Capital W: Annual Dinner ReCap 2019

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Volume 12 | Issue 2 | 2019

the recap Annual Dinner Edition

Market Recap Anne Yang

student articles Chelsea Manansala Sally Song

Exclusive Interviews with Sponsors

She Means Business

Capital W 2019

Caitlan Howle and Henrietta Chui


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Anne Yang

Lydia Yin

Chelsea Manansala

Sally Song

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs, Luminis Partners, Quantium, Westpac



Vice President (Activities)

Interim Vice President (Internal)

Caitlan Howle

Caroline Wang

Tina Qi

Commerce (Co-op)


Commerce (Co-op)

Commerce (Co-op)

Vice President (Internal)

Vice President (External)

Executive Director

Executive Director

Kirsten Hetherington

Emily Baita

Ashley Chen

Lily Zhang



Commerce/Actuarial Studies



Henrietta Chui

Executive Director



Karuna Narang

Vidhi Nanda

Yu Ann Chin




Marketing Director

Marketing Director

Dinushika Dias

May May Yang


Commerce (Co-op)

Sponsorship Director

Sponsorship Director

Events Director

Valerie Tran

Winnie Sun

Candice Lincon



Data and Development Director

Data and Development Director

Charlotte Kwong

Lisa Tiu

Commerce (Co-op)

Events Director

Diana Vitale Commerce/Science

Commerce (Co-op)

IT Director

Zoe Ong Commerce/Computer Science

Publications Director


HR Director

Alexandra Petsoglou Commerce/Arts

Publications Director

Tina Sharma

Calista Kusuma


Commerce (International)






Calista Kusuma Publications Subcommittee

Calista Kusuma Publications Subcommittee


Calista Kusuma Publications Subcommittee




Exclusive Interview with Annabel James Annabel James, Associate (Global Transaction Services)

What is your background? I have a combined Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University (ANU). I started my finance career in NAB Business Bank after which, in 2015, I took up a graduate position at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in their Global Transaction Services division. Upon finishing the program, I took a Trade Product role for 2.5 years and have recently transitioned into the Corporate Treasury Sales where I have my own portfolio of corporate multinational clients. How did you use your university experiences to prepare for a business career? I took courses that focussed on and developed my soft skills, such as: negotiation, project management and leadership. I also pushed myself to take leadership roles in the university clubs I was involved in. The theme of this publication is ‘She Means Business’. How do you apply this theme to your everyday routine and career? I would call out 2 things: 1) Intensity, intensity, intensity. By this I mean; I bring my passion and my energy to work with me every day, to support my teammates and solve for my clients. Some days will always be better than others, but you get to start each day anew. 2) I make time for myself to do the things that make me happy and take my mind off work. Whether it’s exercising, dinner with friends, taking a long weekend etc.

You can’t bring intensity if you’re mentally fatigued and not taking the time to reset. What makes you determined to keep going when things are challenging? I think to myself, what’s the alternative to succeeding? More often than not, failure is going to be the worst case scenario. Even having a go and not quite getting it right the first time is a preferable outcome. Overcoming challenges is part of what it means to work in a highintensity environment, such as finance, so it’s good to take it head on and not think of it so much as a choice. Succeeding, whether immediately or after a few tries, is so rewarding and even spurs you forward to the next challenge. Do you believe you would be standing somewhere different today if you were a male? No. Being female has nothing to do with my ability to deliver, so I’ve never thought of myself as anything less than my peers, regardless of sex. I would say that I do spend a lot of time self-reflecting and building an intimate knowledge of my strengths, weaknesses and ultimate value to the team/firm – this has empowered me to ask for a promotion, or a pay rise, or a new role (as the case may be). I accept that this may not be intrinsic to all women in their early career, but I encourage all our interns and grads to take the time to self-reflect regardless of sex. How would you suggest females navigate the challenges, politics and environment of the business landscape whilst staying true to themselves? Bringing your whole self to work is so important – people appreciate someone who is earnest. Although, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t take on constructive feedback on how to temper your business demeanour in line with a corporate environment and the various personality types of your key stakeholders. One more thing – treat everyone with respect, but don’t get caught up in the concept of hierarchy. You will get the most out of senior leaders (and they out of you) if you treat them like everyday people. 10

A Day in the Life of Xin Yan Ho Bloomberg L.P. 6.30 AM: I close my eyes for another 5 minutes before rolling over and out of bed. I start with a few morning stretches. Time for another week! 7.00 AM: As I breeze7.00 through AM my morning routine, my mind is occupied with running through my schedule for the day. Thinking about the meetings that normally up my through Monday As Ifillbreeze morning to the time I need to leave and collect my morning routine, my bags. I double check my that Imind packed is everything occupied last night and have my passport! with running through schedule for the 8.00 AM: Our Mondaymy Morning Meetings are day. Thinking about attended by different departments gathered to the The meetings that hear the latest sales wrap. agenda varies fill upof my between how the year tonormally date performance the Monday morning to firm is doing, what strategies we are focusing on the time I need to leave and any new events to keep in mind. and collect my bags. I 9.00 AM: What follows is our check team meeting double that I where we focus on the movements closer us. packed everythingtolast Where everyone is headed the week nightfor and haveeither my around Australia, Pacific Islands and New passport! Zealand and what we would like to achieve during our travels. All )my clients are based in New Zealand and this week I am drilling into their level of engagement with our software trials by ensuring our potential new clients are well set up to use it. As first-time users, they find it challenging to pick up and I help support the best technical set up to get the most out the market data and analytical tools. 10.00 AM: I have a bit of time to round up admin from previous client visits. I start working through recording my call notes and coordinating department resources to provide

technical answers to client queries. If I have a bit of extra time, I start making some calls and organising future trips for clients that require further support. 12.00 PM: Next, our Monday Morning Update is usually a quick 30 minute gathering with our Market Specialists and Sales representatives to cover new enhancement to our software and current market topics to engage with our client. 2.00 PM: I meet with a client who is in Sydney for a few days. Good chance to show them round our office since we usually meet them at theirs. It’s also a great time to refuel with some snacks from the pantry. 3.00 PM: I’m working on a project to implement other technical solutions for my clients in New Zealand and co-ordinating the efforts with other teams in the office so I make sure we make time to stay updated on developments. Building knowledge for other business streams within the firm is an important element to the job as it helps develop a holistic understanding of client needs and improving workflow efficiency. 4.30 PM: I prepare to leave the office and head to the airport for my evening flight to New Zealand. 6.45 AM: We are about to take-off and while taxiing the runway, I check my schedule for tomorrow, making a mental note of my first meeting and location. I will be arriving in Wellington late this evening and reminding myself of the schedule helps me keep track of my first to last meetings. 11 9

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Exclusive Interview with What is your background? I studied a Bachelor of Economics (International Business and Economics) from the University of New South Wales in mid-2015. Currently I work in the Securities Division at Goldman Sachs on the Equities Electronic Sales Trading desk and have been with the firm for a year. Prior to this, I worked at CBA for 3 years gaining experience in both Securities (Corporate Rate Sales) and Banking (Project Finance) Divisions. How did you use your university experiences to prepare for a business career? University was an excellent opportunity not only to learn the theoretical foundations for what I put into practice in my career, but to build my network through peers, teachers and societies such as Capital W (which I was a part of). In a professional context, I work in a diverse team solving complex business problems for clients and the firm, which is one of the things I most enjoy about my role, along with the quick thinking required. University prepares you to work with people from a diverse range of backgrounds to achieve an effective outcome. The theme of this publication is ‘She Means Business’. How do you apply this theme to your everyday routine and career? I apply this theme to my everyday routine by starting and ending my day and week with purpose. I think it’s really important to have a good routine during the week inside and outside of work to keep your mind and body healthy and happy. For example, during the work week, I’ll endeavour to work out first thing in the morning, read my emails and prioritise tasks, then start my work day by tackling the toughest tasks first and end the day with either a client meeting or practicing one of my hobbies (playing competitive tennis once a week/regular ballet class/listening to an audiobook). I am also involved in extracurricular activities in my professional life that enrich my day to day role. Some of these activities include being on four committees that focus on various facets of my professional life, including

the firm’s Analyst & Associate council and Women’s Network, and outside of the firm, Industry Junior Women in Markets and Industry Fix Next Gen. Lastly, I apply this concept of ‘She Means Business’ to my career by having clear short, medium and long term goals in mind and working towards these strategically and with purpose on a daily basis. What makes you determined to keep going when things are challenging? Something I think that is really important to develop throughout university and your first 5 years of work is resilience. Resilience means a lot of different things to different people; it is an all-encompassing topic that is what makes me determined to keep going when things are challenging. To break it down I look at resilience in 5 pillars and draw on each one of these when placed in a challenging situation, professionally or personally. These pillars are: 1. Mind – Positive Attitude and Open Mind-set 2. Body – Self Care and Energy Levels 3. Network – Support System 4. Purpose 5. EQ – How others perceive you and you perceive others Do you believe you would be standing somewhere different today if you were male? Honestly, no. I think the paradigm has shifted across the industry and I can certainly say Goldman Sachs has the right approach to diversity. There are myriad of initiatives to help support and promote women (and other communities such as LGBTI/Disability groups) in the workplace and across the industry. Some of these include: • Mentors (Formal and Informal) • Affinity Networks: The women’s network, LGBTI network (GLaM) and Disability Interest forum to name a few • Industry Networks: Junior Women in Markets and FIX Next Gen


Exclusive Interview with Penny Peng Penny Peng Investment Banking Analyst

What is your background? I completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) at USYD. Prior to joining Luminis, I worked at a top tier accounting firm within their Deals Advisory division where my interest in investment banking was sparked. How did you use your university experiences to prepare for a business career? For me, university extra-curricular activities was an invaluable experience that prepared me for my business career. Participating in business societies and corporate events gave me the opportunity to gain industry insights and listen to the experiences and tips of those within the business community. It was after these networking sessions that I was able to consciously decide on a path that aligned most with what I wanted to achieve in my career. Taking part in case competitions and doing work experience also gave me the opportunity to convert my academic knowledge into industry skills that would set me up for my business career. The theme of this publication is ‘She Means Business’. How do you apply this theme to your everyday routine and career? She Means Business is a constant reminder that you do not need to be masculine or have male-type qualities to be accomplished or realise your career. Despite the male-to-female ratio, the challenge, responsibilities and learning opportunities investment banking has to offer made this career decision an easy one. The oneteam culture at Luminis means that everyone is afforded with the same learning and growth opportunities irrespective of gender, nationality, etc.

Don’t let social misconceptions hold you back from pursuing your career and interests…as Beyoncé once said, ‘who runs the world… girls!’ How important is it for women today to have a female mentor or role model as they transition into the workforce? Transitioning from university into the workforce can be a very exciting but daunting experience. For a university student who has been studying for the last 20 years, it can be hard to understand what to expect in a work environment. Having a female mentor guide you through the process and manage expectations can be tremendously reassuring and make the transition to work less scary. After all, they probably experienced the same feelings and had the same questions you have right now. Mentors provide mentees with a safe avenue to ask silly questions, seek advice and even practice your interview skills. Having a successful female role model you can relate is critically important as they show new entrants to the workforce: “Here! If I can do it, so can you!” What advice would you give to your younger self? Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back – take risks and seize opportunities. Unless you give it a go and challenge yourself, you won’t be able to gauge your capability and grow as a person. So long as there is an opportunity to learn and develop your skills, embrace it! Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek help when needed… it’s all part of learning! What do you think employers are looking for in graduates or interns today? In my view, a genuine interest for the industry and a drive to learn are key attributes employers seek. Don’t be afraid to show some personality and be yourself – everyone works together at Luminis so cultural fit is an important quality of a stand-out candidate. If the above sounds like you, and you’re interested in being part of the Luminis team, summer internship applications open midJune so be on the lookout! Also, keep a close eye on our website in case any other exciting opportunities come up! 13

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Exclusive Interview with Hui Ping Ho Hui Ping Ho Associate Analyst

What is your background? I have completed a Bachelor degree in Actuarial Science. How did you use your university experiences to prepare for a business career? During my university years, there were several things I was uncertain about in terms of the type of company I’d be working for or what my future role would look like. Having a degree that focuses on the study of statistical techniques and models used in the financial services sector, I knew that I wanted a job that would allow me to apply the knowledge I gained in a creative space. What I did was that I took every opportunity I could during summer breaks to find internships related to my field. I knew that aside from allowing me to get a taste of what my graduate job would look like, I would also have the opportunity to decide on the type of industry and work that I would personally prefer. It’s important to have an attitude that is open to trying new experiences especially during university years just because that is the best time to explore the options that could define the beginning of our career paths, giving us a strong head start. The theme of this publication is ‘She Means Business’. How do you apply this theme to your everyday routine and career? In my view, ‘She Means Business’ portrays the image that I would like to be seen as and known for by the people around me. By people, I am referring to my colleagues, friends and family. At work, bringing a ‘She Means Business’ image would mean being known as someone who is reliable, trustworthy, capable and of strong character. I feel that it is equally important to apply the same theme towards the relationships I build

with friends and family. Besides being a good worker, being compassionate and sincere are other great traits that any woman in business should carry. After all, many career opportunities are made possible with networking. What makes you determined to keep going when things are challenging? What keeps me going is the thought that once I get through the challenge and solve the problem, I will come out a wiser person and would have learnt a great deal during the process. No effort in solving a challenge will ever be wasted and what I get out of the experience will definitely benefit me in other difficulties that I face moving forward. This would apply whether it be when I face similar kinds of challenging work or just problems of a similar difficulty level because I would have developed a level of tolerance to solving problems of that calibre. What do you think employers are looking for in graduates or interns today? I think employers value people who are adaptive to change, especially because we work in such a fast-paced environment that is continuously evolving. Being able to stay on top of changes in the landscape is a key skill required in any business. Another key trait that employers seek in graduates or interns would be being innovative and forward-looking in solving problems, rather than having an attitude that just relies on what has been done in the past. Having strong communication skills and the ability to work in a team is also an important trait to have in any workplace. As brilliant as someone may be as an individual, without the ability to voice out your ideas or to work in a team to build on the idea, even the most brilliant thought would only go as far as your mind. Do you believe you would be standing somewhere different today if you were a male? No, not at all. I believe that I would still have chosen the same path that I did and landed the same graduate job I have here at Quantium. I’ve never once thought that being a woman would hinder me from achieving my ideal business role and it was not a factor in choosing the course I studied or the jobs I applied for. 14 12

Exclusive Interview with Jennifer Bismire Jennifer Bismire, Graduate (BI Wealth, Panorama Delivery)

What is your background? I studied a Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW with a major in Marketing and minors in Information Systems and Management. How did you use your university experiences to prepare for a business career? My degree required a lot of group work and presenting. For my job now as Transformations Graduate at Westpac Group, the skills developed during those assessments were crucial to my employability. They allowed me the confidence to perform in front of the recruiters during the assessment centre during the Case Study component of the interview process The theme of this publication is ‘She Means Business’. How do you apply this theme to your everyday routine and career? I apply ‘She Means Business’ to my everyday routine and career by having weekly objectives that I set myself in order to be one step closer to my career goals. For example, I knew my weakness in Excel would be a setback in my career goals until I learnt how to do VLookUp confidently. I asked my team for work that specifically involved using VLookUp in Excel one week. This allowed me to learn how to use VLookUp correctly, achieving that week’s weekly objective I set myself. Additionally, to self-improve and really prove I mean business, I regularly ask my team what skills I can learn or are there any development opportunities they recommend. From this, I have been invited to various learning and development sessions

In your opinion what are the most important qualities for women entering the workforce to develop? Resilience, self-confidence in your deliverables, a growth mind-set, openness to new opportunities and a self-starter mind-set. Work will not always come easy, you may not usually like doing that task you are assigned, and you may have setbacks at times. Being able to overcome these pain points and drive your own career with confidence that you can deliver will help immensely and show throughout the organisation. What advice would you give your younger self entering the workforce? Remember to relax and stop to smell the roses. Prior to starting at Westpac, I was working every summer, had a cadetship and a few side businesses. I was doing so much that I didn’t have a chance to actually really enjoy myself, until I went overseas for 3 months after I finished my degree. What do you think employers are looking for in interns or graduates today? • Self-starters • Adaptability and flexibility • High emotional intelligence • Reliability • Interpersonal and communication skills How and why did you choose your business field? For me it was ultimately the process of elimination. I knew my strengths and weaknesses and how I best worked based upon my previous work experiences. For me that meant choosing a social interactive business field that allowed me to explore my interests of data, analytical work, and a mix of independent and group work. Knowing this helped me choose the Transformations Graduate program at Westpac. The rotation structure will allow me to experience different areas of Westpac Group from both vertical and horizontal roles in a project whilst examining data from different stakeholder perspectives.


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