AFWA announces recipients of 2019 Women Who Count Awards

The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance announced the recipients of its 2019 Women Who Count Awards at its annual Women Who Count Awards luncheon, on Oct. 22 in Orlando, Florida.

This year's winners "demonstrate a drive to take on challenges and strive for success ... are leaders in their companies and communities ... [and have] earned the trust and respect of their clients and peers," according to the Alliance.

“These women are not only successful in their own right, but they are pulling up the women behind them to ensure their success as well," stated AFWA national president Laura Mangan. "That is what AFWA is about. I am incredibly proud to have these amazing women in our AFWA network, and proud to recognize them with these awards."

AFWA's 2019 Women Who Count recipients are:


Emerging Leader: Kelsey Scott

Director of finance at Brief Media in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Scott earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Oklahoma State University. She began her career as an accounting assistant with Brief Media and has quickly risen to director of finance.

Emerging Leader: Nicole Hopkins

Director of business retention and expansion at Tulsa Regional Chamber in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hopkins is the founder of numerous Tulsa networking groups and an active participant on a number of community volunteer boards. She volunteers with AFWA within her local Tulsa chapter and within AFWA’s National LEAP Advisory Council.

Women Who Count Award: Jaime Oehlwein

Vice president of finance at ACH in Edwards, Illinois, following the financial crisis, Oehlwein was the only manager left in a startup manufacturing company, where she was thrust into leadership positions and responsible for running the business on its own cash flow. Oehlwein works alongside her staff members with a positive attitude and provides coaching.

Women Who Count Award: Jill Mitchell

Professor of accounting at Northern Virginia Community College in Arlington, Virginia, Mitchell has had roles as a professor at Northern Virginia Community College, adjunct professor at George Mason University and author at Wiley. She collaborates with students to help them achieve their educational and professional goals, and volunteers with the D.C. Chapter of AFWA and the Virginia Society of CPAs, among other organizations.