Real-World Experience and Shared Wisdom for Business Leaders and Owners
Welcome to The Boardroom, the community for CEOs, MDs, business owners and aspiring business leaders.
You can learn all the rules and theory about business governance and leadership, but nothing beats real-world experience. That’s why we created The Boardroom, the community where business leaders and owners share their experiences of the day-to-day challenges of leadership and the wisdom accumulated along the way.

Whether it be through our interactive Sounding Boards, peer-based mastermind groups for non-compete executives, our live and online events, or our online professional development knowledgebase (coming soon), The Boardroom is the ideal option for leaders looking to reach and exceed career and professional goals.
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For Current and Aspiring Business Leaders
Events
In-person and online events for networking and professional development. 
The Sounding Board
Peer-based advisory boards of non-compete executives with facilitated meetings monthly.
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Portal Access
Online resources to help you accelerate your professional development and network with your peers. 
Join a Sounding Board Today
The saying, ‘it can be lonely at the top’ is always true for executives but with the current challenges facing business leaders, it’s even more important to be part of a peer group going through similar experiences.

Formerly The Champions’ Forum, The Sounding Board is the platform where members exchange ideas, challenges and issues in business and leadership in an informal yet confidential setting.

Each Sounding Board consists of 10-15 non-compete executives and an experienced Chairperson, who meet either online or face to face (Brisbane only) once a month for an informal yet confidential advisory board session (with peer support via online chat between each session coming soon).

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Joining the Sounding Board has been the best thing I've done in years. I jumped in with a little bit of trepidation but the last year has been amazing. It gives me comfort to know people are experiencing the same things as I am. The ability to raise things in a confidential environment and receive courteous and professional input has been brilliant.
Glenn Shepherd
CEO
National 360

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With your Sounding Board membership you will:
Become part of a brains trust of accomplished peers
Get the support you need from colleagues across a range of industries
Exchange ideas, wins and losses to help each other thrive
Enjoy a confidential environment where you can enjoy honest and open dialogue
Contribute to the success of others
Network with executives in related and unrelated industries
Access professional development resources to help reach and exceed your career goals
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Your Sounding Board membership includes:
Monthly three-hour Advisory Board meetings with non-compete executives
Monthly online three-hour Sounding Board meetings with non-compete executives
Membership of Sounding Board LinkedIn group
15-minute onboarding call with your Board Chair
Listing in our Sounding Board resource directory (Launching September)
Monthly expert masterclasses (Launching September - How to Build a Rock Solid Personal Brand to Support Your Career or Business, with Andrew Griffiths)
Online resource portal (Launching September)
Sounding Board Chat Forums - Keep the conversations flowing within and between Sounding Boards (Launching August)
Discounts for Boardroom live events and retreats
Priority notification of NFP Non-Executive Board Roles being recruited by Arete Executive
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Format and Logistics
Online

Online Sounding Board meetings are held monthly, running from 7 am to 10 am OR from 6pm to 9pm (Australian Eastern, Brisbane time).

You will have a choice between the morning session or the evening session and you will be placed in a group with others from non-competing fields.

Each session has a semi-formal format, with each member having an opportunity to share wins, challenges and opportunities, and to provide input into the challenges other members bring to the table.


The fee for Founding Members, available for a limited time, of only $600 per quarter (plus GST for Australian-based clients) is charged in 3 month blocks and you can cancel at any time. SCROLL DOWN TO GET YOUR FIRST MONTH FREE.

Face to Face (available Brisbane only)

Face-to-face Breakfast in Brisbane Sounding Board meetings are held monthly, running from 7 am to 10 am .

Each session has a semi-formal format, with each member having an opportunity to share wins, challenges and opportunities, and to provide input into the challenges other members bring to the table.


The fee for Founding Members, available for a limited time, of only $750 per quarter (plus GST for Australian-based clients) is charged in 3 month blocks and you can cancel at any time. (SCROLL DOWN TO GET YOUR FIRST MONTH AT ONLY $50 (to cover the cost of breakfast and venue).

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What I really enjoy about The Sounding Board is the opportunity to take my thinking to a higher level. It gives me the opportunity to learn from the benefit of other people's experience without me necessarily having to have that experience myself, because I come out of every meeting so invigorated and with ideas on things that I can actually implement now, either in my business or in my board role. I can't imagine going back to trying to do business without it."
Jeanette Jifkins
Director and Commercial Lawyer
Onyx Legal

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Feedback From Other SOUNDING BOARD Members*

Glenn Shepherd - CEO

Leanne Williams - CEO

Mick Carter - CEO

Jeanette Jifkins - Director

Paul Avey - CEO

Rob Ashdown - CEO, Founder

Meg Hooper - Director 

Sandra D'Souza - CEO, Founder

Brad Shaw - Director 

*The Champions' Forum mentioned in the videos is the previous name of The Sounding Board
One of the things that I really love about it is that it's an intimate setting to talk work challenges,  the things that are the pebble in your shoe. The people have really been supportive in what I've been trying to achieve in my business and I've got some great advice. I even got a sales coach through the broader Sounding Board network and that's been fantastic.

And it's really stretching me in ways and I've learned that I'm going to get as much out of it as I put in. Because if you're going to do it, commit and invest and be present. There's too much value. There's too much rich kind of value in the other people in the room.
Meg Hooper
Director
Carousel Consulting

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Arete Executive helps businesses find and recruit accomplished and exceptional senior executives. Arete Executive has a comprehensive range of innovative recruitment solutions and is the only recruitment agency to offer a guaranteed ‘short list solution’ within 20 working days of engagement.
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