Forum to explore financial literacy

A panel of female leaders, all working in the financial literacy space, will share their leadership journeys and discuss creating better outcomes for women and their money, at a forum in Mildura next month.

The Women in Leadership forum, presented by La Trobe University, will feature Julie Kun, Michelle Commandeur and Robyn Erskine as panellists on Tuesday 17 March.  The event’s MC will be La Trobe University Professor of Finance Amalia Di Iorio.

Michelle Commandeur, Group Head of Financial Inclusion at the ANZ, is responsible for various programs the ANZ run, supporting people at risk of financial exclusion to build financial wellbeing.   Recently, Michelle has led major surveys of financial wellbeing in Australia and New Zealand.

Robyn Erskine is a board director of CPA Australia and one of the first women in Australia to be a Registered Liquidator and a Registered Trustee.  She is currently a partner of a Melbourne based Turnaround, Advisory and Insolvency specialist firm.  Through her various board roles Robyn strongly advocates the importance of financial literacy with various regulators and the accounting profession.

Julie Kun is the CEO of WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange), Victoria’s only free support referral and information service on any issue for women, gender diverse and non-binary people.  WIRE is a leader in the gendered financial wellbeing space.  Julie is an alum of La Trobe University recently presented “Women Talk Money” at the Stop Domestic Violence conference.

2020 marks five years that La Trobe University has been presenting the Women in Leadership forums at their regional campuses.  In that time the University has raised close to $60,000 from the event ticket sales that goes towards bursaries for female students studying at regional campuses.

Dr Deb Neal, Head of Campus, says this year’s event will discuss an important topic and should spark much community interest from all genders.

“Research shows that women dealing with money often find it stressful or overwhelming and have more difficultly with retirement-related investment decisions than men.  When putting this year’s event together we wanted to explore this topic, whilst also showcase some women from diverse sectors leading change in this area.

“This event is a highlight on our calendar and is always a sell out, so we encourage people to secure tickets fast.  We hope the community gets behind this event again, as the funds raised go towards the Regional Women in Leadership bursary.  So far we’ve been able to award fourteen $1000 bursaries to female students studying at our campus and we’d love to support more local students.

“Men are strongly encouraged men to come along as well.  Gender equality is an issue of international economic and societal importance, we need everyone along to drive change in our community,” say Dr Neal.

Tickets are $30 per person and the evening concludes with drinks, canapes and a chance for networking.  Tickets can be purchased online.

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