IWD 2022: time to break the bias

Today may be International Women’s Day but women make contributions to their home, work, industry and community year-round. So many women are breaking down bias and challenging long-held misconceptions to create a better, more balanced future for the generations coming after them. 

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Remember, March 8 isn’t the only day we share strong female-led content. The articles below shine the spotlight on the women whose stories we have shared via bluenotes and ANZ News over the past year.

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08 Mar 2022

IWD 2022: does a rising tide lift all boats?

Richard Yetsenga | Chief Economist, ANZ

Australia is, stubbornly, still a long way from equality. Enabling female opportunity and participation is one way to improve outcomes.

08 Mar 2022

Ideas that are good for business and the community

Victoria Kanevsky | Manager, Pacific Communications

Businesswomen in Fiji paving the way towards equality.

07 Mar 2022

A gold medal for confidence

ANZ CEO Antonia Watson visits Cambridge to talk to Olympic gold medalist Emma Twigg about what is driving, and also holding back, women from success. The Watch Women Win report found that confidence, fear of failure and being judged are the main factors holding many women back. The results really resonated with me because I have experienced some of those things. I know first-hand the importance of encouragement and support, and how important it is to have visible role models. This year we’ve decided to explore the findings of our Watch Women Win report with a fresh generation of leaders and influencers - to learn from their successes and hear what they think has held them back or helped them. We want to shine a light on their achievements and share their stories. I also want to take what we learn and apply it in my own sphere of influence, using their insights to help change our business for the better.

Leading through impact & influence

Katharine Tapley | Head of Sustainable Finance Solutions, ANZ

Purposeful and resilient leadership is required more than ever.

01 Mar 2022

Carnegie: an exciting time for Australia Retail banking

Andrew Cornell | Past Managing Editor, bluenotes

Newly announced ANZ Group Executive Australia Retail Maile Carnegie says the time is right to bring two major portfolios back together.

01 Mar 2022

Savings program leads to success

Janet Liu | Senior Manager, Financial Inclusion

It’s been a big couple of years for the long-standing Saver Plus program with a move to virtual training and a financial inclusion award.

01 Mar 2022

Creating a safer workplace for all, for longer

Shayne Elliott | CEO, ANZ

ANZ CEO Shayne Elliott discusses building a safe and inclusive workplace with two Discrimination Commissioners.

17 Feb 2022

The search for graduate talent

Kathryn van der Merwe | Group Executive Talent & Culture, ANZ

Big companies must pull out all the stops to attract and develop the leaders of the future

10 Feb 2022

It’s not the ‘Big Quit’. It’s the ‘Big Life Assessment’!

Dr. Jana Matthews | Growth Expert and Founding Director, Australian Centre for Business Growth

Key takeaways for businesses to retain employees and meet expectations resulting from ‘The great Australian Life Assessment’.

Flying together, supporting the flock

Jenefer Stewart | General Manager for Business Banking, ANZ

By working together, this organisation helps support women out of domestic and family violence situations.

WATCH: optimism as COVID continues

Tammy Medard | Managing Director Institutional Australia, ANZ

There is cautious optimism in the economy as markets continue to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

28 Jan 2022

When intuition and taking risks pays off

Isaac Rankin | Managing Director Commercial and Private Banking, ANZ

From a home basement to having more than 90 stockists across Australia and international markets, this fashion brand is leading the way.

14 Jan 2022

Supporting female-led SMEs when they need it the most

Amit Khan | Global Head SME & Commercial Banking, RFI Global

Banks have an opportunity to lean in and support female-led business through the post-pandemic recovery.

09 Dec 2021

The uniform lady

Through her passion for people and drive for success, Maria Grossi has been able to overcome her insecurities, and now shines with confidence both personally and professionally.

23 Nov 2021

Businesses focus on what matters

Isaac Rankin | Managing Director Commercial and Private Banking, ANZ

Businesses have learnt much from the pandemic and many plan to incorporate those lessons as they move into the next phase.

06 Dec 2021

Starting over

2021 has seen the highest ever number of recruits to the Given the Chance program. Luisa* shares the impact the program has had on helping her start over.

02 Dec 2021

Watson: why we should watch women win

Antonia Watson | ANZ Group Executive and CEO, New Zealand

New research illustrates a positive flow-on effect for female participation and achievement when we “watch women win”.

01 Dec 2021

Kempson: what really matters for financial wellbeing

Emily Ross | Content Producer & Director, Emily Ross Bespoke

Expert Professor Elaine Kempson sits down once again to discuss the latest ANZ Financial Wellbeing survey and next steps for capability.

01 Dec 2021

How is financial wellbeing tracking?

Emily Ross | Content Producer & Director, Emily Ross Bespoke

ANZ’s latest financial wellbeing survey of Australians reflects new ways of understanding and measuring financial wellbeing.

Outlook 2022: momentum in sustainable finance

Tessa Dann & Stephanie Vallance | Directors, Sustainable Finance, ANZ Institutional

The transition to net-zero carbon presents a significant commercial opportunity for all participants in the capital markets space.

29 Nov 2021

Expanding horizons

Danielle Nahum | Senior Lawyer ANZ / General Manager Attitude Foundation

Flexible working has allowed Danielle to pursue her interests, expand her knowledge and contribute to something close to her heart.

18 Nov 2021

A profound impact

Shayne Elliott | CEO, ANZ

CEO of one of Australia’s most recognised Mental Health organisations highlights the broader trends and key issues identified throughout 2020/21 and shares her optimism about the future.

10 Nov 2021

Supporting young people on their journey to improved financial wellbeing

ANZ’s flagship financial wellbeing program continues to support vulnerable communities build money management skills, knowledge and confidence.

10 Nov 2021

A sustainability scholarship program to propel women leaders

Christina Tonkin | Managing director for corporate finance, ANZ & CEW member

The Chief Executive Women-ANZ Sustainability Scholarships will help women leaders advance to more influential roles and accelerate sustainable outcomes in their field

16 Nov 2021

Gillard: turbocharging a more equal future

Shane White | Content Manager, Institutional, ANZ

Former Australian Prime Minister says the pandemic should be an opportunity for businesses learn and do more to combat inequality in the workplace.

18 Oct 2021

Talking openly and honestly about menopause

Younger generations are leading the charge when it comes to being body positive and what it means to be a woman – what can we learn from them?

15 Oct 2021

Cultivating female talent in agriculture

Courteney Kemp | Agribusiness Manager, ANZ

Gender should never be a limitation for women looking to grow their career in the agriculture sector.

20 Oct 2021

Driving gender equality will have broad benefits

Fiona MacDonald | Diversity & Inclusion Lead, ANZ

ANZ leaders share their insights to enable a more balanced future for all women.

14 Oct 2021

Farming’s family tree: branching out

Bryony Callander | Associate Director of Agribusiness Research, ANZ

The future of family farms may look a little different as women step up as highly qualified, technology-focused successors.

19 Oct 2021

Watson: banking on sustainability in NZ

Antonia Watson | ANZ Group Executive and CEO, New Zealand

ANZ New Zealand CEO says a strategic focus on environmental sustainability will create opportunities for the bank and its customers.

01 Oct 2021

Talent is everywhere, opportunity is not

Danielle Darbyshire | Journey Expert for Talent Pipelines, ANZ

The technology industry has an opportunity to bridge the gap between female participation and talent shortage to create a better balanced future.

27 Oct 2021

‘Cinderella Experience’ giving women confidence to succeed

For some women, a barrier to employment can be as simple as not having the right clothes to wear – but life-changing charity Dress For Success (DFS) is helping them succeed one “Cinderella experience” at a time.

15 Oct 2021

Much more than just a ‘farmer’s wife’

With the critical role women play in food systems around the world being recognised by this year’s International Day of Rural Women on October 15th, Hawkes Bay farmer Maddy McLean reflects on how the traditional role of women in agriculture has evolved, and how she gained the skills, knowledge and confidence to contribute to both the day-to-day, and business sides of her farm.

AFTF 2021: building the workforce of the future, today

Kathryn van der Merwe | Group Executive – Talent & Culture, ANZ

Businesses need to build a workforce agile enough to keep up with the technological-led acceleration that has indelibly changed the way we work.

23 Sep 2021

Keep dancing

Camila Salazar | Content Coordinator at ANZ

COVID-19 led this small business to create new digital technology, resulting in a brand-new children’s dance party experience for schools and beyond.

07 Sep 2021

Have a plan, change a life

Michelle Jobson | Co-founder of the Go Girls Foundation

At-risk women are supported to build confidence and create a vision for their future through employment.

13 Sep 2021

Fiji's Covid-19 outbreak prompts a new way of leading

Tessa Price | Regional Executive, Pacific Islands, ANZ

When Fiji’s COVID-19 outbreak began this year and the country closed to all arrivals, ANZ Regional Executive for the Pacific Tessa Price found herself on the wrong side of the border.

28 Sep 2021

Future-proofing marketing capability

Kate Young | Senior Manager Customer Centricity & Capability, ANZ

What makes an effective customer experience is changing. And so must marketers.

27 Sep 2021

Geminder: running a business is a marathon, not a sprint

Shayne Elliott | Chief Executive Officer, ANZ

Finding the right mix of business and family has been the key to success for renowned Australian businesswoman Fiona Geminder.

02 Sep 2021

ANZ partners with GirlBoss New Zealand

GirlBoss New Zealand is the brainchild of Alexia Hilbertidou, who created the programme as a result of her own experiences as a teenager growing up in Auckland.

31 Aug 2021

A state of equilibrium

Is there really such a thing as work-life balance? Mum of three and co-CEO of international dancewear brand Energetiks, Gail Gardiner, shares her perspective and advice.

10 Aug 2021

What you love can be what you do

Holli Deverall | Journey Expert, ANZ

By choosing a different path, I genuinely learn something new every single day and have begun to carve out a clear path and purpose I love in the most unexpected ways.

10 Aug 2021

ANZ data grad tells the stories behind the numbers

With a degree in computer science, statistics, economics and business analytics, Anusha Rai is clearly good with numbers – but she’s finding that her real passion is using numbers to tell a story.

27 Aug 2021

The meaning behind leading

Antonia Watson | ANZ Group Executive and CEO, New Zealand

ANZ New Zealand CEO Antonia Watson reflects on the environment for banking, the crucial need for diversity and what makes a good leader.

16 Aug 2021

ANZ Graduate being the change she wants to see

Poppy Brinsley is putting her dreams into action in her role as an Analyst with ANZ’s Sustainable Finance unit.

Coles’ $A1.3bn sustainability linked loan sets bar

Karen Brown | Director – Industrials, ANZ

Food, liquor and convenience retailer Coles has inked a series of four-year bilateral debt facilities totalling $A1.3 billion in sustainability linked loan (SLL) format

08 Jul 2021

Protecting the Stone Country

Karly Dwyer | Editorial contributor, ANZ

Warddeken, an Aboriginal owned not-for-profit company, combines traditional ecological knowledge with Western science to manage and protect one of Australia’s most unique environments.

08 Jul 2021

Balancing quality and quantity in tech

Carina Parisella | Innovation & Technology Editor, bluenotes

A diverse workforce of skilled people is needed to set Australian companies up for success in the digital era.

12 Jul 2021

Be bold, be curious, be yourself

Emily Wandel | Agribusiness Manager, ANZ

ANZ Agribusiness Manager Emily Wandel shares her advice on leading and helping drive positive change in Australian Agriculture.

26 Jul 2021

From Rarotonga to the world

As Covid-19 continues to pose a challenge to Pacific economies, many businesses in the region have looked to embrace alternative business models and methods.

01 Jul 2021

Great scope for career growth in regional towns

With regional job opportunities at an all-time high, Sarah Simpson, manager at a fuel distribution company in the Victorian town of Alexandra shares her experience as a woman in what was once considered a male-dominated industry.

01 Jul 2021

Family first

Considering going into business with family? Managing director and co-founder of successful retailer Gewürzhaus, shares her advice for working with those closest to you.

17 Jun 2021

Given the chance to shine

Virginia Walcott Taylor | Small Business Manager, Australia Retail & Commercial, ANZ

After migrating from war-ravaged Sierra Leone, Virginia Walcott Taylor struggled to find work – until The Brotherhood of St Laurence and ANZ gave her the opportunity to start a new life.

01 Jul 2021

Limitless opportunities

With advancements in the manufacturing industry, roles are evolving to incorporate the interface of robotics and technology.

24 Jun 2021

Translating the digital divide

Sachi Taulelei | Design Centre of Expertise Lead, ANZ

Technology is a reflection of who we are; ensuring we’re all represented is key to its success.

22 Jun 2021

Entertaining flexibility in a crisis

Tammy Medard | Managing Director Institutional Australia, ANZ

It isn’t so easy for the show to go on when cinemas and theme parks are closed. Village Roadshow’s finance director explains how the business managed the pandemic.

11 May 2021

All Saints be praised: recovery in regional wines

Shayne Elliott | CEO, ANZ

The wine industry is recovering well after facing bushfires, the COVID-19 pandemic and trade restrictions in 2020.

12 May 2021

Budgeting for equality

Felicity Emmett | Senior Economist, ANZ

From an equity perspective, the 2021 Federal Budget has taken the right steps.

31 May 2021

Empowering Aboriginal youth for a bright future

Samantha Lenkic | Media and Communications Manager, Ganbina

Talia Trimboli, ANZ school-based trainee, shares why she’s seizing all the opportunities that come her way.

04 May 2021

‘There were tears’ – ANZ staffer faces her fears during adventure race

ANZ NZ Payroll Officer Genevieve Simpson knew entering this year’s Spirited Women Marlborough adventure race would be a challenge – but she couldn’t say no when a friend asked her.

07 May 2021

Paralympian Holly Robinson on turning ‘failures’ into gold

Paralympian and javelin specialist Holly Robinson is the picture of confidence, strength and determination - but she’s also open about her long journey developing that mental toughness.

13 Apr 2021

When one role becomes four

After interviewing four candidates from the Given the Chance Program, ANZ Branch Managers, Fabian and Clare were so impressed they had to hire them all.

22 Apr 2021

A century of banking knowledge

Andrew Cornell | Managing Editor, bluenotes

One hundred years of experience – divided by three.

20 Apr 2021

Hitting the bullseye on a career in tech

Kat Ramos | Engineer, Group Technology, ANZ

ANZ’s Kat Ramos immigrated to Australia from the Philippines more than a decade ago in search of opportunities. She’s now realising her dreams and inspiring many around her.

15 Apr 2021

How to future proof your career

Cholena Orr | Product Owner, Group Functions at ANZ

As we move into our post pandemic careers, the skills we’ve developed over the past 12 months can help set us up for success well into the future.

14 Apr 2021

Lessons learnt: from graduate to country head

Carli Renzi | Country Head, ANZ Laos

06 Apr 2021

A life changing injury hasn’t stopped this leader

Jane Yuile | Senior Advisor, Institutional at ANZ

2020 was a year that taught us to adapt in ways we never would have thought. ANZ’s Jane Yuile is someone who is acutely aware of the importance of adapting and staying positive.

13 Apr 2021

‘Sister in Arms’ - NZDF veteran calls for support ahead of Poppy Day

NZDF Warrant Officer Second Class Kirsty Maynell wants to challenge perceptions around women who serve in the military.

12 Mar 2021

"Stay Open-Minded" - Psych Grad Finds her Way at ANZ

Bella Crossan may not know much about banking - but she's found there are a diverse range of roles at the bank that need different skills.

18 Mar 2021

Improving women’s financial capability critical to closing the gap

Jenefer Stewart | General Manager Business Banking, ANZ

Women’s financial capability and resilience took a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. If the economy is to truly recover, this gap must be closed.

31 Mar 2021

ANZ grad finds no one is uniform in career development

Dalal Nasser | Graduate, Australia Retail & Commercial at ANZ

ANZ graduate Dalal Nasser explains it’s not the right degree that brings success at ANZ but the right mindset.

08 Mar 2021

IWD2021: meet the women who #ChooseToChallenge

Jemma Wight | Production Editor, bluenotes

Today may be International Women’s Day but women make contributions to their home, work, industry and community year-round.

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