With more than 20 years’ experience in HR, Mary is passionate about realising enterprise value and growth by creating an exceptional employee experience. Mary joined REA from Campbell Arnott’s where she was the Vice President – Human Resources for Asia Pacific for eight years, and worked in a variety of senior HR roles with Campbell Soup Company both in Australia and the US.
Camilla is a Director at Perennial Investment Management Limited and was the Managing Director of their active ETF boutique, eInvest, between 2017 and 2023. Camilla is also a Director at Perennial Private Ventures GP LP Pty Ltd, governing Perennial’s venture capital limited partnership.
Over the twenty years she has been with the Perennial Group, she has been an integral member of the team marketing, promoting, building and governing the Perennial business.
In 2017, Camilla also founded F3 – Future Females in Finance. F3 aims to foster the next generation of female talent in financial services through education, providing great career role models, demystifying careers and providing practical work experience. In 2022, F3 was awarded the Women in Finance Community Program Award, for its work developing the pipeline of talent in finance.
Camilla is a Fellow of FINSIA and is a Director on the Abbotsleigh Foundation and Metis Technologies, and is the Chair of the UNSW Alumni Advisory Committee.
Camilla holds an MBA (Exec) from AGSM and was the recipient of the Michael Page Scholarship for her strategic year.
Joanna James - is known as a revolutionary difference maker in the Design, Construction and Banking sectors and is featured in publications such as Entrepreneur, USA Today, The Advisor, MPA, Australian Broker, Flaunt, CIO and Insights Success.
As Australia’s youngest registered female architect & builder she is known as creator of the world's first ‘Bio’ home, featured on TV series ‘I Own Australia’s best home’.
Joanna created the Shambhala@byron retreat which welcomed celebrity singer Sting as her first guest. Her book Mind Body Spaces raises awareness around our health and the spaces that we live in.
A pioneering entrepreneur for the Mortgage Ezy Group of companies, her contribution shines through the 32 Industry awards including 3 times BRW fastest company.
A passionate advocate for women in business, Joanna has also been recognised as Principal of Year (WIFA), Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs and Top 100 Female Mentors.
Contributing to the FBAA Artemis Forum, she works to raise opportunities for Education, Advocacy and Awareness for women within the Australian Finance Industry.
Annie Kane is the managing editor of Momentum's mortgages titles: The Adviser and Mortgage Business.
As well as writing about the Australian broking industry, the mortgage market, financial regulation, fintechs and the wider lending landscape – Annie is also the host of the Elite Broker and In Focus podcasts and The Adviser Live webcasts.
Founder of award winning creative agency Willow & Blake and co-founder & CMO of cult skincare brand, frank body, Jess Hatzis is a trained copywriter and brand strategist, passionate about providing brands and their customers with unique, meaningful and memorable experiences.
Jess is proud to operate two organisations that champion diversity, inclusivity on all fronts - from their consumer facing campaigns to the board mandates that stipulate minimum acceptable requirements for the number of females in leadership roles, requirements they are proud to boldly surpass year after year.
Jess is keen investor in consumer brands, always on the look out for innovative and solutions focused brands from passionate founders.
Alongside her work babies, Jess is a Mum to an even more demanding but definitely cuter 2 year old. Jess is a proud ambassador for the Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation.
As a keynote speaker, trainer, and coach for three decades, I've been helping brilliant professionals who, despite their impressive credentials and accomplishments, often feel frustrated and undervalued.
They're looking for more than just traditional success measures. They want to feel fulfilled and rewarded in all aspects of their lives. To be clear on their purpose, do meaningful work and make decisions confidently.
At the height of my corporate career in financial services, as a single, 35-year-old workaholic, I was offered my dream job with a large consulting firm in the USA. All set to go, I had a nagging feeling something was missing. So, I declined the offer and, six weeks later, met the love of my life, settled down, and started a family. This turning point kickstarted my journey to find more meaning and purpose in my life. As a result, I left the corporate world after twenty years for the freedom of owning my own business. I’ve never looked back.
I understand the challenges that women face, whether they run their own business, lead organizations, are starting out, or advancing their careers. I've faced many of these challenges myself and have learned how to turn them into opportunities.
My mission is to help more incredible women take courageous action and live kickass liberated lives where they're seen, heard, and fully valued.
I am a multi-award-winning Broker helping individuals and families achieve their property dreams. With 40 years of experience in finance and 10 years managing my own brokerage, I’ve arranged financial transactions to help new and seasoned Homeowners and Property Investors make the right decisions in Personal and Commercial Finance.
As a passionate advocate for demystifying the intricacies of finance within local communities and the investor sphere, I actively contribute my voice to a diverse range of platforms. These include seminars, webinars, podcasts, Q&As, press publications, and radio shows. My mission is to elevate the industry's profile, foster knowledge among fellow brokers, and support various campaigns. I am dedicated to empowering individuals through accessible and informative discussions on financial matters.
When I’m not catering to my clients or speaking at financial events, I am out there enjoying theatre and musicals, trying out Sydney’s top restaurants, and traveling with my husband Sal and our two beautiful 18- and 16-year-old kids who are my world.
Tracey Sofra is Australia’s leading Financial Advisor specialising in Women’s Financial Confidence.
With over 30 years’ experience as a Business Leader, Wealth Mentor, Award Winning Financial Advisor, Author of “Finding Financial Freedom” and Keynote Speaker Tracey has shared her proven method for shifting mindsets and the limits to financial success for thousands of women across Australia.
Tracey is dedicated to Investing in Women's Empowerment.
As the founder and CEO of WOW Women, Tracey leads a community of like-minded business, professional and entrepreneurial women, working collectively to create change in their own financial life and the lives of other women across the globe as part of a greater social impact across the UN Sustainability Goals.
Michelle is an ambitious and inquisitive individual interested in effectively utilising behavioural psychology, behavioural economics and ethics to gain insight into what drives human behaviour and decision-making. She has an academic background in Psychology and Neuroscience and also works within the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion (DE&I) and Ethics fields.
Michelle is currently an Organisational Culture and Change Lead at the Reserve Bank Australia (RBA). Prior to joining the RBA, Michelle worked as a consultant advising on Risk & Compliance and Risk/Organisational Culture and Change Engagements.
Michelle’s work focuses primarily on the role that individual, environmental, societal, and cultural factors have in shaping and driving organisational culture. She views organisational culture and change through a psychological and behavioural lens, and is interested in how these two lenses can be applied to develop targeted strategies to solve and anticipate complex cultural problems.
Beyond organisational culture and change, Michelle also works within the ethics space where she focuses on the role that ethics has in decision-making and governance. Michelle draws on her psychology background to bring a deep appreciation of human behaviour to her work.
A proud Jarowair, Wakka Wakka & Wulli Wulli woman with strong family ties to Southeast Queensland who grew up on Darug Country in Western Sydney.
Larisha has an extensive background working in banking, health, coaching, and government (Indigenous Affairs) and not-for-profit sector, specialising in women’s health and women’s community legal services in the financial abuse prevention unit. Her dedication and passion for the work she does is driven by the inspiring girls and women she meets every day on their paths to creating financial prosperity for generations to come.
As First Nations Foundation’s Manager, Women’s Economic Empowerment. Larisha aims to redress the economic injustice that Indigenous women face, empowering them to achieve financial wellness and economic independence. Her role has led to immense personal and professional growth, opening doors she only dreamt of as a child. Larisha is also a Self-Concept and Mindset Coach focusing on self-concept and mindset motivation.
Motivated by her family, community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and women, Larisha finds great reward in hearing their stories and being a part of their learning experience. Her career highlight to date has been leading First Nations Foundations’ Indigenous Women’s Financial Wellness initiative & Hosting her podcast Rich Blak Women, developed with the vision of long-term financial prosperity for all Indigenous Australian women, and intergenerational wealth transformation across Indigenous families and communities.
Lielette is a respected business leader who genuinely cares about small businesses. With a deep understanding of operations, sales, marketing, and finance, she uses her corporate accounting experience and strategic thinking to ask insightful questions that uncover valuable insights from business owners.
Lielette's transformative work with small enterprises in various fields has propelled them to success. Clients trust her for her precision, expertise, promptness, and calm approach, relying on her to provide the clarity they need for making informed decisions. Noteworthy achievements include co-developing the Certified Accounting Technician program with the Institute of Public Accountants and serving in advisory roles with the Australian Taxation Office.
With 18 years of leadership at her award-winning management accounting firm, All That Counts, Lielette now joins businessDEPOT as a director, firmly believing that business owners thrive with an industry and thought leader by their side. It is worth mentioning that Lielette is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, further attesting to her commitment to business excellence.
Samone is an experienced gender equality strategist, researcher and change management professional with expertise in gender equality programming, strategy and gender attuned leadership capability development.
She has post graduate qualifications in psychology and social work and holds a certificate in Gender Mainstreaming from the Civil Service College (London) where she studied under the Hon. Meg Munn - former Minister for Women in the Blair Government (2005-2007).
Samone has published research and analysis on a range of gendered workplace drivers including paid parental leave, flexible work practices and gendered workplace harm such as sexual harassment and workplace incivility.
She comes to WGEA with a depth of experience working in public and private sector enterprise, training and consulting to Government, NGO’s and small business on Gender Impact Assessment, gender metrics and designing people systems and processes that drive gender equal outcomes and experiences for employees and the community.
Samone joins us from her most recent position as the inaugural Gender Equality Adviser for Victoria Police, where she developed their first gender equality strategy and action plan in response to the Victorian Gender Equality Act (2020) and developed a gender attuned leadership capability framework and change methodology for gender segregated policing operations.
Pascale Helyar-Moray OAM has 25 years financial services marketing and brand-building experience. A seasoned entrepreneur, she is the Founder of Grow My Money, a platform where you turn your shopping cashback into mortgage or superannuation savings. Previously Pascale held senior marketing roles for JPMorgan Asset Management, BT Financial Group and BNP Paribas. Her recent advisory experience includes ResMed Ventures, Investment NSW, and the Australian Gender Equality Council.
Jo Hurley has dedicated her career to improving retirement outcomes for thousands of Australian retirees, as a specialist in self-managed superannuation fund audit, technology, and advice for over 25 years.
Jo’s passion for the role super plays in securing the financial future of women saw her recognised as the inaugural winner of the Women in Finance Woman of the Year in 2011.
Jo is best known for her success as CEO and founder of self-managed super fund audit business ENGAGE which was acquired by Deloitte.
She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, dual Fellow of the SMSF Association and an ASIC Registered SMSF Auditor. She is also a working mother of four and the Trustee of her own
Self-Managed Super Fund. In her current role as CLASS General Manager, Growth, Jo leads the growth strategy of Class and Now Infinity, and Class Partners.
Laura Dew is editor of Money Management and Super Review and has worked on the titles since 2019.
She joined Momentum Media in 2022 after it acquired both titles from FE Fundinfo.
Prior to this, she worked at print and online magazine Investment Week in London for five years, which focused on funds management.
With nearly three decades in finance, Trenna has designed institutional investments; run strategy for a global private bank; was GM of an independent advice business; worked with global CEOs at Amex; and spent more than a decade as an entrepreneur, founding three highly successful ventures including an angel investment platform. Those experiences, together with her personal story as a single mother who started life again at 34 with nothing but debt, fire her passion for arming women with financial confidence.
Today she is the Founder of social enterprise Super Fierce and she’s on a mission to close the $30 trillion global gender wealth gap by making appropriate, affordable advice accessible to every woman around the globe, starting with superannuation in Australia.
“Economic security is a right, not a privilege. And money is a powerful tool empowering women to live life on their own terms, without fear. Self-determination is the ultimate gift, and one all women deserve.”