and discuss all the ins and outs of being an effective board member. I learnt lots and made really useful action plans for my improved board practice and the monthly meetings and regular follow up ensured I carried these out. Another excellent aspect was the great network of women participants. While each had different experiences all were generous in their sharing - we learnt so much from each other and I believe will remain firm friends. Thank you so much Helga for making this extremely rewarding experience possible.
-Leonie Morgan AM, Facilitator, Mentor, Problem Solver, Non Executive Director

I was a member of Helga’s Board Accelerator Program and found it fantastic. I enjoyed having the ability to discuss practical ways of implementing good governance. It has improved my confidence and effectiveness as board member, and having the calibre of other participants to share and garner ideas from was incredible. The women attending the program came from a diverse array of backgrounds which added value to the experience and I look forward to continuing to share ideas and thrash out issues with them in the future. Thankyou Helga for providing this opportunity and making it an extremely worthwhile experience. I encourage women to join Helga’s Board Accelerator Program, we can continue to add value and diversity to boards and therefore improve performance of organisations.
-Liz Kelly, Director at TLConsult

Helga's Board Accelerator Program will help you refine your skills and enhance your mindset to be a more valued and effective director. Board Accelerator keeps you focused and pushes you to share your learnings with other board directors and accelerate your board career. The course helped me refresh and reshape my skills to be a more assertive and effective board member. It was insightful to see other women with similar challenges. As a group, we covered topics such as big data, how to manage the chair, the importance of board diversity, board skills matrix and effectiveness, strategy, risk, financials and many more relevant topics.

Helga brings a wealth of experience and energy to the group. It was amazing how after 2 sessions how quickly we bonded as a team of professional women who bought to the group diverse strengths and experience, all willing to share so that we could debate, challenge and learn from each other. If you want to meet smart women, who want to be challenged and who you can learn from, join the Board Accelerator Program hosted by Helga Svendsen. It will help you refine your skills and enhance your mindset to be a more valued and effective director.
-Sandra Loader, Non Executive Director, ABCL (Australia Beverages Council Ltd)

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