MELBOURNE—Principal mortgage broker Edwena Dixon of Pinpoint Finance is on a mission to help empower young women by providing financial skills to prepare them for the future.
Edwena helps young women and girls by speaking at her alma mater Melbourne Girls College in Richmond. She teaches financial literacy and the difference between wise investments and bad debt. She also hosts “Laneway Learning” events direct to the public, using Monopoly games as a learning tool for property and finance.
“To many people, talking about money is taboo; how can you learn about money if your parents and mentors won’t open up about it?” Ms. Dixon said. “Financial education often comes too late. And when we find out about it by mounting up too many debts, we learn the very hard way.”
She also notes the detail-oriented and cautious approach of women when it comes to investing and finance, matching her skills to help both women and men understand finance with solid, practical knowledge.
Edwena herself was noted for her achievements in leadership and customer service, winning the Editor’s Choice Award at the 2018 TheAdviser Better Business Awards earlier this month. Edwena was also nominated for the Rising Star and Customer Service awards.
Edwena and her small team based all over Australia gained recognition for their efforts in helping younger people from regional and rural Victoria, as well as ex-patriates returning home to secure mortgage finance in a clear, easy, and innovative way.
Ms. Dixon and Pinpoint brokers make themselves available using Facebook, Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, emails, and traditional phone calls. They also make use of an online client portal to streamline the often confusing and lengthy document submission process required in a home loan.
They have also gained a reputation for a 72% client referral rate to their network of select financial planners, insurance brokers, and other property professional service providers such as conveyancers.
Edwena and her team are also renowned for leadership in networking and events, including founding the N3 professional network for finance professionals. Edwena also moderates the Property Investors Australia Facebook group, which connects new and sophisticated investors to share tips, insights, and referrals.
This International Women’s Day, Edwena and Pinpoint recognise the achievements of women in the financial sector and hope more girls and women enter the field.
Ms. Dixon also won the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) Rising Star award in 2015 in her first full year of broking. She was a finalist in the MFAA 2016 Residential Finance Broker Award in Victoria, which also prompted her nomination to the MFAA Young Professional Advisory Board. She is also a board member of the MGC Alumni Association, and the organising committee for Monash Children's Hospital Dandelion Wishes Gala.
For more information, please visit pinpointfinance.com.au.