On 26th February 2015, Southcare Inc’s Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards program will host ‘Build the Board You Want’, an Unconvention to challenge perspectives about how to attract and retain Board Directors with the skills and talents required to lead and govern a not for profit organisation. Keynote Speakers at the event include Professor Paul Flatau Chair in Social Investment and Impact and Director of the UWA Business School Centre for Social Impact (CSI); and Ali Sumner Chair of Green World Revolution and CEO of the POWA Institute.
A key lever for change in any sector, is its capacity to challenge its own thinking about a problem or situation. This Unconvention aims to do that by bringing Board Directors, CEOs, Senior Executives and academia to work together for better Board governance in the not for profit sector. This Unconvention is the seventh since the Program’s inception, each of which have explored different themes associated with Board governance, leadership and the inclusion of young people on Boards. The themes for all Unconventions are developed in prior consultation with community partners, business, government and youth stakeholders.
The Unconventions are a key component of the Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards Program which also hosts the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) that launched on 28 January 2015. The ELP accepts 20 talented young professionals into its intensive leadership program each year. This links into the Unconvention series to create face to face interchange and exposure between emerging young leaders and current Board Directors and Senior Executives from the aged care and not for profit sector.
The Unconvention in February will include a Board Room debate to explore the cases for and against various propositions, including whether Board Chairs are integral to choosing Board Composition and whether not for profit organisations need corporate professionals on their Board to survive and thrive. The audience will debate these topics in groups and a final “scorecard” will be produced – all in the spirit of learning from each other – to decide who won the debate and why. A panel of Board Chairs from Anglicare, Baptistcare, Volunteer Taskforce and CommunityWest will also be invited to answer questions about what makes an exceptional Board member and how to find new Board members.
The answers to all these questions will be central to enhancing the operation and performance of aged care and community boards and through them the organisation they govern.
Information from the Conventions are available on the Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards Programs online toolkit, available at www.youngleadersonboards.com.