Event Outline

The Diversity in Finance: Breakfast for Success is a networking event for high achieving students who are interested and passionate about a career in business. The event commences with a panel discussion on the benefits and challenges of diversity in finance, with a focus on gender and academic background. At the conclusion of the event, students will have the opportunity to network and speak with panellists and firm representatives.


Date: Thursday, 23rd of March 2017
Time: 7:30AM - 10:00AM.
Location: Macquarie Bank, 50 Martin Place, Sydney, Australia
Registration: The Closing Date is Monday, 20 March at 12am


Attending Professionals 

Graham Leonard
Partner, Assurance
Ernst & Young

Graham began his career with EY at the Nottingham office in 2000 with a Masters in Chemistry. His reason for joining the accountancy profession was to understand how businesses operate. The process, problem solving and analytical skills learnt studying Chemistry were highly transferable. He chose professional services due to the training programs and variety of experience on offer (eg in first year, clients included a credit card company, a high street retailer, a milk aggregator / processer and a lead smelter).
As a global firm EY offered a two year secondment in Sydney after Graham qualified as a CA… This two year secondment turned into a four year secondment, then permanency. Within six weeks of arriving in Australia Graham met his beautiful wife Nida and went on to have two children, Chloe and Hugo. They just celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary.
Graham operates predominately in two industries, Consumer Goods and Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT). His key clients include George Weston Foods, Veda Advantage, Yamaha Motors, Kitchenaid and Toys R Us. In addition to his client work, Graham is proudly responsible for the recruitment of Graduates, Vacationers and Cadets within NSW Assurance.

 Josephine Majewski
Chief Operating Officer, Corporate and Investment Banking

Josephine Majewski is a Director and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Citi Australia & New Zealand’s Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) division. In her current role, Josephine is responsible for overseeing CIB’s ongoing business operations, control framework and compliance, human resource management, as well as shaping and implementing the division’s business strategy. Josephine has over 10 years of experience in the investment banking industry. Prior to working for Citi, she was the COO of Barclays Australia’s Investment Bank, and held similar roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and ABN AMRO. Additionally she served as a director in the Internal Audit department of ABN AMRO Australia & New Zealand from 2004 to 2006 and worked as an external auditor at PricewaterhouseCoppers from 2000 to 2004.
Josephine holds a Masters in Finance and Economics from the University of Lyon Lumiere 2 with a Major in Finance. Aside from her professional achievements, Josephine is a passionate advocate of gender equality in the workplace. She is the treasurer of Women in Banking and Finance and plays a prominent role leading the Citi Senior Women’s Council. Josephine is also involved in the mentoring of young and upcoming female talent within the organisation

Brett Lewthwaite
Executive Director, Head of Macquarie Fixed income and Currency & Head of Macquarie Investment Management, Macquarie Asset Management
Macquarie Group

Brett leads Macquarie Investment Management in Australia encompassing Fixed Income & Currency, Listed Equities, as well as Distribution and Marketing. Brett is also Head of Fixed Income & Currency and is responsible for Macquarie’s Australian based cash, credit, fixed interest and currency portfolios which amount to approximately $A50 billion of assets. Brett performs the role of Chief Investment Officer providing oversight across all cash, credit, fixed interest and currency portfolios which amount to approximately $A50 billion of assets for a variety of corporations, government organisations and superannuation/pension funds. As a Senior Portfolio Manager, Brett's primary investment focus is absolute return fixed income strategies. Brett is a lead senior portfolio manager for the highly regarded Macquarie Income Opportunities strategy. Brett is a member of the MIM Global Management Committee with Regional leadership for MIM Australia. Brett joined Macquarie in May 2003 and became senior credit portfolio manager in August 2004, and has been responsible for the management of the credit portfolios since this time. Prior to joining Macquarie, Brett was at BT Funds Management for nine years, having joined BT as a graduate. Brett performed a number of roles in the Fixed Income team at BT including portfolio construction and portfolio management. During this period Brett was also admitted to the David Williams Fellowship program, which is designed to develop select young high achievers. Brett holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from University of Sydney. Brett also completed a graduate diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia.

 Lisa Sonnabend
Chief Operating Officer, Macquarie Capital Australia & New Zealand

Lisa is COO of Macquarie Capital, managing the region’s largest and most active investment banking team of over 350 executive and support staff. Lisa has over 15 years of investment banking experience, over a decade as a director within the equity capital markets team and, in recent years, COO of Macquarie Capital.

As COO, Lisa is responsible for the development and implementation of Macquarie Capital’s strategy across the entire investment banking platform of Australia and New Zealand so as to ensure the continued development, growth and profitability of the business.

Lisa is a member of Macquarie Capital’s Australia and New Zealand senior leadership committee
Lisa is a also a Non-Executive Director of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce (NSW)

 Maree Webster
Chief Financial Officer Corporate Core and Group Productivity

Maree Webster is an experienced CFO and financial and performance improvement professional with experience in banking, investments, insurance, finance and manufacturing. She has also worked in the public sector. She is a qualified lawyer and practised as a tax lawyer for ten years

Maree joined Westpac in Australia in 2014, starting in the Wealth business before being appointed CFO Corporate Core and Group Productivity. In this role, she provides advice and support to half the Executive team at Westpac as well as being involved in initiatives across the organisation designed to achieve efficiency and effectiveness objectives.

In addition to developing strong business acumen, Maree has developed an insight into what it takes to harness the network within a large organisation, and to get things done. She has continuously focussed on developing her skills as a finance professional; seeking to strike the right balance between business engagement and shareholder advocacy, while fostering a culture of teamwork, collaboration, trust and the utmost integrity across the organisation. Maree is also a major supporter of Women in Leadership, Diversity and Flexibility.


Targeted Students

AUSFIC is open to students of all degrees and universities. Please note that places are limited as this is an application-based event. Successful applicants will be notified in due course.


Free - This event is free and is fully paid by our organisation. Please note that attendance to this event is dependent on the quality of your responses to the short questionnaire.