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COVID sharpens the caring crunch for Australian women

Women have been hard hit by the COVID pandemic, but the economic recovery has focused on men in hard hats, the Women in Super 2021 National Road Show heard in October. Over three sessions, we discussed a gender equal recovery from COVID-19, how the unequal division of work and care affects workers, particularly those in low-paid workforces, and the importance of paying super on parental leave.
  • November 9, 2021
  • National Office Update, Policy Initiatives, Report, Event Wrap Up

Felicia Trewin: Forging her own path in tech

Only a few years into Felicia Trewin’s career, she chose to leave technology behind as she felt too different. Today, she's AustralianSuper's Group Executive for Technology Services and Chief Information Officer. She shared how she did it at Women in Super and J.P. Morgan's latest Women in Leadership event.
  • October 6, 2021
  • Spotlight On, Member Profile, Speaker Profile, Event Wrap Up

Why overcoming self-doubt is a crucial step on the path to leadership

The path to leadership requires putting yourself forward for new opportunities, according to Nicole Kennedy, who spoke at J.P. Morgan and Women in Super's latest Women in Leadership event. A passion for the industry helped Nicole Kennedy overcome self-doubts and a perceived lack of experience on her journey to becoming a leader in Australia's $3.3 trillion super sector. It was a lesson she learned early in her career, while working in a super fund call centre, before she eyed a pension and switch specialist role.
  • September 7, 2021
  • National Office Update, Event, Spotlight On, Member Profile, Speaker Profile, Event Wrap Up

Thea Blyth on more women leading

Women remain underrepresented in senior leadership despite outnumbering their male counterparts at graduate level. Thea Blyth looks at her career journey so far and the strategies that have helped her succeed and grow. Changing career paths and moving countries can be challenging at the best of times, let alone as a pandemic sends the world into lockdown. But that's the situation Thea Blyth found herself in after travelling from London to Sydney in early-2020 to take up a new role in the Platform Sales team within Securities Services at J.P. Morgan. "I still have clients that I haven't met in person, which has felt strange," she says. "But I know it's not unique to me and everyone's going through it."
  • August 11, 2021
  • Report, Spotlight On, Member Profile, Speaker Profile

WIS NSW Hosts panel on regulatory reforms

Your Future, Your Super has been touted to make the superannuation system better for members, but at what cost? Active Super’s Head of Legal and Compliance, Natalie Kalouche, lead a panel this week, to discuss the recent regulatory reforms and the practical consequences they will have on funds, and ESG issues. Joining her on the panel was Linda Elkins, Partner, KPMG, Michael Mathieson, Senior Regulatory Counsel, Allens and Moya Yip, Head of Responsible Investment, Active Super. The panel discussed the challenges facing superannuation funds of all sizes, covering off on key topics such as best financial duty, performance testing and the importance of documentation and metrication.
  • August 10, 2021
  • Event, NSW Initiatives, Event Wrap Up

Kara Keys responds to NAIDOC Week

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.
  • July 13, 2021
  • National Office Update, Policy Initiatives, Event Wrap Up

Finding purpose at the 2021 Newday Summit

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.
  • July 12, 2021
  • Scholarships, SA Initiatives

Thalia Dardamanis: How confidence, connections and balance underpin achievement

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."
  • July 6, 2021
  • Spotlight On, Member Profile, Event Wrap Up

Women in Super respond to 2021/2022 Budget

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.
  • May 12, 2021

Sarah O'Brien: No rest in building a better workplace culture

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.
  • May 11, 2021

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