1-Day Masterclass in Advanced Strategy, Risk & Governance


This Masterclass will give you the skills and tools you need to create the future for the communities you serve.

☑ Being Strategic

☑ Effective Governance

☑ Risk Management

☑ Leadership Development

Learn how to leverage the complete toolkit of the modern Director to govern effectively and with confidence. 

Pictured: Facilitator, Steven Bowman


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You're invited to join over 3000 CEOs, senior executives & board members across Australia in this accelerated approach to professional development.

"I thought the class was excellent and took away a lot of interesting things, which I've been going on about to our Board ever since. I would recommend it highly to anyone on, or interested in being on, a Board."

— Di Lucas, Chairperson, DVCS Board of Governance

"I very much enjoyed my masterclass experience and would definitely recommend
it to anyone grappling with the challenges of strategy, risk and governance."

 — Dr. Nick Edgar, CEO, NZ Landcare Trust


"The jam-packed content of the Masterclass, mixed with Steve’s passionate, energetic and down to earth approach, challenges & inspires us to rethink traditional approaches to governance and strategy. Great one-day training for new and not-so-new Board members & senior staff."

 — Dianne Glover, CEO, YES Youth & Family Services


Take the tired conventions of Boardroom governance and put them back on the shelf. This Masterclass will encourage strategic thinking in an unconventional way.
In the words of one attendee, this Masterclass is the place to "renew your vows", and step back into governing for your community with not just a greater depth of knowledge but a new found enthusiasm.
So ask yourself: Are you ready to create a future for your community that you can be excited about?



A little of what to expect:


From Board induction programs that inspire commitment to succession planning & everything inbetween


How to develop your most effective strategic plan in one day, and how to be more strategic and effective as an individual


Discover how to use your Vision statement as a compass for your entire organisation and a springboard for continuous innovation



A few organisations who have attended a recent Masterclass include...

Meet your presenter...

Steven Bowman

Your Masterclass host, Steven Bowman, is renowned for his extensive knowledge and global experience, his irreverent take on otherwise dry topics and his ability to draw wisdom from the Masterclass group.

Steven is a seasoned Board adviser, with a great depth of experience and skill facilitating Board reviews and the strategic planning process. He has held numerous senior executive, CEO and Board positions with some of the most prestigious organizations in the USA and Australia, as well as authoring and co-authoring over 14 books on governance, strategy, risk and executive leadership.

Acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of strategic awareness, Steven has built a reputation around the world as an adviser who empowers his clients by offering multiple perspectives on any given challenge.


Who should attend this Masterclass?

1. New Board Members

Board members looking to get a running start at making a positive impact during their tenure

2. Experienced Board Members

Those Board members who are in the top 10% of high achievers, but still want to take it up a notch

3. Directors facing roadblocks

Board members with specific governance challenges, hoping to find new ways of resolving persistent issues

4. CEOs & senior executives

CEOs & senior executives who want to support their Board to create strategic choices


"I found the Masterclass practical, relevant and logical. [It] spoke to Board Members, CEOs and Staff with a clear message to always keep in mind ‘why’ we do the work we do in our respective organisations. Absolutely recommend it."

— Bev Hoffmann, Executive Officer, North East Local Learning & Employment Network

"Thoroughly enjoyed [the Masterclass], very informative and involving. Steven Bowman has plenty of war stories and can usually cite an interesting example, regardless of what comes up. Highly recommended (as well as his strategic planning videos)."

— Peter Gorton, Executive Officer, Tulgeen Disability Services

"The Masterclass was great value for money. An incredible amount of information & a wealth of tools that every director would find useful in their organisation. I would recommend the Masterclass to new directors & also experienced directors who might need a refresher."

— Petrina Dorrington, Acting ED, Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre

The Vice President of Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association shares his Masterclass experience →


Where will you meet us?


Common Ground QLD

Monday, 5th August 2019

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM


Common Ground QLD, 15 Hope St South Brisbane Queensland 4101




Hosted by Perpetual Trustees

Wednesday 14th August

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM


525 Collins Street,  Melbourne VIC 3004


Hosted By Holman Webb

Monday, 16 September 2019

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM


Holman Webb Lawyers, 17/123 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000


All tickets include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea as well as a take-home workbook.

General Admission


(incl. GST)

A single ticket for one attendee.



Group pass

$550.00 ea.

(incl. GST)

Avaliable for two or more attendees from the same organisation.

(Ticket price = $550 each)

"You truly have a gift in turning governance; processes, obligations, responsibilities, planning, language and concepts, described by others in volumes; into easy to understand bite size chunks."

— Mark Brennan, Executive Officer, South West Primary Care Partnership

"The Masterclass was very enjoyable and informative and I would absolutely recommend it. My key takeaway is to be more strategic and less ‘internal management’ focused. Must also engage with more key stakeholders."

— Frank Strbik, Director, UTS Child Care


9:00-10:30 am

Forget The Strategic Plan & Build Strategic Awareness into Your Organisation

  • How to put your strategic plan to work at every board meeting
  • Being strategic as a Director
  • Strategic induction programs

...and much more.

10:45-12:15 pm

Everyone Tells Me I Need A Strategic Plan... How Can I Get it to Work?

  • How to structure the strategic planning process for success
  • Structuring staff and Board agenda reports
  • How to link your strategies to new innovation

...and much more.

1:00-2:30 pm

Risk Management Rocks When Seen Through The Lens of Strategic Opportunity

  • A simple yet powerful risk management plan (with nonprofit examples)
  • The role of the Board in risk management
  • The secrets to identifying and monitoring the important risks

...and much more.

2:45-4:30 pm

Governance Processes That Actually Work

  • Key governance processes that most Boards don't have
  • The critical problems with board evaluations
  • Designing a Board recruitment plan that attracts the Directors you need
  • How to deal with unproductive Board members.

...and much more.


‘Do I need prior experience to attend this Masterclass?’

You do not need any prior boardroom experience to attend, or to get value from this Masterclass. Our presenter, Steven Bowman, has designed the program to be comprehensive, yet entirely accessible.

‘Will this Masterclass be repeated?’

Conscious Governance runs the Masterclass in Advanced Strategy, Risk & Governance biannually. However if you are at all interested, we advise you to attend this upcoming round of Masterclasses in your city of choice.

‘I have confidential questions I would like to ask the facilitator, can I do so?’

Chatham House Rules apply to this Masterclass: anything you choose to discuss remains in confidence. If you have a sensitive question you would like to raise in private, you will have the opportunity to approach the facilitator after the Masterclass has concluded or during break time.

Can I host a Masterclass?

Yes! This flagship event can be adapted to an in-house, full or half day Masterclass for your directors and wider community. More information can be found here.

Have a Question?

Send your questions to anna@consciousgovernance.com

Don't let this year be business-as-usual for your Board or stakeholders. Elevate your approach to strategic governance & join the thousands of CEOs, Board Directors & senior leaders leading transformational change in their organisations.


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About Conscious Governance

We work with organizations across virtually all sectors and provide resources, guidance and online programs that help promote strong governance practices. In delivering our services, we inspire greater strategic awareness within an organization, opening up new ways to better serve the wider community.