Diversity and gender equality are always in the headlines and the world of accountancy is no different, whether it’s partners in practice or pay parity.
In 2018 Accountex made big steps towards increasing the number of women speakers on its agenda-setting theatre programme.
The line-up included: HMRC boss Theresa Middleton; accountant and author Della Hudson; marketing expert Amanda C Watts; AI authority Caroline Plumb; and Elaine Clark of CheapAccounting with her popular round-table sessions. To name just a few.
Women in accountancy
For 2019, accountancy and finance’s biggest event – at ExCeL London on 1-2 May – is taking even greater strides to boost the number of women on the speaker programme. With that in mind, it has launched the Woman in Accountancy “Speak Up” Campaign
Accountex portfolio event director Zoe Lacey-Cooper says: “One of the most interesting discussions that we had at Accountex was about the lack of women speakers on the programme, and how women are less likely to put themselves forward to speak and why women are hesitant to speak up.
Submit speaker sessions
“So, for next year’s Accountex programme, we want more woman in accountancy and finance to “Speak up” and encourage more woman to submit speaker sessions.
“There are many woman influencers and experienced accountancy professionals, and many have probably got some great case studies and experiences to share with their peers.”
Zoe, who is spearheading the campaign alongside Elaine adds: “Standing up and speaking to an audience can be daunting, but we want to help and support those who would like to try it out and offer guidance from an experience presenter trainer who is also familiar with the accountancy profession.
Help and support
“Accountex has found a professional presenter trainer who not only runs her own accountancy and bookkeeping firm but is who is a drama teacher for Disney!”
That is Alexandra Bond-Burnett who runs Bond Ambition and who is keen to get involved in training accountants to be more confident with public speaking.
So please Speak Up! And talk to us about how we can help you to join the Accountex programme in 2019. Sign up here.