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Rebekah Brown, CPA – 2019 40 Under 40 Honoree

Rebekah Brown CPA MACPA BLI

Rebekah Brown, CPA

Director of Development
Maryland Association of CPAs and The Business Learning Institute
Towson, Maryland

macpa.org / blionline.org

Career Highlights:

  • Three years in public accounting before leaving to work on behalf of CPA profession at MACPA/BLI
  • Seven years at MACPA/BLI, moving from Learning Consultant, to Membership Manager and now Director of Development
  • MACPA Leadership Academy Graduate
  • Presented on the future of the profession to the IESBA, as well as to the joint meeting of the Consultative Advisory Group of the IESBA and the IAASB
  • Presented on the future of the accounting profession to the PCAOB Board and Standing Advisory Group.
  • NABA Baltimore Chapter 2019 Community Service Award Recipient.
  • 2018-2019 AICPA Inclusion Champion
  • MACPA Leadership Academy, Instructor 
  • Junior Achievement of Central Maryland Associate Leadership Council
  • Maryland State Department of Education, Business Management and Finance Advisory Council 


What are you doing to make a difference in the profession, your community, the world?

To say the world is changing is an understatement. Every aspect of how we live and work is being transformed. I believe the accounting and finance profession is strong, relevant and full of talented, honest, hard working people representing every generation. We are the silent backbone of the economy and we have a responsibility to make an impact. My passion lies in developing people and professionals to be ready for these opportunities, bringing together the wisdom of today’s leaders with the innovative, diverse and enthusiastic minds of tomorrow’s leaders. To go far, we must go together. #FutureReady

Favorite books/websites/speakers that you find influential

  • Favorite Books: Start With Why, Thanks for the Feedback, The Upside of Stress, When People are Big and God is Small, The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness
  • Favorite Speakers: Simon Sinek, Tom Hood, Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, Joey Havens, Tim Keller

What do you see yourself doing professionally in 10 years?

The how and the what may change, but the why remains the same. To use my experience and learnings to help others succeed. I have been blessed to move further and further towards my “sweet spot” in the accounting profession and I want to help others do the same. 

What accounting conferences do you normally attend?

  • MACPA’s CPA Summit, AICPA Women’s Global Leadership Summit, AICPA EDGE

What websites/magazines do you use to keep up on news of the accounting profession?

I have google alerts set up for key terms and check Linkedin daily  

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See all of the “40 Under 40” honorees for 2019