Meet Gianna Salvestro

1. Why is women’s financial education important to you?

Women have unique financial planning needs for many reasons. We usually take a break from our careers to raise a family, we generally earn less than men, more women work part time than men, and there is a trend for women to have children at older ages and we have longer life expectancies.

Women’s financial independence is mostly absorbed when we enter into a relationship and there is still a stigma that men are better at finances. It is heartbreaking to see a new divorcee or widow who is scared because she has to manage her own financial affairs for the first time. By improving the financial education of women I strongly believe more women will feel financially independent, empowered and will make better informed financial decisions for themselves and their family.

2. Describe what you do for clients. Why and when does someone engage you?

A trusting relationship with my clients is fundamental so I take the time to get to know what is important to them and what life goals they would like to achieve. We then determine which strategy is best suited to their unique situation and put an action plan into place.

I’ve studied finance, superannuation and business and have worked in financial services, particularly Commonwealth superannuation, over many years. So I’m able to go the extra mile to help clients who have lots of different backgrounds and goals – whether it be business owners, people faced with redundancy, career changers, people with cash flow issues, debt or growing families. I also help my clients put in place a Plan B for when things don’t go to plan such as serious illness, death or taking time out from their career to help look after someone who needs them.

3. If you had to use five words to describe your most successful clients, what would they be?

Appreciative, happy, referrers, trusting, achievers.

4. What is the best financial words of wisdom you’ve been given and who were they from?

Rich and successful people don’t need to show off their wealth by driving flashy cars; they are certain about who they are and don’t need to prove it to themselves or anyone else (Darren Laudenbach, Business Lift)

You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation. (Brigham Young)

5. What can clients expect at their first meeting/consultation with you?

At the first meeting you talk through the big picture, what your goals are, what your concerns are and what gets you going in the morning. We’ll discuss what we offer and how we can work together. I work for one of Australia’s largest ‘not for profit’ superannuation funds, First State Super, so you can be assured that your best interests will be at heart. My advice offering is much broader than only superannuation and retirement, and we absorb the cost for the initial appointment regardless of whether you are a First State Super member – so no harm in booking in an appointment for a coffee and chat.

6. How do women contact you to organise an initial catch up?

Email Gianna directly at Gianna_Salvestro@firststatesuper.com.au, call her mobile 0439 935 595 or First State Super on 1300 650 873

 

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