Difference Makers reframes the debate about who can participate in a board directorship so that differences are not seen as negatives but as positives. Dr Nicky Howes and Alicia Curtis share their experience and research on how different points of view and different experiences can enhance problem-solving and spark innovation; it can build better boards and ultimately better organisations. Through focusing on a diverse range of attributes (experiential, personal and demographic), readers are engaged to learn practical strategies in becoming more inclusive, innovative and constructive leaders. The authors have particular experience in recruiting, training and mentoring younger leaders in directorship position. This championing of next-generation directors is refreshing and original. This book shares insights into how we can create a world-class civil society - one that includes all of us.
Dr Nicky Howe is a CEO with a passion for building the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities. She has a Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia, a Postgraduate in Management from Flinders University and is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Business at University of Notre Dame. Nicky is a leadership and management expert and has a diploma in Ontological Coaching from Newfield Institute. She published Better Relationships with Those You Lead in 2013, a handbook of practical skills and strategies for leaders and managers. Alicia Curtis is one of Western Australia's most inspiring young social and business entrepreneurs, an award-winning speaker and leadership facilitator. Alicia established Alyceum in 2002 developing innovative transformational leadership programs. Alicia has a Master's degree in Business Leadership and was named one of the Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence in 2014. Alicia is the co-founder and chair of the collective giving circle called 100 Women which combines donations into a funding pool to grant to causes that empower women. Together they founded the Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards governance program.