Get on Board is an active learning workshop for professionals who are interested in engaging in a leadership capacity in purpose-led organisations or as either a board or a committee member. It equips participants with the knowledge and insights required to connect to and to add value to mission-driven non-profit organisations, and to secure a board role that has individual resonance.

This workshop includes personal reflection and exposure to a panel of sector experts who will share their insights and experiences on key success drivers for high-functioning boards.


These workshops provide participants with:

  • An understanding of the for-purpose sector exploring key trends, opportunities and challenges.

  • Knowledge of the responsibilities of board members, and critical trends in innovation and sustainability for mission-driven organisations.

  • Insights that support personal and professional growth and success as a board member.

  • An opportunity to hear from panel sector experts and experienced board directors sharing diverse and powerful stories and insights from their experiences as leaders/board directors.

  • Due diligence checklists, connections and support (where desired) to be able to implement personal strategies.


Melissa McPherson, Co-Founder People for Purpose

Melissa is a specialist governance advisor working with boards and directors on talent acquisition and governance-performance improvement for purpose-led organisations. She has worked with more than 100 organisations to consolidate their foundation and purpose, and to improve their leadership and governance in strategy, purpose, impact and processes.

Melissa began her career at KPMG and later worked in investment banking for more than ten years in London, New York, Sydney and Tokyo. Fifteen years ago Melissa volunteered as a Lifeline counsellor and then joined the Australian Charities Fund. After that she joined Social Ventures Australia using her knowledge of financial products and markets and working at the forefront of social finance to support the growth of social enterprise in Australia.



Location: Premises of client’s choosing

Participants: Up to 14 (minimum 10)

Content: Program can be modified to suit client’s needs

Cost: Contact