This month, with her return to the world of tennis and reaching the Wimbledon final after having her daughter ten months ago, Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian have pushed the issue of paid parental leave into the global spotlight – a topic that is tightly knitted to Women in Super’s Make Super Fair Campaign.
In recent years, more women than men have been entering the Australian workforce. This is something that we should celebrate – enabling women who want to work, to work. So, how are we fairing with respect to increasing the ability of women to participate in the labour force? Are we making this a reality for women with the correct policies in place to support them or do we still have some way to go?
Women in Super NSW were pleased to host another successful Speed Mentoring event in Sydney on Thursday 28 June at Bloomberg’s impressive Sky Terrace. Now in its 7th year, the event remains one of our most popular, selling out quickly with over 90 members taking advantage of this unique opportunity to interact with leaders in the NSW superannuation industry.
All over Australia 100,000 Australians spent their Mother’s Day honouring loved ones and supporting those with breast cancer at the 2018 Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic (MDC). This year the event turned 21 and highlighted the human face of the 1 in 8 women diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
We have recently announced the successful recipients of three well regarded Women in Super scholarship programs – the Mavis Robertson Professional Development Scholarship, the Women in Super NSW and AGSM @ UNSW Business School Scholarship and the Women in Super SA Newday Summit Scholarship. The calibre of applications from our members was exceptional and we are delighted to be able to offer scholarship programs such as these to our members year-on-year.
This month it is Julie Steed’s turn to be in the Women in Super spotlight. Julie is the Senior Technical Services Manager for Australian Executor Trustees and very passionate about one thing: helping others with super and making the best of their finances.
Women in Super are pleased to be hosting Deanne Stewart as one of several mentors participating in our upcoming Speed Mentoring event on Thursday 28 June. With the upcoming retirement of First State Super’s longstanding CEO Michael Dwyer, Deanne will be stepping into the CEO role later this year. We caught up with Deanne to gain some pre-event insights into her leadership journey from Fullbright Scholar to CEO.
We were delighted to host Sally Auld, Chief Economist and the Head of Fixed Income and FX Strategy, J.P. Morgan, Australia and New Zealand, as the guest speaker at this year's networking breakfast at the ACSI Conference. Sally spoke to the audience of members and non-members about her career journey so far and her views on the ever-changing economic and geopolitical landscape.
Women in Super is disappointed that no measures were introduced in the recent Federal Budget to close the gender gap in retirement savings. Like many other organisations and women's groups, we believe that this was a lost opportunity to improve the retirement outcomes of women and other low income earners.
Women in Super NSW are excited to be hosting Audette Exel AO for our upcoming lunch on Thursday 24 May in Sydney. We spoke with Audette about her journey, what motivates her and how she has integrated social justice into her career.