Women's economic security

Women's economic security

Nov 28
CEDA's Women in Leadership series welcomes First State Super Chief Executive Officer, Deanne Stewart to examine women's economic security, gender pay and superannuation gaps.


Deanne Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, First State Super
Victoria Stuart, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Beam Australia

Event overview

Many Australian women face economic insecurity in retirement. On average, men’s superannuation is almost twice that of women. This results in women being more likely to experience poverty, housing stress and homelessness in retirement.

The causes of economic insecurity are caused by many interrelated factors. Australia’s retirement income system favours income earners who work full-time, without breaks, for the entirety of their life. Women do not fit this description.

This event will explore:

  • The long-run consequences of the gender pay gap for women in later life and for society as a whole;
  • Implications of extended time out of the workforce and barriers to re-entering the workforce;
  • The importance of financial literacy, superannuation and accumulation of retirement savings to strengthen economic security; and
  • Rewarding work, care, and capabilities of women over the life course.

Event presentations

Deanne Stewart, First State Super MP3 | PDF

Victoria Stuart, Beam Australia MP3 | PDF

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

Deanne Stewart
Chief Executive Officer, First State Super

Deanne joined First State Super, one of Australia's largest super funds, as Chief Executive Officer in 2018. She has led First State Super’s drive to be a ‘Force for Good’ through its responsible investment philosophy and focus on providing its members with the best guidance and advice for retirement. She has with more than 25 years’ leadership experience in financial services in wealth, superannuation and insurance sectors in Australia and internationally. This includes time as Managing Director with Merrill Lynch Investment Management in New York, and as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Company in London. Before joining First State Super, Deanne was Chief Executive Officer of MetLife Australia and also held senior roles within BT Financial Group. 

Meet the speaker

Victoria Stuart
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Beam Australia

Victoria started Beam Australia with Co-Founder Stephanie Reuss to arrest the fallout of women from the workforce. Their solution: access to meaningful part-time work. Today, Beam is Australia's only dedicated platform connecting smart companies with part-time professionals including parents, athletes, pre-retirees and more. Through Beam's consulting arm they are advising some of Australia's largest organisations on how to implement more flexible and inclusive future-ready workforces. Before Beam, Victoria had worked internationally with some of the world’s largest brands at Accenture, Digitas and Google. Victoria established and launched the London office for the New York-based eCommerce agency, CreateTheGroup. In her 8 years at Google Australia, she led and managed sales teams and high value client portfolios and was a key influencer of, and consultant to, Australian companies in the digitisation of their marketing strategies.

Additional participants to be confirmed.


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