Winning Women

In recognition of their professional achievements, 11 CPAs won the first Women to Watch Award, cosponsored by the AICPA’s Work/Life and Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee, the Illinois CPA Society and the New Mexico Society of CPAs. Illinois winners in the Experienced Leader category were Terri Bobek, partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Chicago; Debra Hopkins, professor of accounting, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb; Karen Kurek, managing director, RSM McGladrey, Schaumberg; and Judith Meguire, Chicago director of tax practice, American Express Tax & Business Services. The Emerging Leader was Laura Thonn, manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Chicago.

All New Mexico winners were from Albuquerque. The Experienced Leaders honored were Rosane “Bobbye” Hayes, partner, Accounting & Consulting Group; Barbara Lewis, shareholder and audit department head, Atkinson & Co. Ltd.; Kimberly Nunley, managing partner, Grant Thornton LLP; Cynthia Reinhart, managing partner, KPMG LLP; and Judith A. Wagner, director, litigation and valuation services, Meyners + Company. The Emerging Leader was Suzette Longfellow, senior manager, KPMG LLP.

Robert Half International Inc. will award a sponsorship in each winner’s name to the school of her choice. For information on the program and winners, visit , and .


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