‘If I asked you how much you pay for your phone bill every month, you’d be able to tell me, but if I asked you how much you pay for your superannuation account every month, chances are you won’t know.’
We sat down with Pippa McKenzie, Marketing Campaigns Manager at HESTA, who were one of Women in Super’s earliest supporters 25 years ago. We chatted about her role at HESTA, her love for our superannuation system, and how sometimes it's good to look back on how far we've come.
“It’s important to acknowledge that we haven’t moved the dial enough – women still don’t get paid the same, women still don’t have as much super as men, women take maternity leave or carers leave, or they take time out of the workforce and consequently there’s always going to be that gap and how do we rectify that, and that is what we’re trying to champion for, but we have moved it a reasonable amount in the 25 years – it’s not that we’ve done nothing.”
As well as a proud WIS supporter, AIST CEO Eva Scheerlinck is also a strong advocate for improving retirement options for Indigenous communities.
‘Financial inclusion of all of our citizens is important,’ Eva says. ‘I find that really important and rewarding work, but there’s a lot to be done … so we need to start implementing effective change. That needs to happen to make sure that members are at the heart of the decisions we make, and the processes that we have within superannuation.’
Exciting start of the year 2019 for Women in Super member Natalie Lister: the 40 year old Finance Manager and mum as well as step-mum of six children has won the first Women in Super VIC and Monash Business School "Your Leadership Voice" Scholarship worth almost $10,000. Click on the picture and read more ...
Anna Meares OAM has a 15 year career spanning four consecutive Olympics over which she collected 18 gold medals, 16 silver and 10 bronze at World, Commonwealth and Olympic levels. She is also the speaker at our upcoming Christmas Lunch in Sydney. Read this article to learn more about her and then secure your ticket.
Ask Jane Dharam, Manager Client Strategies and Products with Funds SA, about her very first job in the superannuation industry and her eyes will lighten up: “It was fascinating. My first job was as an investment research analyst, researching companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and making recommendations to buy, sell or hold them. There were so many things I loved about the job,” says Jane who was born in Queensland and now lives in Adelaide.
Women in Super member Mel Birks is in the Women in Super spotlight this month. One of her great motivations for working in this industry is one that she shares with many of our exceptional members: to make sure that members who have more modest balances still get access to good, low-cost products as their super is pooled with other members to get the best deal.
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.