WiBF Awards Program

2020 is a very special year for Women in Banking and Finance as we celebrate 20 years of our network, 20 years of women supporting women and 20 years of working with our Corporate Members to create a tangible impact on gender diversity across the sector. 

To mark the occasion of our 20th year, WiBF is delighted to have hosted the inaugural 2020 WiBF Awards Program, presented by HSBC. The first industry-led awards program to be run by members and for members, the WiBF Awards celebrate the talented women leading by example across Australia’s banking and finance industry, as well as those men, women and organisations working to improve gender diversity across the sector. 

We are absolutely delighted that HSBC joined us as headline sponsor for the 2020 WiBF Awards Program. A longstanding WiBF member, HSBC shares WiBF’s passion for inspirational mentors and effective gender practice throughout the sectorIn partnership with HSBC, the 2020 WiBF Awards will be absolutely exceptional. 

We are excited that the winners of the 2020 WiBF 20th Anniversary Awards were announced on 11th August 2020 via webstream hosted by our member Bloomberg. Please see our Media Release to mark the occasion, and you can review the Awards announcements and keynote speech by Ann Sherry AO here

1. WiBF Awards for Achievement

WiBF Awards for Achievement celebrate the accomplishments of a woman in each of the following categories who is a member of WiBF and demonstrates courage and conviction in her working life, as evidenced by her success within a senior role in Banking and Finance:

Each category winner demonstrated leadership within their workplace as well as outside of their workplace by serving on boards of other organisations or through active involvement in initiatives within their community. Additionally, each category winner is seen as a role model who demonstrates qualities consistent with our WiBF values and mission, and who is making a significant impact by driving change across the industry.

2. WiBF Product or Technical Innovator, sponsored by ANZ

WiBF Product or Technical Innovator will celebrate a woman who is a member of WiBF and has made an outstanding contribution in leading the tech agenda in the Banking and Finance industry in Australia, either through thought leadership, product development, technical expertise or as an innovator. The winner of this award will demonstrate a passion towards innovation in her workplace and a commitment to the long term sustainability of the sector.

The WiBF Product or Technical Innovator Award was awarded to Laura Korda, Relationship Director, Macquarie

3. WiBF Rising Star Award, sponsored by Deutsche Bank

WiBF Rising Star Award will celebrate a woman in the early stages of her career who is making an exceptional impact within a Corporate Member organisation of WiBF. The winner of this award will be out-performing her peers across the industry in terms of her role performance and in the encouragement she provides to colleagues. She will demonstrate passion and commitment towards her career in the banking and finance sector and be an example of the values and performance necessary for the future success of the Banking and Finance industry.

The WiBF Rising Star Award was awarded to Zoe Whitton, Vice President, Head of ESG Research, Citi Australia.

4. WiBF Inclusive Leader Award, sponsored by Macquarie

WiBF Inclusive Leader Award will celebrate a member of WiBF – male or female – who demonstrates qualities consistent with our WiBF values and mission. The award recipient will be instrumental in encouraging and enabling women in their workplace to realise their full potential, and will be having a tangible impact on gender diversity in the banking and finance industry through their leadership practises and personal commitment to driving change.

The WiBF Inclusive Leader Award was awarded to Robert Bedwell, CEO, J.P. Morgan who as a senior banker is using his position to influence a shift in mindset and behaviours to create an inclusive culture within their organisation and across the sector.

5. WiBF Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year, sponsored by HSBC

WiBF Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year will recognise a Corporate Member organisation of WiBF for a workplace initiative that has delivered a tangible impact in addressing gender diversity in the banking and finance sector.

The WiBF Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year was awarded to FairVine Super for its disruption and game-changing initiatives to improve superannuation outcomes for women.

We acknowledge the support of our Category Sponsors

“Aspirall is a strategy consultancy, working with boards and executive teams to powerfully integrate strategy, leadership and culture by elevating thinking and performance to create breakthrough business outcomes. We deliver ‘strategy into action through people’. We are deeply committed to our finance and banking clients as they support their customers dreams and goals. In the process we strengthen our economy, drive innovation, care for our communities (through droughts, fires and floods!) and create a better future for Australia. We are privileged to play our part in the evolution of the industry, finding meaningful ways of valuing diversity and inclusion, and creating belonging in our workplaces. We have seen the rise of intelligent, strong and capable women solving the problems of today and the future; bringing a fearless, focused and uniquely female approach, sensibility and energy to shaping the industry. We continue to support women face into their greatness and fulfil their potential as leaders and game changers.”

“The Commonwealth Bank is one of Australia’s leading providers of personal banking, business and institutional banking and share broking services. With 17.4 million customers and a history spanning more than a century, the Group’s purpose is to improve the financial wellbeing of its customers and communities. We believe it to be every individual’s basic human right to fully participate and be fairly rewarded in the workforce. For those who work for the CBA, we aim to create a culture that embraces differences and a workplace that generates personal satisfaction and career fulfilment, irrespective of gender that’s why we are a proud sponsor of the WiBF Awards Program.”

“Deutsche Bank is a long-term member of WiBF and proud host of the Annual Forum which is now in its 12th year. Through our sponsorship of WiBF’s Rising Star Award, we are delighted to shine the light on a female making an exceptional impact in the early stages of her career.”

“Export Finance Australia is proud to sponsor WiBF Awards. As an organisation committed to diversity and inclusion, we value the outstanding achievements of women driving change and improving gender diversity across the industry. From our employees, to our customers, we’re proud to support the game-changers and the innovators each day.”

“Macquarie is a diversified financial group providing clients with asset management and finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity and commodities. More than that, we’re an organisation committed to diversity and inclusion. Macquarie actively participates in women’s sponsorship, mentoring and networking programs because we value the innovation and creativity that diversity of thought brings. That’s why we’re proud to be a long-standing supporter and member of Women in Banking and Finance (WiBF). For the launch of the WiBF Awards, we’re honoured to be sponsoring the Inclusive Leader Award which is all about celebrating leadership that encourages and enables women in the workplace to reach their full potential and continue driving positive change when it comes to gender diversity.”


Awards Program Flyer

For more information, read the 2020 WiBF Awards Program Flyer, Terms & Conditions and FAQs.

These awards are a celebration of 20 years of WiBF, but more importantly, it is an opportunity for our sector to acknowledge the progress that is being made by a group of brilliant and dedicated women and men who, through courage and conviction in their working life, have contributed toward making a tangible impact in addressing gender diversity in the banking and finance sector, for the benefit of all.


For any queries about the WiBF Awards please contact the WiBF office at mail@wibf.org.au

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