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FINSIA is delighted to introduce a new series designed to help you sharpen your leadership skills and position yourself today for the leadership roles of tomorrow – whether you aspire for a seat in the C-suite, the CEO’s corner office or at the Board table. 

The FINSIA Leadership Series is presented in partnership with Riverstone Associates, an integrated leadership advisory and executive search firm, specialising in Board, CEO and C-Suite level search and leadership consulting across a range of sectors.   

The FINSIA Leadership Series comprises: 

FINSIA Leadership Series Video Content

Hear expert insights from Jessica Apfel and Daniel Coone as they share their advice to help financial professionals prepare for future C-suite and CEO roles and top tips to help young finance leaders navigate their careers and world of work.

Secrets CEOs wish they had learned earlier:

  • Strategically adapt your language (2:29)
  • Trust your gut (2:02) 
  • Calm & confident (1:52) 
  • Become a better listener (1:32) 
  • Deal with conflict (1:51) 


Tips for young finance leaders 

  • What’s the one thing I need to become a great CEO? (1:43) 
  • How to take feedback (1:51)
  • How to prepare for your future Board career (2:31) 
  • Develop your team (2:57) 

FINSIA members can view the video series here.


FINSIA Leadership Series Webinar Program (2023)

What an Executive Search Firm Looks For

Wednesday 30 August, 12.30pm - 1.30pm AEST

A webinar designed help equip young leaders with an understanding of how executive search firms operate and what qualities and experience they typically seek in candidates for leadership roles. If you have been approached for a senior leadership role in the past, are currently in a process or simply want to know how they work for future this webinar will provide some practical suggestions. 1 CPD hour.

Key learnings:

  • How to ‘tell’ your leadership story (and what to avoid). 

  • Suggestions for the meeting/interview (it’s always an interview).  

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How to build your board career 

Wednesday 6 September, 12.3pm – 1.30pm AEST 

A webinar designed to equip aspiring and current non-executive directors with the knowledge of how to establish a successful and rewarding career as a board member. Whether you are an experienced executive looking to transition into non-executive roles or a young professional aiming to build a foundation for future board opportunities this webinar will offer practical advice and insights.  1 CPD hour. 

Key learnings:

  • How to start creating a ‘board identity’.   

  • Tips on how to obtain your first few board roles.  

  • The process of board selection.   

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Managing a career transition 

Coming Soon

This webinar is a dynamic and informative session designed for mid-to-senior level professionals who aspire to elevate their careers to executive leadership positions. If you are currently transitioning into a more senior role or you aspire to do so, this session will cover insights learned from decades of coaching and developing senior leaders.  1 CPD hour. 

Key learnings:

  • What got you here, won’t get you to the next level.  

  • The typical ‘derailers’ leaders face.  

  • How to maximise personal effectiveness. 


FINSIA Leadership Series Workshop

Look out for further details coming soon…

About Riverstone Associates

Jessica Apfel

Jessica Apfel

Co-founder & Principal

Riverstone Associates

Jessica has twenty years of experience in the leadership industry working with boutique advisory firms and global firm Heidrick & Struggles.

Her career has specialised in CEO succession and board effectiveness reviews.

Jessica works closely with Chairs and CEOs to provide insightful assessment data for selection, succession, development planning advice and guidance for governance effectiveness.

She facilitates executive team workshops and coaches’ leaders who are transitioning into C-Suite roles.

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Daniel Coone

Daniel Coone

Co-founder & Principal

Riverstone Associates

Daniel has worked in providing leadership advisory and search solutions for over 25 years in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and Australia.

He specialises in assisting companies who are considering strategic change to the board or within their leadership teams.

Prior to establishing Riverstone, Daniel’s experience included ten years at Heidrick & Struggles, one of the world’s major global executive search firms working on a wide variety of senior assignments.

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