Winners Lead the Way

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What Makes a Winner!

I took away many nuggets of knowledge and truth from the 2017 QuickBooks Connect conference. So, at this time of year, when everyone is looking for food for thought, here are some excerpts from Gail Perry’s awesome introduction to the Winners of the Most Powerful Women in Accounting. In addition to Gail’s food for thought,  I’ll close with a poignant excerpt from one of my favorite writers in Medium, Benjamin Hardy.

A few very intriguing facts about women in accounting. Nowadays, it is almost a given that any woman interested in pursuing accounting would launch right into that curriculum without a second thought. In fact, the percentage of women in accounting has risen to 54%.  But here is the amazing perspective: In 1950, there were only 600 women accountants in the USA. Stranger still, it was only as recent as 2015 that women finally landed the role of CEO at Deloitte and KPMG!

Winners Have the Complete Package

Gail Perry, CPA, relayed her conversation with one of the winners of this prestigious award. The question posed was “What makes a winner?” Interesting enough, the answer was not the person who appeared as the best and brightest. Ultimately, the one with “the complete package” makes the difference. Qualities in that package include: Passion, love, heart, soul and willingness to step aside and give encouragement and kudos to those who come along with the same gifts. Are these qualities innate and unachievable? Absolutely not! These qualities are found in hard-working people that push through the barriers and get up when they fall. The women awarded this title at QuickBooks Connect  are role models and leaders and have inspired so many others to reach their summit. They do not yield and “can’t” is not in their vocabulary.

In the end, there is not one magical recipe that link us to success. But there are similarities that lead successful women to become the most powerful.

Congratulations! Here is the Full list of this year’s Most Powerful Women in Accounting:

Karen Abramson
Joanne Barry
Sharada Bhansali
Dawn Brolin
Arianna Campbell
Danielle Supkis Cheek, CPA, CFE, CVA
Gale Crosley, CPA
Loretta Doon, CPA
Lynne Doughtie, CPA
Sarah Elliott, CPA
Kimberly Ellison-Taylor
Cathy Engelbert
Angie Grissom
Melissa K. Hooley, CPA, CGMA
Stacy I. Kildal
Beth Kieffer Leonard, CPA, CGMA
Michelle Long, CPA
CeCe Morken
Amy A. Pitter
Elizabeth Pittelkow, CPA, CITP, CGMA, DTM
Amy Vetter, CPA, CITP, CGMA, MBA
Jennifer Warawa
Geni Whitehouse, CPA, CITP
Sandra Wiley
Jennifer Wilson

Read Benjamin Hardy’s article “One Behavior Separates the Successful from the Average.”

4 Responses to Winners Lead the Way

  1. Gail Perry says:

    Thanks so much for posting this, Christine! It was my honor to present the awards to all of these amazing women – they constantly raise the bar for everyone in our profession.

    • Christine Galli says:


      We appreciate your dedication to women in accounting. You’ve been a role model and, I’m sure, inspired many. It is my honor to know some of these women.

  2. Katey Maddux says:

    Love this one, Christine! So inspiring to see such a long list of Honored Powerful women! And I agree with every word of this article!

    • Christine Galli says:

      We know some amazing women in accounting and we are lucky that they are as kind and generous as they are powerful!

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