Elaine is a strategic thinker, connector, professional mentor and public speaker with over 40 years in business including more than 22 years in financial markets with Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. A committed corporate citizen with a strong belief in reciprocity, she has been involved in many organisations aimed at empowering individuals, influencing change and encouraging collaboration and meaningful connections. Drawing on the experiences and networking skills she had developed over many years, Elaine set about creating an environment for women to share, learn and collaborate for mutual benefit.
Her passion is building a strong business community for executive women. Elaine offers expertise and clear thinking in relation to the often unique challenges faced by professionals dealing with change, people commencing their careers and those returning to the work force. She sees herself as both a mentor and facilitator and seeks to address their current and future needs and aspirations and assist them with identifying their goals.
The concept for a platform aimed at bringing together thought leaders and centres of influence, across diverse disciplines and business sectors and who share their principles of ‘giving back’, resulted in the development of Significant Women’s Network. Together with her daughter Sandra -(CEO of Bennelong Foundation), Elaine has taken the initiative to build the framework for SWN, while pursuing her own professional, philanthropic and personal interests-energy that is in turn energising and inspiring.