Being board savvy | MBA masterclass


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Become confident in a boardroom setting utilising our work-ready tools and templates

This masterclass is designed for managers and executives seeking a practical understanding of working with a board and/or aspiring to become a non-executive director on a board.

You'll investigate contemporary governance principles, how to effectively and efficiently support information flow and decision-making, differentiators of great non-executive directors and high-performing boards, and how boards can add real value.

You'll have an opportunity to explore your aspirations, learn how to get started and discover your potential boardroom X-factor.

This engaging mix of presentation, virtual exercises, self-reflection and group simulation will heighten your experiential learning. You'll take away a handful of 'work-ready tools' and templates that you can immediately apply.

Presenter: Jo Plummer

Jo is known for her optimistic, energetic style and has been affectionately coined the 'positive provocateur'. She is a Deakin MBA alumni and Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Fellow.

Her portfolio includes numerous board chair and committee roles, co-ownership of Business in Heels International, professional director mentoring, as well as pursuing what she calls her 'fun with purpose projects' – educating, presenting and MC'ing.


Session 1

  • Why boards exist
  • Contemporary governance principles, processes, systems and information flow
  • Exploration of the executive and board roles and connection
  • Exploring the theory of the 'Performance Formula'

Session 2

  • 10-minute individual verbal presentations from each participant
  • Group exploration and summary of key issues and opportunities
  • Group simulation briefings
  • Tools and templates to consider

Session 3

  • Group boardroom simulations
  • Exploring the practise of the 'Performance Formula'

Session 4

  • The executive to director leap – what makes a great director
  • Top tips for getting decisions across the line
  • Understanding your boardroom aspirations and X-factor
  • How and where to get started

You must attend all four masterclass sessions to record a pass mark.

For more information on this and other masterclasses, please check our frequently asked questions (PDF, 132KB).


You're required to submit a 1000-word pre-masterclass investigation of a recent high-profile governance/ board issue. You'll present this during the masterclass and also undertake a group-based simulation activity.

Following the masterclass, you'll be required to submit a 1000-word self-reflection outlining how you would apply the learnings, tools and practises to your own workplace or career journey.

Fees and recognition

This masterclass is open to all, not just MBA students, and costs $1800 (inc. GST, no FEE-HELP). Two masterclasses can be stacked together to earn one credit point (as an elective unit) towards your Deakin MBA.

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