Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

March 13th, 2020 by Brooke Holmes 13 minutes read

The time has finally come to announce this year's Top 50 #WomeninAccounting!

We first launched the 'Women in Accounting' initiative on International Women's Day in 2018 as a way to honor and recognize women who are driving change and creating opportunities for the next generation within the Accounting and Bookkeeping industry.

While it's not possible to include every woman in the shortlist, we'd like to show our appreciation for all of the amazing women nominated by colleagues and friends for the work they do in their respective company and community.

Today, we'd like to recognise 50 women who are leading the charge when it comes to advocacy, change and community in their workplace and beyond.

Those included in the list ranked among the highest on our scoring system which took into account;

  • Video submission
  • Dedication to promoting inclusivity and driving change
  • Investment in next generation and the future of accounting
  • Involvement in an industry cause, initiative or community

Our judges have expressed how exciting and inspiring it was to hear about the ways in which each nominee is making her mark in the world of accounting, and how proud they were to engage in each nominees story.

On behalf of the Practice Ignition team, I'd like to thank each of our Top 50 for the impact they're having in our global accounting community and beyond. We see you and we honor you.

Remember to keep the conversation going with the hashtag #WomenInAccounting.

From the judging panel

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Madeline Pratt - Fearless in Training & Womxn Talk Money

"The future of the profession is bright with so many talented, caring and committed women putting in the work to drive progress, inclusion, and technology transformation for their clients and peers."

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Alex Falcon Huerta - Soaring Falcon Accountancy

"What struck a chord with me is that these women were looking for a ‘safe place‘ to share their thoughts. It doesn’t need to be a closed door space and shut off from the world, but a space where women can be vocalised on public platforms so everyone can encourage and celebrate them."

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Rebecca Mihalic - businessDEPOT & Practice Ignition

“There was a clear uplifting common theme amongst the submissions, which was one of inclusion. These women are not aiming to promote themselves at the expense or exclusion of others, their purpose is about community and an investment in those around them and the future of our industry.”

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Guy Pearson - Practice Ignition

"We received such a large and diverse range of entries from women in and around the accounting industry. As a result we had to hold a much higher bar on the applicants and looked at those really going above and beyond - helping the accounting community, their own team/clients, and the greater external community to improve the world of financial literacy and the impact the numbers can make. Well done ladies, it's an honour and privilege to sit in your shadow."
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Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Liz Mason

High Rock Accounting - Phoenix, US

"Investing in and advocating for the next generation to me means being vocal in promoting technology adoption and positive, productive change to ensure future accountants inherit the best profession possible."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Aly Garrett

All In Advisory - Adelaide, AU

"As the founder of All In Advisory it is my role to lead authentically, passionately, deliberately and participatively. I do this by valuing diversity of thought and encouraging the team to do things differently."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Sharon Critchlow

Discover Your Bounce for Business Ltd - Bristol, UK

"My business was established in 2017 to tackle workplace stress through culture change, teaching stress reduction tools and emotional intelligence."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Sarah Elliott

Intend2Lead and Ellivate Alliance - Texas, US

"My life's work is to bring a more conscious, evolved leadership model to the accounting profession and the world at large."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Jaime Campbell

Tier One Services, LLC - Florida, US

"My cause is FREEDOM and that takes the form of social justice and of equity. I bring the best that I've got to every community I create or am part of."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Twyla Verhelst

Helm - Alberta, CA

"Inclusivity goes beyond gender, race, age and religion, it also includes social and physical (dis)abilities. One of my career goals is to create a company culture that is comfortable and accommodating to all people, no matter where they come from or what their circumstances are."

Twitter

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Geraldine Magarey

Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand - Sydney, AU

"The very human skills we have as people combined with our technical knowledge plus the ability to embrace technology will ensure the profession is well set for the future."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Stacia Neugent

GreerWalker LLP - North Carolina, US

"It is my job to address the flexibility that others may need and to help make sure the firm is supporting that."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Sonya Livshits

BooksTime, Inc - Massachusetts, US

"As an immigrant to the US, I make a special point to create opportunities for great accountants of all nationalities and backgrounds. I've been lucky enough to achieve my American Dream - now I want to help others do the same. "

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Sarah Jenkins

Milsted Langdon LLP - Taunton and Bristol, UK

"I am in the lucky position that I can use my own skills and experience to help my colleagues with their development and training, promoting change in the firm and the industry."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Shanu Mehta

MMC Convert - Indore, India

"The notion of financial literacy especially among the women at the grassroots level has been a very sensitive and important concern for me as an individual as well as an entrepreneur. This sentiment comes naturally to me since I have my roots from a very small town in India"

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Robyn Jacobson

TaxBanter Pty Ltd - Melbourne, AU

"I strive to ’make a difference’, and advocate for a better tax system where the law and administration is clearer, less complex, and fairer for taxpayers and practitioners."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Irene Bennetts

Admin Army - Havelock North, NZ

"One of my key drivers is to get people (business as a whole) excited about bookkeeping. So many people have the perception that it is "just data entry", but it is so much more than that. It's time to change the way this vital role is viewed."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Debrah Burleigh

Debrah Burleigh and Associates Ltd - Surrey, CA

"As technology develops making things easier for business owners to do their bookkeeping, it is important that we as bookkeepers change our roles to more advisory services."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Nayo Carter-Gray

1st Step Accounting LLC - Baltimore, US

"Sometimes it is discouraging when you don't see yourself represented in a space and you just want to talk to someone who understands your needs and language. Building this community is important to me so that in the future these same accountants will be brave enough to lend their voices, faces and expertise to grow the accounting industry as a whole."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Amanda Aguillard

Aguillard Accounting, Elefant, Accounting Salon - New Orleans, US

"At Elefant our mission is help accountants and bookkeepers leverage technology to build the practices of their dreams. For me, this was being able to run a practice as a single mom while being present for my children."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Pamela Phillips

de Jong Phillips Ltd - Epsom, UK

"I think it’s important to embrace that we are all on a learning journey, whether we are 8 years or 80 years. Leaders come in all shapes and ages!"

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Heather D Satterley

Satterley Training & Consulting, Backoffice Ally, The 'Appy Hour with Liz and Heather - Rhode Island, US

"My hope is that by openly sharing my experience and knowledge, including my successes and failures, it may empower others to own their future, invest in themselves, and ultimately share their wealth of knowledge and expertise with others."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Kathryn Wellum-Kent

MHA Monahans - Bath, UK

"I'm passionate about supporting new and growing businesses. They are vital for the local economy. My particular area of interest is the technology sector. I find the work that they do incredibly interesting and often very inspiring."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Dyean Moodley

KPMG Australia - Sydney, AU

"My purpose is to empower others and make a difference for consequence and benefit. It’s important to me that I give back to the profession that has given me so many varied and amazing opportunities."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Nikki Adams

Ad Valorem Group - Milton Keynes, UK

"I have developed Ad Valorem as a family-friendly meritocracy where regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or age every person is treated as an individual."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Amanda Jane Gascoigne

Amanda Gascoigne Consulting - Newcastle, AU

"I believe I am helping develop contemporary accounting practices being lead by the next generation of leaders who feel totally comfortable about doing practice and life their way."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Tori van der Donk

Aegis Business Services - Brisbane, AU

"As founder and owner of my firm, I am ultimately responsible for driving this inclusivity. This is easy for me as I'm naturally inclined to ensure everyone feels included."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Allison Hawkins

Hawkins & Co. Accounting - Ontario, CA

"I try and look for those unique experiences within our team and how they can leverage those in the workplace. It creates a very honest and open culture and customers sense that. It’s also given staff the permission and freedom to propose non-traditional things in the workplace and truly be who they are."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Amy Bradbury

Empowered Profit - Maryland, USA

"I believe the future of accounting is virtual, relationship and knowledge-based. Clients don’t just need someone to help them fill out forms. They want a real partner & advisor, who can speak to them in a way they can understand and support them in growing their businesses."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Petra King

Xperion - Brisbane, AU

"Despite the trend in accounting industry, we take on graduates. We believe in them, and give them hands on experience they need to become better at whatever they chose to do."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Jane Pollard

Catalyst Accounting & Tax - Warwick, AU

"We work on improving the financial literacy of these clients' family and support workers and our goal is to look for ways to increase their inclusivity in our local community."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Heather Townsend

The Accountants Millionaires' Club - Bedfordshire, UK

"I have seen first hand how lonely it can be to run your own accountancy firm. This is why we set up a community of global accountancy firm owners to support and help each other to grow their firms."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Jana Cinnamon

Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP - Minnesota, US

"I firmly believe in this profession. It has been fun for me to see how individuals can carve out a unique career path that matches their interests and strengths."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Alexi Boyd

Small Biz Matters - Sydney, AU

"Advocacy for the industry has been the reason why I started the radio show in the first place. I felt that at the local level no one was speaking for us, so I started a radio show."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Neha Nayyar

Sum and Substance Bookkeeping and Training - Melbourne, AU

"We’ve helped the younger generation of Accountants who are just starting out with their practice by assisting them in putting the right systems and processes in place from the get-go."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Meghan Blair-Valero

Fogged In Bookkeeping, Inc - Massachusetts, US

"I feel strongly that simple statistical diversity is not enough and inclusion that doesn't require assimilation is essential. Continued collaborations between this group and outside groups like Fintech Women have the potential to open so many more doors for women in accounting."

Twitter

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Sarah Lawrance

Hot Toast - Sydney, AU

"I have been lucky to have strong female mentors along my career path and knowing that not all women have that opportunity I try to reflect out in the industry what I see back so that others can have that opportunity."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Lakshmipriya Chinnakonda

Priya Business Consulting Services PLC - Cedar Rapids, US

"Automation is the key for the next generation of leaders - wherever possible, process efficiency should be evaluated and implemented."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Pam Madytianos

2 Peas Pty Ltd - Melbourne, AU

"I have clarity of vision which I am able to flow into a clear business strategy. I can successfully execute on that strategy by leading people through change, while building their confidence and capability.."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Bianca Bonilla

TaxSmart Inc - California, US

"As a proud Latina, I’m a huge advocate for my community, especially Latina business owners. Back in my home country of Guatemala, I’m training a team of young women in bookkeeping and cloud accounting practices."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Adriana Cavallo

BGL Corporate Solutions - Melbourne, AU

"Being in a senior management position at BGL has allowed me to work directly with other women & employees to include them in different areas of the business such as events, brand representation, strategy planning & promoting decision making at BGL."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Lisa Campbell

The Marcam Group - Burlington, CA

"We will only elevate our industry standards by working together and sharing successes and methodologies."

Facebook

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Suzy Kerton

Zyla Accountants - London, UK

"I strongly believe that diversity is the key to success and the accounting profession still has a long way to go."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Ria-Jaine Lincoln

Ria-Jaine and Co Ltd - Milton Keynes, UK

"I actively work hard to build strong partnerships and relationships within the workplace and work hard to create an atmosphere that is welcoming for all, small things such as being on time, reliable and available for my staff member."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Tanya Hilts

Cloud Bookkeeping Services - Ontario, CA

"Our goal is to help accounting professionals think outside the box, fine tune their processes, increase their confidence, expand their services and teach them how to market to their ideal clients with current technology, all while keeping their costs on a minimum budget."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Mindy Levy

Bean Counter 4 Hire, LLC - Nashville, US

"I feel that technology and continuing education are the most important investments in developing the next generation of accounting professionals."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Jackeline Velez

Xero - Texas, US

"Accountants truly want to help their clients succeed. Many times, this is at the sacrifice of their own time, life-quality, voice, efforts and business. I strive to inspire Accountants to see that work and life balance and quality are possible."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Julie Shipp

Blumer CPAs & Thriveal CPA Network - South Carolina, US

"Thriveal's work and influence on the profession is extremely important to firm owners like myself (and including myself!) to provide the tools & educational content to support and grow our firms in a healthy way with a community to back us up when we need care as owners."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Jo Doye

Alluvia Financial - Bendigo, AU

"At Alluvia, we focus on making sure our team have a balanced life. We want to get the best out of them at work and know that this comes from them having a happy and healthy life outside of work."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Alana Nicklin

Plugged-IN CPA Accounting and Tax - New Brunswick, CA

"In my opinion accounting has never been so exciting. A profession that has seen little change is years now is being entirely reshaped."

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Linda Hamilton

Linda A Hamilton CPA LLC - New York City, US

"I have helped build & support educational programs that promote growth & sustainability for women-owned companies, teaching growth, budgeting, & financial forecasting.

LinkedIn

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Mariel Diaz

Accounting for Jewelers LLC - Memphis, US

"I'm inspired by the forward thinking and fun/light heartedness that Xero brings to Accounting, while maintaining standards."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Eleanor Shakeshaft

Your Business Accountants - Perth, AU

"I believe it is important for Australia to have adequately qualified individuals who can make a huge difference to the industry and the economy."

Website

Top 50 Women in Accounting 2019

Teresa L. Slack

Financly Bookkeeping Solutions - Ontario, CA

"Women in particular tend to undervalue themselves and I strive to help them to see their value more clearly and have the confidence to charge rates that allow them to build a successful and sustainable business."

Website

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