MetLife and AFA grant call for women financial advisers

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MetLife Progress has been created to advocate for greater diversity in the advice industry.

MetLife Australia and the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) yesterday launched MetLife Progress: Professional Development Grant for Women. MetLife Progress has been created to advocate for greater diversity in the industry by helping women in financial advice achieve their career goals.

The inaugural 2019 grant round will offer up to 15 professional development packages, which include a 2019 AFA Conference registration, attendance at AFA events including Masterclasses, and ongoing events along with networking and support from MetLife Australia.

AFA CEO, Philip Kewin, said the AFA has partnered with MetLife to deliver professional development activities such as learning opportunities, mentoring and networking. “The AFA has a long history of encouraging women in financial services, including the launch of the AFA Inspire community of practice in 2013 which connects and supports women in the profession.”

MetLife’s Head of Retail Sales, Matt Lippiatt said, “We are big supporters of quality financial advice because we believe it enables people to lead better and more prosperous lives. We want financial planning to become the career of choice for high calibre women in Australia, so that the profession can attract and nurture more great talent. MetLife Progress is one of the practical ways we’re supporting the growth of women in financial advice and helping them as they start out on a career long journey of learning.”

Early in 2019, MetLife was announced as the first insurer to join the UN’s Women’s Global Innovation Coalition for Change – a coalition which aims to advance diversity and promote inclusion. This grant is another way MetLife is supporting diversity.

Applications for MetLife Progress open Monday 24 June, and close on Friday 12 July.

To apply, applicants must:

  • Identify as female
  • Have up to five years’ experience as a financial adviser, planner or paraplanner as at 24 June 2019
  • Not previously have attended an AFA Conference
  • Have or obtain AFA membership.

For more information, and to apply, please visit afa.asn.au.

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