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The successful Australian woman is passionate, driven, focussed, determined and resilient – but she has had to make a number of sacrifices in the name of success and while regret might be too strong a word, she is fully aware of these sacrifices and is striving to ameliorate them.
These are the findings revealed in Long Way to the Top, authored by Melbourne financial planner, Charmaine Curtain from Global Partnerships Financial Consulting (GPFC).
Ms Curtain said Long Way to the Top provides extraordinary insights into the Australian woman’s journey along the pathway to success and the challenges she continues to face.
“Australian women have jumped some amazing hurdles that a hundred years ago seemed insurmountable,” Ms Curtain said. “They now hold some of the most powerful positions in the country – we have a female Prime Minister, two female state Premiers, a female Governor General and two female state Governors. One of our female executives - Gail Kelly - is ranked eighth in the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.”
However, Ms Curtain said that while Australian women have much to celebrate, they still have significant hurdles to overcome.
“Many of the women I interviewed believe they have made significant sacrifices in the name of success,” Ms Curtain said. “These sacrifices included time, money and personal relationships. If my findings are typical, professional women are still being paid less than men, they still lack the financial resources or security to appropriately fund their own ventures, they still have poor access to business funding and they still have insufficient savings for retirement. In the twenty-first century, it is not good enough.”
Ms Curtain said that her research suggests that successful women are powerful consumers and expect service that surpasses their expectations. “The consumer is, in fact, Queen,” Ms Curtain said. “If providers expect to win them as customers or clients they must deliver exceptional service.”
According to the findings, women want to be listened to, valued, appreciated and respected by service providers. “Service that takes into account how time poor professional women are and how torn they feel between home and work; lifestyle and career will win the day,” Ms Curtain said.
Ms Curtain also took the opportunity to thank the women she interviewed for the project.
“As a woman and as the owner of a business myself, I set out to discover how women achieved, in some instances, such outstanding success. I was curious about the barriers to success and how successful women had surmounted them,” she said. “But what I came away with was powerful insights into women, their ability to face obstacles, their great willingness to help each other and their generosity towards younger women just starting out on the corporate ladder. I feel as though I have been coached by some of the best women in the business – and for that I thank each and every one of them.”
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About Charmain Curtain, Global Partnerships Financial Consulting
Charmaine Curtain is Principal Wealth Adviser and Practice Principal Global Partnerships Financial Consulting (GPFC). GPFC is a leading provider of high quality financial consulting services. With experience of more than 20 years in the sector, Charmaine provides tailored advice and asset management services to individuals, small business owners and retirees.
GPFC offers a complete financial care package, helping clients to build wealth through comprehensive investment, insurance, superannuation, salary packaging, debt management and taxation strategies.
Global Wealth Partners Pty Ltd trading as Global Partnerships Financial Consulting Authorised Representative of Godfrey Pembroke Limited Australian Financial Services Licensee and Insurance Broker. A member of the National Group of Companies.