Articles written by Paul Smith
Paul Smith is Co-founder and CEO, Future Directors Institute and Chair, Jane Goodall Institute Australia. Paul is a social entrepreneur with a passion for unlocking boardroom potential and better outcomes via the power of intergenerational diversity. Utilised effectively, diversity is a lever for driving more purposeful practices and Paul is dedicated to helping next generation leaders impact and influence governance in the “new economy”. Paul is also co-founder of Start-up Boardroom which helps organisations build their boards, he is Chair of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia and involved in a number of global committees. He is also an advisor/mentor to number of start-ups.
Why Millennials Could Be the Missing Link in Your Boardroom
When it comes to non-executive board positions, Millennials (or Gen Y) are often snubbed in favour of more experienced directors, or overlooked entirely. However, they could be the key to creating the perfect balance in your boardroom. Of all publicly listed companies in Australia, about 2% of their directors are under the age of 45. The stats are better for the non-profit world but I’d wager that very few of these positions are filled by people under 30.