A major aggregator has revealed that its female membership has grown by almost 10 per cent in the past year.
“The proportion of women making up Connective’s membership is growing year-on-year, and over the past 12 months has increased by almost 10 per cent,” Connective general manager of marketing and events, Jen Dickson, said.
The figures mirror those released by the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) last month, which identified that the growth rate for female brokers outpaced that for men between April and October 2016, “implying that women are entering the industry or are remaining in the industry at stronger rates than men”.
“Women play an important role in the mortgage broking industry and there is more work to be done to cultivate better gender diversity,” Ms Dickson said.
Connective recently held its inaugural Connective Empower program – an event that sought to provide female mortgage brokers with “a unique opportunity to connect, engage and support each other in their career journey” – in five major Australian cities last month.
“Connective Empower was designed to encourage women to unite in their ambitions, step into leadership roles, and work together to inspire and support greater success,” Ms Dickson said.
She said several common themes had emerged from Connective Empower, including “the challenge of managing work and family commitments, and [the] desire to connect and learn from like-minded professionals”.
Attendees also wanted to “see the achievements of strong and successful females working in the industry celebrated more”.
Ms Dickson said it was “pleasing to see women play an increasing and more prominent role” in the mortgage broking industry.
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