Women to Watch Awards

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Image: Women to Watch AwardsThe 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 Awards were created to focus on the outstanding women who not only shape the Florida Institute of CPAs, but also the profession. Congratulations to all of our award recipients.

The 2015 Women to Watch Awards were presented by FICPA’s Chair of the Board, Jeff Barbacci, during the Women’s Leadership Summit at the Mega CPE Conference.

Congratulations to the 2015 Award Winners!

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Susan Thompson

Experienced Leader
Susan Thompson of CS&L CPAs

Susan Thompson has over 23 years of experience in a variety of tax and audit services. She specializes in individuals, developers, pass-through entities, not-for-profit organizations, and foundations. She joined CS&L CPAs in 1991 and currently serves the Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa and Ocala areas. Susan is an active member of many organizations in the community and finds it personally fulfilling to support the non-profit or volunteer organizations related to human, children’s and health services. She has previously volunteered her time with the Mayor’s Homeless Coalition Task Force, was the former Treasurer of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and was a former Co-Chair for the Key to the Cure fundraising event.

Emerging Leader
Amanda Bonifay of Goldstein Schechter Koch, PA

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Amanda Bonifay

Amanda Bonifay is a Director in the assurance department with over 11 years of experience in both public accounting and private business. Amanda graduated from Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in accounting and finance as well as a Master of Professional Accountancy with a major in financial accounting and reporting. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the States of Florida and Georgia and is a member of both the American and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Amanda is Chair of the FICPA Miami-Downtown Chapter, founding Chair of the Ponce Society of Young Professionals, and a past member of the board of directors of the Coral Gables Community Foundation. She was named one of the FICPA’s top 26 under 36 for 2013 and was a Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2013 Rising Star Award Finalist.

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 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. The candidate should be licensed less than 10 years as of July 1st of the current FICPA fiscal year. Typical roles include business owners, sole proprietors, and small firm principals.

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

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

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 in which your nominee should be placed, contact Debra Kelly, Members Connection Manager at kellyd@ficpa.org or (800) 342-3197, ext. 431.