It's been a fun packed year for the Diversity Community

We’re approaching the first anniversary of the launch of ICAEW’s Diversity Community and what an action packed year it has been! Since launching we have:

Held events such as the “My Journey – the flight path” in May, which consisted of a panel discussion with key speakers including Asif Sadiq (Head of Diversity The Telegraph), Shani Dhanda (Founder of the Diversability Card, Asian Disability Network and UK’s First Asian Women’s festival) and Chaka Bachmann (Research Manager Stonewall).  They shared their personal stories and discussed the challenges they faced along the way and how they dealt with them. 

We are currently planning regional breakfast events in Birmingham and Manchester at the end of the year with inspirational speakers on the various pillars of Diversity & Inclusion, so look out for the invitation.

Pride was celebrated with gusto, with the flag flying outside ICAEW for a week and to top it all, we have obtained 50 tickets for the PRIDE march for 2020.

We hosted a webinar on Mental Health which featured personal journeys, discussed the stigma surrounding mental health and covered the support and resource available for your emotional wellbeing. You can watch the on demand webinar here.

We filmed a video for “Women in Tech” which provided support and information for young women considering a role in technology. We recognise that ICAEW Chartered Accountants working closely with or directly in the technology sector are in a unique position to help create a brighter future for women and girls in this area.

The “7 reasons for being on a board” event in September encouraged both women and men to think about board roles as part of their career strategy.

We’ve collaborated with the New Gen Accountants network which has gone from strength to strength, supporting  young members from diverse backgrounds with career development, work/life balance and mentoring.  We’ve also worked with the National Black Women’s network on the “Connected Women” events.

For the very first time we will have the Pan African Flag fly outside the ICAEW for Black History month (image below) and celebration events throughout the month of October, the first being a viewing of the iconic film “Hidden Figures” on 15 October in London.  

A new Women in Finance Community is arriving soon, at the start of 2020. Free of charge, it will provide networking and personal development opportunities to enable women in finance to achieve their potential and lead a career without limits, whatever their gender. We will be hosting some exciting events including webinars, networking events and CPD tasters.

ICAEW is also celebrating 100 years of women in chartered accountancy.  May 2020 will mark a pivotal moment in our history’s advancement of access to the profession – the admittance of ICAEW’s first female member, Mary Harris Smith.  Part of the centenary campaign is to bring to light our members’ stories.  We are building a digital archive of our female members’ experiences – and we want to hear from you.

The Diversity Community can only continue to develop in its goal with the invaluable support of CABA to ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect through the information and resource provided. I hope you enjoy the newsletter and I look forward to compiling the future editions.