EY competition offers women a steppingstone for a corporate finance career

14 Sep 2022
Authors
Kinga Charpentier

EY Nordics Renewables Co-Lead, M&A and Debt Advisory

Excited to help clients lead their organizations through the energy transition. Keen traveler, musician and sports enthusiast.

Lasse Laurio

EY Finland, Strategy and Transactions (SaT) Leader and Partner, Nordic Talent Leader

Strategy and Transactions Leader at EY Finland. Sports enthusiast with main interest on tennis, golf and motorsports. Basketball dad and the main sponsor of teen-aged identical twins.

14 Sep 2022

Anastasiia Ivanova won the EY NextGen Women competition aimed at talented female students from a variety of backgrounds interested in corporate finance and transactions.

Top 3 of the EY NextGen competition

As the winner of the Finnish EY NextGen Women competition (previously known as Corporate Finance Woman of the Year), Ivanova was awarded a traineeship in one of our Finnish EY Strategy & Transactions teams and a 6-month mentoring program. She will also represent Finland in the Global EY NextGen Women competition in London in November 2022. 

Nine students from four universities in Finland competed in the local competition. During the competition, participants solved two different team case study assignments that required both critical thinking and creative solutions to complex corporate finance challenges.

The winner of the competition, Anastasiia Ivanova, is currently studying a Master's degree in accounting at Aalto University. The second place in the competition was won by Hanken School of Economics business administration and management student Tracy Dao and third place by Aalto University applied physics student Yerkezhan Baltasheva.

“Huge congratulations to Anastasiia Ivanova for winning the competition! The jury was impressed that throughout even the most challenging tasks, Anastasiia remained confident, calm, positive and focused. She demonstrated strong skills in leveraging the different strengths of her team members whilst actively sharing her own experience for the benefit of the team. We were also very impressed with Anastasiia’s business acumen and enthusiasm”, says Kinga Charpentier, Corporate Finance Partner at EY Finland.

The aim of the EY NextGen Women competition is to inspire a new generation of talented women to pursue careers in corporate finance. The competition is part of EY's commitment to promote equality and diversity. “We want to offer participants new experiences, the opportunity to expand their professional networks and act as a kick-starter to their careers”, Charpentier continues.

“The aim of the competition is to encourage more and more women to pursue a career in the interesting world of strategy and transactions. We believe that diverse teams and appreciation of diversity produce the best business results. The student competition is one example of how we at EY aim to increase the number of women in the field”, says Lasse Laurio, Head of EY Finland Strategy and Transactions.

For more information, visit the EY NextGen Women website.

Group photo of the finalists of the EY NextGen competition

Summary

The EY NextGen Women in Strategy and Transactions competition aims to inspire the next generation of exceptional female talent to pursue an exciting and fulfilling career in Strategy and Transactions.

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Authors
Kinga Charpentier

EY Nordics Renewables Co-Lead, M&A and Debt Advisory

Excited to help clients lead their organizations through the energy transition. Keen traveler, musician and sports enthusiast.

Lasse Laurio

EY Finland, Strategy and Transactions (SaT) Leader and Partner, Nordic Talent Leader

Strategy and Transactions Leader at EY Finland. Sports enthusiast with main interest on tennis, golf and motorsports. Basketball dad and the main sponsor of teen-aged identical twins.