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.
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.
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."
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."
Despite only having been in the super industry for a short time, Joanne Faggian was awarded the WIS Mavis Robertson Professional Development Scholarship this year and her experience and knowledge gained from the course she completed as a result will continue to benefit her and her organisation.
Since joining the super industry, Alex Judd has found one of the great perks is being a WIS Member. “Through the WIS community I have had so many opportunities to get involved in many projects that help others, and help move our industry forward.”
“Whether you look forward to change or you dread it, change has a huge impact on us physically and mentally. Knowing how to deal with change and embracing change can improve your skills and attitude to thrive.”
Quyen Truong grew up on a strawberry farm and never thought she’d swap fruit for finance but now, with fifteen years’ experience in the financial services industry, she has followed her dream to make a difference in the profit-to-member sector.
Emma Allison began her super journey as part of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST)’s SuperGrad program. After studying Commerce at uni, and keen to get exposure to different areas of investments, she tells us that ‘the program was an excellent introduction to the profit-to-member super industry, which I didn’t know much about before joining.’
‘I was immediately sold on the promise of what super is about and industry super in particular. What a privilege to work in an industry that has such a capacity to change people’s lives for the better and to work in a way where you are completely uncompromised in putting members’ interests first.’