FAQs

What is the event about?

The Women in Finance Awards is an exciting program that identifies the leading women across financial services, from business leaders, mentors and skilled investment managers to client-centric accountants, financial advisers and mortgage brokers. The winners will represent inspirational high achievers from the financial sector, from today’s thought leaders to tomorrow’s stars.

Who can enter?

Women and businesses promoting diversity and inclusive programs are invited to participate by lodging a submission that showcases their professional performance, unique innovations and business structure.

Which industries are represented in the awards?

(PLEASE SEE CATEGORY LIST ABOVE)

How many categories?

There are 25 categories in total, with 26 winners to be awarded in each category.

Do I have to be nominated for an award to enter?

You do not need to be nominated to enter the awards. You are also welcome to self-nominate.

How do I nominate someone for an award? Can it be anonymous?

You can nominate a colleague or friend through our event website. You will need to complete the online form and supply us with the email address and phone number of the nominee so that we can contact them to let them know of the nomination. This can be done anonymously.

What happens when I nominate someone?

When you nominate someone for an award, they will receive an email notifying them of the nomination. You can choose to be anonymous or to let them know of your nomination. The email will contain details about what they have been nominated for and the submission process, encouraging them to enter the awards. Note that a submission still needs to be made in order to be eligible for the award.

Can I make multiple nominations? Does it increase the chances of becoming a finalist?

You are welcome to make more than one nomination or to nominate multiple people. Making more than one nomination does not increase the chances of becoming a finalist. Finalist selection is based on the submission.

Does it cost anything to enter?

No. Entering is free, and we encourage you to join or nominate in as many eligible categories as you can.

How do you enter?

To enter, please lodge your submission online. Create an account, answer the questions and attach any supporting document such as references, testimonials, statistics, video, media coverage, business metrics or third-party data that supports your nomination.

Why should I enter?

This award offers the springboard for career progression, giving industry-wide recognition for professional competency. It’s a great opportunity to highlight your passion and dedication for personal advancement.

The awards night is also an exciting event where you can celebrate with your peers, family and friends.

Can I make a submission on behalf of someone else?

You can make your own submission or you can enter on behalf of someone else.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

You can jump on the website and have a look at the category criteria.

I have completed my submission, but I want to add more information or attachments. Is it possible to edit my submission?

You can log in any time to amend or add to your submission until the submission period closes. If you have any problems here, please let us know.

What type of supporting documents do I include with my submission?

Supporting documents can include references, testimonials, statistics, video, media coverage and financial or business metrics and/or statements and third-party independent data reports that support your submission. However, there are limits to the size of documents that can be uploaded. If you are having problems uploading a document, please let us know. Supporting documents are looked upon favourably by the judges, so consider their content, relevance and format.

When do submissions close?

The official deadline for close of submissions is 5.30pm on Friday, 24 May. If you have problems meeting the time indicated, please contact us.

Why do you want my photo?

Finalists may have their headshot displayed alongside their name on screen when they are announced at the event. We may also use headshots to announce finalists on our social media campaigns.

What will happen to my video?

A selection of videos will be compiled and screened at the awards evening. There is no guarantee that it will not be screened. Although there is no official scoring for the videos, judges may consider the effort that has gone into making it if, for instance, they are weighing up scores against other submissions in your category.

Why do you want me to answer the question “What is your best piece of career advice?”?

This answer will not be scored. Your answer will be used to replace the winner’s speech and will be displayed on the screen if you win and your name is announced.

What are the judges looking for? How do I make my submission stand out?

Answer the questions. Provide accurate and concise information. Make use of the available word count to draw upon examples to support your claims. Remember that judges often have a lot of submissions to consider, so make it entertaining and informative. Supporting documents are also looked upon favourably as these strengthen your submission, provided that they are relevant to your submission. Judges do not want to spend a lot of time reviewing information that is not relevant to the questions or submission. Don’t be shy — contact your colleagues and clients for testimonials and references.

Can I get feedback on my submission if I don’t make it?

Although we would love to give everyone feedback on their submission, they are reviewed by multiple judges who are not always able to comment on each entry.

How does the judging process work?

A judging panel made up of highly respected industry professionals with a broad range of experiences will be chosen to examine the submissions. Judging is allocated to ensure that there will be no conflict of interest in each category. Each judge will be assigned a number of categories and will be asked to score each submission in those categories based on all documentation provided by award entrants. Several judges are assigned per category to ensure a range of expertise and opinions. The aggregate highest score will determine the winner of each award.

Who sees my submission?

All information is highly confidential and is only shared with the events team and the judges for that category. The information is not published and permissions would have to be sought if required.

When are finalists announced? How will I be notified?

Finalists will be announced during the week of 11 June. An announcement will be sent out via email or phone to all entrants and published on the website.

What are the chances of making it as a finalist?

This is impossible to answer. Follow the tips above to increase your chances. Some categories have numerous entries and it’s a very difficult process determining finalists. We do limit the number of finalists, so if you don’t make it, don’t be put off as you may have only just missed out. Remember that you do have to be “in it to win it”!

What happens if I make it as a finalist?

Getting the recognition that you deserve by winning an award or becoming a finalist can be a real boost to your business. Our events also provide a great opportunity to network with like-minded companies and individuals. You are provided with a finalist seal and certificate that you can display on your website or in your office. You are also provided with a press release to help you spread the word to your network.

Do I have to attend if I make it as a finalist?

You are encouraged to attend if you make it as a finalist. The event gives you an opportunity to be celebrated (and to celebrate) in recognition of the outstanding work that you have achieved in your field.

What do I receive if I win?

You will be invited on stage to receive a trophy and the answer to your statement “What is your best piece of career advice?” will be displayed on stage. You are not required to make a speech. You will also be provided with a winner’s seal that can be used on your email signature, LinkedIn, resume or website.

When is the event? Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets go on sale once finalists have been announced in June. You can buy tickets online or over the phone.

What do I get with my ticket?

A sumptuous three-course meal, beverages and entertainment from our MC.

Do I get a discount if I buy a table for 10?

There is a $150 discount (ex. GST) for a table for 10.

Who can I bring?

Bring whoever you would like! Please feel free to bring colleagues, friends and family to the event.

Is this an over-18 event only?

While the event allows minors, we are unable to give a discount to children and minors.

I have dietary requirements.

We will be able to assist you with any dietary requirements as long as you notify us in advance. Kosher meals will incur a fee.