Disability Confidence for board and executive members
Boardrooms that are inclusive better represent the community they serve and are often more innovative and progressive. However, low awareness, confidence and capability of Directors to welcome and include people with disability on Boards is one of the main barriers to representation.
As part of the Directing Change Scholarship Program, we are seeking company directors and board representatives to connect with a leader with disability in an 8-month mentoring program.
Build your disability confidence and tackle unconscious bias by mentoring a leader with disability this year.
Become a mentor
As a mentor, you will be connected to an emerging leader with disability and support them in developing their governance knowledge. You will build your understanding of the barriers experienced by people with disability in the workforce and increase your confidence in ensuring Australian boardrooms are accessible and inclusive to all leaders.
To be a mentor you must a) currently be or have previously been on a board and b) (preferably) completed a course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
As a mentor you will receive Disability Confidence & Awareness Training from the Australian Disability Network, as well as resources and regular support throughout the program.
Mentors will need to commit 1-2 hours each month from April – December to catch up with their mentee.
Disability Leadership Program
In the second round of the national Disability Leadership Program, another 100 full-fee scholarships are being funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
Scholarship recipients will undertake the Company Directors Course, the Foundations of Directorship course at AICD. or the Governance Foundations for NFP Directors course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
In addition to the course, scholarship holders will receive a complimentary one-year:
- AICD membership
- Directorship Opportunities subscription, Australia’s foremost listing platform which provides the widest choices for directorship positions
To help maximise board career opportunities, the program will also work with existing directors to build disability confidence through Leader-to-Leader Conversations facilitated by Australian Disability Network.
Applications for the 2023 Disability Leadership Program are now closed.