I am writing this on a Saturday morning because like most of you, in December my days seem to disappear and time is at an absolute premium. Between all of the business-as-usual commitments we pile on loads of extra social activities, shopping, cooking, children’s end of year performances and a desperate need to be on holidays so we can finally relax. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Christmas – a Spotify Christmas mix can be heard from my place from 1 December – but it does feel like each year the crazy just gets heaped on a little bit more liberally. Having said that, all of my shopping is done and the presents are wrapped so I am also feeling thoroughly virtuous.
One of the things I look forward to the most at this time of year is the prospect of reading books. I read all day everyday and am constantly immersed in words, but it’s not the same as reading for the pure joy of it, toes in the sand and warm sunshine on your back. I am after some recommendations so if you’re free on Thursday I’d love you to join me at our end of year catch up so we can talk about the important things in life. We can talk work too if you like but we can also share a wine, some food and definitely a few laughs. You can get tickets here.
Another good reason to head along on Thursday is if you are interested in joining the Board for 2017. Lots of current Board members will be there (and quite a few past ones as well!) so we can answer your questions and give you the inside running on exactly what it is like and how you can get involved. Board nominations close on Friday 23 December so drop me an email if you would like more info.
I attended a Women on Boards breakfast at Parliament House last week, part of Victoria Against Violence 16 days Days of Activism. It was a great event and apart from meeting some super fabulous women (and catching up with a bunch I already knew) I was so pleased to learn that the number of women serving on paid government boards in Victoria is up to 49%. This is a huge jump (up from 39% 18 months ago) resulting in much greater diversity on Boards more broadly. We are starting to see it on ASX-listed boards too, with new appointments currently at 42% women compared with just 5% in 2009. If being on a board is something that interests you, I highly recommend you consider undertaking the Australian Institute of Company Directors course – you can find more information here. Joining the IABC Board can also be a great first step.
On behalf of the IABC Victoria Board, we wish you all a safe and happy festive season. And try hard to find time to relax and enjoy slowing down for a little while!