The Top Finance Communities to Join in 2021
2020 has been a year. Our world has been shaken to its very core—we’ve had to weather increased uncertainty while being mercilessly bombarded by a deluge of new marketing jargon. There’s no denying it’s been tough, but we’ve overcome the barriers, moved our operations online, and are continuing to find support in our communities.
It’s essential to stay connected—even in a remote environment. You can find inspiration in your kitchen! If you’re a financial leader looking for resources, knowledge-sharing, and new forums, these are the top communities to join in the new year.
Best for the ever-ambitious executive
The CFO Leadership Council describes itself as a “professional association dedicated to empowering senior financial executives to realize success.” Join this community of finance leaders to build lasting connections in a comfortable, open setting—both live and online.
Become a member (you’ll need to reach out to your chapter representative first) and connect with CFOs, presidents, directors of finance, and other like-minded industry experts.
Best for the growing financial professional
Controllers Council is the leading national association and platform of accounting and finance professionals. Founded on the idea that although the Controller is critical to organizations of all types and sizes, they receive little recognition compared to other C-Suite peers.
By providing accounting best practices, information and resources, training and recognition, and multiple peer interaction options, Controllers Council is changing this mindsight by putting the Controller first. For membership details, click here.
Best for the globally-minded
As the leading advocate for corporate financial management, FEI has a vast network of decision-makers, including chief financial officers, chief accounting officers, controllers, and treasurers at companies from every major industry.
Join FEI to connect with key influencers, understand emerging issues, advocate for corporate finance, and boost career opportunities.
Best for accounting enthusiasts
Founded in 1919, IMA is the largest and most respected association focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. With 125,000+ members, IMA is committed to empowering its network to strengthen their skills and accelerate their careers.
Check out IMA’s membership benefits and options to enrich your career and add value to your organization.
Best for curious questioners
A community bursting to the brim with financial professionals from around the world, this online forum boasts more than 2 million leaders from finance, tech, marketing, data analytics, and more.
The Proformative community adopts a Q&A format, making it easy to find the info you need. “What’s the best certificate after CMA and MBA?” “How do you set fiscal months?” — these are some of the discussions driven by its inquisitive members.
Best for budget-conscious businesses
Procurify doesn’t tell you how you spend money in your organization, but why you spend it. This isn’t money management—it’s something called “spend culture,” which influences almost all of your operations. Every organization has a spend culture, but what’s yours? Take the quiz to learn more.
Best for social butterflies
It’s hard to imagine life before LinkedIn. If you’re missing riveting financial conversations at the office, this platform provides you with a digital alternative. Here are the groups you need to check out:
- Finance Club — While it’s not Fight Club, this group is focused on helping finance professionals grow their industry networks and enhance their careers.
- Accounting Finance Professionals — A fast-growing and vibrant worldwide community of accounting and financial professionals.
- Finance Plus — More than 400,000 members make up this group of business finance and investment professionals.
Best for financial fanatics
A brand new podcast for everything finance. The BFF Podcast (Business, Finance, Friends, if you wondered) runs the gamut from tech to financial strategies. Each episode features an industry expert who will cover all the latest in optimizing the finance function for success.