With NAIDOC Week 2021 wrapping up last weekend and Women in Super’s NAIDOC event a huge hit, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank our members for their participation, thank Lyn Melcer and Graeme Marrinan from QSuper for their deep insights in our online event and share some personal reflections about NAIDOC week.
The Newday Summit showcases courageous trailblazers from Australia and around the globe who motivate, challenge and prepare the audience to become the type of leader they want to be. The WIS SA Newday Summit Scholarship is funded by the WIS SA Committee, and allows two of their members to attend the one-day Summit. This year, the scholarship was awarded to Alicja Grant and Angela Scarfo – both from Statewide Super. We asked them what they thought about the experience.
Thalia Dardamanis has learned several lessons on her career journey to become UniSuper's Head of Legal Advisory. She shared some of those insights at Women in Super and J.P. Morgan's latest Women in Leadership event.
Thalia Dardamanis knows the power of forming professional connections, as well as finding mentors and advocates who can help propel your career. But she also has some simple advice for women not receiving the career opportunities they deserve.
"If no one's asking you to join the table – make a new table."
On Tuesday, the federal government announced the much-anticipated 2021/2022 Budget. There was considerable talk in the lead up, with its focus on a post-pandemic economic recovery, while also promising that this one would not be as gender blind as the last.
Rest Super Head of Regulatory Affairs, Sarah O'Brien, talks about how both setting boundaries and breaking them can benefit leaders and their organisations.
Work-life balance is a myth, according to Sarah O'Brien. But building a strong professional reputation can help carve out time for the things in life that matter most.
Cbus' Chief Operating Officer, Investments, Nancy Day talks with J.P. Morgan's Head of Securities Services, Nadia Schiavon, about culture, leadership, and how sponsors can turbocharge your career.
Promoting yourself is not boasting and empathy is not weakness. Georgie Obst, General Manager of Customer Loyalty at HESTA, reveals some life changing lessons about women in leadership.
When Georgie Obst was in Italy she felt on top of the world. Applying for the Women in Super Global Dialogue Scholarship was a spontaneous decision that changed her career.
"When I was in Italy, I believed that I could do anything," she said at a Women in Super and J.P. Morgan Women in Leadership session.
But it hasn’t always been that easy.
The long-awaited Retirement Income Review was released a few weeks ago and consists of a hefty 650 pages of analysis. It is worth noting that the review’s overarching finding is that we have a good, sustainable system. As our own research found, prior to compulsory super, two thirds of women had no super and today, that has decreased to one third. However, the report also noted the high reliance on the Age Pension and women are the majority recipients of the full Age Pension.
Despite its 650 pages, the report did not examine all factors that impact the retirement income system. Its terms of reference were specific and did not initially include gender until WIS and other organisations rallied to call out this glaring omittance. The report includes no recommendations, but we expect that it will be used to inform future retirement income policy changes and measures.
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.