(pictured: Sandi Orleow)
Five new scholarships were awarded at last Friday’s Women in Super (WIS) NSW Christmas lunch in Sydney, which also boasted a record attendance for the NSW division of about 450 women – and men – from the industry.
Sandi Orleow, who became chair of the NSW WIS this year, taking over from Franklin Templeton’s Kerrie Pratt, announced the winners of what was the second round of scholarship recipients this year. Five new scholarships last Friday added to the four handed out earlier this year.
It is the second year of the NSW scholarship program which seems to have boosted attendance and involvement with the NSW arm of the Melbourne-based national organisation, started by the late Mavis Robertson when she was head of CMSF in the 1990s.
The program is designed to enhance professional skills and promote equal participation of women at all levels of an organisation, which aligns with the objectives of WIS.
The guest speaker at this year’s lunch was Carolyn Creswell, founder of Carmen’s Fine Foods, who spoke about entrepreneurial traits and tricks and how to juggle family with business – a common theme at WIS events which tends to strike a chord with the WIS membership.
Recipients of the scholarship this year were:
- Lola Oyetunji, senior consultant, advisory, superannuation KPMG
- Suzanne Doyle, head of advice, StatePlus
- Jean Turner Chapman, client relationship manager, First State Super
- Jennifer Cowan, investment specialist, StatePlus, and
- Joyce Lai, manager, Infrastructure Capital Group.
Applicants were given the choice to apply for a ‘rogenSi’ Professional Development Skills Program, a Women on Boards Getting Started Program; or a three-day AIST RG 146 Qualification Program.