NAB/MAFC Women's Mentoring Program

Proud Partner of NABNational Australia Bank and Macquarie Applied Finance Centre are thrilled to announce the 2017 NAB/MAFC Women's Mentoring Program.

21 selected female students have been mentored by a senior female leader from NAB since the launch of this valuable program.

We pair our part-time and full-time female students who have completed a minimum number of credit points of study with senior leaders at NAB. This outstanding opportunity enhances your early-career professional development and provides access to a network of NAB executives.  Mentors will work with you one-on-one over six months, within a formal mentoring structure.


Applications for the 2017 NAB/MAFC Women’s Mentoring Program are now closed.

There are two steps in this year’s application process:

  1. Submit a personal statement expressing your motivation and suitability for the the program (strictly 500 words or less), due by midnight 2 April 2017; and
  2. Attend an interview with Associate Professor Anne Cooper, Director, MAFC, in Sydney or Melbourne (dates below).

If you have had a change in employment ie role/company, since commencing the Master of Applied Finance program, please include an updated resume.

You can send your application direct to Ann Schoefer, Business Development Manager, MAFC:

To qualify

  • You'll have completed eight credit points of study
  • You'll have less than ten years' work experience in any industry sector, but preferably from within financial services, professional services, or in a role with exposure to corporate finance
  • You'll have a short letter/email from your manager/employer endorsing your application for the Program, if you are employed currently, permanently or casually, in a banking or financial institution.  For example, past Mentees who worked full-time with competitors to NAB, quickly received approval to participate as their Manager understood the benefits of the NAB/MAFC Mentoring Program, such as has having their staff member exposed to the industry more broadly, being mentored, and building professional connections
  • Sign a confidentiality agreement with NAB
  • Complete a short Reflective Learning Journal during the Program to criteria provided by MAFC for submission by 10 December 2017

and be:

  • Based in either Sydney or Melbourne
  • Either a full-time or part-time, currently enrolled student
  • Available to attend a 30-minute interview, ideally on either Thursday 6 April 2017 in Melbourne CBD or Monday 10 April 2017 in Sydney CBD, during business hours
  • Available to complete a minimum of four one-on-one sessions (typically one hour) with your Mentor at a mutually agreed time and place.  For example, past Mentees also co-ordinated a “Day in the Life” at NAB, with the help of their Mentors, and were exposed to presentations by other senior male and female leaders to learn more about strategic bank management and  operations. This was additional to the four one-on-one sessions.
  • Available to attend a group kick-off lunch with either the Sydney or Melbourne team (in your city of residence) in early May (at a time to suit the Mentors)
  • Available to attend the compulsory End-Of-Program Event hosted by MAFC at Macquarie University City Campus, Sydney CBD, on Friday, 1 December from 4.00pm to 6.00pm
  • Prepared to take on an ambassadorial role for the Macquarie Applied Finance Centre with respect to the mentoring program and Master of Applied Finance, which may include some or all of the following: photography; public relations/social media; media interviews; filming; speaking; testimonials.

Unfortunately, this Program is not open to male students.  However, MAFC offers access to all students to Finsia's unique, professional mentoring program, at a significant discount. Details are available from Finsia.

2016 Mentees

Florence Fayard, 2016 NAB/MAFC WMP Mentee 

Florence Fayard

Florence was a full-time student at MAFC in Sydney and has previously worked as a financial controller with Thales Group, a multinational organisation in France. She has four years of diverse experience in financial services industries and leading edge, fast-paced high-tech organizations. Florence holds a Bachelors’ degree in Business Economics completed in France and a Master’s degree in International Management from Piacenza, Italy. With the Master of Applied Finance she would like to expand her financial knowledge, and to acquire news skills in the corporate finance area.

Jenny Hu, 2016 NAB/MAFC WMP Mentee 

Jenny Hu

Jenny was a part-time student at MAFC in Sydney and works as Senior Risk Analyst Retail Credit, Westpac Banking Corporation. After completing her Bachelor of Commerce she started her career as a Risk Graduate at NAB where she rotated through Strategic Business Services and Level 3 Credit.

Angela McHale, 2016 NAB/MAFC WMP Mentee 

Angela McHale

Angela is a part-time student at MAFC in Sydney and currently working at CBA, supporting the Group Treasury team in the management of their securitisation and capital management deals. Her passion for these deals is due to their complexity, incorporated risk management and regulatory forefront. She has a Bachelors’ degree in Economics with a double major in Finance and Economics.

Nancy Niu, 2016 NAB/MAFC WMP Mentee 

Nancy Niu

Nancy is a part-time student at MAFC in Sydney and currently working as a Business Analyst at Downer EDI. This role enables her to see the detailed end-to-end processes in many areas such as project finance management, purchasing, and asset management. She believes that studying the Master of Applied Finance degree, while working closely with the companies’ businesses every day, has really broadend up her view and understanding of the importance of finance at both operational and strategic levels. As a result she is particularly interested in the corporate finance area at the moment.

Olivia Tulk, 2016 NAB/MAFC WMP Mentee 

Olivia Tulk

Olivia is a part-time student at MAFC in Melbourne and works in a secondment from her Quantitative Analyst role as Business Banking Officer with Bendigo & Adelaide Bank. She joined the bank as Graduate undertaking three rotations in Sandhurst Trustees, Group Assurance and Operational Risk Modelling after completing her Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Science and Finance.

Joy Lin, 2016 NAB/MAFC WMP Mentee 

Joy Lin

Joy is a part-time student at MAFC in Melbourne and currently working as Analyst Interest Risk Oversight with NAB. After completing her Bachelor of Commerce she joined NAB as a Graduate and moved through various roles.

Elena Virtue, 2016 NAB/MAFC WMP Mentee 

Elena Virtue

Elena is a part-time student at MAFC in Melbourne and a Director of Alliance Management at Nexvet Biopharna. She holds an Honours Degree in Science and a PhD from The University of Melbourne. She started her career in science and developed a specific interest in finance when she had the opportunity to move from the lab into a corporate role. The exposure to the many facets of the corporate head office created a desire to gain formal training in finance with the hope to eventually build a wellrounded skill-set that would make me an attractive candidate for executive management roles in the future. Her career passion is to be in managing the corporate finance side of a business, and being at the forefront of licensing deals, M&A’s and corporate strategy.

“Right now, banks are extremely supportive of smart, ambitious women so there is more opportunity than ever before. It’s an exciting time for women in banking and finance.” 
Lynn Donohue, Senior Consultant, Office of the Chief Compliance officer, NAB
2016 Mentor

“Thank you so much for selecting me for the mentorship program – my mentor is absolutely amazing and I know I will learn a lot from her - I already have. I think we are a great match!”
Elena Virtue, Director of Alliance Management, Nexvet Biopharma
2016 Mentee

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