WiBF Peak Performance Career Coaching

A flexible and tailored program that will empower you to set your sights high and achieve.

Are you striving to achieve a promotion or career advancement? Recently transitioned into a new role or planning a move towards one? Or simply want to play a bigger game? Then this program is for you. 

Peak Performance is a tailored coaching program offered exclusively to members of Women in Banking and Finance to support you through your next significant transition.

Structured with the convenience of remote online delivery, the program is accessible to our members throughout Australia and offshore, with the flexibility to time sessions in line with your individual needs.

Each package includes individual pre-work and a guided kick-off session to establish your program goals, followed by three targeted sessions with the coach of your choice.

Peak Performance Coaching Program at a Glance

This program is designed with flexibility in mind. You can start at any time and pace the sessions to suit your personal needs: 

  • 4 x one-on-one career coaching sessions 
  • Pre-work to set program goals in the context of your unique challenges
  • Flexible start date & timing of sessions to meet your needs  
  • Convenient virtual meetings to minimise your downtime

All the important dates and information can be found here in the WiBF Peak Performance Coaching flyer, or contact WiBF Peak Performance Coaching Program to register your interest for our next intake.

What Alumni have said

This coaching experience was really great! My coach was very approachable and helped me explore my strengths and areas of development. She showed me how to position my strengths which is what I needed. This is my first virtual coaching experience and the flexibility was really good given how busy we all are.”

Peak Performance participant

What Alumni have said

Through the career coaching I developed a lot of courage to have more open conversations with my manager about what I want to achieve in finance. These conversations led to some big opportunities including a fantastic promotion.”

Peak Performance participant

What Alumni have said

The coaching sessions were one of the best things I’ve done for my career. Had I not done this course, I don’t think I would have had the confidence to be this open and honest with my manager about what I exactly want to achieve in my career.”

Peak Performance participant

What Alumni have said

I’ve been promoted since attending the program. I can’t speak highly enough the executive coach. She has a great way of helping you understand what you’re looking for out of your career…and then putting the steps in place to get there.”

Peak Performance participant

What Alumni have said

It’s so refreshing to be able to sit down and talk about the real challenges I’m facing in building a career in finance. The opportunity to take the time out of the day-to-day to really think about my future was invaluable. I’d recommend this program to anyone who wants to be more strategic about where their career is heading.”

Peak Performance participant

Choose Your Coach

Just as no two careers are the same, so are no two coaches. WiBF recognises that our members face many and varied hurdles as they navigate different stages of the journey, and accordingly we offer our members a panel of experienced Peak Performance coaches. Each coach brings specialist expertise and diverse experiences to guide their counterpart through the unique circumstances they may face, with rigour and a focus on accountability. Above all, participants can expect to be both supported and challenged through a process of exploration and advancement.

Your coach will work with you to articulate individual program goals, with topics covered in the coaching sessions focused on topic such as:
• How to articulate your career goals and plan the tangible steps towards achievement
• Assessing your career achievements to date and identifying appropriate next steps
• How to build strategic networks and sell your strengths to get your next promotion
• How to articulate very clearly what you need from your workplace to realise your career aspirations
• Advice for managing upwards to manager and sponsors to ask for the pay rise or promotion you want

Kristy Macfarlane CPHR

A highly skilled leader and accredited executive coach with extensive experience spanning Australia and the UK. Kristy was most recently Head of Diversity & Inclusion at NAB, a role she held for more than five years; and prior to that worked in a global professional services firm where she specialised in talent, capability, culture and leadership.

Kristy uses a strengths-based approach in coaching to bring out the best in people and enable them to realise their potential, both in their career and their whole of life. Kristy combines her practical commercial experience as a senior leader in a top ASX company with her Diversity & Inclusion expertise, to bring a unique mix of experience and insight to her coaching conversations.

Kristy has a double degree in Commerce and Organisational Behaviour and is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School.

Focus Areas

  • Helping parents integrate work and family to support a rewarding career and a happy family life
  • Driving equality for all people, by dismantling gendered stereotypes and building inclusive cultures where people can be their best
  • Setting people up to thrive with practical, pragmatic and strong flexible working boundaries

What Alumni have said

Kristy helped me explore my strength and areas of development and showed me how to position my strengths, which is what I needed. This is my first virtual coaching experience and the flexibility was really good given how busy we all are.”

Senior Manager, Financial Services Regulator

Ricky Nowak MAICD CSP 

With extensive corporate experience in executive coaching within senior management and leadership ranks for over 25 years. Her passion is in building leadership and communication excellence and in today’s challenges times Ricky is helping clients lead in a virtual world so their staff, customers and stakeholders stay connected and engaged. She has a proven track record as a coach of integrity and is committed to helping her clients dramatically increase their influence, enhance their reputation and improve levels of performance and productivity. Ricky is an Executive Coach for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Certified Human Resource Professional and a trusted resource speaker/ coach for The Executive Connection.

Focus Areas

  • Helping managers and leaders communicate virtually and in real time so staff, clients and stakeholders stay engaged and connected 
  • How to present key or complex information in simple and effective ways so people respond and take action
  • Enabling people to better manage and understand the impact of their own behavioural styles and habits while appreciating the styles of others as well

What Alumni have said

I engaged Ricky to focus my priorities, and establish where and how my time will best be spent in order to achieve those priorities. She was appropriately strict with me and pushed me to first identify, and then question, some assumptions which were limiting my thinking. I enjoyed Ricky’s direct and no nonsense style.  She’s not afraid to give her view and suggest solutions/actions, and she was flexible and easy to work with.”

Partner, Legal Firm

Suzanne Mercier

Suzanne is a performance catalyst working with business leaders to help them recognise and develop their potential. She is considered Australia’s expert on identifying and moving beyond limiting mindsets including the Imposter Syndrome, a key barrier to performance. Her focus on setting clear outcomes and pathways forward including dismantling barriers have led to significant shifts in self-leadership, transformational leadership, employee engagement, client service, culture, performance and bottom line. As the first woman on the Board of George Patterson Advertising, she understands the journey up the career ladder and working at the highest levels.

Focus Areas

  • Explore how your current mindset at work supports your success or stands in its way, and tools to shift to a more effective growth mindset
  • Developing career vision and task mastery goals to create solid steps towards achievement
  • Enhancing influence to effectively handle challenging situations, engage others in achieving common goals, maximise connection and high performance

What Alumni have said

Thank you, thank you, thank you Suzanne, for coaching me.  I wouldn’t have had the courage – or even the thought really – to have the discussion with my boss about really stepping up as a manager if it weren’t for you and the work we’ve done together over the last 6 months. I’m now managing 3 teams and I realise I’m in new territory now –  you’re the best compass around!”

Senior Manager, Life Insurance

How to Apply

For Corporate Members seeking to register participants from your organisation – please email the WiBF Office.

For individuals seeking to register as a participant in the WiBF Peak Performance Coaching Program – please email the WiBF Office.

The price is $2,000+gst per person – WiBF MEMBERS ONLY

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