Power 7 with Olivia…

Olivia Sarah-Le Lacheur, General Manager Retail Distribution – Partnership Development, AIA Australia (incorporating CommInsure), has been the National Chair of the AFA Foundation for five years.  During this time, the AFA Foundation has delivered over $2m of funds to thousands of charity partners across the country to make a difference in the lives of people in our communities.

  1. Why is financial advice important to you?  Having been in the insurance industry for over a quarter of a century, I’ve seen how the right money at the right time gives people freedom, choices and dignity. Every aspect of financial planning is critical, however insurance is like the solid foundations of a house. Without it, the walls and roof and all that are homed within it are vulnerable.
  2. Your favourite quote? “Do what is right. Respect others. Perform with Excellence”. Kylie George (past AFA Award winner and regional financial adviser)
  3. What advice would you give to your younger self?  Start every day with optimism. Be a curious learner. Give freely to others. Have an attitude of gratitude. Believe in yourself. And….always leave the nightclub before last drinks are poured and the lights come on…….
  4. Your most recent ‘high-five’ moment? I like to celebrate something every day, so I’m a regular high fiver……for my team, my family and myself. I’m still high fiving the AFA Foundation Committee and AFA community for giving over $2m to our charity partners to support the amazing work they do across Australia.
  5. What can we find you doing most weekends?  During the week I focus most of my energy on my role, my team, the business and our industry. On the weekends I flick the switch and focus on my family, my community and myself. Weekends are filled with netball and gymnastics (my daughter, not me !!), raising funds or awareness for a cause I am passionate about, or reading a booking while eating breakfast in bed (courtesy of my lovely husband).
  6. Have you seen anything lately that made you smile?   You can find something every day on social media that will make you burst into a smile and laugh out loud !!! There are too many funny things to mention….
  7. What are you reading right now? I have three books on the go (all paper, no Kindles!!). Something invigorating and inspiring “64 shots, Leadership in a Crazy World” by Kevin Roberts, something frivolous and fun “Sex and Vanity” by Kevin Kwan, and something edifying and educational “The address book” by Deirdre Mask.