The FEW Leadership Conference is already recognised as Australia’s premier event for successful senior women in financial services. In a competitive industry full of change requiring transformation and innovation, this is a must attend event for those serious about advancing their careers.

The 2017 Going the Distance Conference was sold out in Sydney, receiving the highest overall rating of 4.5/5 and NPS score of 9.04/10. Now in its fifth year, the 2018 conference is a celebration of 5 years of FEW and so we are taking the conference nationwide.

Be inspired and learn practical tips and insights shared from experts in leadership and personal development, including international television presenters, authors, and renown leaders in financial services with more speakers to be announced in the coming weeks. You will also have the chance to connect and share stories with others equally passionate about financial services and empowering women.

Our theme for our 2018 Conferences is Making a Difference. FEW has made a difference to the careers of our Members and we also feel that our Speakers will make a difference to each and every attendee. We are facilitating a movement between now and June 2018 encouraging our Corporate Sponsors and Members of the community to focus on how they can Make a Difference.

We are passionate about making positive change. Little things add up and we hope you can join us at Making a Difference.

Contact Anna on for more information.

City Date Hosted by Venue Address
Adelaide 22 March 2018 AMP The Playford Hotel 120 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Perth 12 April 2018 CBA & CFS BankWest Raine Square – Podium Level
300 Murray Street, Perth 6000
Brisbane 19 April 2018 PwC PwC 480 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Sydney 17 May 2018 CBA & CFS CBA Darling Park Tower 1,
201 Sussex Street, Sydney
Melbourne 24 May 2018 NAB NAB 700 Bourke St, Docklands VIC 3000

Line-up of speakers

Naomi Abbott
Naomi Abbott Director Conscious Presence Bio Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne
Ilaine Anderson
Ilaine Anderson Director Account Management - Corporate Superannuation AMP Bio Adelaide
Judith Beck
Judith Beck Founder Financial Executive Women Bio Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne
Vanessa Bennett
Vanessa Bennett CEO Next Evolution Performance Bio Brisbane
Kate Christie
Kate Christie CEO and Founder TimeStylers Bio Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane
Andrea Clarke
Andrea Clarke Founder & Managing Director CareerCEO Bio Brisbane
Julie Coates
Julie Coates Managing Partner PwC Bio Brisbane, Sydney
Mike Codling
Mike Codling Partner PwC Australia Bio Brisbane
Jocelyn Cunningham
Jocelyn Cunningham Senior Partner Deloitte Bio Melbourne
Heidi Dening
Heidi Dening Founder and CEO Workable Wellness Bio Adeliade, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne
Linda Elkins
Linda Elkins Executive General Manager Colonial First State Bio Sydney
Natasha Fenech
Natasha Fenech CEO SuperConcepts Bio Adelaide
Bianca Hartge-Hazelman
Bianca Hartge-Hazelman Founder Financy Bio Sydney
Gail Kelly
Gail Kelly Bio Brisbane
Penny Locaso
Penny Locaso Founder BKindred Bio Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne
Nicole Oborne
Nicole Oborne Partner PwC Bio Brisbane
Marianne Perkovic
Marianne Perkovic Executive General Manager Commonwealth Private Commonwealth Bank Bio Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne
Bernard Salt
Bernard Salt Managing Director Demographics Group Bio Melbourne
Melanie Schilling
Melanie Schilling The Relationship Strategist Bio Perth
Debbie Smith
Debbie Smith Managing Partner PwC Brisbane Bio Brisbane
David Smorgon
David Smorgon Executive Chairman PwC Bio Melbourne
Tracey Sofra
Tracey Sofra Founder and CEO WOW Women Group and Sofcorp Financial Services Bio Adelaide, Perth
Lisa Stephenson
Lisa Stephenson Executive Coach and Founding Director Who Am I Projects Bio Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane
Vanessa Stoykov
Vanessa Stoykov Founder and Chief Executive Officer Evolution Media Group Bio Sydney - Panelist
Josephine Sukkar AM
Josephine Sukkar AM Principal Buildcorp Bio Sydney - Panelist
Liz Trotter
Liz Trotter Director Grow me a Legacy Tree Bio Adelaide - Panelist
Sue Wallace
Sue Wallace Head of Product Solutions Colonial First State Custom Solutions Bio Perth, Sydney
Jo Wagstaff
Jo Wagstaff Co-Founder Authentic Woman Global Bio Sydney - Panelist
Andrew Walsh
Andrew Walsh CEO and Managing Director IRESS Bio Sydney

Registration fees

Category Early Bird Fee (pre 22 Dec 2017) Standard Fee (22 Dec to 23 May 2018)
Non-member $1,395 + GST
Employees of Corporate Sponsors + FPA Members $995 + GST
Employees of Host in home city only $795 + GST
FEW member $795 + GST $895 + GST


8:00 – 8:55am Registration and Networking
8:55 – 10:30am Sessions
10:30 – 11am Networking Morning Tea
11:00 – 2:00pm Sessions
1:00 – 2:00pm Networking Lunch
2:00 – 3:30pm Sessions
3:30 – 4:00pm Networking Afternoon Tea
4:00 – 5:30pm Sessions
5:30 onwards Networking Cocktails






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