MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: CHRISTINA HOBBS
Say hello to Christina Hobbs, Co-Founder behind Verve Super.
Following being awarded an MYOB sponsored dedicated desk at One Roof after winning the Female Founder Pitch Night, we could not be more excited to feature the amazing Christina on our blog!
Christina is a former Management Consultant with expertise in financial services strategy. She has worked as a humanitarian and financial inclusion expert for the United Nations for over a decade. She is an experienced Board Director in the superannuation industry, a former Board Director of the Global Women's Project and a published author on gender equality.
A short summary of what your business is and why you started it?
Verve Super is Australia's first superannuation fund for women and is led by women. Australian women retire on average with half the superannuation of men and that is what Verve is here to change. Verve is Australia's only superannuation fund dedicating 100% of its focus, dedication and attention to building the financial power of women, our three Co-Founders - Alex, Zoe and Chrissy have spent much of their careers dedicated to this task.
Is there anything exciting you are working on over the next 2-3 weeks or any big wins that you would like us to highlight?
We launched on Monday the 3rd of December and winning the MYOB Vic Start Up women's start up award was a great bonus! We also had an amazing launch week with some great coverage in Fairfax, Sunrise and ABC Business. But now it's time to get to work, we'd love to get more great women (and men) to join our fund before Christmas so that we can get ready for a great 2019. So we are working hard on servicing our community and welcoming our new members.
Biggest tip for someone starting a business?
Know your purpose and be clear to yourself on why your business is important, because on tough days the higher purpose is the only thing pulling you through.
What do you find beneficial when it comes to working from a co-working space such as One Roof?
It's been so great, to get out of my spare room and into a space filled with positive women, and men. On the toughest days, I feel instantly better when I walk through the One Roof doors.
Tell us about YOU, what do you like doing when you unplug from work?
I've only recently moved to Melbourne, so it's been fun exploring the city. I love bushwalking and skiing, so looking forward to my first weekend off so that I can head to the mountains.
How can people get involved with Verve Super?
Join our fund, we're a great ethical super fund and we offer free financial guidance, online coaching, events and webinars for women. We also take a stance and don;t invest in companies which are known to abuse or exploit women in their supply chains or exclude women from the most senior levels of leadership. We already have an amazing community of supportive women which is growing every day and we'd love some more One Roofers to join the fund! If you want to join the discussion, jon the closed facebook group: 'Women With Verve Talk Money and Life!' or try our free 3 step money programme, you can sign up on our website.
What have you found most rewarding about starting Verve Super?
The stories of every day women have been amazing. Just this morning we were chatting in our Facebook group about the financial issues facing women getting a divorce, it's great to see members already supporting members after only one week! we've also had great feedback about our online coaching resources with some messages from members that they've already taken great actions to improve their financial management. This empowerment of women is what Verve is all about!
And finally, is there anything else you'd like to share?
Keep an eye in the new year for Verve's first Melbourne based event!
We rise by lifting others.
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