Focus Dinner: Katherine McConnell (Brighte)

Date: Tuesday 10 Mar 2020
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Macquarie Bank, 1 Shelley St, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $75

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International Women’s Day is recognised globally on the 8th of March. We’ve seen it evolve into a month of events and activities that celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias, and drive action for equality.  

We have chosen to mark #IWD2020 with our ‘Women in Startups’ dinner series; where we’re inviting women leaders from across the startup ecosystem to share their personal story, triumphs, and lessons learned over dinner with an intimate group of founders.

Our guest at our Sydney dinner is Katherine McConnell, Founder of Brighte.

Equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue.

Katherine and Brighte’s values align with the theme for International Women’s Day 2020 of #EachforEqual. They believe that every family deserves access to a sustainable and comfortable home. Brighte enables Australian families to feel comfortable and empowered in their decisions, and has created a platform that provides affordable on-the-spot finance for solar, batteries and home improvements.

Katherine McConnell left a 14-year career at Macquarie Bank to start her own business, as a sole founder. As someone who professed they loved their corporate job, she knew she had to go for the opportunity she saw to help and started Brighte.

In 2018 Brighte financed around 5% of the Australian consumer finance market. With a team of 95 and growing, Katherine understands the importance of having a solid team to support company growth. In many interviews, she has said that without her strong and diverse team around her Brighte would not have continued to grow.

At this dinner, you will hear discussions about:

  • How important a strong, diverse team is for growth
  • Leaving a corporate role to pursue an opportunity
  • Why purpose is so important for a business
  • How it’s every sector’s responsibility to offer equality

Ian Gardiner, Co-Founder at Innovation Bay will be leading the evening’s conversation.

This event is an intimate 3-course dinner, for a maximum of 22 guests. Chatham House rules apply to keep the conversation open, honest and candid.

If you would like to attend please email [email protected]

Speaker Bio

Rachael Neumann

Rachael Neumann plays across many parts of the startup ecosystem, chiefly as Head of Startups in Australia & New Zealand for Amazon Web Services - Amazon’s technology and services business serving millions of customers around the world. In this role, Rachael is charged with growing out the market, driving quantity and quality of startups in the region. To this end, Rachael ...
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