Profiles of key women’s networks in Australia

Professional networks play a central role in promoting the role of women in capital markets. They offer support, mentoring, advice and connections to individuals while also promoting female voices externally, including in the media and other public forums. KangaNews has collated and is sharing information on some of the most influential network groups active in the Australian capital market today.

100 Women in Finance

100 Women in Finance (100WF) is a global finance industry organisation operating in 28 locations on four continents. Core member services are industry education, peer networks and impact opportunities. The current strategic priorities include the “investing in the next generation” initiatives and elevating the public visibility of female investment professionals and women in senior fintech roles.

CFA Societies Australia

CFA Societies Australia was established to build the brand and influence of chartered financial analysts (CFAs) in Australia, grow member and candidate numbers, deepen engagement with members and stakeholders, and contribute to the investment-management industry and the integrity of financial markets.

Chief Executive Women

Chief Executive Women’s 800 members hold leading roles in Australia’s largest private and public organisations. They oversee more than 1.3 million employees and A$749 billion (US$536 billion) in revenue. Members’ organisations have a combined market capitalisation greater than A$1.1 trillion and contribute in excess of A$249 billion to Australia’s GDP.

Women in Banking and Finance

Women in Banking and Finance is a not-for-profit membership association aimed at increasing the representation of female leaders in the banking and finance sector.

Women in Economics Network

The Women in Economics Network was created in 2017 to promote and support the careers of female economists in Australia. Its scope spans the public and private sectors, academia and education.

Women in Private Placements

Women in Private Placements comprises a global network of industry participants from institutional investors, bankers, lawyers and corporate issuers.

Women in Renewables

The Clean Energy Council (CEC) is the peak body for the clean-energy industry in Australia. It represents and works with about 1,000 of the leading businesses operating in renewable energy and energy storage – including the emerging renewable-hydrogen sector – and is committed to accelerating Australia’s transition to a clean energy future. The CEC’s Women in Renewables initiative enables and champions women working in the renewable-energy industry. 

Women in Securitisation

Women in Securitisation is a standing subcommittee of the Australian Securitisation Forum. It seeks to assist in the growth and success of the securitisation industry, particularly in relation to the contribution women can make.

Women in Super

With 4,000 members nationally, Women in Super is a not-for-profit organisation that works to improve women’s retirement outcomes, advocating for a super system void of gender-based inequality. This is done by working with government, unions, employer organisations, regulators and superannuation funds to campaign for a fairer super system by representing the voice of women in superannuation.

Women in Sustainable Finance

Women in Sustainable Finance is a networking group based in Australia supporting diversity in sustainable finance. It provides networking, educational and leadership opportunities to women and men progressing their careers in the sustainable-finance sector.

Women in Treasury

The Women in Treasury network was founded in 2015 in Melbourne and the Sydney branch was established in 2018. The networks are managed separately but with some crossover always welcome when members are travelling.

Women on Boards

Women on Boards is a thriving network that includes extraordinary women who embody the principle of reciprocity, ensuring the group remains a global leader in supporting women into board and leadership roles.

Women's Leadership Institute Australia

Carol Schwartz AO founded the not-for-profit Women’s Leadership Institute Australia (WLIA) in 2011. It is a research and advocacy arm of the Trawalla Foundation, focused on finding the best levers for change to achieve equal voice, representation and recognition for women in Australia.