EY Australia has announced its inaugural Corporate Finance Woman of the Year Competition.
This global initiative is aimed at female university students across Australia.
Its goal is to encourage more female students to consider careers in Transaction Advisory Services at EY.
“Corporate finance and transaction services are really exciting field to be in – especially now when in Australia we are experiencing unprecedented levels of activity from both global and local organisations looking for growth through acquisitions, divestments of non-core assets or new infrastructure procurement,” said David Larocca, EY Oceania Managing Partner – Transaction Advisory Services (TAS).
“At EY we understand that better business outcomes are achieved with a diverse workforce, and while we are proud to have a 50/50 ratio of male to female graduates in our TAS team in Australia, we do find that we receive fewer applications from women.
“This competition is a great way to improve the perception of our industry generally and ensure the breadth of EY’s Transaction Advisory Services is communicated to female students. There are so many exciting opportunities for TAS staff all over the world. Plus, it has the long term benefit of balancing the gender make-up of the industry at senior levels in the future.
“At EY, we have made significant changes in recent years in improving the diversity of our Transactions team. We are committed to ‘building a better working world’ and a diverse workforce is crucial to that. We want the best and brightest team now and in the future, and this means increasing awareness amongst female students of how rewarding a career in transaction services and corporate finance can be,” concluded Mr Larocca.
The national competition will be open from July 17 to 25 August 2017.
Eligible students must be completing their degree between 2018 and 2021.
In keeping with our desire to increase diversity, students from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged to enter.
Students will participate in a regional competition in one of six EY office locations across Australia by analysing a transaction case study and presenting their findings to TAS professionals in these regions.
Regional winners will then compete in a national final in EY’s Sydney office in October 2017.
The national competition winner will then be flown to London in early 2018 to compete against other national winners across the globe and present in front of EY senior leadership, clients and academia.
Source: EY Australia