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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.

Lydia Dudson
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Lydia Dudson

 What do you study?

I’ve just finished my undergrad doing a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and Finance and I’m about to start on a Masters of Commerce in Economics and Finance.  

 Did you always plan to study Econ/Finc at UC? 

Not completely. In my last year of high school, I wanted to study engineering. But after realising I didn’t actually enjoy the sciences I decided on economics because I liked it a lot more at school. After hearing about average job prospects for economics students, I decided to add finance to supplement my studies. I’ve always enjoyed economics and understanding how people and the world function. 

 Have you enjoyed your time at UC?

I have definitely enjoyed my time at UC! The highlight was my exchange to Purdue University in Indiana in the United States. It was such a fun experience for me. University over there is completely different to in NZ! Purdue is in a town where the students make up half the population, so the atmosphere was a whole new experience. I went to heaps of football, basketball, and volleyball games. It was certainly odd to see paratroopers dropping from planes with red, white, and blue smoke blowing behind them, to land next to a 50-metre-long American flag. It was still a cool experience non-the-less.

 What are your goals for 2019?

I want to make the most of all opportunities given to me. I also want to focus on my studies and really push myself to see what I can do. I’m also the Events Manager for the Student Volunteer Army this year so I really want to get involved with the club and get a good turnout at events to see our hard work payoff 

 What do you do for Student Volunteer Army? 

I do quite a range of things! At the moment we’re organising the Big Give event which we’re hoping will be a great event! My tasks vary a lot; at the moment I’m organising portaloos for an event but usually I’d just be planning the different events we run and co-ordinating with different people to make sure they run smoothly! 

 What do you want to be doing in 10 years? 

I don’t think many people really know where they want to be in 10 years but I have aspirations of progressing in whatever career I have chosen at that point. I may be looking for a change, I may love my job. I just hope that 31-year-old me is happy with what she’s doing! 

 If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I’d go to England first - I have some family over there that I’d love to see again. After that, I think I’d like to go to Canada! I visited while in the states and I’d love to go back when I’m not on such a tight budget. I think Switzerland would also be super cool to visit!

 What do you like to do in your spare time? 

To be honest, I watch a lot of nature documentaries! It’s not something I put on my CV but if you need some mildly interesting facts about giant cats in Africa, I am your person. I must have a secret passion for David Attenborough’s voice. I also play a bit of social sport - I played indoor netball and football over summer with the other Reserve Bank interns! We absolutely sucked and probably won maybe one game, but it was a nice way to wind down after work! 

 

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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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