Women in Finance (WIF) is a not-for-profit association, first established in 1996 in Queensland with the purpose of expanding the networking and professional development opportunities for women working in the finance sector.
Since 1996, WIF has expanded chapters to other states and continues to build a strong member base of professional women across finance, banking, wealth management, stock broking, accounting and legal sectors and related industries. With connections to over 500 professionals and expanding membership, WIF Queensland continues to command a dominant presence as a premier networking association in the South East Queensland financial sector.
We align ourselves to core values to CONNECT, INSPIRE and EDUCATE both our members and broader community via the quality of events we host. These core principles allow our members to benefit from not only from connection to new and existing industry members as well as opportunities to access a range of speakers and events to challenge and develop on a personal level.
We are also proud members of our community and each year select a charity to which we raise funds through the support of our members and event attendees. All of our fundraising is directed to the chosen charity.
Welcome to Women in Finance Queensland.
2020/2021 Diamond Sponsor Announcement
In October of 2020 we were very excited to commence our 2020/2021 partnership with loans.com.au as our Diamond Sponsor.
loans.com.au is an award-winning Australian owned online lender offering home and car loans. loans.com.au is part of the Firstmac Group and has a strong culture focussing on inclusion and diversity, with 53% of employees are female, an Executive team which is 50% female and almost 40% of management positions are filled by females. loans.com.au are actively championing change and parity in the financial services industry.
Women in Finance are proud to be a part of the loans.com.au Women, Children & Community Program, where together we are working towards our shared passion of parity and increasing the number of female role models and leaders in finance.
Women in Finance 2021 Inspiring Women Series
Friday, October 22, 2021
Emporium Hotel South Bank
267 Grey St, South Brisbane
12:00pm – 2:30pm
Sadly due to current COVID restrictions we’ve had to postpone our Inspire event with Anna Bligh to Friday, 22nd October 2021.
In partnership with our Diamond Sponsor loans.com.au, Platinum Sponsor KBH Solutions and our Charity partner Share the Dignity we invite you to come together as an inspirational community promoting Women In Finance.
Hosted by the wonderful Kim Skubris we will have the pleasure of welcoming Anna Bligh, CEO of the Australian Banking Association and former Premier of Queensland, for an informal Q&A on her personal insights to the Finance sector, its past and current challenges and where diversity sits within it’s future.
Claire Atkinson, Director – Deloitte Access Economics
Guest Speaker moderated by MC Kim Skubris:
Ms Anna Bligh
Enjoy the beautiful Emporium Hotel and take the chance to connect with colleagues, friends and clients for an inspirational event.
Connect 2019 Event
Member Event - Networking Evening
Connect 2018 Event
Julie McDonald OAM - Health & Resilience
2017 Annual High Tea - Stamford Plaza
Members Movie Night - Bad Moms 2
Inspirational Women Series - Looking to our Leaders
Amanda Blessing - Ambition Revolution
Members Event - Brisbane Club
2016 Annual High Tea - Stamford Plaza
Members Movie Nigt
Inspirational Women Series - Dame Quentin Bryce
Inaugral Member Event with Jan Logan
Dr Catherine Ball
High Tea 2015
Events since 1996
Women in Finance is run by an amazing team of volunteers in various roles within the finance industry. All are committed to providing you with a wide range of quality events and educational sessions and are always willing to receive feedback and suggestions.
Share the Dignity works to make a real, on-the-ground difference in the lives of women and girls experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence or doing it tough. They distribute sanitary items to those in need and work to end period poverty here in Australia. When a woman is doing it tough, the last thing on her mind should be dealing with her period.
In 2015, Share the Dignity was founded after identifying there was a genuine need to provide vulnerable women in our community with essential sanitary products. It was reported that these women are often forced to choose between buying food to eat or buying expensive sanitary items to get through their periods.
Working tirelessly with over 5000 volunteers, the charity has been able to deliver over 2.5 million packets of pads and tampons and over 517,918 essential-filled handbags to Australian women and girls.
Share the Dignity are proud to partner with over 2000 charities nationally, helping them to assist the women, girls and those who menstruate who desperately need access to period products. This is achieved through their Dignity Drives and PinkBox Dignity Vending Machines.
Women in Finance is proud to be partnering with Share the Dignity in 2021 and 2022 to help make a difference to the lives of women and girls doing it tough in Australia.
Free To Shine prevent the trafficking and exploitation of girls, by strengthening family and community systems to prioritise the safety and education of their children.
In 2009 Free To Shine’s founder, Nicky Mih, spent a month in Cambodia with survivors of sex trafficking. “I asked this group of survivors how I could help, and I learned that the day they got rescued the traffickers didn’t go without a girl, they just went out to the rural villages and took a new young girl.
‘Nicky, go out to the rural villages, find the girls who aren’t in school and get them into school,’ they said. Not one of them had been in school when they were trafficked, and they told her that when a girl is rescued, the traffickers do not go without; instead they simply go out to the villages and find a new girl to take her place. They believed that if they had been in school they would have been safe…So that’s what the Charity does.
Focusing on education is widely recognised by experts in the field as a crucial component of preventing trafficking. According to the ILO (2009), getting girls … into schools and keeping them there is a vital step to reducing their vulnerability to trafficking”.
The Asia Pacific region accounts for 62% of all incidents of human trafficking across the globe. This means 6.1 out of every 1,000 people in the region are enslaved, and 73% are victims of forced sexual exploitation. Within the region, Cambodia has a particularly high incidence of trafficking and is considered a destination, source, and transit country (Walk Free Foundation, 2018), ranked ninth highest in the world for percent of population enslaved (IOM 2018). It is estimated that 261,000 people are living in modern slavery in Cambodia today (Walk Free Foundation, 2018).
Women in Finance is proud to be partnering with Free To Shine in 2021 and 2022 to help prevent trafficking and exploitation of girls through education.
Women in Finance select a partner for a duration of two years. Share the Dignity and Free to Shine were selected in July 2021.