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Image: Women to Watch AwardsThe nominations for the 2015 FICPA Women to Watch Awards have been closed and we are ready to present our new slate of nominees!

The 2015 awards will be presented by the FICPA’s Chair of the Board, Jeff Barbacci, on Thursday, June 11, 2015 during the Women's Leadership Summit at the Mega CPE Conference at Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resort.

The Women to Watch Awards were created by The American Institute of CPAs to recognize outstanding women in the accounting professions and are given in two categories: Established Leaders and Emerging Leaders. Started in 2010, the FICPA Women to Watch Award were created to focus on the outstanding women who not only shape the Florida Institute of CPAs, but also the profession.

Congratulations to the 2015 award nominees!

Experienced Leaders
Elisa A. Armetta Accounting Management Advisors, Inc.
Debra F. Bachenheimer Goldstein Schechter Koch, PA
Kristin A. Bivona GellerRagans
Lynn Britt Britt and Company, PA
Karensa Butler McGladrey LLP
Susan D. Crabb Lindsay, Crabb and Associates, PLLC
Phyllis Deiso McGladrey LLP
Martha W. Ford Foelgner, Ronz & Straw, PA
Claudia Sotolongo-Gonzalez Perez-Abreu, Aguerrebere, Sueiro & Torres, PL
Kathlyn C. Jordan Adams & Harper, PA, CPAs
Janet A. Noack Noack, Mitchell & Company
Karen O'Byrne Modernizing Medicine, Inc.
Rebecca Sproul KPMG, LLP
Susan O. Thompson CS&L CPAs
Linda B. Trugman Trugman Valuation Associates, Inc.
Carol E. Zurcher Thomas, Zurcher & White, PA

Emerging Leaders
Amanda Bonifay Goldstein Schechter Koch, PA
Tabitha Branch Berkowitz Pollach Brant
Lisa Roney Crowe Horwath LLP
Patricia M. Siles Goldstein Schechter Koch, PA
Carly J. Thurston PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Caridad Vasallo KSDT and Company

2016 Women to Watch Awards


Are you a woman to watch? Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for her achievements and contributions to the accounting profession?

Who Will You Nominate?


Nominations for the 2016 will begin in December 2015, so please check back for more information.  

The Women to Watch Awards are presented in the following two categories:

  • Established Leaders: A woman who has advanced to a higher level or leadership position within her profession. Titles include, but are not limited to, partner, owner, elected official or appointee, executive, etc.
  • Emerging Leaders: A woman who has made significant contributions to the profession and her community, but who has not yet reached the highest levels of advancement.

Nominees must be a CPA and a member of both the FICPA and the AICPA.

A list of eligibility standards is listed below, although it should be noted that while evidence of each and every item listed under each category is not required for consideration, but nominees should have made significant contributions in at least two of the criteria listed below.

Experienced Leaders:
  1. Authorship of articles
  2. Major or unique contribution to the profession
  3. Public and/or community service
  4. Mentoring other professionals
  5. Improvement to the workplace
Emerging Leaders:
  1. Public and/or community service
  2. Demonstration of leadership
  3. Contribution to the profession
  4. Creation and implementation of unique initiative(s)
  5. Involvement with alma mater or other local colleges and universities

If you have questions about the nomination process, membership status, requirements, or selecting the category your nominee should be placed, contact Debra Kelly, Members Connection Manager at kellyd@ficpa.org or (800) 342-3197, ext. 431.