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Women In Finance

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Mission Statement

Women In Finance (WIF) is a blog dedicated to women that are in finance and business related courses at the University of Canterbury. The Investment Society and UC Business & Law would like to acknowledge certain individuals who have shown great skill in their degree and achievements from their personal, to professional aspirations.

About Us

When it comes to balancing gender equality, the finance industry has not kept up with other professional fields. With women representing only 10-15% of employees in the finance sector, it is clear this is a profession dominated by men. While the presence of women in finance is growing, there is little acknowledgment of the achievements of women in this area. The Investment Society, supported by UC Business & Law, aim to change this by acknowledging women in finance with great achievements in their personal and professional lives. By sharing the achievements of these women, we hope to inspire others to enter this industry and show that women in finance can and will achieve great things.

Each term, The Investment Society will recognise two women for their outstanding academic results and leadership potential. Furthermore, The Investment Society will run a Women In Finance event bi-annually with a guest speaker who is in a prominent leadership position in the finance industry. This enables students to meet and learn from women who are at the top of their fields and understand how they got to where they are today. This is also an excellent networking opportunity and a chance to get women together to discuss the gender inequality in the industry. By recognising the gender imbalance and sharing the achievements of women, we hope to contribute to the growing number of women in finance and inspire others to embark on a finance career, with the ultimate goal of gender equality in the finance industry.

Lucy Hutchinson
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Lucy Hutchinson

What do you study?

Bachelor of Commerce, Double Major: Taxation and Accounting & Finance.

How have you enjoyed your time at UC?

I can honestly say my time at UC has flown by, first year I was rowing very competitively, second year I focused more on my studies and started to think about my future and what clubs I should get involved in. This year has been the best of all by far, being involved more academically and socially at UC has made everything more fun and exciting.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Honestly, I am not too sure. I want to find a company that embraces similar values to me, and gives me direction, or I could find direction within the company. Passion and values are the most important for me, I think if you’re not passionate about what you do you will never be excited to get out of bed and go to work. I see myself working for a company that challenges me to innovate and grow, possibly in a high executive level position, looking more to strategically manage a company’s direction and inspiring young people through what I do.

Who are some leaders you look up to?

Kay Hart - She is currently the CEO of Ford Australia. I know her indirectly, but she is someone who worked extremely hard to get to where she is today. She has travelled all around the world to work and now has the top job! It is pretty motivating and cool to see a woman in a top role who has worked hard and is relatable.

Kendall Flutey - She is the CEO and founder of Banqer. A financial literacy program implemented in schools. Kendall and I hold the same beliefs that financial literacy is overlooked in schools and that it is very important to understand. She was head of sport at my high school in my first year and then I was head of sport in my final year. So for me it was really cool having a similar experience with someone who is very passionate and talented. I also think it is really awesome she had a startup, put in the hard yards and is now making a difference.

All the business women I look up to I have some distant connection with. I think it is more difficult to be inspired by someone who seems un-relateable or too far away.

What goals would you like to achieve for the remainder of 2018/2019?

This year I have been an events manager for Entré. As an events manager, I have been coordinating with a range of different suppliers, running events and organising speakers which I have really enjoyed as it has allowed me to gain more soft skills, managing people and my time.

Seeing out 2018 means putting on the final events in the Entré calendar and seeing the 85k competitors succeed! (I highly recommend being involved in clubs at UC).

I am super excited to start a graduate role at Ernst & Young in Christchurch, where I will be joining the Assurance team. There I will start my Chartered Accountancy qualification, which I am really looking forward to.

Any final thoughts?

My final food for thought would be that I urge everyone to get involved with as many clubs and UC social events as possible, take advantage of any opportunity UC has to offer even if it is sometimes daunting. Stay creative and keep an open mind to opportunities.

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