Larke Riemer

Larke Riemer

Westpac Women's Markets (Joined:Monday 07 Mar 2011)

Larke Riemer is the Director of Women's Markets for the Westpac Banking Corporation.

Larke's Business Profile

Westpac Women's Markets

Street Address: 360 Collins Street

State / Region: Victoria

Postcode / Zip code: 3000

Country: Australia

Larke's Career Details

Westpac Women's Markets

Job Title:Director Westpac Women's Markets

Larke Riemer is the Director of Women's Markets for Westpac Banking Corporation. Larke has over 30 years with the Westpac Group and has worked across all areas of the bank. She has been instrumental in positioning Westpac to be recognised by the World Bank as global best practice for the work they do with women. Larke has responsibility for growing the overall footings of female customers which currently sits at approximately $107 billion and generates over $1.6 billion in revenue. Larke is a regular commentator in the media as a spokesperson for Westpac on issues relating to women and the female economy. Larke is the immediate past Chair of the Global Banking Alliance for Women in Banking whose mission is to accelerate the growth of women in business and women's wealth creation globally, while generating superior business outcomes for member financial institutions. Larke is now the Global Ambassador for the Global Banking Alliance for Women. She is a regularly asked to speak internationally for the World Bank/International Finance Corporation on issues relating to women and access to finance. In 2011 Larke was recognised by The International Alliance for Women for her efforts in advancing economic empowerment of women worldwide and was awarded with the World of Difference award. In 2012 Larke was awarded Westpac’s CEO Lifetime Recognition Award for her Outstanding Contribution to Women & Banking. In June 2014 Larke was a keynote speaker at the annual Power Shift Conference at Oxford University for Women in the Global Economy on the topic of Women in Finance.

Articles by Larke

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    Bullies and buns in the oven

    I was in my local supermarket’s car park the other day about to leave when a man in a menacing 4-wheel drive turned in to park.

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    With the right support we can do just about anything

    Out there in the world of brands and finance and banks, it's important, if you're going to be heard above the noise, to establish yourself and stamp the space with something that's undeniably you.

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    Women: top of the 'agender'

    I coined the term, 'sleeping giantess' to describe the power and potential of women's markets, and it's taken on a life of its own.

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    Sleeping giantess awakes

    The following is a blog I posted on the GBA site when I was in Tokyo. The panel session on access for finance for women in which I was involved was well received with closing remarks from World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim acknowledging Westpac's long and successful history in the space and the benchmark setting we share with others so they too can accelerate access to finance for women businesses to develop and grow stronger communities and economies.

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    Why telling stories is so important

    The Chief Executive Women (CEW) annual dinner is always a head turning affair. A collection of the best and brightest female faces in Australian business, most found time to pull something special off in the fashion stakes and the room bubbled with appreciative comments.

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    Secretary, 2nd most influential woman in the world

    I've been asked more than a few times and in some very clever ways, who my guests would be at my top-10 dinner party. The simple answer: Hillary Rodham Clinton, the incumbent US Secretary of State, would be head of the table.

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    Soaring rates of STDs among divorcees

    I grew up in Far North Queensland in a town called Ravenshoe on the Atherton Tableland. My recent visit to Cairns, which is not that far away from my old home and a place I also lived for a short time, brought back interesting memories.

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    Want My Opinion: don't confuse brand strength with reputation

    Modern politicians are a good lesson for why confusing brand strength with reputation can have perilous consequences.

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    Out of sight out of mind

    It's true, I know from experience that when something isn't on your radar, when the behaviours don't exist for you, then it's very often not something you think about. and, until someone else points it out, you also don't get the whole picture. Of course, I'm speaking about women leaders, women role models in positions of power and how few of them there are - even now - in the public spotlight.

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    Style and substance

    I flew to Washington DC just after Easter for the Global Banking Alliance (GBA) meeting, where I also finished up my time as chair of the organisation. Wearing my signature style: a Nicola Waite wardrobe, Dinosaur Design jewellery, and sporting Corban and Blair stationary, I made an impression. Corporate heads swivelled.

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    Bobbing for feminists

    What does it mean to be a feminist? The question's bobbed into view for me a great deal lately.

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    Riding the brand wagon

    I don't buy cheap mascara and I don't get time to do a lot of make-up checks.

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    A side of Wedges with that, madam?

    We're well into the second decade of the 21st century and what a Bingo ride 2011 has been.

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    I'm back

    In a reworking of Arnie Schwarzenegger's famous line "I'll be back", I've returned from my Far North Queensland break, am at work and, horror upon horror, sniffling, coughing and under the weather again after four weeks of perfect health.

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    Mayday

    The authors of a University of NSW research study came to see us the other day. They want to explore and help tackle the complex economic issues domestic violence creates for women and children who find themselves caught up in this intolerable situation.

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    Up on the catwalk

    I was recently featured in Harper's Bazaar as part of a story celebrating women's achievements in various areas and International Women's Day. No prizes for guessing: mine was to do with banking and finance.

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    Like a florist on Valentine's Day

    The week of International Women's Day was as amazing as it was hectic. There was the launch of the Power of 100 with Gail Kelly and 800 guests at the MCA in Sydney. There was the national launch in Westpac branches of our ongoing acknowledgement of women leaders in the local community.

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    A Flood of Ideas

    I know I've had a good break when I can't remember the code to unlock my Blackberry.

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    Full Moon Moments

    I sat down to write this blog and my only thought was: what am I going to say? Somehow I've got through the year. It's had its full moon moments.

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    Power weeks

    What a difference a week can make... We've played a part in some fantastic initiatives recently, locally, nationally and internationally we're world leaders. Some of the events have been with Westpac CEO Gail Kelly in person. Others, I've had the good fortune to be part of as a representative of Westpac.

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    The successful experiment

    As you can see, look what we've done with Ruby to celebrate. Our Ruby is growing up strong and healthy and she's here to stay.

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    Will Power

    On August 31st as the now Prime Minister was still deep in conversation with the three Independents, Bob Katter, Rob Oakeshott and Terry Windsor, I was at lunch with Bill Evans, Westpac's senior economist, and a roomful of hi-energy women in Melbourne.

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    Will Power II

    I came across this piece by Isobel Coleman the other day in Forbes magazine and I wanted to share it with our Ruby members, so here's a little taste of what you van expect and I encourage you to go to the link to read more: "Women Are The New Global Growth Engine"

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