Women’s Leadership at ENGAGE | AICPA ENGAGE 2019

2018 Most Powerful Women in Accounting Awards

Ceremony: Wednesday, June 13 9:15 am
Reception: Wednesday, June 13 6:00 pm
Networking Hub full schedule below

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
Name Credentials Company
Kimberly Ellison-Taylor CPA, CGMA Oracle
Sandra Wiley   Boomer Consulting, Inc.
Jennifer Wilson   ConvergenceCoaching, LLC
Jennifer Warawa   Sage
Cathy Engelbert CPA Deloitte
Gail Perry CPA CPA Practice Advisor
Amy Vetter CPA, CGMA, CITP QuickStart Training Inc.
DeAnn Hill CPA DeAnn Hill CPA
Lynne Daughtie CPA KPMG
Natasha Schamberger CPA Kansas Society of CPAs
Tamera Loerzel   ConvergenceCoaching, LLC
Amy Pitter   Mass. Society of CPAs
Danielle Supkis Cheek CPA, CFE, CVA PKF Texas
Elizabeth Pittelkow Kittner CPA, CGMA, CITP Litera Microsystems
Kacee Johnson MBA Blue Ocean Principles
Karen Abramson   Wolters Kluwer
Katherine G. Watts CPA, CHC HORNE LLP
Samantha Mansfield   CPA.com
Abby F. Dupree CPA Carroll and Company CPAs
Jenni Huotari CPA Eide Bailly
Jennifer H. Elder CSP, CPA, CMA, CIA, CFF, CGMA, The Sustainable CFO
Julie H. Gustavsson CPA, CITP Keiter
Lindsay Stevenson CPA, CGMA 1st Financial Bank USA
Sarah Elliott ACC, CPA Intend2Lead

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).


Tuesday, June 12

10:30–11:00am Networking and Exhibit Hall break Meet women leaders in financial planning
1:15–1:45pm Lunch networking in arena and niche lunches Meet women partners and firm owners
3:05–4:05pm Networking and Exhibit Hall break Hear inspirational stories from young women CPAs
6:00–7:00pm Reception held in Vista Ballroom Foyer, 2nd floor Meet women speakers and AICPA volunteers

Wednesday, June 13

10:30–11:10am Networking and Exhibit Hall break Discover time management techniques
1:00–1:40pm Lunch networking in arena and niche lunches Meet women leaders in technology
4:10–4:30pm Networking and Exhibit Hall break Meet women leaders in tax
6:00–7:00pm Reception held in Vista 206-208 Meet Most Powerful Women in Accounting

Thursday, June 14

10:50–11:10am Networking break Discuss tips for successful women initiatives
12:45–1:15pm Lunch networking and niche lunches Meet women leaders in accounting and auditing

Don’t miss your opportunity to meet and connect with women leaders, share best practices and discuss opportunities in the profession.

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.