Zandile Dube - diversity advocate and trailblazer - is shortlisted for the Accountants Daily 30 Under 30 Awards 2019

Zandile began her career at Findex in 2018 and is now one of our most influential Corporate Advisory Analysts. In her day to day work she supports the partners with a focus in debt advisory as well as mergers and acquisitions. In her spare time she is also the founder of Immployment Connect, a mentoring platform that has been developed to address the need for bridging the gap to find qualified ethnic diversity within corporate Australia.

Immployment Connect pairs of current industry professionals with young graduates, providing a mentorship connection to share professional and career advice, guidance strategies and support. It is an organisation focused on forging a pathway for African youth to excel in their careers in Australia.

Since its inception, Immployment Connect has had over 50 people in its mentorship program, in four states across Australia and it is steadily growing in numbers.

Findex is proud to have provided over 30 mentors in the Accounting and Finance industry across Australia to Immployment Connect. It is a fantastic process for both the graduates and the mentors.

The first Immployment Connect event in late July, held in partnership with Findex, was attended by over 60 participants. There were five speakers from Findex (including Zandile Dube) who shared their career journeys. Zandile serves as an excellent role model and a testament to her cause.

Zandile said, “I took the courage to start Immployment Connect to change the narrative for generations after me, for a diverse Corporate Australia to truly mean inclusion for every race and every face. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved.”

The Accountants Daily 30 Under 30 Awards is Australia’s largest independent awards program for the rising stars in the accounting industry. The awards present an exceptional opportunity for young accountants to showcase their achievements and drive their career, on top of recognising their excellence and dedication.

The finalist list, which was announced on 21 October, features over 120 high-achieving accounting professionals across 15 categories. Zandile has been named as a finalist in the 30 Under 30 Awards in the category of New Accountant.

“If you came to me to in 2012, when I was living in a small-town Zimbabwe and told me that one day I would be working at one of the top firms in Australia and be recognised as an influential person in the industry, I wouldn’t have believed you. This goes to show that when you live in purpose, you can achieve anything," said Zandile.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a cocktail event on Thursday, 5 December at The Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.