1. I’m interested in joining Black Female Accountants Network (BFAN Network) ! How do I go about it?

Joining our network can be done in these easy steps:

a) Review our membership criteria here to confirm you are eligible and our network is the right for you

b) Send an invite to connect with us at http://www.linkedin.com/in/bfannetwork

c) Our membership team will review your profile 

d) Once your connection request is accepted, you are a member!

2. Is there a membership fee?

There is no membership fee at this time. As BFAN Network is a volunteer, self-funded grassroots network, meeting attendees are asked to make a contribution towards the costs of running the network, including booking meeting space, refreshments, stationery supplies and other meeting related expenses. The contribution amount is included in the meeting message attached to the agenda for each meeting, payable at the time of arrival and sign-in.

3. Is Black Female Accountants Network  (BFAN Network) open to men also becoming members?

BFAN is a Christian ‘women only’ network, with a focus is on the black female accountant experience, which the members know and understand. To see our activity and online posts, both men and women are welcome to subscribe to our blog and follow us and like our Facebook page,  follow us on Linkedin, Twitter and Instagram. Our social media handle is @bfannetwork.

4. I am an experienced finance and accounting professional and I do not hold an accounting designation. Am I eligible to join?

Any female finance and accounting professional, college or university student of Black African / Caribbean origin, from one or both parents, who meets the membership criteria, is eligible to join. 

5. I am currently living and working in Africa / the Caribbean, Am I able to join BFAN?

BFAN membership is only open to ladies living and working in the African and Caribbean Diaspora. Sisters living and working in Africa and the Caribbean are welcome to follow us, like us and follow our page. You can also follow our blog.

6. You mention that BFAN Network is based on Christian values. As an agnostic, can I still join?
As a faith based network, BFAN Network uses Christian values as the basis for its own core values, working in sisterly love to empower black female accountants. Each of our member-only meetings begins and ends in prayer. As a result of the network’s approach and the way it operates in the wider community (Church and Christian centre driven outreach projects), its focus will be of most relevance and benefit to those ladies who share our belief in Jesus Christ as our personal saviour.
7. I am not into social media at all and do not intend becoming a Linkedin member. Will this impact my BFAN membership experience?
Based on the way BFAN uses Linkedin to build its network, an active Linkedin account is a key prerequisite for BFAN membership.
BFAN uses social media extensively to engage with and build relationships with its members through network updates, events, meetings, newsletters, articles and other key pieces of information. 
8. I would like to write an article. what are the writing guidelines and how do I submit my completed article?
Please send a request to bfannetwork.membership@gmail.com and we will advise you of the guidelines and how to submit your article
9. How can I start interacting with other BFAN Network members?
Connect with us on Linkedin to first become a member as described above.
Our connections settings are ‘open’ on the BFAN Linkedin profile page so feel free to send connection invites to other members and start building those relationships!
Email us at bfannetwork.membership@gmail.com to get access to our private, members only Linkedin Group, where you can start connecting and sharing right away! 
10. Where can we go to find out more about BFAN Network?
If you cannot find what you are looking for on this website please email us at bfannetwork.membership@gmail.com with the nature of your enquiry. We will respond within 72 hours.

11. Is BFAN Network another governing body that we have to register with?

BFAN Network is a volunteer network, based on members helping each other, working together, empowering each other to make a difference. It is not a governing body like CPA Canada, CPA Ontario, CIMA Canada or ACCA Canada. It is a network created to meet the professional development needs and interests of other black female accountants or students. Many of our members are however registered members of  these governing bodies.

12. Can I join this network even if I am not an accounting student?

BFAN Network is created specifically to connect black females in the accounting profession. If you are an accountant or in the process of becoming one then this is a network that you can join. The specific nature of the network makes it necessary for you to be in the profession. You can still subscribe to our newsletter and come to our general open events.

13. I am planning to apply to emigrate to Canada. Can BFAN provide sponsorship support for immigration applications?  

Sponsoring immigration applications for any part of the world is outside the scope of BFAN’s activities.

14. I am actively looking for a job. How can BFAN support me in the job-search process?

As a professional network, BFAN relies on its members helping other members. Job seekers are therefore encouraged to independently connect with other ladies either online through our Linkedin profile page or at the network meetings, to seek tips and advice about the job roles and industries they are targeting.


15. I am an internationally trained qualified accountant with several years of experience. Can I get assistance from members of the network to get employment?

BFAN is not a recruitment or staffing agency and does not provide employment or job placement services.