EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year Competition

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EY currently employs 15,449 transactions professionals in over 106 countries helping organisations manage their capital today for their competitive position tomorrow.  We advise businesses and government bodies on how best to raise, invest, optimise and preserve their capital. Do they need to buy a company or merge with a competitor? Should they sell an underperforming business? Do they have the most appropriate business model?

We want to be inspired by women like you. Purpose-driven women who challenge conventional ways of thinking, who dare to ask questions to seek better answers. Women who want to build a better working world.

Discover how you can kick start your career journey in corporate finance and bring to life your purpose at the same time. This is more than just a global competition – it offers the chance to:

  • Start making long-lasting contacts who will drive your consulting career forward
  • Learn about the variety of career experiences in transactions
  • Discover how a leading-class professional services organisation adds value through purpose and diversity to our clients

It’s why we’re supporting the Corporate Finance Woman of the Year (CFWOY) competition in seven countries around the world.

Are you willing to take action? You could be on your way to London to the global EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year competition grand final in February 2018.

Enter the competition today!

  • How can I apply?

    How to enter

    The competition is split into three stages. Throughout, we will be looking for evidence of purpose and analytical strength – as well as the practical skills that will distinguish you in the competition.

    • Stage 1 – State competition

      In the first stage, we will challenge you to answer questions on transactions and the broader business environment in 700 words or less. Download a copy of the questions and submit your entry here.

      Entries will open on 17 July 2017 and close 12 noon, 25 August 2017.

      Finalists from each state will be invited to their local EY office to analyse and present on a transaction case study to our EY judges.

      Do well here against some of the best minds in your state and you will become a regional winner rewarded with a trip to Sydney to compete in the Australia country competition.

    • Stage 2 – Australia country competition

      In the second stage, each regional winner will be invited to Sydney to compete in the national competition where you will participate in individual and group activities. The country winner, second and third place winners will receive an internship opportunity in their local EY office. The country finalist wins a place in the global final.

    • Stage 3 – Global final

      Taking place in London, United Kingdom in February 2018, successful country finalists will work closely with people from other cultures and backgrounds from across the world. You will be challenged with individual and group activities in front of EY leaders, clients and academia. At the global final finalists will attend an awards ceremony where the overall Corporate Finance Woman of the Year winner will be announced.

    Terms and conditions can be viewed here
  • What can I win?

    Prizes that last a lifetime

    By simply entering the competition you will:

    • Make long-lasting, meaningful connections with EY leadership that will benefit your career
    • Network with females working in a global organisation that embodies a supportive and collaborative culture
    • Differentiate yourself from other graduates in an increasingly competitive job market


    The national winner, second and third place winners from the Australia country competition will receive an internship opportunity in their local EY office. The overall Australian winner will travel to London, United Kingdom in February 2018 and participate in the global competition.

  • FAQ
    • What is the Corporate Finance Woman of the Year (CFWOY) competition?

      The CFWOY competition was created by EY to reward and encourage the next generation of female transactions professionals.

      The competition honours the contributions of promising students, and serves to:

      1. Reaffirm the growing importance of transactions knowledge in the world of business among female university students.
      2. Promote the emergence of young talented professionals in the field of transactions, thus fostering interest in the profession as a potential future career

      What is the difference between the country and global competition?

      Participants in each state will compete in the country competition. Each country competition winner will then compete against their peers from the six other participating countries in the global final in London in February 2018.

      When did the program start?

      The CFWOY competition started in 2017 with seven participating countries including Australia.

      How many countries are involved?

      In 2018, female university students will represent seven countries at the global final.


    Inspiring careers in transactions

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