Do you wear a white collar to work? Are you part of the corporate gig? Have you ever sat at a seminar hosted by a group of middle aged guys that were ear wiggling, toe curlingly, mind numbingly boring? Yeah, I have as well. Why do we put ourselves through this? Possibly from a sense of duty or a sense of escapism that stems from the same part of the brain that thinks.. “No, I can catch a 6am flight.. That’s not too early”. One we regret immediately the alarm on our phone rings.
The accounting world is a world in which all too frequently the same old cookie cutter guys are brought out to bore us to death about something that is often actually quite interesting but, due to the soporific presentation, we are too comatosed to take any of it in. I wonder how a woman would do it differently?
One of the newest and more vibrant promoters of women presenters is Womxn Talks Money. Yes, we know what you are thinking, we’ve spelled it incorrectly and google docs spell checker missed it! No actually, that is not the case. Womxn Talks Money is an international organisation and movement designed to promote and represent all women in whatever capacity in ensuring the feminie voice is heard, valued and understood.
Clarity Street, in particular Amy, has been asked to join Womxn Talks Money and add her voice to the ever increasing platform of women speakers and influencers within the accounting and finance industries. Her extensive experience, ‘no nonsense’ approach, holistic thinking and focus on giving clarity, provides a much needed alternative in this ever changing and often confusing industry evolution.
Thankfully, to everyone’s relief, this emerging wave of momentum about engaging actively and meaningfully with the women of the accounting industry, is making a practical and tangible difference more than ever before. This change is happening both in the office and at the podium. Why? Because the feminie voice brings an alternative perspective with a connectedness and clarity that is sometimes not found elsewhere.
Being a woman is not as easy to define as it once was and this is something to celebrate and cherish. Everyone has something to offer the accounting industry and the previous limitations that have been placed on the heard voices, has naturally had a negative impact on the industry. Not because the limitation was focussed towards women, but because there was a limitation in the first place. Woman, in all their magnificence, are original of the next spoken chapter of the accounting firm and it’s time we all take notice to what they have to say.
Only two years ago, the Financial Review published an article highlighting the fact that one-third of the top 100 accounting firms had no women partners, that is one in three! It’s strange that only two years ago, there are limitations still in place. Now we could argue that perhaps that was just the nature of the industry and that there were less candidates and that we should not positively discriminate against any particular type of person and that we should treat everyone equally and have equality. Equality is one thing in principle, but when it comes to practice the evidence is still speaking with a deeper voice.
So next time you need a guest speaker to inspire, inform and educate, Womxn Talks Money should definitely be the place to start - especially Amy! Her industry expertise and positive personality combine into a unique and engaging experience. The industry as a whole has come a long way and with organisations such as Womxn Talks Money around, that cultural change will most certainly continue into an even more vibrant and dynamic future.
Clarity Street was conceived from years of engaging with Accounting firms on a daily basis and a constant desire to make Accounting firms & SME’s more efficient and profitable.