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 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 June 08, 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 May 31, 2017

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 May 26, 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

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 January 31, 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

Organizational Strategies Toolkit

Toolkit This page presents the Organizational Strategies Toolkit, which presents a business case for the development of female leaders in accounting firms. In includes a standalone guide for firms, along with templates and sample communications to help firms start their own Women's Advancement Initiatives.
Published on November 03, 2016

Pat Cochran

Member Profile How can you maintain a balance between work and life as a CPA? Here's a profile of AICPA member Pat Cochran and how she manages a successful career and her personal life.
Published on November 03, 2016

Carol Kirwan

Member Profile How can you maintain a balance between work and life as a CPA? Here's a profile of AICPA member Carol Kirwin and how she manages a successful career and her personal life.
Published on November 03, 2016

Bea Nahon

Member Profile How can you maintain a balance between work and life as a CPA? Here's a profile of AICPA member Bea Nahon and how she manages a successful career and her personal life.
Published on November 03, 2016

Kim Griffith Hunter

Member Profile How can you maintain a balance between work and life as a CPA? Here's a profile of AICPA member Kim Griffith and how she manages a successful career and her personal life.
Published on November 03, 2016

Flexibility Business Case

Case Study This paper explains why building a flexible work culture is a business strategy that supports the accomplishment of other business strategies for organizations.
Published on November 02, 2016

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