Paul Sainsbury, Wealth Solutions and Customer at AMP, and Geoff Rogers, General Manager MLC Sales at NAB, have both joined Financial Executive Women’s Advisory Board to help the positive progression of women in financial services.
Financial Executive Women (FEW) provides structured career advocacy and support programs to help women progress in their careers through experience, guidance and support. These programs have been developed to ensure that women have the right support to help them achieve their goals.
Running for four years now, the membership boasts some of the most esteemed senior executive women and future leaders. “They come from all sectors within financial services, banking, wealth management, superannuation, and insurance,” explained Judith Beck, Managing Director and Founder of FEW. “Our corporate sponsors are some of Australia’s most successful organisations who are all committed to making sure their workforce is balanced.”
Geoff Rogers considers FEW to be a vital program for the firm’s own success. “NAB have been a corporate sponsor for four years during which we’ve already seen and experienced the impact this mentoring program provides to our own female managers,” said Rogers.
“We provide a lot of internal support, training and mentoring, but if some of our senior female leaders feel more comfortable in speaking to someone externally, we’re more than happy to help provide that opportunity too,” Rogers explained.
Paul Sainsbury has seen a lot of progress in the industry towards empowering female leaders while he’s been with AMP for the last 16 years. “AMP works hard to be an employer of choice,” explained Sainsbury. “The positive impact FEW has had in helping women in the industry achieve their goals is very important to our firm as we are committed to achieving equality. While AMP are a corporate sponsor I wanted to personally contribute to the vision and success of the program.”
FEW is about providing the right structures and support systems so women are able to progress equally to men. “Geoff and Paul were invited to be on the FEW Advisory Board because of their experience and commitment to ensuring a balanced workforce, not because of their gender,” said Judith Beck. “We believe in appointing the best, but to get there you need the right support systems and everyone needs to be on board. We welcome both Geoff and Paul’s contribution and are very fortunate to have them on our Advisory Board.”
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