WiBF CEO Forum

WiBF CEO Forum

The key objective is to nurture and grow the pipeline of highly skilled and talented women into the industry.

The flagship initiative that came out of the 2013 research commissioned by WiBF and the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA) was the WiBF CEO Forum. Addressing the perceived lack of flexibility and non-inclusive culture, the CEO Forum was designed to bring together high performing undergraduate students in finance and economics with senior leaders in the finance sector. The candidates are coached over a period of three months, culminating in a boardroom luncheon with the senior finance leaders. The WiBF CEO Forum has been running since 2014, and its biggest pipeline success factor has been the conversion rate of students who were not considering roles in the banking and finance sector, to eventually taking on graduate positions in the industry.

What is the WiBF CEO Forum

WiBF partners with universities across New South Wales and Victoria, who nominate up to two high performing pen-ultimate year students studying finance and economics. The candidates selected by WiBF are then partnered with executives in the industry who coach them on senior executive stakeholder management, help the candidates build strategic networks, provide them with interview tips and expertise based on their own experiences in the industry. At the end of the three month period, the candidates are brought together as a cohort for a group coaching session, followed by a boardroom luncheon with high profile senior leaders in the banking and finance sector.

In 2017, WiBF will look to expand the program and partner with universities in ACT.

Objective of the CEO Forum

The overall objective of the WiBF CEO Forum is to increase the talent pipeline into the banking and finance sector and provide opportunities for both students and the industry to connect in a meaningful way.

The candidates also gain visibility to senior finance leader that they would otherwise typically not have access to. The coaching sessions by executives in the industry help the candidate build their strategic networks and contacts before they have commenced their careers.

How to Apply

To apply and register as a applicant for the WiBF CEO Forum, please log in to your WiBF member profile or join WIBF and complete the appropriate form in your dashboard after you have logged on.

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