Next event: FIRN Women/RMIT research workshop – 4 November 2019

Jacquie Humprey – Vice President (FIRN Women)

FIRN acknowledges the under-representation of female academics in finance and has committed significant resources to support its members in addressing this issue.  The FIRN Women initiative is a gender equity initiative spearheaded by our Vice President Associate Professor Jacquelyn Humphrey. It aims to provide networking support, research, and professional skills development, and a collective voice for women working in finance academia. 

All FIRN members (not just women) are encouraged to actively participate and support the FIRN Women program.

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.

2019 FIRN Women Events

FIRN Women/RMIT research workshop – 4 November 2019.

Register here to attend this research workshop:

Would you like feedback on your working paper?

FIRN Women and RMIT invite FIRN female researchers to submit their full working papers to a research workshop to be held at RMIT on Monday 4 November, 2019. Each paper will be assigned to a small group by topic. Participants are expected to read all papers in their small group and be prepared to give constructive feedback. Each small group will be headed by a senior academic from a FIRN institution who will lead the discussions and provide feedback on all papers in the group.The workshop will be followed by a networking lunch

Submission deadline: 5pm, 28 September 2019

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the organizing committee: Associate Professor Jacquelyn Humphrey or Associate Professor May Hu

2019 Research day with Professor Laura Starks and Pitch day with Professor Robert Faff

Past Programs

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]

The F.E.W. poppy brooch is specially designed by Yue Fong the daughter of FIRN member Kingsley Fong (UNSW). The circle represents the connection we have with each other and that together we are stronger whilst the poppy and its buds are symbolic of the tall poppy reaching out with new growth.


“One of the best ways to promote gender equality is by telling the stories of successful women in academia, which is exactly what this event did. Thank you!”

“The benefit of a workshop/programme such as this goes beyond the high-quality research presented. Connecting with other (early career) women in finance, sharing similar experiences and challenges in invaluable. Thank you FIRN Women!”

“It was an awesome conference. I met really great people there, and more importantly, received valuable comments from Prof. Michelle Lowry. The dinner was wonderful. My thanks go to the conference organizers and Prof. Michelle Lowry for making this valuable opportunity available to all of us.”