Inside ICAS: Top talking points from October 2022
Your Office Bearer team review their top talking points from October, including the key topics discussed in this year's CA Summit. Held online over three days, the CA Summit delivered thought-provoking topical debate, expert insight and thought leadership on topics such as diversity, sustainability, and the post-pandemic outlook.
ICAS President Indy Singh Hothi CA joins Deputy President Clive Bellingham CA and Vice President Alison Cornwell CA to highlight some of the key ICAS initiatives and activities discussed during October.
Indy’s top talking point
For ally organisations like ICAS, supporting this real change means having strategies, initiatives and policies in place to achieve real, measurable outcomes. Practising what we preach.
Indy Singh Hothi CA, ICAS President
"October was Black History month in the UK. To celebrate and amplify voices from a range of incredible CAs who are working hard to create a more inclusive accounting profession and society, we shared their stories across the month. Cole Agbede CA shared his perspective on the importance of EDI in the accountancy profession, the influence that firms have on the wider business world and how we can all play our parts to ignite change.
We invite you to join us on 31 October for an insightful panel discussion with Black professionals from varied business backgrounds. The panelists will reveal insights that all CAs can action as allies and share the lessons they have learned as advocates for equality, as well as revealing details of the ICAS Black Member Network. The Black Member Network is part of the bigger plan to identify and understand the barriers faced by Black Members so that action can be taken to improve experiences and outcomes. To truly champion equality, diversity and inclusion in our organisations, we must uphold the values of inclusive leadership. To find out more, watch my video on Black History Month here.
As ICAS President, I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet many amazing individuals who make up our CA community. This month I got to meet our Guernsey and Jersey Students at a fantastic dinner on the island. Having the opportunity to hear about their examinations and work experiences was truly inspiring. In the coming weeks, I will be hosting two President reception events, in both Edinburgh and Inverness and I hope that you can attend either of these."
To register for upcoming events, visit our events page.
Clive’s top talking point
The CA Summit shared many practical key takeaways that we as CAs can embed into our daily practices.
Clive Bellingham CA, ICAS Deputy President
"I was delighted to host day two of this year’s CA Summit, the Grow chapter. It was truly an honour to introduce our range of inspirational speakers. One such speaker was Dame Stephanie Shirley, who reflected on her experience as a Holocaust survivor and child refugee and facing prejudice as a woman in the 1950s workplace, to giving away her wealth as part of her philanthropic work to support neurodiverse people. I encourage you to watch day two of the CA Summit on-demand. I can assure you that you will hear a range of perspectives, offering thought-provoking insights into how our profession can grow together for the better."
Check out the full list of events ICAS is hosting here
Alison’s top talking point
It's really important to lead from the front. Lead, don't command
Alison Cornwell CA, ICAS Vice President
On day two of this year's CA Summit, I was delighted to join a panel session entitled 'Leadership in 2022 and beyond’ during day two of the CA Summit.
I was joined by fellow panellists Buki Ishola and Natalie Campbell where we unpacked the new ways of leading in a modern era. I spoke about my experience as a leader and having an inclusive and collaborative approach. I believe the approach should be one approach that focuses on making people feel valued, in combination with the adoption of a leadership style which is reassuring but honest. As part of my mission to lead from the front, I finished my country-long cycle, successfully raising over £25,000 for the ICAS Foundation. These funds will help young people from disadvantaged communities study accountancy. I am proud to be able to showcase positive, inclusive leadership in all that I do with ICAS.
Learn more about ICAS Foundation volunteer as a mentor or make a donation here.
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