2021 WiBF Awards Program

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Women in Banking and Finance is delighted to support gender diversity across the sector with the 2021 WiBF Awards Program, presented by Commonwealth Bank, our very own industry-led awards program 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. 

About the Awards 

The 2021 WiBF Awards Program, presented by Commonwealth Bank, provides a platform to celebrate and elevate positive corporate exemplars promoting gender equality in the Australian financial services industry, and recognition and personal brand exposure to leadership for the finalists and winners. 

The Awards leverage WiBF’s core values of making a tangible impact in addressing gender diversity; focusing on results, action and innovation; understanding the business sense and strength behind gender diversity; and championing professional development opportunities, thought leadership and knowledge transfer to empower and enable women at all stages of their career. 

How to Nominate 

Nominations are submitted via your Member Dashboard on the WiBF website – NOMINATIONS CLOSED at 5pm on 30 AUGUST 2021. There are a series of questions that require responses for each Award nominee. There is no limit to the number of nominations that may be submitted. Click here for access to the Member Dashboard where you can submit your nomination.  

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 in each of the following fields:

Each category winner demonstrates 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, sponsored by ANZ 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.

3. WiBF Rising Star Award, sponsored by Commonwealth 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.

4. WiBF Inclusive Leader Award, sponsored by Deutsche Bank 

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.

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

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.

Who can you Nominate? 

The 2021 WiBF Awards Program, presented by Commonwealth Bank is open to all members of WiBF. Award nominees must be a current financial member of WiBF or an employee of a WiBF Corporate Member.  

There are ten individual Award categories, as well as a Corporate Member organisation Award open for nomination. We encourage you to identify colleagues who you can nominate in the individual categories, as well as any outstanding corporate initiatives that are a celebration of their contribution to your workplace and the banking and finance industry.  

The Judging Process 

A shortlist of finalists will be selected across each Award category, from which the Awards judging panel will select winners.

The winners for each category will be announced at the 2021 WiBF Awards Luncheon event, taking place live in Sydney (subject to COVID-19 health restrictions).

The Awards Luncheon 

We are delighted to announce the 2021 WiBF Awards Luncheon, presented by Commonwealth Bank, taking place at The Ivy Ballroom, Sydney, on 8 November 2021.

Information regarding tickets and table booking is available here.

The Prizes 

Winners from all categories will receive a trophy and certificate, and a place on the online WiBF Honour Board in perpetuity. 

Mentoring Lunch 

In addition, winners of the individual award categories, and the proposer of the winning Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year will be invited to attend an exclusive virtual boardroom lunch to be hosted by a prominent industry leader. This event will be an opportunity for the winners to engage with other senior leaders and award category winners on issues surrounding equal participation in the workforce, and benefit from valuable career advice and mentoring, providing invaluable exposure to respected industry leaders. 

Timeline

FAQ

Do I have to be a WiBF member to nominate someone for an Award? 

Yes. You must be a current financial member of WiBF or an employee of a WiBF Corporate Member. 

Who can be nominated for and receive an Award? 

The 2021 WiBF Awards Program, presented by Commonwealth Bank is open to all members of WiBF. Award nominees must be a current financial member of WiBF or an employee of a WiBF Corporate Member. 

Does the Award nominee have to work in my organisation or can I nominate someone in the broader industry?

No. The Award nominee doesn’t have to work in your organisation. You can nominate an individual from the broader financial services industry, but they must work for a current WiBF Corporate Member or be an Individual member.

Where can I find a list of WiBF Corporate Members?

The list of current WiBF Corporate Members is located on the membership page of our website.

When do Award nominations open and close? 

Nominations open at 9.00am on 23 June 2021, with nominations to remain open until 5pm on 30 August 2021.  

How many Award categories are there? 

The are 10 individual categories:

And one corporate member organisation category: 

What are WiBF’s definitions of the various business areas?

WiBF is using broadly accepted industry definitions for the following business areas:

Private Advisory – the advice and delivery of financial products and services to ultra/high net worth individuals and family offices, also known as wealth management

Business Banking – the advice and delivery of financial products and services to small and medium-sized businesses including trade finance, foreign exchange, project finance, transaction banking, business loans, lines of credit, cash management, other business-related products and services

Institutional Banking – the advice and delivery of simple or complex products and services to large institutions, listed companies or government

Can I nominate more than one person in each category? 

Yes. You can nominate as many colleagues as you wish in each category 

Can I nominate people for more than one category? 

Yes. You can nominate colleagues in every category as well as a company initiative in the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year Award 

How do I submit a nomination? 

Nominations are to be submitted via the Member Dashboard on the WiBF website. If you don’t currently have a Member Dashboard login, it only takes a couple of minutes to set up.  

Why do you need a nominee name for the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year, and who should it be?

The nominee’s name should be the individual (or one of if there are multiple) who is the project or initiative lead. Part of our judging process is to contact the shortlisted finalists, so having that point person named on the nomination will make the process more seamless.

When and where will winners be announced? 

Winners will be announced at a special 2021 WiBF Awards Luncheon, presented by Commonwealth Bank, at The Ivy Ballroom, Sydney on Monday 8th November 2021. Finalists (or their company) will be required to make their own arrangements to attend the 2021 WiBF Awards Luncheon. If finalists are not able to attend the Awards Luncheon, they will be contacted separately to arrange for their prize to be sent to them. 

Can anyone attend the Awards Luncheon? 

Yes. You and your colleagues can book individual tickets, or your company can book a table at the Awards Luncheon. Bookings can be made via the WiBF website.

Tell me about the prizes? 

Winners from all categories will receive a trophy and certificate, and a place on the online WiBF Honour Board in perpetuity. 

In addition, winners of the individual award categories, and the proposer of the winning Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year will be invited to attend an exclusive virtual boardroom lunch hosted by a WiBF corporate member CEO. This event will be an opportunity for the winners to engage with other senior leaders on issues surrounding equal participation in the workforce, and benefit from valuable career advice and mentoring, providing invaluable exposure to respected industry leaders. 

TECHNICAL QUESTIONS

Is character or word count more important?

Character count is more important. Be careful not to exceed the character count as you may not be able to submit your nomination.

Can I copy/paste my answers?

Yes, you can. Be aware that some formatting may not be accepted by the platform, so it’s best to remove all formatting using your preferred method.

Can I use bullet points?

Yes, you can.

Awards Program Flyer

For more information, read the 2021 WiBF Awards Program presented by Commonwealth Bank, Flyer, Terms & Conditions and FAQs.

These awards are a celebration of 21 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 including sponsorship enquires and questions relating to the submission process,  please contact the WiBF office at mail@wibf.org.au

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