Women In Leadership Lunch

Women In Leadership Lunch








Women in Leadership Lunch sponsored by Refinitiv


Time:  1:00 - 2:00pm on 27 March 2019

Venue: Barnet Room, level 6, The Westin Sydney

Registration: an exclusive meeting and by invitation only; for WILL registration information, please email: [email protected]

A private lunch meeting with the theme "you can't be what you can't see!", focused on increasing the number of women in leadership roles:

  • how women can move into leadership positions and carve out a space for themselves
  • how the culture can be changed
  • how businesses benefit from diversity in their top leadership positions
  • speakers and participants will share experiences and successes


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Carla Hoorweg

Head of Government & Industry Relations, People, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability

Challenger Limited

Challenger Limited is an ASX-listed investment management firm managing around $81 billion in assets, focussed on providing customers with financial security for retirement. Prior to joining Challenger, Carla was Senior Policy Manager for Investment and Global Markets at the Financial Services Council. Carla has previously worked as a ministerial advisor to the NSW state government, at Henry Davis York law firm, and in various product development and corporate strategy roles across the financial services sector. Carla is a practicing solicitor and holds a Masters of Law (Hons) and Juris Doctor from the University of Technology Sydney, an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a Bachelor of Applied Psychology from the University of Canberra, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gaayathri Periasami

Compliance Manager, Wealth, Risk and Compliance

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited

Gaayathri Periasami is a compliance manager for wealth investment products at the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited. She works in a highly dynamic environment with daily responsibilities including managing and monitoring the compliance framework for superannuation, assisting the business unit with its compliance obligations, and assessment of operational risk events.  She is also admitted to practice law in Victoria and has held several diverse roles including a stint in politics where she was a legal research adviser for the Hon Senator Bridget McKenzie and a media adviser for Dr Sharman Stone, the former member for Murray. Gaayathri is very passionate about female empowerment and serving the communities she works with, especially in terms of securing financial and economic independence for women. She also has a special interest in projects and programmes affecting regional and rural communities and affairs.

Catherine Rich

Executive Director, Macro FX Sales

Goldman Sachs International

Catherine Rich works within the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodity team (FICC) team, based in Sydney. In her current role, Cath is responsible for the Foreign Exchange sales business and serves a diverse client base of domestic and international asset managers, superannuation funds, corporations and commercial banks. 

Cath joined Goldman Sachs in Sydney in 2013 from Deutsche Bank where she worked across FX sales in Sydney and Singapore. Cath began her career as a graduate at Commonwealth Bank of Australia and has also lived and worked in London & New York.

Kathy Walsh

Professor of Finance

University of Technology Sydney Business School

Kathy Walsh is a Professor of Finance at the University of Technology Sydney.  Her research focuses on the development of China’s financial markets and the impact that will have on Australia.  She has written a number of reports on the internationalisation of the renminbi and its potential as a medium for trade, investments and reserves.   Professor Walsh’s research is highly regarded internationally and she has attracted substantial research grant funding.  She holds a PhD in finance from the AGSM and has prior academic positions at the Australian National University, the University of Sydney and UNSW and industry experience in insurance and financial planning. 

Brittany Wigmore

Vice President FX Sales, FX Sales and Trading

State Street Global Markets

Brittany Wigmore joined State Street Global Markets in 2007 as part of their leadership development programme in Boston, gaining exposure to strategy, business development and securities trading before relocating to Munich for a rotation in structured products. After completing the programme, Brittany accepted a full time position in global account development in London. In this role, she led a project to develop a more strategic approach to client profiling and segmentation analysis. In 2009, Brittany moved into the London foreign exchange Sales team, where she focused on the institutional client base, before accepting her current role with the Sydney foreign exchange sales team in 2014. Brittany received her bachelor of science in business administration from Babson College.