Board Ignition Course

Fast track your board journey


Next live round of the Board Ignition Course starts 5th August, 2019.

Time until course….

Day Hour Minute Second Pre-Enrol Now – 1 time payment of $995 Pre-Enrol Now – 3 payments of $375

Helping you get your first Board appointment

Do you wish to make a difference in the world?
Are you ready to impact the community around you?
Are you at a time in your career where you’re ready to give back?

The Board Ignition online course is a practical and dynamic online learning program to introduce emerging leaders to the not for profit sector and the opportunity to contribute at a board level.

Alicia has inspired me to make a difference in the way I live my life. I couldn’t think of a better role model for a boards course.

– Penelope Wakefield | Manager Business Sustainability

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Why enrol?

This is not your normal board program!  This is a dynamic, engaging, interactive course that gives you practical steps on how to get onto a board and be an outstanding director.

  • Discover how to land your first board appointment.
  • Consider which board positions to accept and the due diligence process involved.
  • Understand what happens in the boardroom and the key challenges of the not for profit sector.
  • Discover how to approach your first six months on a board with confidence.
  • Master what it takes to be an outstanding board director.

This program unpacks the best knowledge and expertise from the collective experience of top CEOs and Board directors.


Course Outline


This module highlights the landscape of the not for profit sector and explores why you might want to serve on a Not for Profit board.


  • Understand the Not for Profit sector in Australia.
  • Explore reasons to contribute to the not for profit sector.
  • Determine which NFP board/organisation/sector is the right for you

This module outlines the roles and responsibilities of NFP board directors and the governance education options available for further development.


  • Understand your responsibilities and requirements as a director.
  • Understand your role as a NFP board director.
  • Exploring the further professional development opportunities for in-depth board governance.

This module dives deeply into your own values and strengths and the leadership required to perform exceptionally on a board.


  • Understand your strengths and values.
  • Learn the leadership skills required in the boardroom.
  • Recognise the board behaviours that lead to a high performance culture.

This module highlights the avenues to find your first board appointment including networking, mentoring and board resumes.


  • Develop your value proposition to a board.
  • Understand the avenues to getting on to a board.
  • Develop a strong resume for board recruitment.

This module highlights what to consider before joining a board.


  • Understanding the due diligence required before joining a board.
  • Understand which documents to review and the right questions to ask.
  • Understand the Board and organisational culture.

This module explores what really goes on behind the closed doors of a board room.


  • Understand roles and relationships inside the boardroom.
  • Understand boardroom challenges.
  • Understand the elements of an effective meeting.
  • Learn the elements of board and personal evaluation.

This module explores how to approach your first board appointment once you’ve been accepted.


  • Understand an effective board induction.
  • Build trust with fellow board members.
  • How to approach your first six months on a board.
  • Explore ways in which boards may work differently to other teams you’ve been part of.

This module supports you to not only become a good director but an outstanding director.


  • Explore what makes an outstanding board director.
  • Learn the importance of good decision making.
  • Undergo personal reflection.
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Look inside the course

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What’s included?

Not your normal governance education program!  This course gives you the real look behind the boardroom door.  Each module includes the information, statistics, practical takeaways, tools and techniques.

Each module includes an online workbook, practical activities, worksheets and videos with experienced directors.

Hear from experienced board directors about their inspiring journey and experiences on boards. Learn how they got their board directorships, what they have learnt along the way and what they recommend to you!

Once you’ve read through each module, there are a range of reflective activities, worksheets and further learning opportunities to apply the knowledge.


Your Learning Guide


ALICIA CURTIS is an outstanding business and community leader and the founder of Alyceum, a leadership development company. Alicia has a Masters in Business Leadership and in 2019 was named in the Business News 40under40 list, in 2018 was named the EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year in the western region, in 2017 she was named in the inaugural Westpac 200 Business of Tomorrow List as well as rating in the Westpac and Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence List across Australia in 2014.

Alicia has facilitated the hugely successful Engaging Young Leaders on Boards program which has helped countless young professionals get onto community boards.  In 2016, Alicia co-authored Difference Makers: A Leader’s Guide to Championing Diversity on Boards with CEO, Dr Nicky Howe.  Alicia also started the #1000youngdirectors campaign which aims to ignite 1000 young directors onto community boards to increase diversity, support succession planning and improve our local communities.

Alicia has served on a range of community boards over the last 15 years and currently is the board chair of 100 Women, which has fund raised and awarded $500,000 to causes supporting women and children.


“Alicia has inspired me to make a difference in the way I live my life. I couldn’t think of a better role model for a boards course.” 

Penelope Wakefield, Manager Business Sustainability

“Alicia’s board knowledge and support has enabled me to kick-start my career in Governance.  I am now Director at Mental Illness Fellowship of WA and Hepatitis WA, and Council of Governors at YMCA-WA.”

Adrian Gallo, Business Development 

“Alicia’s passion to make the community a better place is an inspiration to those around her, and especially those fortunate enough to have been a part of one of her leadership programs.” 

Ashley Dawson, Associate Director, Finance Industry

“Alicia was incredibly supportive and has a wealth of knowledge.”

Meghan Lewis, Architect


When will I get access to the program?

You will gain access immediately after you enrol for the course.  From that point, you’ll receive Board Ignition emails for 8 weeks to explore the course. You will have life-time access to the course which means you will have access to the online materials for the life-time of the Board Ignition course.

How is this course different to other governance courses?

The Board Ignition course is a low-cost option to learn more about board governance, the Not-For-Profit sector and pathways onto your first board role.

Board Ignition is not an accredited governance course but we can definitely recommend some future options for you!

This course also explores HOW to get your first board role not just what the role entails. No use knowing about board responsibilities if you can’t get your first role!

This course is like sitting down with a great mentor and talking through the in’s and out’s of sitting on a board. It’s practical, motivational and effective!

How long will I have access to the course materials?

You get lifetime access to the course as long as the course is available.

What is the price and currency of the Board Ignition program?

The Board of Ignition program is 995 AUD (including GST). We want to make it affordable for young professionals to learn about board governance, get onto a board and give back!

Are there any live components to this program?

No. This program is a series of modules. You can go through the program content such as notes, video interviews, quizzes and challenges as fast or slow as you like.  There are also two recorded webinars with course creator, Alicia Curtis, as she goes through the modules.

What’s your refund policy?

We’ve worked hard to produce an amazing series of modules including interviews with Australia’s most talented and inspiring leaders and experts. That said, if you’re unhappy for any reason within 30 days after purchase, we’ll refund your money. Please read carefully our full Terms of Sale here.

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Get the Board Ignition Course Today!

Only $995 Lifetime access
  • 2 LIVE online masterclasses with Alicia Curtis
  • 12 exceptional video interviews with experienced Board Directors from around Australia
  • 8 self paced modules jam-packed with practical advice about boards, the Not-For-Profit sector and finding your first board role
  • 8 board case studies to explore the elements of a high performing board
  • 8 week email series to help you explore the course
  • Easy-to-read online workbooks for each module
  • Worksheets, practical challenges and further resources
  • Weekly emails with inspiring board directors sharing their journey
  • Private facebook group access for group support, short videos, collegiality and access to Alicia
  • Bonus webinars recordings
Pre-enrol now – 1 time payment of $995