IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) continues its popular Women's Accounting Leadership Series with several upcoming opportunities: in New York City on May 3 and, for the first time, to three cities in the Middle East/India region on April 15-17.

Registration is still open for the event in New York City, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the midtown campus of Baruch College. Featured speakers include Series founding members Leslie Seidman, CPA; and former IMA Global Board Chair Sandra Richtermeyer, CMA, CPA, Ph.D., as well as Romy Newman, founder and CEO, Fairy GodBoss; Martina Hund-Mejean, CFO, MasterCard; and Marsha Hunt, CPA, FASB board member, among others.

On May 2, the evening before the event, attendees, IMA members, and NYC metro-area business professionals are invited to a free movie screening and discussion of Equal Means Equal, a documentary that examines issues related to gender discrimination, workplace harassment, and the wage gap. Preregistration is required; email to sign up.

IMA also is hosting three events in the Middle East in April: earlier this week, events were held in Amman, Jordan (April 15) and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (April 16). On April 17, an event will be held in Bangalore, India. Visit this link for registration details.

“Our Women’s Accounting Leadership Series program offers an excellent opportunity for both women and men to build their professional network, exchange ideas and best practices, and strengthen their leadership skills,” said Lisa Beaudoin, CMA, CSCA, CAE, IMA director of business development. “Our sponsorship and expansion of this program reflect IMA’s firm commitment to creating a more inclusive accounting community.”

Most recently, IMA hosted its second annual event in Amsterdam, where approximately 110 women and men from across Europe gathered on March 7, the day before International Women’s Day, at Vrije University. Co-sponsored by NBA (Koninklijke Nederlandse Beroepsorganisatie van Accountants – The Royal Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants), the half-day event provided a forum for professionals working in accounting and finance to exchange ideas on leadership development and strategies for success.

Panelists (from l. to r.): Terence Guiamo; Fatema El-Wakeel; Annemieke Roest; and moderator Anouschka Laheij.
Panelists (from l. to r.): Terence Guiamo; Fatema El-Wakeel; Annemieke Roest; and moderator Anouschka Laheij 

Speakers included Marianne Zwagerman, a writer, columnist, and media entrepreneur, who provided insights on how to “Navigate Your Career with Confidence.” Next, Marieke van den Brink, Ph.D., professor of gender and diversity, discussed how to identify and manage D&I programs that spark what she called “meaningful transformation.” Finally, a panel featured Fatema El-Wakeel, CMA, finance business partner-data analytics at Jaguar Land Rover; Terence Guiamo, head of diversity and inclusion at PwC; and Annemieke Roest, group controller, ABM AMRO N.V., who shared stories of their own leadership journeys.

For more information, please visit Women's Accounting Leadership Series. In the U.S., the next event after May will take place at DePaul University in Chicago on October 11, 2019. Check the IMA website as the date gets closer.