5 Great Reasons To Go To the Better Boards Conference



The Better Boards Conference is an annual event that has been running since 2010. It is a unique and highly respected governance and leadership event, and one of the largest regular gatherings of leaders from not-for-profit organisations in Australasia.

Each year the Better Boards Conference aims to provide opportunities for directors and CEOs to discover realistic and practical ideas, information, tools and processes that will assist boards, CEOs and executives in the governance and leadership of their organisation.

If you’re on the fence about going this year, here are 5 reasons you should:


1. Get out of the boardroom

When you sit on a board, it can sometimes feel like you’re distanced from what’s really going on in the organisation or the wider sector. Even highly experienced board members can become stuck in a rut of the same practices and strategies. Getting out and about with your board can shake up your thinking and inject your board – and the whole organisation – with revitalising new ideas, innovations, strategies and experiences. If you’re after a learning experience that specifically aimed at board members, the Board Member Innovation Tour is a great opportunity for those interested in how innovation is being developed in other NFPs, and how their board worked through the challenges that come with it.


2. Learn as a team

Research suggests that learning in groups or teams can significantly improve the effectiveness of your learning. Governance is not a solitary activity; attending the conference as a team will help your whole board to consolidate their skills and knowledge and streamline the process of turning learning into practice. Share and debate ideas with the rest of the board or other colleagues from the sector over the weekend and hone your thinking. You can even turn the Monday after the conference into your annual planning day and put those new ideas and strategies to work.


3. Keep up with new ideas

As a board member, you need a growth mindset. There is always some new strategy to learn about, a new system to implement or a new standard to bring in. If you don’t have the time to attend workshops or can’t find any nearby. going to the Conference  is a great way improve your knowledge and skills in a short period of time. You might even find gaps that you thought you didn’t have. The content and subjects presented at the Conference vary greatly from year to year, so there is something for everyone, no matter their level of experience or the size of the organisation they serve.


4. Hear from experts

The Better Boards Conference provides industry learning and advice from practitioners who have been in the places you’ve been and experts who have guided many others down the same path. Each presentation are grounded in practice, and presenters provide delegates with take-home tips and tools to put into action in their organisations.


5. Network with peers

The Better Boards Conference is a great opportunity to foster your relationships with other board members and senior managers in the non-profit sector. The Conference provides an opportunity for board members from vastly different organisations to come together and share their common experiences. Many board members have strong connections with other organisations and executives in their industry, but limited contact with other similarly structured organisations that might be encountering the same challenges and developing surprising tactics and strategies with which to tackle them. Fostering these networks can also generate collaborative opportunities for you and your organisation.


See you there

The Better Boards Conference provides fantastic opportunities to learn from other delegates, not just presenters. Panel discussions and an emphasis on Q&A discussions in each workshop will allow you to gain insights from your peers, benchmark your governance skills and knowledge and learn some great tried-and-tested tips from others doing the same thing as you.


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Better Boards Australasia connects the leaders of Australasian non-profit organisations to the knowledge and networks necessary to grow and develop their leadership skills and build a strong governance framework for their organisation.

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