25 leaders named Most Powerful Women in Accounting

Twenty-five female leaders received the 2018 Most Powerful Women in Accounting Award, sponsored by the AICPA and CPA Practice Advisor magazine.

A group of 13 judges selected the award recipients based on their efforts at creating a culture of innovation or excellence within their organizations or developing technologies that improve firms' productivity and profitability; reaching a level of management and ownership in their company, with demonstrable impact on its success; and actively mentoring those following in their footsteps.

The 2018 winners are:

Karen Abramson, CEO, Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting

Danielle Supkis Cheek, director, entrepreneurial advisory services, PKF Texas

Susan Coffey, executive vice president—Public Practice, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Lynne Doughtie, U.S. chairman and CEO, KPMG

Abby F. Dupree, managing partner, Carroll & Company CPAs

Jennifer Elder, owner, The Sustainable CFO

Sarah Elliott, principal and co-founder, Intend2Lead LLC

Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, Global Strategy Leader—Financial Services Industry Group, Oracle, and past AICPA chairman

Cathy Engelbert, CEO, Deloitte US

Julie H. Gustavsson, partner and COO, Keiter

DeAnn Hill, owner, DeAnn Auman Hill, CPA

Jenni Huotari, partner and director of Business Outsourcing & Strategy, Eide Bailly

Kacee Johnson, strategic advisor, CPA.com, and founder, Blue Ocean Principles

Elizabeth Pittelkow Kittner, controller, Litera Microsystems

Tamera Loerzel, partner, ConvergenceCoaching LLC

Samantha Mansfield, director, Professional Development and Community, CPA.com

Gail Perry, editor-in-chief, CPA Practice Advisor

Amy Pitter, president and CEO, Massachusetts Society of CPAs

Natasha Schamberger, president and CEO, Kansas Society of CPAs

Lindsay Stevenson, vice president, finance, 1st Financial Bank USA

Amy Vetter, president and CEO, B3 Method Institute

Jennifer Warawa, executive vice president, Partners, Accountants and Alliances, Sage

Katherine Watts, partner in charge, Horne LLP

Sandra Wiley, president, Boomer Consulting Inc.

Jennifer Wilson, co-founder and partner, Convergence-Coaching LLC


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