The combination of under-investment in social housing, structural gender inequality and the COVID-19 pandemic is making for a perfect storm bearing down on Australian women, who now make up two-thirds of the nation’s homeless population.
That was the stark warning from Women in Super’s National Roadshow, held virtually for the first time in mid-November.
Focusing on the housing crisis facing Australian women, the event highlighted the herculean effort that must be made if hundreds of thousands of women either homeless or at risk of becoming so can live, long-term, in safety and security. Investment in affordable and social housing needs to be turbo-charged to meet the ever-growing need.
Aware Super’s Jacki Ellis is carving out an impressive career in the financial services industry. The 2020 ASI Investment Rising Star Award winner talks about what drives her and how she has broken down gender barriers.
Aware Super’s Jacki Ellis remembers what it was like being an investment consultant presenting to invariably all male investment committees – and have people assume her junior male colleague was in charge.
Thankfully, the situation is changing with mentors and role models playing a crucial role inspiring a new generation towards greater gender diversity.
It’s time to showcase the next generation of women taking leadership roles as the nature of work evolves, according to Women in Super’s Sandra Buckley and J.P. Morgan’s Nadia Schiavon.
The passing of Susan Ryan sees the loss of a passionate champion of a dignified retirement for all. The first woman to hold a Cabinet post in a Labor government was also the former chief executive of ASFA, the president of AIST, founding member of ACSI and later Australia’s first Age Discrimination Commissioner. She was one of the minds behind the modern superannuation system, and was an advocate for women, known for her commitment to improving women’s retirement outcomes. We continue to remember and honour the work she did.
Chaired by John Gregory (J.P. Morgan) and featuring Jo Townsend (CEO, Funds SA), Julie Lander (CEO, Care Super) and Sandra Buckley (WIS CEO) we were pleased to host a session once again at ASI 2020.
The panellists shared great insights and practical tips on the current work being done in the industry to increase the number of women currently working within investment management. Engaging with recruitment agencies, being clear about the skills required (as opposed to qualifications or number of years’ experience), developing a pipeline, supporting entry level graduates and developing management and leadership skills are all practical areas to focus on if we wish to improve the representation of women in investment management.
The Third Women in Super ‘Super Summit’ concluded on Monday. Over three days we had six sessions that provided a wealth of insights contributed by a wide range of expert contributors on the topic of how we improve retirement outcomes for women. With one third of women retiring into poverty and women retiring on average with 40% less super than men, many of the themes and insights were not new and there have been no positive changes since the last two Summits that address the structural inequalities within the super, social and economic systems that lead to poorer retirement outcomes for women.
COVID-normal life is anything but normal. Our digital world has expanded, filling the gaps in a physically distanced world. People are working from home as much as they are living where they work.
Living through a pandemic has become an unplanned social experiment with repercussions for our physical health, mental wellbeing and productivity. But the growing list of digital dilemmas also leads to new opportunities.
"We've got to have a cultural reframe," Dr Kristy Goodwin said during a recent Women in Super and J.P. Morgan partnered event about how COVID-19 is leading to new digital approaches to work and culture.
As much as we're all sick of hearing about it, COVID-19 has exposed many gaps in the way we balance our work and life, and we have an extremely unique opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start again.
It will come as no surprise to most of us that there is no bouncing back to the ways we used to work and live, and instead we have to start thinking about bouncing forward. But what exactly does that look like?
Women in Super recognises how important it is to bring our members together in order to share ideas, and so we were thrilled to present our State of Play series, where brought together senior leaders from various aspects of the industry to provide an overview of how COVID-19 has affected them, and what they are doing differently in their roles, and for the industry.
The Mother’s Day Classic faced the greatest test this year since the event was started in 1998 by Mavis Robertson, Louise Davidson and the Women in Super network.
In the rapidly escalating COVID-19 crisis the Mother’s day Classic Foundation team and Board made the early decision to run a virtual event. Systems, structures, contractors, sponsorships, suppliers, media, social media, fundraising, web content, communications and IT – everything had to change. The MDC team led by new CEO Zara Lawless created and launched MDCVirtual2020 in record time. The first such national event.