Elaine Weiss has served as president and chief executive of the Illinois CPA Society, Illinois CPA Foundation and CPAs for the Public Interest since 2002. Prior to coming aboard the ICPAS, she served as associate executive director of the American Bar Association. She also held the post of regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Recently, she spoke to WebCPA on the ICPAS initiatives, the progress of women in accounting and legislation that could potentially affect the profession.

I know the Illinois CPA Society has been doing a lot of work in the financial literacy space. What initiatives are on your radar screen for the upcoming year?

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