2018 Most Powerful Women in Accounting Awards

The AICPA’s Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee (WIEC) and CPA Practice Advisor are pleased to partner and bring you the 2018 Most Powerful Women in Accounting Awards. Join us this year at AICPA Engage 2018 to celebrate women who made their mark on the accounting profession as well as those who are emerging as the next generation of firm leaders, through new technologies, practices, workflow or dynamic work environments.

Those honored with this recognition are women who demonstrated three attributes:

  1. They have been the driving force to create a culture of innovation or excellence within their firm, or helped, as a vendor, develop the technologies that will empower firms to be more productive and profitable
  2. They reached the highest level of management and ownership within their company and their leadership demonstrated an impact on the success of the organization
  3. They have been mentoring those following in their footsteps

Our 25 winners will be recognized publicly at the AICPA Engage 2018 and featured in the June 2018 issue of CPA Practice Advisor magazine.

The list of past winners can be accessed on the CPA Practice Advisor site and information on the AICPA’s Women Initiative Committee is available at aicpa.org/womenlead.

Announcing the Networking Hub, Powered by the AICPA Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee

We are pleased to share an exciting opportunity for our AICPA ENGAGE 2018 attendees—the Networking Hub—powered by the AICPA Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee! This hub, which you will find on the second floor, will offer attendees the opportunity to meet successful women and discuss experiences and opportunities within the profession. Please stop by during networking breaks, after lunch or at other free moments to spend some time connecting with women leaders in their respective fields (tax, technology, financial planning and more).

Other Women’s Leadership Opportunities at AICPA ENGAGE 2018:

Mark your calendar for two evening events to connect with women speakers, volunteers and champions around the Networking Hub:

  • June 12 at 6pm in the Exhibit Hall: Meet and speak/network with AICPA Women Speakers, Volunteers and Champions.
  • June 13 at 6 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall: Help us celebrate the winners of the 2018 Most Powerful Women in Accounting Awards winners.

In Demand - Females in Financial Planning

Sandra Truitt, CFP®, CRC®, M.S., Lead Manager - Personal Financial Planning & Financial Planning Instructor, AICPA, interviews Susan J. Bruno, CPA/PFS, CFP, Managing Director, Capital Wealth Advisors, Naples, Florida on why financial planning is a terrific career for women.

About AICPA’s Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee

The Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee’s roots in the AICPA date back to 1989 when the AICPA created the Upward Mobility of Women Task Force. Over the years, that task force evolved into what is now the Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee (WIEC), the AICPA’s driving force for women’s progress in the profession.

Women have represented about 50% of new CPAs in the accounting profession since the late 1980s. Yet today, women account for less than 9% of all CFOs and 24% of partners in CPA firms nationwide.

The Women’s Initiative Executive Committee believes that EDUCATING the profession on real issues our profession faces and ADVOCATING for women’s initiatives will lead to the ADVANCEMENT of women into leadership positions. The WIEC’s mission is to promote and support the success of women for the broader purpose of sustaining the profession by creating an inclusive environment and increasing talent engagement and leadership opportunities for women.


Day 1 - Monday, June 11, 2018
  Title Activity
1:45pm - 3:00pm AICPA ENGAGE Keynote  
3:00pm - 3:30pm Transition Break  
3:30pm - 4:20pm Sessions  
4:20pm - 4:35pm Transition Break  
4:35pm - 5:25pm Sessions  

Day 2 - Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  Title Activity
7:00am-7:00pm Registration Open  
7:00am-8:00am Sessions  
7:00am - 7:50am Sessions  
7:50am - 8:00am Transition Break  
8:00am - 9:15am Sessions  
9:15am - 9:30am Transition Break  
9:30am - 10:20am Sessions   
10:30am - 11:10am Networking & Exhibit Hall Break  
11:20am - 12:35pm Sessions   
1:15pm - 1:45pm Lunch Networking Meet women partners and firm owners
1:50pm - 3:05pm Sessions  
3:05pm - 4:05pm Networking & Exhibit Hall Break Inspirational stories from young women CPAs
4:05pm - 4:55pm Sessions  
4:55pm - 5:10pm Transition Break  
5:10pm - 6:00pm Sessions  
6:00pm - 7:00pm Reception in Exhibit Hall Meet AICPA women speakers, volunteers and champions
7:30pm - 10:00pm Top Golf  

Day 3 - Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  Title Activity
7:00am-6:00pm Registration Open

(Continental Breakfast in the Arena)
7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast  
8:00am - 9:15am AICPA ENGAGE Keynote  
9:15am - 9:30am Transition Break  
9:30am - 10:20am AICPA ENGAGE Keynote  
10:30am - 11:00am Networking & Exhibit Hall Break Meet women in finance and discuss opportunities
11:05am - 12:20pm Sessions  
1:00pm - 1:40pm Lunch Networking in Arena & Niche Lunches Meet women in technology and discuss opportunities for women
1:45pm - 3:00pm Sessions  
3:00pm - 3:15pm Transition Break  
3:15pm - 4:05pm Sessions  
4:10pm - 4:30pm Networking & Exhibit Hall Break Meet women leaders and emerging leaders in tax
4:35pm - 5:50pm Sessions  
6:00pm - 7:00pm Networking Reception - Exhibit Hall Meet the most Powerful Women in Accounting 

Day 4 - Thursday, June 14, 2018
  Title Activity
7:00am-5:00pm Registration Open  
7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast  
7:00am - 7:50am Sessions  
8:00am - 9:15am AICPA ENGAGE Keynote  
9:15am - 9:30am Transition  
9:30am - 10:45am Sessions  
10:50am - 11:10am Networking Break Discuss tips for succesful women and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives
11:15am - 12:05pm Sessions  
12:45pm - 1:15pm Lunch Networking & Niche Lunches  
1:15pm - 2:30pm Sessions  
2:30pm - 2:45pm Transition  
2:45pm - 4:00pm Sessions