The WILD Program™

The WILD Program® is a year-long program for female STEM leaders across Australia. It is delivered through a sophisticated blend of online and in person workshops, access to a globally recognized governance training course, interactive webinars, peer coaching and self-directed learning.

The WILD Program focuses on the key barriers that women face in the STEM sector as they move into senior leadership and board positions across Australia.

These elements are coordinated through both in-person and digital technologies and carefully structured to enable participants to realize exceptional outcomes whilst continuing to be highly present and effective in their workplace environment.

Selected participants will need to commit to all aspects of the program outlined below.

PART 1: Participation and completion of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) five-day course:

The Company Directors Course Online is designed for people from a diverse range of industries and organisations and is ideal for those looking to understand director roles and responsibilities in-depth, take their boardroom performance to the next level and improve their impact in today’s evolving business landscape.

Consideration should be given to the significant amount of pre-reading required for this course as well as the requirements for assessment.

PART 2: Two-day Executive Leadership Retreat:

An immersive learning environment exploring complementary skills to the AICD course. Each retreat is curated to the leadership needs of the cohort and is facilitated by expert leadership facilitators.

The in-person retreats will provide an opportunity within the program for the participants to connect and network with like-minded women in their sector.

PART 3: Board Observership:

Each participant attends at least one self-selected board meeting as a non-voting member to learn about fundamental principles and functions of boards in STEM industries, the roles of board members, fiscal processes and other governance priorities.

This provides participants with first-hand exposure to the role of the board, its decision-making and operations as well as targeted training and mentorship designed to give them important skills to bring to the boardroom.




Throughout the program, participants are free to connect with each other and participate in peer mentoring through the online community and discuss ‘top of mind’ issues.​

Benefits of the Program include

Completing an accredited and globally recognised governance training course

Gaining a better understanding of your leadership style and confidence when facing leadership issues

Completing a real-world board placement

Opportunities to grow your professional network

Executive and peer mentorship

Access to the WILD Community including past cohorts

“The WILD Program came along at the perfect time in my career. It was an intensely rewarding experience that gave me extra confidence in skills I’d already been exercising in my role leading a commercial laboratory. The added bonus has been the creation of a close-knit group of women that are wonderful at sharing their expertise and amazing skill sets”


Dr Catherine Osborne CEO, Crux Biolabs

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