September 1, 2010

Deutsche Bank hosts second sold out Women in Banking and Finance Annual Forum

Both men and women from across the financial services industry gathered at Ivy in Sydney last night for the annual Women in Banking and Finance Forum hosted by Deutsche Bank.

Featuring an impressive panel of speakers, the event built on the success of last year’s inaugural forum and was a record on two fronts with tickets selling out in just a day and a record number of attendees.

Best-selling author and economist Loretta Napoleoni was the keynote speaker in a high-profile panel which included NSW Premier Kristina Kenneally, chief executive officer of Carnival Australia Ann Sherry and journalist and author Mia Freedman. Selected for the tenacity they have demonstrated in their sectors, their careers and their personal lives, the panel participated in a lively discussion on the theme of resilience moderated by ABC radio’s Adam Spencer.

Chum Darvall, chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank Australia, said, “Deutsche Bank approaches diversity from a global context – our Women on Wall Street in New York and Women in European Banking in London events are well-established - and we are delighted to see that this annual forum has grown by almost 50 per cent since our inaugural event last year in partnership with Women in Banking and Finance.”

The event also featured award-winning dancer Amy Hollingsworth in one of her last performances before bringing a close to her illustrious career. Now the new dance director at Sydney Dance Company, Amy endured a slow and painful rehabilitation following breaking her back at 18 years of age.

This year marks the 10th anniversary for Women in Banking and Finance which has grown to comprise 28 corporate member organisations from across the financial services industry. President of Women in Banking and Finance, Melissa Marzulli, said, “In 2000, when the first group of like-minded women first came together, they could only have dreamed about a gathering on this scale. Now, in the 10th anniversary year of Women in Banking and Finance, it’s encouraging to see so many people - male and female - share in the vision of parity for women in the banking and finance workplace.”

For further information and/or photographs from the event, please contact:

Deutsche Bank AG

Michelle Chaperon
Phone: +61 2 8258 1311

Camilla Herring
Phone: +61 2 8258 2731

About Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank is a leading global investment bank with a strong and profitable private clients franchise. A leader in Germany and Europe, the bank is continuously growing in North America, Asia and key emerging markets. With 81,929 employees in 72 countries, Deutsche Bank offers unparalleled financial services throughout the world. The bank competes to be the leading global provider of financial solutions for demanding clients creating exceptional value for its shareholders and people.

About Women in Banking and Finance

Women in Banking and Finance Inc (WIBF) is a non-profit organisation providing a forum for professional women in financial services and related industries. Its objective is to provide a supportive environment for career and personal development and the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals. Established in 2000 as Women in Finance (NSW) Inc, following the success of the Brisbane-based organisation, WIBF launched its first forum in February 2000 and has grown to become a powerful voice for women in the financial services industry.

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