Australia’s Wonder Women in Finance |

Australia’s Wonder Women in Finance

Take a look at the Wonder Women shaping today’s banking and finance industry

In celebration of the Wonder Woman film release, we’re paying tribute to the female leaders in finance who are making a superhero difference. From financial educators who supply sound advice to everyday Australians, to CEOs who are at the forefront of some of the largest banks in the world, these Wonder Women (in no particular order) are inspirational!

19LongName: Lisa Montgomery

About Her: Drawing on more than 30 years experience working with brands including InfoChoice Ltd, Wizard Home Loans and Resi Home Loans, Lisa is a leader in the financial services sector.

Lisa has an established reputation as a consumer finance expert and appears regularly on national news programs as well as being quoted in countless publications.

Lisa’s career now sees her consulting to some of the fastest growing financial services companies in Australia.

Connect with Lisa: Follow on Twitter


Name: Martine Jager

About Her: Martine is charting the course for one of Australia’s best-known banking brands.
Passionate about diversity in the banking sector, Martine has has enjoyed a range of strategic leadership roles throughout her career including with NAB and St George.

Connect with Martine: Linkedin


Name: Melissa Browne

About Her: Melissa is a successful entrepreneur and a passionate advocate for women in business. She founded award-winning accounting firm A&TA, co-founded The Money Barre - a financial planning business for Gen X and GenY and a play-based preschool Thinkers.inq. and has written two books. Often described as ‘not your average accountant’ Melissa loves to push the boundaries, creating real change and helping others carve out a better financial future.

Connect with Melissa: Follow on Twitter


Name: Effie Zahos

About Her: One of the most recognisable faces in finance, Effie is the editor of Money Magazine and is the author of Getting Rich, Staying Rich and The Great $20 Adventure. Audiences love the way she demystifies the world of finance simplifying topics such as superannuation and property investment. This is thanks to her significant experience having started out as a graduate from one of Australia’s leading banks before a move to finance journalism.

Connect with Effie: Follow on Twitter


Name: Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon

About Her: Nicole is leading the charge in financial literacy education in Australia - presenting her ‘Smart Money Start’ incursion in high schools around the country. The money educator, commentator and author is particularly passionate about helping young women navigate financial challenges. Nicole is the founder of and is a qualified financial adviser.

Connect with Nicole: Follow on Twitter


Name: Bessie Hassan

About Her:’s very own Bessie Hassan is one of Australia’s most sought after money experts, regularly appearing on national media discussing latest consumer trends and research. A professional bargain hunter and mum of two, she knows first-hand the importance of saving money and is passionate about helping Australians make smarter decisions to improve their finances and wellbeing.

Connect with Bessie: Follow on Twitter

7MeyersName: Nerida Conisbee

About Her: As the Chief Economist for the REA Group, Nerida Conisbee is one of Australia’s most iconic property experts who provides updates on market conditions to major Government bodies with regular appearances on SkyNews Real Estate channel and in national newspapers. With more than 20 years property research experience throughout Asia Pacific, Nerida has held senior positions within commercial agencies and major consulting firms. In addition, Nerida is an adviser to fintech startup, BrickX and Skelton Projects, a Melbourne based developer.

Connect with Nerida: Follow on Twitter


Name: Bianca Hartge-Hazelman

About Her: As an experienced multi-media financial journalist, Bianca Hartge-Hazelman is dedicated to improving the financial futures of women. As the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Financy, Bianca is committed to empowering Australian women to become smarter with their personal finances.

Connect with Bianca: Follow on Twitter


Name: Heidi Armstrong

About Her: Heidi is passionate about making money matters more accessible for people. Drawing on her experience as an entrepreneur, finance expert, and lawyer, Heidi inspires Australians to make better money choices. As the CEO and Co-Founder of State Custodians from 2007 - 2014, and having held a senior position at Liberty Financial, Heidi is a respected voice within the Australian mortgage lending environment.

Connect with Heidi: Follow on Twitter


Name: Caitlin Fitzsimmons

About Her: Caitlin is an expert in helping Australians gain an understanding of finances. As the money editor for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Caitlin manages a talented team of journalists and freelancers across both print and digital mediums. Caitlin has a demonstrated track record of editorial success both here and abroad. She has a proven ability to connect with readers on complex money matters.

Connect with Caitlin: Follow on Twitter

Name: Brooke Corte

About Her: As an anchor for Sky News Real Estate and co-anchor of Sky News, Brooke is an experienced presenter who has covered major local and global financial events. Some of Brooke’s international reporting has included coverage of the 2011 Euro Zone debt crisis, the collapse of financial markets throughout the GFC and BHP’s failed tilt for Rio Tinto.
In 2008, she helped launched the Sky News Business channel and was central to the tremendous growth of the network’s business programming during this time.

Connect with Brooke: Follow on Twitter


Name: Jessica Irvine

About Her: Jessica is a high-profile economics writer and author with a pivotal role in Australia’s financial journalism landscape. As economics writer and columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald Jessica is helping lead the charge unravelling the big issues that affect Australians and the way they live. With a strong presence in social media and regular television and radio appearances Irvine is the author of two books, Zombies, Bananas and Why there are no economists in Heaven; and The Bottom Line Diet, an economics of weight-loss book.

Connect with Jessica: Follow on Twitter

13BarrettName: Sophie Elsworth

About Her: Sophie Elsworth is a leading personal finance journalist for News Corp Australia. As the Deputy Editor for MoneysaverHQ, Sophie hones in on a range personal finance issues spanning across banking, investing, home loans, superannuation, and all topics related to the hip-pocket. Sophie also writes news articles for the major mastheads including the Herald Sun, The Courier Mail, The Advertiser, and many more.

Connect with Sophie: Follow on Twitter


Name: Sally Rose

About Her: Sally is a Melbourne-based reporter, who covers superannuation, financial services and business. She has held several senior positions throughout her career including Senior Reporter and CFO Reporter at the Australian Financial Review (AFR) from 2011 - 2013, and she currently works as Editor for Investment Magazine.

Connect with Sally: Follow on Twitter

15SchruederName: Siobhan Hayden

About Her: Siobhan has reached the top rung of the HashChing corporate ladder with her appointment as Chief Operating Officer of the digital home loan marketplace in December 2016. Prior to working at HashChing Haden was CEO of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia. She’s also held senior roles at Finware and Woolworths. Regularly volunteering at Youth Off the Streets, Siobhan is an entrepreneur with a philanthropic edge.

Connect with Siobhan: Follow on Twitter

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