Commonwealth Bank Launches 'Women in Focus'

Sydney, 26 August 2009: The Commonwealth Bank has launched a new program designed specifically to support women in business, called Women in Focus.

Head of Women in Focus, Ms Gail Hackett, said the Commonwealth Bank recognised women’s integral role in Australian business and is committed to offering innovative services tailored to their unique needs.

“Women are a key contributor to the business market and a major source of competitive advantage and ideas,” she said.

“This new program will offer a range of new and innovative services designed to provide women with the up-to-date knowledge, relationships and support they need to identify and achieve their goals.

“Participating in Women in Focus will enable women to grow professionally and personally by developing new business and personal insights, building meaningful relationships and creating valuable networks.

“We are committed to supporting women in business and assisting them to continually build their contribution to the Australian economy.”

Ms Hackett said a key feature of Women in Focus is a tailored business coaching program targeted towards business owners or partners, and women in corporate senior executive or management roles.

Women in Focus will assist these women to take their business or career to the next level, providing tools to enhance their performance and create a productive, motivated workforce, positioning themselves for best possible future growth.

Women in Focus will also continue to evolve over time to offer a comprehensive suite of products and services for teenagers right through to retirees.”

Ms Hackett said the program had a unique, flexible approach to delivering business coaching to women.

“Our four levels of service will include introductory sessions, seminar series, workshops and one-on-one business coaching,” she said.

“This will allow us to work with our individual customers on determining their unique needs and personally tailor the program to their business, pace and agenda.”

Ms Hackett said the program would be delivered by business coaches from the Commonwealth Bank’s Women in Focus team and is supported by the Commonwealth Bank’s business coaching partner, Deloitte. The Introductory Sessions will commence in late September in each capital city.

She said the Commonwealth Bank was committed to representing the diverse communities in which it operated and had a long history of supporting women.

“This year, our status as Employer of Choice for Women was renewed by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) for the eighth consecutive year,” she said.

“In May, we also announced our sponsorship of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards. The Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award recognises female business owners with a 50 per cent share or more in a business and who had responsibility for key decision making. Finalists for the awards will be announced in September.

“Five per cent of Women in Focus revenue will also go back to the community via a range of charities to help women most in need.”

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Holly Williams

Commonwealth Bank

Ph: (02) 9378 7130