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Strengthening Successful Boards - Wrap


On Wednesday 2 May, 2018 Vicsport in partnership with the State Government of Victoria held an event Strengthening Successful Boards at the Metropole Hotel in Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Getting creative: new ways of enhancing board performance and culture

The purpose of the event was to give the audience an opportunity to have a deeper understanding of how to enhance board performance and culture.

This event ran in response to the positive impact from our previous event in February Building effective Boards. The premise of the event was to provide our members information on how to elect, induct and appoint new board members.

Bridie O’Donnell, Head, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation opened the session and highlighted the importance of giving new board members an opportunity to be vocal and discuss their objectives for joining boards:

“We invite ppl to be on our boards, let them speak. They need to be heard. Let’s embrace ppl who’ve chosen to be on boards at sport clubs”.

Dr Bridie O'Donnell, Head, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation


Bridie further commented on the need for creating positive change;

“It is important to reach a critical mass of diversity on boards to empower and enable minority voices to speak”.

The workshop was hands on prompting the audience to drum up new ways they can make slight changes to their boards to benefit the sporting organisation. Post-it notes, butchers paper, pens, textas… it was all systems go!

Long and short-term strategies were discussed on how to improve board culture. Conversations evolved from discussing methods on how to assess board performance, to putting systems in place to support making changes to the board.

Vicsport has a suite of online resources for organisations to gain a further understanding on what they need to do to meet the incoming quotas. Resources can be found here.

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