The Women’s Accounting Leadership Series provides a forum for women in accounting and finance to share ideas on leadership development and strategies for success. The day began with a session intended to set the tone for the workshop. Sandra Richtermeyer, CMA, CPA, dean of the Manning School of Business, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and former IMA Chair, presented “Quick Bytes of Insight” and asked attendees to consider issues that may affect their career outcomes. Richtermeyer’s presentation included insights and data from a variety of studies and reports followed by a group discussion.

After Richtermeyer’s presentation, two leaders from Deloitte’s Center for Controllership™, Ashley Gibson, advisory manager at Deloitte, and Beth Kaplan, managing director at Deloitte, shared their knowledge and insights about current and emerging trends in the controllership function. Next on the agenda was “Sharing Pearls of Wisdom,” (see photo) moderated by Richtermeyer and featuring three senior financial leaders: Gloria Lio, managing director at BNY Mellon; Audre Lukosevicius, senior manager at Mazars, USA, LLP; and Kathleen McDonald, director of accounting for WW Systems/Cross Brand and Pan-Asia Geographies at IBM. They discussed their experiences and challenges and offered advice to other women working in accounting and finance.

The final session of the day featured Joann Lublin, Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and management news editor for The Wall Street Journal and author of Earning It, a book spotlighting more than 50 trailblazing executive women who broke the corporate glass ceiling. Leslie Seidman, executive director, Center for Excellence in Financial Reporting, Lubin School of Business, Pace University, moderated the candid conversation with Lublin and fielded questions from event attendees. Each attendee received a copy of Lublin’s book and also had the opportunity to have her sign it.

Attendees were overwhelmingly positive about the quality of the program and their overall experience. As a testament to the continued value of the meaningful presentations and inspiring speakers, many of the women had previously attended one of IMA’s Women’s Accounting Leadership Series events.

The next Women’s Accounting Leadership Series event will be held in Amsterdam on March 8, 2018, which is International Women’s Day. If you’re interested in attending or learning more about future events, email



of accountants and auditors in the U.S. are women (2016)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,

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