After a couple of years in which physical isolation became the norm for many Australian women, Women in Super’s 2022 Mavis Robertson International Women’s Day lunch provided a welcome reminder of the power generated when women work together.
In fact, women supporting each other is a stronger driver of change than almost anything else, according to Suzi Chinnery of CARE Australia, who launched the aid agency’s Her Circle campaign at the Melbourne Mavis Robertson International Women’s Day lunch.
“Women together are stronger and women supporting women is a fact of life globally,” she said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the past 12 months Women in Super, in conjunction with J.P. Morgan have been hosting a series of round-table discussions on thought diversity, most recently in Brisbane.
Facilitated by Maud Lindley, the Founding Director of Serendis Leadership, leaders from a range of funds shared ideas about what is currently being done to improve diversity and inclusion, and what remains to be done.
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 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.