CPA Practice Advisor

JUN 2018

Today's Technology for Tomorrow's Firm.

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JUNE 2018 ■ 19 By Isaac M. O'Bannon, Managing Editor THIS ISN'T YOUR grandfather's accounting profession, but it may be someone's mother's (or grandmother's) profession. Women accounting professionals have long passed parity with their male peers in terms of those attaining degrees in the field, and are increasingly breaking the top ranks at firms of all sizes - from CEO-leadership at Big 4 firms Deloitte and KPMG, and partnership levels at national, regional and small firms. This leadership, coupled with rapidly advancing technologies, is resulting in a dramatic transformation of the profession that is more agile and better serves the thriving U.S. business market. The Most Powerful Women in Accounting awards honor women who are having an outstanding impact on the accounting profession as a whole and in particular, on the lives of small practitioners. This year, the AICPA partnered with CPA Practice Advisor to select and present the awards, recognizing recipients for their remarkable contributions to the profession. These professionals are directly engaged in day-to-day client service as a partner or senior member of an accounting practice, or impact the profession through their roles in consulting, technology, organizational leadership, government, education or other fields. CPA Practice Advisor has hosted the awards program since its founding in 2012. Nominations were open to the public and the final selection of this year's recipients was made by an independent 13-person panel of judges. The awards were announced and presented during a special ceremony on June 13 at the AICPA ENGAGE Conference at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. THE 2018 AICPA AND CPA PRACTICE ADVISOR MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN ACCOUNTING ARE: JULIE H. Gustavsson CPA.CITP - Keiter CPA DEANN Hill CPA, CGMA, PFS - DeAnn Hill CPA JENNI Huotari CPA - Eide Bailly KACEE Johnson Blue Ocean Principles TAMERA Loerzel Convergence Coaching SAMANTHA Mansfield GAIL Perry CPA - CPA Practice Advisor ELIZABETH Pittelkow-Kittner CPA.CITP, CGMA, DTM - Litera Microsystems AMY A. Pitter Massachusetts Society of CPAs

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