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Women in Finance

The Women in Finance Network was launched in September 2006 to provide networking opportunities and personal development support to enable women in accountancy to achieve their potential.

As the Women in Finance Network joins our Communities platform in 2019 to become the Women in Finance Community, our renewed vision is to create a profession in which members can lead a career without limits.

The Community seeks to:

  • Support members to achieve their personal and career goals, whatever they may be
  • Cultivate a rich, diverse network of ICAEW members, working in finance and non-finance roles
  • Enable members at all stages of their career development to share experiences, discuss current issues and future challenges relating to women
  • Provide implementable advice and support, regardless of a member’s location
  • Advance the discussion on gender equality in accountancy and in business more broadly

To achieve this, an Advisory Group, that consists of ICAEW members, volunteers its time and advises the Community on how best to serve our members.

2019 programme

Three top tips on using assertiveness at work – Webinar

Monday 15 April, 10-10.30am April 2019

This is Women in Finance Network’s first webinar, in association with CABA. Led by Lucy Whitehall, Career Coach, CABA, in this session we explore how you can boost your impact at work using your innate strength of assertiveness.

Contrary to popular wisdom, assertiveness is not the same as being aggressive. Used wisely, assertiveness drives gravitas and respect and helps us to be authentic leaders.

Listen to this half hour webinar where we bust some assertiveness myths and discover simple, practical ideas to ensure;

  • you are always heard in meetings;
  • you manage your boundaries to stay at optimal performance levels;
  • you deliver difficult messages and feedback effectively.

This online seminar has a 25 minute presentation from Lucy, followed by a Q&A and advice on personal challenges of being heard at work and how to overcome them.

Speed Mentoring - Chartered Accountants Hall

Monday 20 May, 6-9pm

Following the sold-out speed mentoring event in October 2018, the format returns for an evening edition with networking before and after the mentoring session.

Please save the date. Mentor line-up and booking page to be announced.

7 Reasons why being on a board is good for your career – Chartered Accountants Hall

Thursday 12 September, 8am-10am

Fiona Hawthorn, Managing Director of Women on Boards, will present on the benefits which a broad range of board and governance positions can bring to your career progression.

Please save the date. Further details to be announced.

Related events across ICAEW in 2019

Find below a selection of events ICAEW is running in 2019 which focus on supporting gender equality in accountancy and business.

 Date Location Event
 14 June 2019 Cambridge ICAEW East Anglia Women's Network: Supercharge your sleep
 19 June 2019 Liverpool A Woman of Achievement: Being Seen and Heard 
 25 Sept 2019 Manchester A Woman of Achievement: Being Seen and Heard
 15 Nov 2019 Cambridge ICAEW East Anglia Women's Network: Surviving the party season

You may also be interested in bespoke coaching or our suite of CPD courses within the Academy of Professional Development.

For our full events programme, please go to ICAEW events, where you can also find online webinars by selecting ‘Webinar’ under ‘Type of event’. 

CABA e-Learning courses

CABA free personal and professional development e-learning courses

ICAEW women networks across the world

Launched in 2018 and run by ICAEW Europe, the Women in EU Finance Network brings together women working on EU finance and investment policy. For more information, visit our Women in EU Finance Network page.

Also launched in 2018, ICAEW China Women in Finance Network held its first event at the British Ambassador's Residence in Beijing. The ICAEW China WiF Network aims to bring women together by hosting a wide range of events which encourage female accountants to share their experiences, collaborate with their peers, and broaden their managements skills while networking and expanding their horizons. For more details, please contact the ICAEW Greater China team.

Previous events 



Further information

Contact us

Women in Finance Network
Members, Commercial and Shared Services
Chartered Accountants' Hall
Moorgate Place
London EC2R 6EA
T: +44(0)20 7920 8862
E: Communities@icaew.com