EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year

The EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year is a global competition that recognizes talented women currently studying at university level or equivalent with the potential to have a fulfilling career in EY Strategy and Transactions.

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EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year 2020, Jie Hui Tan, with Steve Krouskos and Julie Hood

If you could do something that matters, what would it be?

We want to be inspired by purpose-driven women who challenge conventional ways of thinking, who dare ask questions to seek better answers. If you want the opportunity to do something that matters to you, to make an impact, to be true to yourself and to speak out about your ideas, continue reading for your opportunity to make the world work better.

The program aims to inspire the next generation of exceptional female talent to pursue an exciting and fulfilling career in Strategy and Transactions. We hope to foster a community where women from varying backgrounds can learn, be challenged and develop relationships and skills that will last a lifetime.

Why is EY so passionate about investing in the development of future female leaders? Numerous global studies have shown that women’s advancement and leadership are key to business performance and economic prosperity. In order to help companies drive inclusive growth by focusing on their capital and transaction strategy through to execution, it’s vital we build diverse and purpose-driven teams.

    About the competition

    The 2020-2021 EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year global final competition will take place in April 2021.

    • The first phase of the competition takes place in local countries. Finalists are challenged to think critically and to come up with creative solutions for complex problems. They will undertake both group and individual challenges, to give them the opportunity to demonstrate how they can contribute to a high-performing team and build a better working world.

    • The country winners for the 2020-2021 competition are then invited to attend the global final to represent their country. They'll work together to solve problems for a real client, culminating in a celebratory announcement of the 2021 EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year global winner.  

    Read more about the 2020 global final.

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    1. How to take part
    2. Participating countries
    3. Previous competition highlights

    Hear from Jie Hui Tan, the EY CFWY 2020 winner

    Julie Hood, Global Deputy Vice Chair – Strategy and Transactions, interviews Jie Hui about her experience as the 2020 winner:

    Meet the 22 finalists (pdf) for 2019-2020.

    How to take part

    Open your mind to new possibilities and launch your career by entering your local country competition. EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year is open to women currently studying at university level or equivalent who are interested in a future in corporate finance.

    For more information about your local country competition, select your country below for more details. Applications for local competitions for 2020-2021 are now open. 

    Participating countries 2020-2021

    • Australia

      • 2020-2021 applications: 3 August 2020 – 2 September 2020 (5pm AEST)
      • Country competition:
        • Regional finals – week of 28 September 2020
        • Oceania final – 29 October 2020
      • What participants will win:
        • Regional winners will receive a paid EY internship in Strategy and Transactions and progress to the Oceania final
        • The overall Oceania winner will receive a mentoring session, secure a future graduate role in Strategy and Transactions and progress to the global competition; 2nd and 3rd place will receive a mentoring session with a senior representative of EY Strategy and Transactions
      • Eligibility: Female undergraduate students; Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident
      • More information: EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year Oceania

       

    • Bahrain

      • Eligibility: Female Bahraini nationals with business, finance, accounting and economics related degree background; undergraduate degree: graduating in 2020 and 2021, or graduate degree: graduating in 2020 and 2021 with no more than six months of relevant work experience, or students who started their master's degree directly after completing their bachelor's degree

       

    • Belgium

      • 2020-2021 applications: 21 September 2020 – 8 November 2020
      • Country competition: 10 November 2020, virtual 
      • Eligibility: Female masters-level students; resident in Belgium

      For more details and to apply, visit FY21 EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year - Belgium

    • China

      • 2020-2021 applications: 9 October 2020 – 5 November 2020
      • Country competition: 4 December 2020

       

    • Colombia

      • 2020-2021 applications: July - September 2020
      • Country competition:  November 2020, virtual
      • Eligibility: 
        • Resident in Colombia
        • Female students in last semesters 
        • Interested in international internships
        • GPA above 3.8

      To register your interest in joining the competition, visit EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year Colombia

       

    • Finland

      • 2020-2021 applications: 5 October 2020 (09:00) – 23 October 2020 (17:00 EEST)
      • Country competition: 27 November 2020 in Helsinki
      • Eligibility: Female undergraduate and masters-level students; enrolled into a study program in a Finnish university, preferably 2nd - 5th year student; right to work in the country required
      • More information: EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year - Finland

       

    • France

      Eligibility: Female students resident of France, registered as a full-time student beginning master's or pre-master's degree, fluent in French and English

      To apply, use the "contact us" form below the list of participating countries. You will be asked to share your CV and a video telling us why you are the next Corporate Finance Woman of the Year and how you will contribute to build a better working world.

       

    • Germany

      • 2020-2021 applications: 29 September 2020 – 18 November 2020
      • Country competition: 3-4 December 2020, virtual
      • Eligibility: Female students at undergraduate or master’s level; German residence or students with right to work in Germany

       

    • India

      • 2020-2021 applications: 5 August 2020 – 3 September 2020
      • Country competition: 20 November 2020, in New Delhi or virtually (to be confirmed closer to the date)
        • The top 3 finalists are offered a paid internship with Strategy and Transactions (SaT) team at EY India
        • Those participants who place 4th-10th are offered an internship with SaT team at EY India
      • Eligibility:
        • Female students studying at undergraduate level, year of graduation: 2021, 2022
        • Participants should be enrolled at a UGC recognized college in India
        • Participants should be pursuing any of the following courses at the undergraduate level: commerce, accounting, business, economics, mathematics, statistics, management
        • Resident in India; international students with right to work in India can also apply for the competition
      • More information:
        • All registered and eligible participants will appear for an online aptitude test. These applicants will also be invited for a brief session - webinar with Strategy and Transactions team. The shortlisted candidates will progress to the next stage.
        • The candidates will be further evaluated via a video interview, details of which will be shared with the shortlisted candidates.
        • The finalists will then proceed for mentoring sessions and a final case study round.  The winner will get an opportunity to represent India at the global event.

        

       

    • Ireland

      • Eligibility: Female undergraduate and masters-level students; right to work in the country required

       

    • Italy

      • Applications: October – November 2020
      • Competition: December 2020, virtually
      • Eligibility: 
        • Female students at master’s degree level
        • Students in economics or STEM
        • Mandatory knowledge of Italian language
        • Fluency in English

      To register your interest in joining the competition, apply via this registration form.

    • Japan

      • 2020-2021 applications: 6 July 2020 – 30 November 2020
      • Country competition: 18 December 2020 in Tokyo
      • Eligibility: Female students who are permanent residents in Japan or international student studying in Japan, registered as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student to graduate between summer 2021 and summer 2022; all majors are welcome, however, preferably majoring in economics, business economics, accounting, finance, math, or engineering
      • More information: Application is available through jobsearch; search "EY Japan Corporate Finance Women of the Year (FY21) - JAP000PP"

       

    • Mexico

      • 2020-2021 applications: July – September 2020
      • Country competition: November 2020, virtual
      • Eligibility:
        • Resident in Mexico
        • Female students in last semesters 
        • Interested in international internships
        • GPA above 8.5/10 or 85/100

      To register your interest in joining the competition, visit EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year Mexico

       

    • Netherlands

      • 2020-2021 applications: 25 September – 1 November 2020
      • Country competition: 11 November 2020 in Amsterdam (EY office)
      • Eligibility: Female masters level or 3rd year bachelor students, resident in The Netherlands, who speak fluent Dutch and have an interest in corporate finance

       

    • New Zealand

      • 2020-2021 applications: 3 August 2020 – 2 September 2020 (3pm NZST)
      • Country competition:
        • Regional finals – week of 28 September 2020
        • Oceania final – 29 October 2020
      • What participants will win:
        • Regional winners will receive a paid EY internship in Strategy and Transactions and progress to the Oceania final
        • The overall Oceania winner will receive a mentoring session, secure a future graduate role in Strategy and Transactions and progress to the global competition; 2nd and 3rd place will receive a mentoring session with a senior representative of EY Strategy and Transactions
      • Eligibility: Female undergraduate students; New Zealand or Australian citizen or New Zealand permanent resident
      • More information: EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year Oceania

       

    • Norway

      • Eligibility: Female students at 3rd year bachelor or master’s level

       

    • Portugal

      • 2020-2021 applications: 7 September 2020 – 30 October 2020
      • Country competition: 25 November 2020
      • Eligibility: Female students at undergraduate or master’s level; resident in Portugal

       

    • Saudi Arabia (KSA)

      • Eligibility: Female Saudi nationals with business, finance, accounting and economics related degree background; undergraduate degree: graduating in 2020 and 2021, or graduate degree: graduating in 2020 and 2021 with no more than six months of relevant work experience, or students who started their master's degree directly after completing their bachelor's degree
       
    • Singapore

      • 2020-2021 applications: 1 September 2020 – 30 September 2020
      • Country competition: 27 October 2020 
      • Eligibility: Undergraduate and master's students, or recent graduates without work experience; resident and international students
      • What participants will win: First place: SGD$3,000 cash prize; second place: SGD$2,000 cash prize; third place: SGD$1,000 cash prize; internship or job offer will also be made depending on year of studies of students

      To register your interest in joining the competition, apply here.

       

    • Spain

      • 2020-2021 applications: 15 September 2020 – 30 October 2020
      • Country competition: 26 November 2020
      • Eligibility: Female students at undergraduate or master’s level; resident in Spain

       

    • Switzerland

       
      • 2020-2021 applications: close 1 November 2020
      • Country competition: 
        • 12 November 2020 – Introduction/get together (virtual-starting at 5pm)
        • 13 November 2020 – Competition (virtual – starting at 1pm)
      • More information: EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year - Switzerland

      To register your interest in joining the competition, apply via this registration form.
       

       

    • United Arab Emirates

      • Eligibility: Female Emirati nationals with business, finance, accounting and economics related degree background; undergraduate degree: graduating in 2020 and 2021, or graduate degree: graduating in 2020 and 2021 with no more than six months of relevant work experience, or students who started their master's degree directly after completing their bachelor's degree

       

    • United Kingdom

      • Competition date: December 2020
      • Eligibility requirements: 
        • Resident in the UK or an international student studying in UK
        • Registered as full time student graduating in 2022 or 2023
        • Working towards an honours degree in any subject, have minimum of grade 4/C GCSE or equivalent in English Language and Maths, and three A Levels/five higher or equivalent

       

    • United States

      • Application open date: Open now
      • Application close date: 15 October 2020
      • Competition date: December 2020
      • Eligibility requirements: To be considered for this opportunity you must submit your formal application using your school’s online recruiting system or via our US application link (competition announcement with instructions to apply will also be posted there). Eligible applicants must submit the following:
        • Resume and unofficial transcript
        • GPA of 3.2 or above
      • Submit an application that stands out above the rest and you will become the selected winner to represent your school at the US country competition taking place December 2020!

      In the second stage, each school winner will be invited to the virtual event in December 2020 to compete in the US national competition where you will participate in individual and group activities. The country finalist wins a place in the global final.

      More information: EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year - US

       

    Contact us

    If you have questions about the global program, or if country-specific information is not available, send your name, country and year of study via email.

    Previous competition highlights

    EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year 2018-19

    Sixteen national and regional winners from 15 countries were invited to London to compete in the two-and-a-half-day global final. Tiril Flørnes Støle was announced as the winner at the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London. As the 2019 EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year, Tiril embarked on a 30-day immersive internship experience to work with EY mentors and Strategy and Transactions teams in Asia-Pacific, EMEIA and the Americas.

    Meet the 16 finalists (pdf) for 2018-2019.

    EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year 2017-18

    On 27 February 2018, Lena Förster from Germany was announced the winner of the inaugural EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year, in London’s iconic Shard building. Lena was awarded a 30-day internship experience working with EY mentors and Strategy and Transactions teams in Sydney, Dubai and New York.   

    Meet our eight global finalists (pdf) for 2017-18.

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