EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year

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

Corporate Finance Woman of the Year

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.  

    The global winner will embark on an all-expenses-paid once-in-a-lifetime global internship. The month-long experience will take her across the globe to work with Strategy and Transactions teams in multiple locations as they help clients build a better working world.

    Read more about the 2020 global final.


    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 our 22 global finalists (PDF) for 2019-20.

    How to take part

    The first phase of the competition, the UK Final, takes place virtually in December 2020. You will be working together with other participants, and individually, to learn as much as you can about EY Strategy and Transactions.

    We will challenge your ability to think critically and creatively solve problems. We will focus on your professional skills development and help you get to where you want to be, which we hope will be onto a career with EY Strategy and Transactions.

    We will select our UK winner who will then compete in the Global Final April 2021. During this final you will meet our global leadership team and continue learning about EY and the work we do. The Global Winner will be offered a global Summer Internship.

    To take part in the UK competition you need to be:

    1. Resident in the UK or an international student studying in the UK
    2. Registered as a full time student graduating in 2022 or 2023
    3. Working towards an honours degree in any subject, have a minimum of grade 4/C GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths, and three A-levels/Five Highers (or equivalent).

    Applicants to the UK competition will be invited to answer some questions which will guide your research into EY and our Strategy and Transactions team. This could be the first step onto your future career, there is only one way to find out!

    2020-21 applications are currently closed. 

    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.

    CFWY Winner

    Meet our 16 global finalists (PDF) for 2018-19.   

    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.