INFINZ Young Women in Finance
The Young Women in Finance (YWF) group comes under the umbrella of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand (INFINZ), a member-based industry body for professionals working and participating in finance roles and the financial-services ecosystem.
INFINZ has more than 1,800 individual members, with membership divided into specific age groups: general for members over 40 years, the emerging leaders group (ELG), young finance professionals (YFPs) and young women in finance (YWF).
The INFINZ YWF group strives to strengthen the pipeline of women leaders in the finance sector and financial-services ecosystem. YWF believes the best way to continue to break the glass ceiling – and ensure it stays broken – is through collaboration and support between women rather than competition.
YWF aims to play its part in the changing environment by promoting a collegiate mentality and platform for young women to learn from experienced women in the finance sector. In the long term, by encouraging more women to ‘take their seat at the table’, the finance sector will benefit from increased diversity in perspectives.
Source: Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand April 2021
YWF was established in Auckland in 2015 as a networking mechanism for young women working in finance-related roles. In March 2018, YWF entered into a partnership with INFINZ, providing those joining INFINZ with access to all the benefits available to INFINZ’s YFP members such as networking and events, including those tailored to their professional-development needs. In 2019, a YWF group was established in Wellington and both groups have since seen a steady growth in membership.
Further to the under-40 age groups, a growing number of more senior women have become involved as members and board members with feedback that they have been encouraged by what INFINZ is trying to achieve.
The two YWF groups, one in Auckland and the other in Wellington, are each organised by separate committee groups and include woman under 40 but primarily under 30 years
• Four events in both cities throughout the year.
• Discounted or free access to the annual INFINZ conference and all other INFINZ events.
• CPD hours for attendees’ chosen profession.
• Free online access to resources via the member portal.
• Coffee groups.
• Networking with senior professionals and peers.
• Mentoring opportunities with mentors from ELG (INFINZ members in their 30s) who were mentored by senior members the previous year.
• The benefits of the INFINZ young professionals group offering.
The New Zealand Financial Markets Association (NZFMA) has been the foundation sponsor of the YWF national group since the group joined with INFINZ in 2018. NZFMA is the professional body for wholesale and institutional banking in New Zealand.
Across the different membership age groups, INFINZ holds the largest range of events in the financial-services sector: more than 80 events nationally. The YWF group traditionally holds four events in Auckland and Wellington annually, focused on topics for young women in finance-related roles who wish to engage and connect. The YWF group also has access to the other INFINZ group events in both regions.
Event topics and content are developed with the assistance of a committee assigned to each group, made up of its own members. The YWF committees in Auckland and Wellington each have six members. In addition, the Auckland YWF chair has a place as an observer on the INFINZ senior board.
For further information please contact:
Executive Director, INFINZ
|+64 21 632047
|Kate Le Quesne