Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | 1:00pm – 7:00pm

Women's Leadership Summit

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12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Registration and Networking

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Jane Steinmetz, EY

 During her key note address “ Be true to you” she will speak about her challenges and successes around the gender confidence gap, mentorship, authenticity, work-life balance and her passion to make a difference in the advancement of women and minorities. As the first woman to lead a Boston area office for a Big Four accounting firm, Jane Steinmetz brings over 20 years of experience in serving Fortune 100 clients, leading high performing teams and advocating for change to local legislature. Responsible for all aspects of the New England practice, Jane manages over 2100 professionals who make an impact on area businesses, the economy and the community.

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Networking Break


2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

The Power of Women’s Networks: How Your Career Success is Enhanced by Bringing Others Along

Amy Vetter, CPA, CITP, CGMA

Having a supportive network of women can be one of the most important ingredients to your success. Like many women who start out in the accounting profession, Amy believed that she would have the same opportunities as men in the workplace. But as she advanced her career and moved up the ladder in a variety of public, corporate and advisory services roles in the accounting profession, Amy discovered that there were fewer and fewer women beside her. Over time, Amy started noticing trends in how men support each other in their career journeys while women often go it alone.

 In this session, Amy will share research and lessons learned from her own experience, and that of women she admires, on how to grow and learn at any stage of your career to achieve your goals. No matter if you’re advanced in your career or just starting out, Amy will explore why it’s important for women to bring each other along on their professional journeys and how to be more mindful in supporting and aligning with women who inspire you. You will walk away with actionable insights on how to create and nurture a supportive women’s network, the importance of managing up and down no matter what stage you are in the profession, and the power of finding or being a sponsor, not just a mentor. She will also discuss how to explore a variety of paths within the accounting profession to rejuvenate an established career or find a new niche that excites you.

3:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Networking Break


4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Women to Watch Awards

Presented by Amy Pitter, CEO, Massachusetts Society of CPAs

Professional Associate Leader (non-CPA)

  • Casey J. Blake, Marketing Manager, Edelstein & Company LLP

Emerging Leaders (fewer than 15 years in the profession)

  • Sandra E. Costa, CPA, Assurance Senior Manager, PwC
  • Laura L. Felice, CPA, CGMA, SVP Finance, Controller, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
  • Sarah E. Shaw, CPA, Tax Senior Manager, RSM

Experienced Leaders (15 or more years in the profession)

  • Jennifer L. Gaudet, CPA, Partner, PwC
  • Julie M. Quink, CPA, CFE, Managing Principal, Burkhart, Pizzanelli, P.C.
  • Jennifer C. Williams, CPA, MBA, Partner, Director of Operations, McLaren & Associates CPAs, PC


4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Panel of Women to Watch Award Winners

Moderated by Amy Vetter, CPA, CITP, CGMA


5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception


Firms who are looking to purchase group tickets, please contact Katlyn Ribeiro at kribeiro@mscpaonline.org

This conference qualifies for the Workforce Training Express Fund program. The course code for this program is 1114581
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Conference Credits

This course is 4.00 credits

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