2021 Women to Watch Award Winners


BURLINGAME, CA, April 23, 2021 — The California Society of CPAs (CalCPA) today honored eight top women in the accounting and finance profession during its 2021 Women to Watch Awards hosted during its long-running Women’s Leadership Forum called Elevate. 

The annual Women to Watch Awards recognize female CPAs and financial professionals across all stages of their careers for their leadership, community and public service, advocacy, mentoring of other CPAs and overall contributions to the profession. Awards are given in three categories: Emerging Leader, Experienced Leader and Trailblazer.


“The women who are receiving the Women to Watch award continue a legacy of leadership, accomplishment and serve as positive role models not just for other women in the profession, but for all accountants and finance professionals,” said Rich Simitian, CPA, Interim President & CEO of CalCPA and CalCPA Education Foundation. “They inspire future generations to be authentic, inclusive and respectful so that the profession truly benefits from diversity and the innovation, collaboration and value creation that it drives.”    

The 2021 Women to Watch Award recipients are:

Experienced Leader Award
Trailblazer Award
“CalCPA’s Elevate is not only a platform to feature these female leaders, but also a powerful mechanism to connect young and emerging accountants with a network of potential mentors and sponsors,” said Simitian. “Recognizing women who have accomplished great things as senior leaders in the profession also helps us to close the ‘diversity gap’ by spotlighting female accountants in executive roles that attract other women and underrepresented groups to the profession.”

About CalCPA: CalCPA traces its heritage to 1903 when the California State Society of Certified Public Accountants was organized. In 1909, it merged with two other state CPA associations to form CalCPA. CalCPA serves more than 45,000 members in public practice, private industry, academia and government, and has 14 chapters across California. CalCPA also offers more than 1,400 live courses, conferences, webcasts and on-demand self-study courses annually.



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