Applications open today for the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Mentoring for Diversity programme, which pairs a senior director or chairman with a 'board ready' woman (now there's a term that could cause some debate) who wants to develop a governance career.
It's the second year for the programme, which aims to boost the number of women on NZX-listed and large company boards in New Zealand.
"The programme has already started to deliver results with several mentees obtaining board positions with significant organisations," says IoD chief executive, Ralph Chivers.
“The IoD strongly believes there are capable women ready and able to serve on boards of all levels. It’s not about just having women on boards to balance the statistics regardless of their skill - no one wants that. Women want to be there on merit, and boards want skilled people to diversify thinking and improve decision making."
He said the Mentoring for Diversity programme is about developing connections, skills and experiences that will help improve the candidacy and the visibility of the mentees for board positions
“While the programme at the moment is focused on women, it is important to realise that diversity on boards is about more than gender, it’s about diversity of thought. Gender is a starting point for us.”
Women who are interested in the programme should visit iod.org.nz for more information, criteria and an application form.
Applications close at 5pm on September 20.