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The 2019 AICPA/CPAPA Most Powerful Women in Accounting

The AICPA and CPA Practice Advisor are pleased to partner for the 2019 Most Powerful Women in Accounting Awards. Join us at AICPA Engage 2019 to celebrate women who made their mark on the accounting profession as well as those who are emerging as ...

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The American Institute of CPAs and CPA Practice Advisor are pleased to partner for the 2019 Most Powerful Women in Accounting Awards, given annually to 25 women leaders who are helping to define and advance the profession.

See below for the full list of this year’s honorees, with links to learn more about them.

The joint administration of the award is part of the AICPA’s ongoing efforts to promote inclusiveness and create more opportunities for women to attain leadership positions in both public and management accounting.

“We’re excited to work with CPA Practice Advisor to recognize some of the best and brightest in the profession,” said Jacquelyn H. Tracy, CPA, CGMA, chair of the AICPA Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee (WIEC). “Year in and year out, this is a highly impressive group of women that we hope to give even more visibility as role models and pathfinders.”

The WIEC sponsors research, mentorship and networking opportunities, and oversees the annual Women’s Global Leadership Summit.

Members of the AICPA work with CPA Practice Advisor to select and promote award winners each year. The AICPA will continue to offer its “Women to Watch” awards, which – in collaboration with state CPA societies – recognize experienced and emerging women leaders.

“Now in its eighth year, the ‘Most Powerful Women in Accounting’ awards recognize women who are not just making a difference in the accounting profession, but who are the difference in the profession – our accounting profession would not be where it is without the impact these influential women are making,” said Gail Perry, CPA, editor-in-chief of CPA Practice Advisor magazine.

Winners were recognized at AICPA ENGAGE, held June 9-13 in Las Vegas. To be eligible, nominees should demonstrate they:

  • Are a driving force in creating a culture of innovation or excellence within their firm, or helped, as a vendor, to develop technologies that empower firms to be more productive and profitable
  • Have reached a level of management and ownership within their company, with demonstrable impact on its success
  • Actively mentor those following in their footsteps

Introducing the 2019 AICPA/CPAPA Most Powerful Women in Accounting:

Tommye E. Barie, CPA – Succession Institute.

Samantha Bowling, CPA, CGMA – GWCPAs

Danielle Supkis Cheek, CPA, CFE, CVA – PKF Texas

Susan Coffey, CPA, CGMA – AICPA.

Lynne Doughtie, CPA – KPMG.

Sarah Elliott, CPA, ACC – Intend2Lead

Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA – Oracle.

Cathy Engelbert, CPA.CITP – Deloitte

Tracey Golden, CPA, CGMA – Deloitte

Kelly Grier, CPA – Ernst & Young LLP.

Kacee Johnson, MBA – and Blue Ocean Principles

Elizabeth Pittelkow Kittner, CPA.CITP, CGMA, DTM – International Legal Technology Assn.

Samantha Mansfield –

Gail Perry, CPA – CPA Practice Advisor.

Amy Pitter, J.D. – Massachusetts Society of CPAs.

Natasha Schamberger, CPA – Kansas Society of CPAs

Lindsay Stevenson, CPA, CGMA – 1st Financial Bank USA and Origin Evolution LLC

Joy Thomas, FCPA, FCMA – CPA Canada

Michelle L. Thompson, CPA – Cherry Bekaert

Jacquelyn H. Tracy, CPA, CGMA, MST – Mandel & Tracy CPAs

Amy Vetter, CPA.CITP, CGMA – The B3 Method Institute

Jennifer Warawa – Sage

Sandra Wiley, SHPR – Boomer Consulting

Jennifer Wilson – Convergence Coaching

Candace Wright, CPA, CFF – Postlethwaite & Netterville


See the 2018 winners.

See the 2017 Winners.

See the 2016 Winners.

See the 2015 Winners

See the 2014 Winners

See the 2013 Winners

See the 2012 Winners