Finance, a world often perceived as male-dominated, can sometimes be daunting for aspiring women. The industry’s complex landscape and a competitive nature might seem like big obstacles to navigate. But what if we told you that there is an ally within your reach, waiting to illuminate your path? That ally is your role model.

The role of role models

Role models are essential in every field, but they are especially powerful in finance. They serve as guiding lights, illuminating the way for those who aspire to succeed. For women in finance, these role models can be a source of inspiration, motivation, and a wealth of knowledge. Here’s why they are so crucial:


Breaking stereotypes

The financial world has traditionally been portrayed as a man’s domain. But the reality is different. Women have excelled in various finance-related roles, from investment banking to asset management, corporate finance to fintech. By showcasing their achievements, female role models shatter the glass ceiling and demonstrate that success knows no gender.

A Source of inspiration

A role model’s journey is often a testament to hard work, resilience, and determination. Their stories are proof that the path to success is paved with challenges and obstacles, but they show that overcoming them is not only possible but also transformative. These inspiring narratives can encourage aspiring women to persist in their finance careers.

Learning from experience

In finance, experience is invaluable. Role models offer insights, share experiences, and provide invaluable advice. Whether it’s tips on portfolio management, strategies for risk assessment, or navigating corporate labyrinths, having someone who has been there done that is like having a personal mentor.

Expanding networks

Role models often have extensive networks within the industry. By connecting with them, aspiring finance professionals can gain access to a web of opportunities, including introductions to potential employers, mentors, and like-minded peers.

Finding your role models

Locating the right role models might seem challenging, but there are various ways to explore:

Professional networks: Female-focused professional networks associations are great places to discover role models. Within Female x Finance we offer a great community for students and graduates to connect with like-minded professionals. Either through our Career and Network Events, Academies, Finance Circle and many more. We offer you various opportunities to explore and network!

Social media platforms can help you identify and connect with influential women in finance. On our Instagram account we regularly reveal diverse and interesting women who made their way in finance and can function as your new potential role model. LinkedIn works also as a great tool for that. There we publish articles about role models, tell their stories and give you the best insights. Through our social media you’ll get the opportunity to see their posts, engage with their content, and initiate conversations.

Becoming a role model

As you progress in your finance career, remember the power you hold to be a role model for others. Share your experiences, offer guidance, and support those who aspire to follow in your footsteps. In doing so, you contribute to a more diverse, inclusive, and successful finance industry.

Do you feel like you could function as a role model for others? Don’t hesitate to reach out to and start your journey as a role model!


Role models are a source of wisdom, and embodiments of success in the finance world. By identifying and learning from them, you’ll find the courage to pursue your dreams and the resources to achieve them. Let’s celebrate the power of role models in finance and continue to encourage and support each other in our financial journeys.