Being board savvy | MBA masterclass

Online via Zoom: 5–8pm on 29 April and 6, 20 and 27 May, 2021

Online via Zoom: 5–8pm on 14 and 21 October and 4 and 11 November, 2021

Ranked #20 online MBA worldwide

Top 1% of universities worldwide*

40 years of distance and online teaching excellence

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.

Delivered by

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 - The attributes of a great director examples of ‘good’ director questions
  • Contemporary governance principles, processes, systems and information flow
  • Top tips for getting decisions across the line the Performance Formula ©

Session 2

  • Exploring recent events participant presentations exploration and summary of key issues and opportunities session three briefing tools and templates

Session 3

  • Learn by doing boardroom simulation exploring the Performance Formula©

Session 4

  • Challenges of the executive to director leap
  • Why do highly effective senior managers sometimes struggle to make great board directors?
  • Understanding your boardroom aspirations, understanding your motivation
  • Benefits of becoming a director, defining your boardroom X-factor
  • How and where to get started where to look
  • A list of helpful resources to get you started what’s next?

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.


Delivered online via Zoom, 5–8pm

Thursday 29 April, 2021
Thursday 6 May, 2021
Thursday 20 May, 2021
Thursday 27 May, 2021

Delivered online via Zoom, 5–8pm

Thursday 14 October, 2021
Thursday 21 October, 2021
Thursday 4 November, 2021
Thursday 11 November, 2021

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.

*ARWU Rankings 2020