WiBF Leadership Series – Lessons from the corner office with Michelle Winzer

23rd June 2020 12:30pm AEST - 1:30pm AEST
Style of Event: FREE for Corporate Members (Use CODE: BRANDYOU)
WiBF Member: AUD $0.00 Website Subscriber: AUD $20.00
12:30 - 1:30PM AEST


What makes a good leader in the current context of banking and finance? How do you build a culture of high performance? How do you deal with challenges and create pathways for success? And how do you make it to the top in your chosen field?

We invite you to join us in conversation with Michelle Winzer as part of the WiBF Leadership Series. Former Bank of Melbourne Chief Executive and one of a small number of females who have led large financial institutions in Australia, Michelle will share the key challenges she has faced and what she has learnt along the way both personally and professionally in her distinguished career in financial services, which included executive roles at Westpac, Bankwest and Commonwealth Bank across retail banking, business banking, customer service and operations.

Pre Work

We encourage all attendees to prepare for this event by thinking about where you are in your leadership journey and what your success looks like. Think of questions that are considered and focused on the path to leadership to discuss with the speaker and other attendees.


The goals of this Leadership Series lunch are to educate on the qualities that are considered to be important to be a successful leader; the differences between management and leadership and; planning your career pathway and the journey toward leadership.


Michelle was appointed Bank of Melbourne’s Chief Executive in 2017, where she passionately led a team of more than 1,000 Victorians, who deliver exceptional service to over 650,000 customers through an extensive branch and business banking network across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

With 30 years’ experience in banking and financial services, Michelle has held executive roles in retail banking, business banking, call centres and operations at Westpac, Bankwest and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Michelle was proud to work closely with her dynamic executive team and advisory board chaired by Elizabeth Proust, to oversee a unique banking culture that is integrated into local communities and has strong links to Victoria’s economic prosperity.

Michelle was also a member of the Bank of Melbourne Foundation that has supported more than 120 local charities with $3.5 million in grants, making a difference to over 600,000 Victorians who need a helping hand.

Michelle is a Non-Executive Director of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is also a member of the Risk and Audit Committee. Michelle is passionate about customer service, diversity and inclusion. Michelle is also a strong supporter of Women in Business and Leadership, which is demonstrated by her commitment to mentoring and keynote speaking at events.

Michelle holds a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School, during which she received the Egon Zehnder Leadership Award for her exceptional ability to guide and inspire others.

Michelle and her husband have three young-adult sons, as well as Georgia, their Rhodesian Ridgeback. Originally from Queensland, they now live on acreage outside Melbourne and enjoy exploring new places when they travel together.