CEO Ready Program Overview
CEO Ready is for leaders about to become a CEO (or equivalent) or who have been in the role for less than two years.
This program recognises the unique nature of CEO roles and the challenges they face. Experienced executives, board members, and thought leaders will share their insights and learnings to prepare you for success in your role.
You will learn best-practice leadership concepts from world-leading experts, so you can have immediate impact. Given the uniqueness of the role, CEOs don’t have many people they can speak with openly and share challenges with. Hence, this program will develop an enduring peer cohort of like-minded and similarly situated CEOs to provide support as you step into your new CEO positions.
Through an engaging combination of frameworks, practical examples, coaching, and real-life experiences, you will explore the key pivot points when becoming a CEO and the personal and organisational skills required to manage the enormous pressure and responsibility that CEOs face.
If you are a new CEO of an ASX150 company, you are perfect for our other CEO program: The New CEO Program.
Who Should Attend the CEO Ready Program?
New CEOs, Managing Directors or Department Secretaries (or equivalent)
- Leaders about to step into a CEO (or equivalent) role or who have been in the role for less than two years
- In small to medium sized listed organisations
- In NFP/NGO, government/public, and private organisations
- For large, ASX150 businesses, please see The New CEO Program
CEO Ready Program Key Takeaways
Learn and Apply Best-Practice Leadership Concepts
- Step into this new chapter with confidence
- Build an enduring peer cohort with like-minded leaders
- Manage internal and external relationships effectively
- Build power and influence around your leadership brand
- Care for yourself; this is a marathon, not a sprint
- Maximise your performance and impact as an organisation leader
CEO Ready Program Topics Covered
Uniqueness of the CEO role
Developing and executing strategy
Practical frameworks and insights that enable you to focus on the most important levers to design, communicate, and execute your strategy.
Working with the Board
Navigating capital markets
Honing and operationalising your CEO brand
Managing your resilience
CEO Ready Program Key Facilitators
Lisa Gray is an accomplished CEO and company director of businesses across private and public sectors. Lisa brings over 30 years’ experience in leading and transforming large, distributed customer businesses across banking, investment management, superannuation, insurance and wealth management. Lisa is a non-executive director of ING Australia, Commonwealth Games (Victoria 2026) and Victorian Funds Management Corporation (VFMC).
For more than 25 years, Steven has worked directly with the CEOs and boards of Australia’s leading organisations, including through leadership roles at the Business Council of Australia and Australian Banking Association. He is currently the Managing Partner of Australia’s leading specialist board advisory firm, Blackhall & Pearl.
With more than 20 years of experience in assessment, executive coaching, top-level succession planning, organisational effectiveness and strategy consulting, Stephen specialises in CEO succession and has partnered with numerous boards of global Fortune 500 companies to ensure that a successful leadership selection and transition occurs.
Shali is a seasoned investment professional with a deep understanding of ESG and financial markets gained from over 20 years’ experience in the investment management industry. Shali is the Head of Investment Stewardship at VFMC and is responsible for leading VFMC’s ESG activities across its $70bn portfolio. Prior to this, she served as the Head of Investments at CCI Asset Management and also held investment roles at Macquarie Bank, Aviva, Lonsec and IOOF Investment Management.
PROFESSOR OF MARKETING
Jill is a Professor of Marketing at Melbourne Business School and a Professorial Fellow at Melbourne Medical School. She has been on faculty at Kellogg (Northwestern University) and INSEAD and teaches Managerial Judgment, Medical Decision Making, Leadership and Resilience with research interests in resilience, wellbeing and business ethics.
Andrew is the Managing Director of Guberno Consulting, a strategy and management consulting firm based in Melbourne that is focused on supporting companies frame and deliver growth strategies. Andrew’s expertise is founded on over 30 years senior executive experience in general management and corporate development in multinational mining and infrastructure companies. Andrew is MBS’s Executive in Residence where he contributes his diverse and pragmatic business expertise with the School’s students, faculty, and alumni.
Katrina Reynen is an accomplished senior executive leader, CEO Coach and Chairman of the Board with extensive government, university and global corporate business experience. She has held senior decision-making and influencer roles in global corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. She has mentored and coached leaders in all sectors from emerging to highly experienced over two decades and has founded a successful consulting practice to develop high performing senior leadership teams.
This is a residential program in which participants stay on campus and engage in workshop activities after hours. The program fee covers tuition, meals and accommodation.
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