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Our Community's chaos controller, Kathy Richardson, speaks to attendees at the Festival of Community Directors' International Women's Day event.

Festival of Community Directors invites organisations to reflect

By Lachlan Pollock, reporter, Our Community

Over the past month of the Festival of Community Directors, community leaders have asked themselves important questions relating to ethics, gender equality and racial equality.

The festival's themes of Advancing Women in Australia, Good Ethics and Good Culture and Cultural Diversity have helped to equip community directors with the tools and knowledge they need to live and demonstrate their values.

The festival has also celebrated victories on the road towards equality, most notably at the event Celebrating Women on International Women's Day.

Celebrating Women

The Institute of Community Directors (ICDA) celebrated International Women's Day with inspirational female community sector leaders present for the first in-person event on the festival calendar.

Kathy Richardson, Our Community's chaos controller, spoke to attendees about what International Women's Day means to her and the Our Community team, while celebrating achievements of women over the past year, both big and small. You can read Kathy's speech here.

What's coming up next?

There are plenty of events and activities happening over the next month on both sides of the Easter break.


Thursday 4 April: Managing CEO Performance (webinar; everywhere): Against a backdrop of a rise in the number of unfair dismissal claims brought by CEOs, directors of not-for-profit organisations need to ensure that their CEO appraisal processes are effective and true to their organisational values. In this webinar we'll be joined by Skye Rose, practice leader from Moores Legal, who will outline how you can ensure that your organisation's CEO appraisal processes are sensible, practical, and legally sound. Register for the webinar here.


8-12 April: Not-for-Profit Insurance Week: Not-for-Profit Insurance Week, an initiative of Aon and Our Community, is designed to raise awareness of the importance of insurance and risk management in Australia's $100 billion not-for-profit sector.

The aim of this event is to provide advice, products and support for the staff and board members tasked with overseeing the insurance and risk management of Australia's community groups.

The weekly program includes:

  • A free face-to-face or online meeting with an Aon not-for-profit insurance specialist to chat about all your insurance and risk management needs.
  • Three free webinars:
    • NFP Risk Management
    • Fundraising for NFPs
    • Cyber Security
  • A free in-person training workshop, delivered by Aon, aimed at ensuring you have the right types of cover.

For more information on everything on offer, click here.


Wednesday 1 May: Rethinking Governance for the Disability Sector (Brisbane): Massive changes are rolling through the disability sector, and directors and other leaders must be at the top of their game. In this half-day course, you'll gain an enhanced understanding of governance in the disability support sector and greater confidence in your ability to contribute to the development of a robust, sustainable, adaptable, mission-focused organisation.

Thanks to the support of our alliance partner, Commonwealth Bank, there is no charge for this training. Book your spot here.

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6-10 May: Communicating with Clout: ICDA has teamed up with Hootville Communications for the communications-focused week on the festival calendar, and there's a lot on offer.

Hootville Mayor Brett de Hoedt will be launching his new e-book, How to Get Media Coverage for your Organisation, and his new workbook, Get to Know Your Audience Better, and releasing a collection of training videos on email marketing.

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Wednesday 8 May: Better Websites (webinar; everywhere): The feature event of Communicating with Clout comes on Wednesday 8 May in the form of Brett de Hoedt's Better Websites webinar, which will help you turn your website into your most productive employee. Book here.

To keep up to date with the Festival of Community Directors, like or follow the Institute of Community Directors on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, or check the Festival website for regular updates. The website's upcoming events page has more on what's coming up soon.


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