I have known Andrea Slattery in her role as CEO of the SMSF Association for some years, more recently as a Board member of the Association. I can attest to her incredibly good advocacy skills, her determination and tenacity in pursuing matters for the SMSF community. Her advocacy is tempered by a constructive and collaborative approach and an unfailingly gracious manner. As a consequence she has built the Association into an influential body, and won many friends for the SMSF Association in corporate and policy circles.
Her story motivated the audience, causing them to believe that ‘normal, ordinary’ women can do extraordinary work. Her challenges and triumphs offer guidance, counsel and inspiration.
I value Andrea’s strong collegiality and leadership. She is a proven and trusted leader in her field, over many decades. She is also a valued colleague with a warm and engaging manner who does not hesitate to reach out and assist others. She is generous in sharing her deep knowledge of the highly technical world of financial services.
Having been privileged to work with Andrea for almost a decade has given me an insight to her wonderful and giving nature and her enormous ability to lead large organisations and groups of people as well as her ability to lead change and finding innovative ways to achieve different outcomes.
Australia’s self-managed superannuation funds comprise one third of the entire system – now an extraordinary $2 trillion. It is a large and diverse sector with over 560,000 funds and 1.1 million members. This large and diverse sector has one voice only – Andrea Slattery.
Andrea embodies a new style of leadership. She maintains her composure under fire, she communicates challenging messages with grace and she builds and maintains wide networks.
Andrea is an inspiration as a wife, mother and grandmother and as well as leading a national organisation, demonstrating it is possible for women to excel in the Australian business world. Her story motivated the audience, causing them to believe that ‘normal, ordinary’ women can do extraordinary work.