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FPA joins forces with FEW to support growth of female financial planners

The Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) and Financial Executive Women (FEW) have announced an alliance to advance the progression of women in financial planning.

Commenting on the alliance, FPA CEO Dante De Gori said, “We believe it is vital that we nurture and grow our profession, by supporting those who commit to high professional standards, education and ethics as best we can. As part of this, it is also vital that we attract into our profession those who share the same values.”

Mr. De Gori added, “We hope our collaboration with FEW will help foster community, innovation and leadership amongst existing female financial planners, but also encourage more women to choosing financial planning as their profession. Women currently make up 28% of the FPA membership, and only around 20% in the profession, both of which we would like to see increase.

Speaking at the 2017 FEW Leadership Conference, Pene Lovett, FPA Chief Operating Officer said, “A career in financial planning offers an intellectually stimulating career and significant earning potential, but also has the added attraction of flexible work hours and the opportunity to positively impact lives. We know making a difference is something more people are looking for and hope to see the number of female financial planners in Australia grow steadily in the years ahead.”

FEW provides structured career advocacy and support programs to help women progress in their careers through experience, guidance and support. These programs have been developed to ensure that women have the right support to help them achieve their goals.

Judith Beck, FEW Managing Director and Founder said, “We are so excited to be aligning with the FPA, as their values align very well with ours. We believe that financial planning is essential for women to ensure their financial futures, and financial planning is an excellent career path. Together, we will provide both FPA and FEW members with the necessary support and guidance they need to achieve their goals as financial planners.”

As part of the initiative, the FPA is planning to roll out state-based events later this year. More details to follow.