Have you ever been to an awards program and find that you’re still inspired a week later?
When you gather Maryland’s most accomplished CPAs and leaders in one room for a few hours of insights and applause, that’s what happens.
For those of you who couldn’t be there, let me try to capture the essence of the MACPA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force’s Women to Watch Awards program (and new this year, an AICPA award recognizing the men who support them, too). I was too busy soaking in the sage advice of those on stage to take notes, so as I often do, I’ve gone back to the event’s Twitter stream to share the best thinking from the packed room:
Most of these insights came from past MACPA chair and soon-to-be AICPA Vice Chair Kimberly Ellison Taylor as she shared her captivating recipe for success — a can-do attitude, aptitude, faith, authenticity, boldness, and confidence. As she walked through her story, you could see the room light up and lean into what this amazing leader had to say.
All of this happened before the announcements of this year’s record-setting 32 nominees of outstanding CPAs and the winners (drum roll, please):
Emerging Leader Award
Experienced Leader Award
The AICPA’s newest award, which is being piloted this year in only two states, is the “Men Who Get It Award” for mentoring and sponsoring women in career development and championing the cause for diversity. The winner of these first-ever award was Brian Israel of Dixon Hughes & Goodman, LLP Rockville, Md.
Read more about the event and take a look at the photo stream we captured.
At the MACPA and The Business Learning Institute, we often send each other off to meetings and speaking gigs with a wish for “hope and inspiration.” We have plenty to be hopeful about and all the inspiration you need from these amazing women professionals and leaders. If you were there, add your reflections in the comments below. If you weren’t there, mark your calendar for next year’s Women to Watch Awards — Sept. 30, 2016.