“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”
Women In Finance Network was established in Johannesburg in 2013 by Kim Potgieter, Director of Chartered Wealth Solutions.
“My goal in creating this Network was to create a neutral forum where females in financial services could meet each other, share experiences and mentor each other. Mutually beneficial relationships not only assist us personally, but advantage the industry as a whole,” says Kim.
“Women work really well in this industry because they connect with clients in a unique way. One of the greatest challenges facing women in our industry, however, is the need guidance and support and this we can give so readily to each other.”
The ideal outcome of this networking and mentorship would be that women are attracted to new careers within this sector (ever thought of being a financial planner? Why not?), and recognise their power in shaping their careers to suit them.
The Network is not affiliated to any particular company to allow women freedom to interact and have fun with peers who each bring a unique experience and their own wisdom to share. Esme Davies from Old Mutual Wealth and Sarette van den Heever from 22Seven are the Network’s representatives in Cape Town.
To date, a number of events have been held in Johannesburg with speakers who are experts in their fields. In 2015, WIFN expanded to Cape Town, and this new branch has hosted two successful events. You need only to attend one event to experience the enthusiasm and fun.
The WIFN Facebook and LinkedIn posts feature experts who share snippets on a range of beneficial topics; we also get learnings from each other regarding actual, on-the-ground experiences in financial services.
AA Milne’s words from the mouth of his favourite tubby character is our inspiration for the year:
Remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.
One of WIFN’s goals for the year is to continue to reach women in all companies across our sector. We would love to see guests from new companies attending and from new sectors of the financial services industry. Please pass on the word to your colleagues and friends about the Network and its social media channels.
Annual partnership opportunities exist for companies wishing to support the mission of the Network. If you are interested or require additional information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Partners receive exposure on WIFN communiques and at the events for that year.
You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
– Winnie the Pooh