Congratulations to the 2018 Women to Watch Award Recipients
The Massachusetts Society of CPAs in partnership with the AICPA’s Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee is pleased to announce the seven recipients of the 2018 Women to Watch Award. The winners will be honored at the 2018 Women’s Leadership Summit on October 25 at the Westin Waterfront in Boston.
Angela H. Barcelos, CPA, Partner, CFGI
Angela has been a significant force at CFGI in all her tenure, but especially in the last few years as she has led the establishment of the Risk Advisory Group at the firm. Currently serving as the group’s managing partner, she is responsible for establishing and executing on strategic objectives, client service, business development, recruitment, training (and curriculum development, mentoring and infrastructure build-out. Since June, the Risk Advisory Group has seen at least 20 new client/project wins to add to their recurring client work. Angela has spent a considerable amount of time developing an all-inclusive, collegial culture within the Risk Advisory Group.
This year Angela became CFGI’s first female partner and has used this platform to mentor other up-and-coming females, as well as male, leaders in the firm. Along with her undeniable talent, Angela is a true team player, and always manages to foster positive discussions and bring the best out of other employees. She is viewed as an outstanding mentor and meets with her mentees multiple times during the year to ensure they are well-equipped and prepared to meet their professional goals. She also involves her team members when presenting to new clients to provide exposure, showcasing their deep knowledge on the topic and to help them further develop their business development skills.
Angela’s contributions have had a tremendous impact on CFGI, as well as the firm’s employees and clients. She constantly strives for the best and pushes her team members towards the highest level of quality in work product, while providing support and keeping them happy and fulfilled in their careers at the firm. A well-respected and inspiring business woman, Angela always displays prominent levels of integrity, dedication and character in practice as well as her day-to-day interactions.
Maura S. Hodge, CPA, Audit Partner, KPMG LLP
Since joining KPMG 13 years ago, Maura has made a considerable impact within the firm. Admitted to the KPMG partnership at the impressive age of 34 after working in the firm’s audit practice for 11 years, she has founded not one, but two specialty practices.
In 2010, Maura helped launch KPMG’s Sustainability Services Practice providing advisory and assurance services to Fortune 500 corporations, private equity funds and municipal and government organizations related to their reporting of environmental, social and governance initiatives as well as corporate responsibility reporting. Fueled by her lifelong interest in social justice, Maura has developed the U.S. firm’s methodology to provide attestation of corporate responsibility information and contributed to the development of the KPMG International Sustainability Assurance Manual and KPMG’s Greenhouse Gas Assurance Manual, which are internal guides used by KPMG practitioners to execute these engagements. In 2012, Maura launched KPMG’s Venture Capital Practice in Cambridge, which serves technology and pre-clinical and clinical stage life sciences startups.
A well-known collaborative leader, respected colleague and mentor, Maura is active within KPMG’s Network of Women and specifically, the Working Mom and Audit groups. Most recently, she took initiative to launch a mentoring group to help support female senior associates and new managers as they make the transition to manager.
Aside from her work at KPMG, Maura has demonstrated several other contributions to the profession. She is also active with the New England Venture Network ,an organization of over 300 young venture capitalists in Boston and greater New England, designed to foster a vibrant and connected community in the area, and Breaking 7%, which works to build relationships and share information among women in venture capital and corporate business development roles.
Furthermore, Maura is a 2017 Boston Business Journal “40 Under 40” honoree for her impressive success and contributions so early in her career.
Tracy A. LeMaire, CPA, MBA, Manager, AAFCPAs
Tracy was promoted to manager in December 2015 and is a member of AAFCPAs’ Revenue Recognition Task Force and Commercial Accounting & Auditing sub-committee. In July 2015, Tracy was selected to lead the firm’s compilation and review department and is responsible for keeping up with compilation and review standards changes and training fellow team members. Viewed as a role model by her peers, she also has a passion for business valuations and is often called upon to support partners in assisting clients in leadership succession.
Tracy is actively involved in the CPA community, both inside and outside of AAFCPAs. She is a founding member of AAFCPAs’ Women’s Opportunity Network, a resource for ideas and solutions for keeping women joyful in their work at the firm, and to nurture their growth as professionals, leaders and mentors. She is a career coach through AAFCPAs’ Professional Accounting Development program, and an in-house trainer on diverse assurance topics, including the complexities of preparing clients for the new Revenue Recognition Standards. Tracy is also a member of the MSCPA’s Academic and Career Development Committee, and Young Professionals Advisory Group. She is committed to advocating for students and assisting in their career development, as well as attracting, inspiring and engaging the next generation of CPAs into the accounting profession.
A natural leader with a special skill for building relationships with team members and clients, Tracy’s peers frequently look to her for direction and consider her feedback to be most helpful. She receives praise from all levels of professionals at AAFCPAs, as well as clients for her responsiveness and the value she delivers. She demonstrates her capacity to lead every day and is known for her commitment to improve work quality, efficiency and growth. Tracy’s enthusiasm, passion and motivation has a tremendously positive impact on fellow team members and the culture of AAFCPAs.
Jessica T. Ackerman, CPA, Audit & Assurance Managing Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP
During her tenure at Deloitte, Jess has demonstrated an outstanding ability to lead diverse teams focused on understanding the unique needs of clients, and bringing the highest standard of knowledge, insight and experience to each engagement, providing thoughtful solutions to complex business problems. She serves as an informal mentor to many young professionals, helping to guide them through the process of advancing in their careers at Deloitte.
Outside of serving clients, Jess designed, created and leads the New England “Pay it Forward” program, which focuses on bringing curated professional development events into the office to help young women at the firm build their professional brand. In a formal capacity, Jess is actively involved in Deloitte’s Women’s Inclusion Initiatives for the firm’s audit practice, where she devotes her personal time to nurturing women’s leadership. In this role, she oversees programming geared towards both junior level practitioners and seasoned executives to accelerate more women into leadership positions internally and externally in the marketplace.
With an affinity for understanding and working with various cultures, Jess has thrived in Deloitte’s increasingly diverse environment. She has optimized the New England firm’s working relationship with colleagues based in Bangalore, India. Jess serves as a formal mentor to the five technology managers and senior managers in the overseas office, helping to streamline processes and integrate the remote part of the firm into its day-to-day culture. Through Jess’ vision, both inclusion and technical accounting curriculum have been implemented into Deloitte’s training program in Bangalore, thus enhancing the delivery of services the organization is able to provide.
Furthermore, Jess is revered on her teams for her technical excellence, commitment to outstanding client service, dedication as a mentor and so much more. Her tremendous contributions to the profession, her power to move the needle when it comes to women’s leadership, her ability to lead the firm’s people and clients and her dedication to the community are just a few reasons as to why she’s deserving of this award.
Cheryl M. Burke, MBA, Partner and Chief Operating Officer, DGC (DiCicco, Gulman & Company)
As partner, COO and a member of DGC's Executive Management Team, Cheryl works with the managing partner and Executive Committee on strategy and growth initiatives, delivery of client services and the management of operations. While her primary focus is managing the business of the firm, she frequently advises clients in the areas of organizational structure, technology and financial best practices.
An extraordinary leader and role model who is always willing to give back and help others, Cheryl is passionate about mentoring younger employees. She always finds time to give back and believes in bringing a selfless attitude into work. She actively seeks out training others to do her job better than she can do it herself, giving the people at DGC opportunities they might not find elsewhere. In addition, Cheryl has been a board member with organizations like Junior Achievement of Northern New England and Greater Boston Aid to the Blind. She is especially passionate about the benefits of a Catholic education. In 2009, she joined the board at St. Mary of the Hills School in Milton where for the past three years, she has been the chair of the board.
A former Boston Business Journal “40 Under 40” award winner, Cheryl has held many roles including also being a member of the AICPA Practice Advisory Board and a Moore Stephens North America Board member. She is a former chair of multiple MSCPA Committees and a former MSCPA Board member.
Well respected among her peers, Cheryl has participated in frequent speaking engagements on firm management and technology at both local and national conferences. Cheryl is always willing to share her experiences with others and talk to people about the challenges they might be having within the industry. Her business background and her interest in the community can provide others with a unique perspective when it comes to running a company. She is a constant demonstration of true professionalism, total commitment to clients, community, co-workers and family.
Janice O'Reilly, CPA, CGMA, Partner, AAFCPAs
Janice joined AAFCPAs in December 2017 as a partner in the consulting division and head of the Managed Accounting Solutions (MAS) practice. It’s no surprise that under her leadership, the MAS practice continues to grow. She is a charismatic leader and collaborative senior finance and business executive with an entrepreneurial approach to problem solving and extensive global operating experience.
Janice is a highly motivated individual who brings passion to whatever she does, whether it is establishing a business process blueprint for a burgeoning consulting practice, meeting client needs or mentoring younger professionals. She has been a career-long advocate and regular speaker on the topic of retaining and re-entering women in the accounting profession.
When Janice joined TechTarget, Inc. as CFO and treasurer in 2011, the publicly traded digital media company already had two restatements and a material weakness in revenue. At the time, TechTarget had low liquidity due to significant venture capital and insider ownership which depressed the stock price and was down to one analyst. She was instrumental in helping the organization to overcome these operational and financial challenges, and in her five-year term, TechTarget’s stock prices doubled, liquidity increased by 300%, and she attracted coverage from 6-7 analysts specializing in the industry.
Equally notable, is that women CFOs are still very much a minority in the U.S., especially in publicly traded companies. Janice’s background as public company CFO, an angel investor, board member, consultant, president and treasurer make her highly sought-after for corporate financial and operational advice in diverse industries. Janice is a strong example of a leader that does and will continue to do remarkable things. She is truly deserving of this award.
Jane Steinmetz, Boston Office Managing Principal, EY
Jane is the first woman to lead a Big Four office in the Boston area, where she leads over 2,100 professionals and is responsible for the overall client service and internal management at EY. She effortlessly showcases her remarkable skills and decades of noteworthy experience through market growth, day-to-day operations, management across all service lines and furthering strong relationships with community, government and business leaders. She previously led the firm’s 600-person New England Financial Services practice, growing it significantly.
In addition, Jane has a reputation as a caring leader who obtains impressive results by being transparent and authentic. She is extremely active internally as well as externally in several affinity groups, nonprofits and charitable organizations, forging changes in the accounting profession.
Jane is also passionate about women and minority advancement and youth mentorship. She works with senior leaders to sponsor multiple women as part of an inclusiveness leadership program, developing an individualist approach to the growth and support of the next generation of leaders. She recently won the Girls’ LEAP Honoree of the Year award for her dedication to making a positive impact early on. Additionally, Jane is an active member of the EY Boston Professional Women’s Network and an avid supporter of the EY Women Athletes Business Network.
Jane’s passion and dedication to diversity, inclusion and empowerment are evident in all she does. For many years, Jane has been known as an advocate for change to local and state legislature. Because of this passion to support her clients and to create a true positive impact, she has greatly impacted the industry. Whether it’s through her exceptional client service, extraordinary leadership or her support and participation in several key initiatives and community activities, Jane continues to make a positive impact on EY’s people and business.
The Women to Watch Awards were created by the AICPA to recognize outstanding women in the accounting profession and are given in two categories: Emerging and Experienced Leaders.
Criteria for nominations included:
Below is a list of previous Women to Watch Awards Winners:
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