WIS NSW In Conversation with Audette Exel AO

Finding your purpose: using business as a tool for greatness

Did you know that individuals and businesses are most likely to succeed when they have a sense of purpose? Purpose drives motivation and helps anchor passion to performance. 

That’s why Women in Super are pleased to invite you to join us for an inspiring conversation with Audette Exel AO, philanthropic innovator and pioneer in the ‘business for purpose’ field. Audette will share her personal journey of using passion and purpose to bridge the two sides of her life – social justice, and law and banking. She will share how we can all incorporate purpose into our careers, reflecting on the immense power of business to bring about social change. Come join us to hear about how to set your purpose and build a platform for career success.


Elected a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Audette Exel is the founder of the Adara Group, established in 1998, and Chief Executive Officer of its Australian financial services businesses, Adara Advisors Pty Limited and Adara Partners (Australia) Pty. Limited. The Adara businesses were established as ‘for purpose’ businesses with the sole objective of supporting Adara Development. Adara Development is an international non-profit focused on improving health and education for women, children and communities living in poverty.

Audette Exel is a lawyer by profession, specialising in international finance. She was formerly Managing Director of one of Bermuda’s three banks, and also acted as chair of the Bermuda stock exchange. She is one of the youngest women in the world to have run a publicly-traded bank.

Audette is a Non-Executive Director of Suncorp Group Limited, an ASX 20 company and was formerly Vice Chairman of the Board of Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Trustee (Bermuda) Limited (for 18 years). Audette was NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the Year 2012 and was one of The Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2012. In 2013, Audette was awarded an honorary Order of Australia for service to humanity and in 2014 was recognised by Forbes as a Hero of Philanthropy. In 2015, Audette was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame, and was a recipient of a World Class New Zealander Award. In 2016, Audette was named Australia’s Leading Philanthropist by Philanthropy Australia.

Please note: this event is open to all (members, non-members, women and men). Only Women in Super corporate members and industry partners are able to purchase tables at the corporate member rate. To see if your organisation is on that list, please click here.


Registrations for this event have now closed.


Thursday 24 May 2018


12.00pm - 2.00pm


Doltone House Hyde Park
Level 3, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney


Sit-down luncheon


See below for ticket prices and to book.

Audette Exel, Adara Group

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