[IMGCAP(1)] When I was growing up, I had a plaque hanging over my bed that read, “don’t tell your daughter to marry a doctor or a lawyer – tell her to be one”. These words of encouragement have guided me throughout my career, leading me to CPA firm partnership, the establishment of my own firm and success in various other business endeavors. Many women, like myself, have to work much harder for the same career progression as men. While women account for about half of employees at CPA firms, just under 20 percent hold firm leadership positions.

As we learned at Xerocon San Francisco, this small percentage has increased over the past couple of years, however, we still have a long way to go. At our Women in Business Breakfast, I headed up an all-female panel of accounting and finance industry leaders where we discussed how well accounting firms are doing in terms of advancing women and what they can do to improve.

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