AICPA Summit Offers Leadership Strategies for Women

Making partner or winning a seat on a corporate board can be a capstone to a successful career, yet too few women in accounting or finance attain these goals. One way to change that imbalance: learn from women who have already made it at the AICPA Women’s Global Leadership Summit.

The event, which will be held Oct. 24-25 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C., offers an array of skill-building sessions, dynamic keynotes and networking opportunities for female CPAs and financial professionals who want to put their careers on the fast track. Most sessions are led by women who have advanced to leadership positions within their professions.

“One of the most essential elements in leadership development is access to new ideas and learning opportunities combined with strong role models,” said Mary L. Bennett, founder of MLBennett Consulting LLC and chair of the AICPA Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee. “This conference gives participants both.”

Keynoters include BBC World News anchor Katty Kay, a co-author of Womenomics, and noted futurist Edie Weiner. Breakout sessions feature best practices on negotiating skills, risk management, effective communication, board leadership and other topics. More details are available in the conference agenda.

The event is co-sponsored by the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants and CPA Canada. A live webcast option will be available for those who can’t attend in person.

To obtain press credentials, please register with Shirley Twillman at

About the AICPA

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with nearly 386,000 members in 128 countries and a 125-year heritage of serving the public interest. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting.

The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who concentrate on personal financial planning; fraud and forensics; business valuation; and information technology. Through a joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), it has established the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation to elevate management accounting globally.

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and Ewing, NJ.

Media representatives are invited to visit the AICPA Press Center at


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Jeff May, 212-596-6122
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