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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 profession 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. 

The 2014 awards were 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.

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 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.

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.

Congratulations to the 2014 Award Winners

Experienced Leader

Image: Sheri Schultz
Sheri Schultz

Sheri Schultz of Fiske and Company

Schultz is an equity owner and member of the Executive Committee of Fiske and Company in Plantation. She is the firm’s director of litigation support and valuation services. As a past chair of the FICPA Business and Valuation/Litigation Committee, Schultz helped develop the Valuation and Litigation Section. A 26-year FICPA member, she has served on the Institute’s Board of Governors and currently serves on the Valuation and Litigation Conference Planning Committee. Schultz is chair of the ABV Champion Program, an AICPA initiative offering CPA/ABVs the support, structure and resources to collaborate with state societies to promote and expand the ABV credential.

Emerging Leader

Image: Allison Harrell
Allison Harrell

Allison Harrell of Thomas Howell Ferguson, P.A.

Harrell is director, assurance services at Thomas Howell Ferguson, PA in Tallahassee. She has served as a member and as chair of the FICPA’s Young CPA Committee. Under her leadership, the FICPA furthered its recognition of the importance of developing young leaders in the CPA profession. Harrell represented Florida and the FICPA as a member of the AICPA’s inaugural Leadership Academy. She served as chair of the AICPA’s inaugural Edge Conference and recently was appointed as the youngest member of the Executive Committee of the AICPA’s Government Audit Quality Center.