LK Connect Women in Finance, hosted at Challenger's corporate headquarters in Sydney, was an inspiring insight into the world of finance.
Hosted by ex-student Rachel Grimes AM ('85), CFO of Challenger Limited, ex-student guest panellists generously shared their wisdom, experience and insights: Sarah Rennie ('88), Managing Director, Jarden Australia; Sophie Dalton ('01), Head of Legal, Product Challenger Limited; Emma Henderson ('09), Investment Analyst, Magellan Financial Group; and past parent Louise Roche, Head of Challenger HR.
Each panellist reinforced the important character traits necessary for future success in the workplace - resilience, confidence, authenticity and honesty - and explored the number and variety of roles available in the finance world. The panellists challenged the students and ex-students present to be inquisitive, and to research tertiary education pathways broadly to ensure flexibility in career options into the future. They discussed how success in the workplace depends on a diverse range of factors, with panellist Louise Roche reminding our audience, "It is not the actual degree that defines you."
LK Connect’s hosted corporate company evenings provide an opportunity for our ex-students, senior students and parents to connect, to open lines of communication and to form strategic partnerships.
Principal Mrs Anna Dickinson thanked the host and panellists for their outstanding contribution to the success of the event. "Without the generosity of companies such as Challenger, our unique networking and mentoring program would not be as effective as it is proving to be. LK Connect is an extension of our Loreto Kirribilli education, expanding our Circle of Friends. This platform provides a tangible way for our ex-students to support each other with the intention of achieving our school’s purpose, ‘To make a positive difference in the world'.”