FIRN Women Workshop:  Gender disparity in academia – a thing of the past?

On Monday 6 September 2021, FIRN Women held a workshop presented by Dr Terry Fitzsimmons who discussed the evidence from academic research on how gender affects career pathways, focussing on academic careers.   Here are the slides from the presentation and the video is below.

Dr Terry Fitzsimmons is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership at the University of Queensland Business School. He is the managing director of the Australian Gender Equality Council, a body whose members comprise of peak national bodies representing women across industry sectors in Australia. His research focusses on gender and leadership, and has been published in leading management journals. He has also worked with many of Australia’s largest firms on their diversity programs and speaks regularly in Australia and overseas in the area of gender equality and inclusion.

History of FIRN Women:

In 2013 the initiative originally known as FEW (Finance and Economics Women) was launched by Professor Renee Adams (previously at University of Queensland, UNSW and currently at Oxford University). The program offered access to a range of networking activities. Professor Kathy Walsh (UTS) was Deputy Director (FIRN Women) for the period between 2015 to 2018. 

During Kathy’s term, the program was expanded to include an education component through a series of professional development workshops.

Click below for information on Past Programs:

2021 FIRN Women Conference

FIRN Women hosted our Annual Conference on 16 July 2021 via Zoom. The conference featured a keynote by Professor Kai Li (UBC), followed by presentations by early career women academics.

Professor Kai Li is the W.M. Young Chair in Finance and Senior Associate Dean, Equity and Diversity at the UBC Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. She is an Associate Editor of the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and  Journal  of  Financial  Stability.  She  has  also  served  on  the  Editorial  Board  of the Review  of  Finance,  Management  Science,  Journal  of  Corporate  Finance,  Journal  of  Banking  and  Finance, and Financial Management.  Her  current  research  interests  are  human  capital  and  technological  synergies  in  mergers  and  acquisitions,  machine  learning  in  finance,  and  rent  extraction  in  syndicated  loans  market.  Her  research  has  appeared in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial  and  Quantitative  Analysis, Management  Science,  Journal  of  International  Business  Studies, and many other leading journals in Finance and Economics. Her research has also been featured in several leading news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Time Magazine, Reuters, Bloomberg, BBC, and Harvard Business Review. 

2021 program

2019 Program

2018 Curtin Program

2018 UNSW Program

2017 UQ Belles Program

2017 UTS Program

2016 UQ Program

2016 UTS Program

FIRN Women Mentoring Program

Click here for details and How to Join FIRN Women Mentoring Program

Past Presentation Papers and Slides

Interviewing Skills workshop
Presentation slides by Kathy Walsh (2017) FIRN-UTS workshop
Presentation slides by Kathy Walsh (2017) FIRN-UQBelles workshop
The Academic Job Market in Finance: A Rookie’s Guide – paper by Alexander W. Butler  (University of South Florida) and Timothy Falcon Crack (University of Otago) –

Developing an Elevator Pitch workshop
Adapted from seminar by Tim Miller – “First Impressions: Telling Your Life Story in Two Minutes or Less” 

Negotiating for Women workshop by Tyler Okimoto:
Presentation slides by Okimoto – Negotiation for Women for FEW-UQBelles workshop June 2016
Paper by Harvard Business Review (2003) – Nice-Girls-Dont-Ask
Report by Harvard Law School (2014) – Negotiation Strategies Women-Free Report
Paper by Thomas and Kilman – Negotiation Styles – When To Use Which Style
Paper by Moss and Racusinetal (2014) – Scientific Diversity Interventions
Paper by Workplace Gender Equality Agency (2013) – Negotiation – How it works for women and why it matters

Conversation with…Michelle Lowry, Professor of Finance, Pennsylvania State University transcript of interview available for download here.

Conversations with…Deirdre McCloskey, UIC Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, the University of Illinois at Chicago transcript available from FIRN please email firn[at]