Amy Richardson, CPA, and Elizabeth Gantnier, CPA, CGMA, have been recognized as Maryland’s 2016 “Women to Watch” by the Maryland Association of CPAs.
The MACPA’s annual Women to Watch awards highlight the accomplishments of Maryland women in the CPA profession and demonstrate to emerging female leaders that success is not out of reach. The awards, initially created by the American Institute of CPAs, lead to important conversations about diversity and inclusion and highlight the resources that are available to CPA firms and companies.
The awards are given in two categories:
Richardson (at left in the photo), an assurance supervisor in the Baltimore office of RSM US, is the MACPA’s 2016 “Emerging Leader” award-winner. A member of the RSM team for more than five years, Richardson says she aims to deliver the RSM brand — “The Power of Being Understood” — to clients on every engagement. She lives and breathes her motto — “Put yourself out there and get involved” — by being personally involved in the recruiting, training, mentoring and development of future RSM leaders, and by giving back to the Baltimore community through volunteer efforts and service projects.
Gantnier, the professional practice partner for the mid-Atlantic region at Dixon Hughes Goodman, is the MACPA’s 2016 “Experienced Leader” award-winner. Gantnier has served the CPA community for more than 30 years in a variety of roles, most recently by overseeing the merger of Stegman and Company and Dixon Hughes Goodman. Gantnier is a nationally recognized CPE instructor for the AICPA, Fortune 500 companies, and state CPA societies. She is the immediate past chair of the Maryland Board of Public Accountancy and volunteers on numerous committees for the AICPA, the Center for Audit Quality, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
Nominees for this year’s MACPA Women to Watch awards include the following:
This year’s Women to Watch awards breakfast featured a keynote address by Richard Caturano, chair of the AICPA’s National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. Caturano served as the AICPA’s chair from 2012 to 2013 and is a partner and national leader of culture, diversity and inclusion at RSM US.
The event also featured a panel discussion that focused on the important roles that mentors and strong leaders play in career development. The panel was moderated by AICPA Vice Chair Kimberly Ellison-Taylor and included the following participants: