Women in the Profession

Profiles of Women in the Profession 

The CPA profession is loaded with talented women, each of whom has their own career path and story to share. No two women are the same, but each can teach us a lot about the meaning of success, leadership, and leaving a legacy. Here we highlight just a few of these outstanding women: 

  • Patricia Cochran, CPA, Chief Financial Officer, Vision Service Plan, Rancho Cordova, CA
  • Kim Griffin Hunter, CPA, Partner, Deloitte & Touche, and Past President, National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
  • Carol Wysor Kirwan, CPA, Eden, MD, Director of Technical Services & Regulatory Affairs, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • Bea L. Nahon, CPA, Sole Practitioner, Bellevue, WA, and Past President, Washington Society of CPAs    

You can view more profiles of outstanding men and women CPAs at the new "Start Here, Go Places." site.  

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Women to Watch Awards

Award The Women to Watch awards highlight the accomplishments of women in the profession, and demonstrate to emerging female leaders that success is not out of reach.
Published on August 01, 2017

Women in the Profession

Overview The Women in the Profession section lays out how the AICPA, led by its Women's Initiatives Executive Committee, is committed to the retention and advancement of women in accounting. Click on the Women to Watch Awards to view emerging and experienced female leaders in the profession. Visit the Resources area
Published on July 10, 2017

Supporting Womens Initiatives in Your Organization

Tools Utilize the resources on this page to help jump start or refresh your firm's women's initiatives program.
Published on July 10, 2017

Supporting You in Womens Initiatives

Tools This page lists the resources that are available to individuals who are seeking more information or support in Women's Initiatives.
Published on July 10, 2017

Women in the Profession Resources

Tools We have developed several formal (workshop, publication and research) and informal (guides and DVDs) resources to help CPA firms and companies develop and retain their in-house talents. See additional resources for further details.
Published on July 06, 2017

Starting a Womens Initiative Program

Toolkit This section provides you with a step by step approach on how to jump start or refresh a women’s initiative program in your firm. For every step, the action plan highlights either existing or new AICPA resources to help your firm succeed.
Published on July 06, 2017

AICPA Womens Initiatives Executive Committee

Roster The AICPA Women's Initiatives Executive Committee members works to attract and retain women in the CPA profession.
Published on July 06, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions Launching Successful Womens Initiatives in Your Firm

FAQ The business case is critical to getting management—and firm member—buy-in, but those leading the firm initiative may need some help in addressing some of the recurring questions and sometimes, misperceptions about the benefit of a women’s initiative. This list of frequently asked questions will help gain acceptance and engagement in
Published on July 06, 2017

Womens Initiative Checklist Enhancing CPA fFirm Success Through Gender Diversity

Checklist How to jump start or refresh a women’s initiative program within your firm? Begin by using this Checklist to plot your course. This document provides a step by step approach along with related resources to encourage firms to employ metrics and measure where they stand today and related progress. It
Published on July 06, 2017

WIEC Firm Business Case Brochure Why Women Advancement is Good for Business

Brochure The business case is critical to getting management—and firm member—buy-in, but those leading the firm initiative may need some help in getting their points across concisely in meetings or discussions. This is a short checklist of key business case highlights and advice on how to tie them into the firm’s
Published on July 06, 2017

Women to Watch Award Winners

Roster The AICPA’s Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee (WIEC) initiated the Women to Watch Award Program in 2005 in partnership with several state CPA societies to honor outstanding women in the profession. The Women to Watch awards highlight the accomplishments of women in the profession, and demonstrate to emerging female leaders that
Published on April 03, 2017

2016 Women to Watch Award Winners

Roster These are the winners for the 2016 Women to Watch Awards. This program was initiated in 2016 by the AICPA's Women's Initiatives Executive Committee in partnership with state CPA societies to honor outstanding women in the CPA profession.
Published on April 03, 2017

Womens Initiatives Executive Committee Brochure

Brochure This brochure introduces the Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee (WIEC) and outlines its mission, action and focus on Educating, Advocating and Advancing Women in the Accounting Profession.
Published on January 28, 2017

Women in the Profession CPE & Events

Overview Mark your calendars for our 2015 Women’s Initiatives web seminars and live events and view archived presentations.
Published on January 26, 2017

Research on Womens Advancement in Accounting

Report The AICPA’s studies of Workforce Trends and Human Capital Practices have motivated a wealth of research about the current status of gender, family and work-life issues in public accounting. This paper summarizes the findings of those research studies and highlights potential research questions that have yet to be addressed.
Published on November 03, 2016

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