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QLD Government backs the Advisory Board Advancing Women on Boards Program

The Advisory Board Centre has partnered with the Queensland Government to provide the Advancing Women on Boards program aimed at increasing the representation of women at a Board level.

20 Female leaders and business owners will take part in a targeted support program aimed at enhancing their business thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Women in Business initiative.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman announced the program in collaboration with the Advisory Board Centre.

“The Palaszczuk Government has partnered with The Advisory Board Centre to deliver this wonderful program aimed at promoting and supporting women in business to succeed,” Ms Fentiman said.

“It’s our plan to give women the tools, support and skills they need to start, grow and employ, and ultimately lead and succeed, in their own organisations.

The Advancing Women on Boards program concentrates on how to get more women into board and leadership positions.

“By working with The Advisory Board Centre, we will give 20 female business women the skills and knowledge they need to take an active role in business at a boardroom level,” Ms Fentiman said.

“This comes at a time when women are still vastly underrepresented in leadership positions, particularly on management boards, despite being more likely to attain tertiary education.

“Women’s increased participation in the workplace and leadership roles is better for the economy.

The Advisory Board Centre’s Managing Director, Louise Broekman, said that even within her own organisation, only 18 percent of advisors are women. 

“Female entrepreneurs and executives are often passing up on opportunities because of a perceived lack of skills, experience, networks or influence,” Ms Broekman said.

“To support women in stepping forward, it is important they are equipped with the skills to excel.

“Our Advancing Women on Boards Program is for women who own their business or have senior management experience, and who want to increase diversity in the boardroom.

“We are working with women from diverse backgrounds, industries and locations across Queensland.”

Minister Fentiman said the partnership is part of the Queensland Government’s Advancing Women in Business initiative, under the $22.7 million Advancing Small Business Queensland Strategy 2016-20.

“Women now make up just over a third of Australian business operators,” Ms Fentiman said.

“It is because of this gender-gap that the Queensland Government is investing in women through the Advance Queensland Initiative to help them start and grow small businesses, and importantly to employ.”

“Through programs such as Advancing Women in Business the Palaszczuk Government recognises and appreciates the valuable contribution women in business make to Queensland’s economy, ensuring that they are supported and encouraged.”

The Advancing Women on Boards program is aimed at established female entrepreneurs and experienced business leaders or advisors.  The program includes a Masterclass event in Brisbane facilitated by the Advisory Board Centre on 24th April which will be hosted by program supporters Mullins Lawyers and Templetons Financial.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman with Louise Broekman, CEO and Founder of the Advisory Board Centre.

 

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Jan Easton
Jan Easton is a founding member of the Advisory Board Centre and Chief Operating Officer for the global network. She is a Certified Chair and leads the Women on Boards and Female Founders programs.