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Image: Women to Watch Awards The 2014 awards nominations period is currently closed. Please check back for the dates to nominate a member for the 2015 Women to Watch Awards.

The 2014 awards will be presented by the FICPA’s Chair of the Board, Kenneth Strauss, on Friday, June 13, 2014 during the Women's Leadership Summit at the Mega CPE Conference at Disney's Contemporary 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 Awards were created to focus on the outstanding women who not only shape the Florida Institute of CPAs, but also the profession.

Congratulations to the 2014 Award Nominees

Experienced Leaders


Amanda Bonifay -Goldstein Schechter Koch
Anna Lopez Brosche - Ennis Pellum & Associates, CPAs
Bethany Carr - Cavanaugh & Company, CPA, LLP
Karen Mitchell Curran - KPMG LLP
Nancy DiSalvo - BKHM, PA
Ashley Maher Fagan - KPMG LLP
Susan Jackson - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Patricia Jones - Jones & Company, CPAs, PA
Teri Kaye - Daszkal Bolton LLP
Tracy Kimbrough - Baylis & Company, PA
Dawn Lopez - Dwight Darby & Company
Bonnie Mackey - Levin, Silvey, Zelko & Mackey, PA
Sheri Schultz - Fiske and Company
Josephine Scott - BDO USA, LLP
Carol Villemaire - James Moore & Company, PL
Christina Worley - Castle Wealth Management

Emerging Leaders


Melissa Barbosa - Rosenfield & Company, PLLC
Victoria Bartlett - Gregory, Sharer and Stuart, CPAs
Alexandra Demosthenes - Investment Advisory Professionals LLC
Melissa Fleitas - Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors & Accountants LLP
Nicole Franklin - CS&L CPAs
Andrea Leslie - Daszkal Bolton LLP
Allison Harrell - Thomas Howell Ferguson PA
Ashley Hoglund - Duggan, Joiner & Company, CPAs
Kinga Huse - CS&L CPAs
Ana Long - KPMG LLP
Jessica Morgan - KPMG LLP
Monica Ospina - Forensic Accountants & Consultants
Cheri Swain - Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC

2015 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 2015 will begin in December 2014, 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. The candidate should have more than ten years' experience.
  • 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 have no more than ten years’ experience in the profession. 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.

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.