In this candid discussion with Veronica, we start off where it all began in the 1990’s on the board of a 100-year-old master plumbers association in her home state of Victoria, Australia.
It wasn’t easy at first for Veronica. As the youngest member and only female on the board she found herself being subjected to crass jokes and being talked over during meetings, but it didn’t faze her.
Veronica quickly grew into her role and went from strength to strength, stepping up to an even larger and more prestigious construction industry superannuation board, where she sat amongst notable members of the community. How surreal it must have been as the owner of a small business to sit at the board table with the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, casually asking him whether he'd mind passing the biscuits!
One of Veronica’s secrets to success on boards has been in finding a mentor. In choosing someone to mentor her, she has always found herself being drawn to the brains in the room - a method which has stood her in good stead.
As someone who initially found it challenging to get heard on the board, Veronica firmly believes that it’s up to the chairperson to make sure everyone has a voice. Her only caveat is that you really need to think something through before saying it - and that if you haven’t got anything relevant to say, you’re best not to say anything.
As the CEO of The Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists (ACBO), Veronica sees her role as advising the board and investigating solutions that are in alignment with the strategic goals of the organisation. One of her many talents in her current role is recognising an opportunity where others wouldn’t.
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Highlights From The Episode
- I’m drawn to the brains in the room - that’s always stood me in good stead [8:01]
- I was often talked over, but I learned to speak up for myself and that was a good thing [12:20]
- It’s up to the chair of the meeting to make sure that everybody is heard, so if you feel you’re not being heard you should probably bring that to their attention [13:47]
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