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.
It may surprise you to hear that business leader, Audette Exel, began her journey as a humble social activist and office cleaner. It was her passion for human rights that led Audette to “step out of her tribe” and become a qualified lawyer, before launching a successful business career. She wanted to demonstrate that business could be used as a powerful platform for change and could have a higher purpose beyond profit.
Our Women in Super VIC members were given the opportunity to learn what they could do to help homeless women during a session with Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI) last week. We were joined by Jeanette Large, Chief Executive Officer, and Debra Mika, Chair, and learnt about why there is an increase in homelessness amongst women, what WPI are doing to solve the problem and what we can all do to help.
On Tuesday 27 March, Women in Super NSW held the first member-only training event for the year, Building Your Personal Agency. Over 70 members attended to hear from Rosamund Christie about her tips and tricks on how to build personal agency, how to overcome unconscious bias and what default behaviours people have that could be getting in the way.
This year the WIS Networking Breakfast at CMSF hosted Sabrina Bailey, Global Head of Retirement Solutions at Northern Trust Asset Management, as out keynote speaker.
Sporting hero and Australian Paralympic gold medalist, Katrina Webb gave an inspirational and motivational presentation on the ‘Alchemy of high performance.’
NSW’s End of Year Celebration was a sparkling affair, with almost 500 guests embracing the theme of Reach for the Stars to hear from Holly Ransom - an accomplished and inspiring speaker, CEO of Emergent Solutions and presenter of the ‘Coffee Pods with Holly’ podcast.