For the fourth year running, FAST is championing diversity in the third-party channel through its national Women in Business event series.
Kicking off in Sydney yesterday before heading to Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane over the next two weeks, the roadshow offers female brokers a unique forum to network and gain insights from peers and keynote speakers.
Renowned journalist and business owner Tracy Spicer is among the speakers, providing brokers with food for thought on how to create a perfect work-life balance.
FAST said it has received an overwhelming response to this year’s event series, with every location sold out.
Brendan Wright, chief executive of FAST, said the roadshow reinforces the aggregator’s commitment to empowering women in the broking industry.
“We were pleased to bring such a distinguished speaker to this year’s Women in Business event series,” he said.
“Tracey Spicer has built a remarkable career and her presentation was both entertaining and inspirational.”
FAST claims to be the first aggregator to run a dedicated professional development program for women, having held its first Women in Business event in 2013, and the group’s efforts have been rewarded with a 55 per cent growth in female brokers over the past year.
“FAST has long been a leader in diversity, helping brokers look beyond traditional revenue streams with commercial and business lending solutions,” Mr Wright said.
“At FAST, diversity goes beyond revenues, products and services to include diversity through our brokers and in our leadership.”
Mr Wright said he expects to see continued growth in the number of female brokers in the industry.
“Data from the MFAA shows that females are now the fastest growing segment of new recruits joining our industry and we see no reason for this trend to slow any time soon,” he said.
“Offering entrepreneurial opportunities and a flexible work-life balance for those who want it, finance broking represents a rewarding career for men and women alike. We’re dedicated to helping women thrive in this exciting, growing industry.”
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