Better Boards Conference 2024

Better Boards Conference 2024 Master the Art of the Boardroom SYDNEY, 14 & 15 JUNE 2024


Achieving Social Impact: Leadership success with board collaboration in a major strategy pivot'

Liz Mackinlay

CEO, Australian Business Volunteers

As CEO of Australian Business Volunteers, Liz Mackinlay is a global expert in international preparedness and 21st-century community resilience-building.

She brings 30 years' experience in more than 80 countries in international, indigenous and community development, including as CEO of Australian Doctors International and global head of strategy for World Vision.

At ABV, Liz is leading the way in ensuring impactful social change is created and maintained through corporate ESG. She's passionate about collaboration and facilitating partnerships between communities and government, non-profit, corporate, academia and emergency services. Above all, she's driven to elevate and include the voices of our communities and ensure their needs are met as we step in to an uncertain future.

In 2019, the ABV Board faced the scenario of closing or attempting to weather the storm of COVID.

This case study will explore how the ABV Board’s courage and faith in their CEO, Liz Mackinlay, allowed the organisation to pivot in a time of crisis. Those lessons of bravery and vision have radically transformed how the ABV Board approaches governance.

Liz leads a case study examining this example of innovative leadership and board cooperation through the lens of Environmental Social Governance.

This presentation highlights:

  • The importance of boards having courageous conversations.
  • Innovative leadership and pioneering with purpose.
  • How a board can support a major strategy pivot.
  • Environmental Social Governance and the importance of ‘social’ outcomes for communities.

A global change to our approach to social impact is needed, which is only possible with compassionate and innovative leadership from our CEOs and boards.

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