Four outstanding business leaders have been honored by the Maryland Association of CPAs as Maryland’s “Women to Watch” for 2018.
Jill Gansler, CPA, chief financial officer of Regional Management, Inc., and Heather Latham, CPA, CFP, CGMA, director of accounting and finance for R&F Metals, Inc., have been honored in the “Experienced Leader” category.
Meanwhile, Maxene M. Bardwell, CPA, CIA, CFE, CISA, CRMA, director of internal audit at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, and Ebony Hypolite, CPA, a manager in SC&H Group’s Business Performance Management consulting practice, have been honored in the “Emerging Leader” category.
Pictured in the photo above are, from left: Bardwell; Gansler; Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, immediate past chair of the AICPA’s Board of Directors, who keynoted the event; MACPA Board Chair Samantha Bowling; Latham; and Hypolite.
Launched in 2014 by the American Institute of CPAs, the awards highlight the accomplishments and contributions of women in the CPA profession and demonstrate to emerging female leaders that success is not out of reach.
“We are incredibly proud of this year’s winners — indeed, of all the leaders who were nominated for this year’s awards,” said MACPA Executive Director Tom Hood, CPA. “They represent the best this profession has to offer, and they serve as role models not only for other women in the profession, but for every accounting and finance professional on the planet.”
“We had 21 nominees for this year’s awards,” said Samantha Bowling, CPA, chair of the MACPA’s 2018-19 Board of Directors. “This symbolizes a commitment on the part of every person in this room and once again sets Maryland CPAs apart in a way that makes me proud.”
Here’s a closer look at the winners and nominees in each of the two “Women to Watch” categories:
This year’s winners are:
Other nominees in the Emerging Leader category were Samantha Barlow of PWC; Christy Bennett of Qual-i-Tax, Inc.; Ashleigh Hall of WithumSmith+Brown; Lisa Johnson of Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates; Norah Jones of Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell; Sabrina Lamb of Legg Mason; Rose Lambert of Gorfine, Schiller & Gardyn; and Christine McCoy Reed of Ernst & Young, LLP.
This year’s winners are:
Other nominees in the Experienced Leader category were Michelle Armstrong of Mister, Burton & Associates; Sandi Berger of Brightview Senior Living; Stephanie Drane of Jones Advisory, LLC; Bryna Engel of Rosen, Sapperstein & Friedlander, LLC; Robin Ewers of John B. Barry, LLC; Traci Getz of Ryan & Wetmore; Lisa D. Ingram, CPA; Darlene Siegel of CyberCore Technologies; and Robin Thieme of KBS CFO.
The 2018 MACPA “Women to Watch” awards were made possible by the following strategic partners:
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