Nicola Wakefield Evans

Introducing the Annual Dinner 2017 Keynote Speaker: Nicola Wakefield Evans

Register now for the Annual Dinner to hear about Nicola’s experiences!

For more information about the Annual Dinner, please visit the Facebook event.


Nicola Wakefield Evans

Nicola is an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Lend Lease Group, Toll Holdings Limited, Macquarie Group Limited, Macquarie Bank Limited, BUPA Australia & New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nicola is a member of the Audit Committees of Macquarie, Lend Lease and BUPA, the Sustainability Committee of Lend Lease, and chairs the Audit Committee at Toll Holdings, the Board Governance and Compliance Committee at Macquarie and the Risk Committee at BUPA.

Nicola is also a Member of the board of Asialink and Asialink Business (University of Melbourne), the University of New South Wales Foundation Limited and the Takeovers Panel.

Nicola is a lawyer and spent nearly 30 years at King & Wood Mallesons (20 years as a partner). Nicola has extensive experience as an equity capital markets and M&A lawyer and has been involved in a number of significant and ground-breaking M&A transactions and has advised some of the largest companies in Australia, Asia and globally. Nicola had several management roles at King & Wood Mallesons including Partner in Charge (Sydney), Managing Partner, Practice (Australia) and Managing Partner, International (Hong Kong) and has lived and worked in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, New York and Hong Kong.

Nicola was selected in 2009 as a member of Advance Asia 50 – a group of the most influential Australians living & working in Asia and was selected in 2011 as a member of Advance Global 50 – a group of leading Australian women working outside Australia.  Nicola was named in 2013 as one of the inaugural 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review

Nicola is married to Kym Evans and they have 4 sons.  Nicola’s interests include sailing, walking, music and theatre.

Networking Tips

Networking Tips

My number one tip for networking is that practice is key. To be honest, in my first year of university, I thought I was pretty good at networking. However, as I attended more networking events, I realised there were many gaps in my knowledge. Here are my recommendations when it comes to effective networking:

1. Be aware of your body language

a. How are you standing?
For instance, something as simple as your stance can have such a major impact. If, for example, you are speaking to a representative or peer with your feet pointed towards them and body facing them directly, this gives the impression that you are having a private conversation and do not welcome others to join in.

b. Welcome others into the group
However, if you are in a situation where you would like others to join the ‘circle,’ do the opposite. For instance, when you meet like-minded people or want to hear the questions others ask representatives. This is when you have your feet pointing more outward and shoulders diagonal, conveying a more open and inclusive message.

c. Be aware of your actions
Similarly, folded arms can show that you are uninterested and unwilling to have a conversation. In contrast, if you smile and make eye contact with whom you are speaking to, this demonstrates you are both engaged and interested.

2. Be prepared with conversation points

Networking is about building relationships and a great way of doing so is speaking about topics that interest you. While talking about the weather is a safe topic that everyone can contribute to, it is a little overdone. Others topics like current affairs, holiday plans and reflecting on the event attended are great discussion points as they can be easily adapted to the situation and environment you are in. For instance, if someone is at a workshop related to Taxation, and the Federal Budget was just released for the year, consider mentioning a part of the budget related to what was spoken about in the workshop.

Some go to questions are:

What did you think of the speaker/presentation/workshop?

I read an interesting article about ___, what do you think of it?

Do you have any plans for the summer/winter break?

To sum up, be aware of your body language and whether it is sending your desired message. Speak about topics that genuinely interest you to spark conversation and adapt discussion to the situation.

All the best!

If you want to put these tips and skills into action, come along to Capital W’s Annual Dinner https://www.facebook.com/events/1915989965093113/

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International Women’s Day Breakfast

What a wonderful morning of celebration! On 10 March, UNSW’s Capital W, UTS’ Women in Business, Macquarie’s Women Entering Business, and USYD’s Network of Women collaborated to create an event where men and women came together to ‘Take a Stand’ and #BeBoldForChange. Our panel consisted of:

  • Cindy Hook: CEO at Deloitte
  • Stewart Brentnall: Chief Investment Officer at ANZ
  • Verity Firth: CEO of the Public Education Foundation and former MP
  • Yolanda Beattie: Principal and practice leader for diversity and inclusion practice for Mercer in Australia
  • Scott Wharton: EGM of Strategy and Performance in Enterprise Systems at CBA

Facilitated by Catherine Fox (journalist and former columnist of ‘Corporate Women’ at the AFR Boss Magazine), the panelists discussed the importance of gender equality in the workplace, shared measures their workplaces were taking to obtain this goal, and answered questions from the audience. This was followed by a networking session where students had the chance to ask our panelists questions one on one and meet representatives from our combined 21 sponsors across the four societies.

Head over to our gallery to relive the event. If you loved our International Women’s Day Breakfast, or would like to attend something similar, register for our Annual Dinner coming up on 4 July!

Credit Suisse Project Firefly HOLT Valuation Challenge

Enter the HOLT Valuation Challenge to compete for a chance at interviews with Credit Suisse HOLT and affiliates. Get ahead in the recruitment marketplace, sharpen your company awareness and develop your integrated finance skills.

1—Online Game

Discover a unique valuation methodology as top performers will receive free access to HOLT LensTM for the duration of their studies. More prizes to win!

2—Investment Pitch

Showcase your finance skills by preparing a convincing company valuation that will be reviewed by Credit Suisse HOLT professionals.

3—Interviews

The best participants will be invited to interview for opportunities with Credit Suisse HOLT and affiliates. Interviews take place in Q3 2017.

Prizes Include

  • Interviews with Credit Suisse HOLT and affiliates worldwide
  • Access to HOLT LensTM
  • Invitations to networking events and more!

Take the HOLT Valuation Challenge: project-firefly.com/holtchallenge

Investment Pitch Deadline: June 30, 2017

Uber Graduate Program 2018

Uber Graduate Program 2018

Why Uber?
If you want to have a tangible impact, are fuelled by next-level thinking, and are seeking to expand your career through the world’s fastest growing company – find your place at Uber. Uber is looking for bold and passionate Grads to join our 2018 Grad Program in our offices across Australia and New Zealand.

Be in the front seat
Find your place in a company that is creating better ways to connect people and improve cities

Be surrounded by world class talent
Join our team of leaders and innovators, grown from a passion to take risks and develop the next big idea.

Be prepared for autonomy
Take your ideas to the next level and work on projects that challenge and excite you.