MSCPA Women to Watch Awards

08/27/2020

Meet the 2020 Women to Watch Award Winners

The MSCPA, in partnership with the AICPA’s Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee, is pleased to announce the seven recipients of the 2020 Women to Watch Awards! The awards recognize outstanding women in the accounting profession and are given in two categories: Emerging Leaders (fewer than 15 years in the profession) and Experienced Leaders (15 or more years in the profession). There were many exceptional nominees this year, making it a very difficult decision for our judging panel. Congratulations to these exceptional women!

The winners will be honored at the MSCPA’s 2020 Women’s Leadership Virtual Summit on October 28. For details about the Summit and to register, visit mscpaonline.org/women20.

2020 Winners

Emerging Leaders

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Cheryl Cadle, CPA, MBA, senior manager, CBIZ & MHM
Cheryl Cadle, CPA, MBA is a senior manager at CBIZ & MHM and has worked in the public accounting profession for more than 10 years. She has established herself as a leader in the New England Nonprofit & Health and Human Services Practice, the largest nonprofit practice in the company, where she focuses much of her time in providing audit services to nonprofit organizations, including health and human services providers, social services organizations, foundations, educational institutions and cultural organizations. Additionally, Cadle is involved in both local and national training initiatives, where she has presented on single audits to associates locally and nationally, and taught audit methodology to associates at a national training. She is also involved in the company’s CBIZ Women's Advantage (CWA) program, which provides professional training, development, mentorship, recognition and career enhancement to the firm's women professionals. Active in her profession, Cadle is a member of the MSCPA’s Young Professionals Advisory Group, and she serves as the MSCPA’s firm ambassador for CBIZ & MHM.

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Chelsea Cox, MSA, senior associate, Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. 
Chelsea Cox, MSA is a senior associate at Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. and has worked diligently to develop competencies in all areas of the firm's audit and accounting practice, including commercial audits, employee benefit plan audits and nonprofit entity engagements. Additionally, she is the champion and spearhead for the firm’s community service program, which offers firm-wide monthly community service opportunities for professionals. Cox also serves as a mentor to junior staff at the firm and as a mentor in partnership with Westfield State University. Furthermore, she serves as a firm ambassador at the MSCPA and is a member of the MSCPA's Accounting & Auditing Committee, Women in Accounting Committee and the Young Professionals Advisory Group.
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April Gjoka, CPA, experienced manager, business change enablement, Grant Thornton
April Gjoka, CPA is an experienced manager of business change enablement at Grant Thornton serving companies that are undergoing large scale transformations, and she works in tandem with technical teams focusing on the organization’s strategy for successfully implementing change. She helps all levels of the organization develop communication and training plans, usage and adoption campaigns, and she designs coaching strategies for client leadership. Within the firm, Gjoka has served as a formal mentor and coaches up to five individuals from around the country at one time, helping them navigate their careers. In addition, she was featured in SumNews magazine as a Rising Star and is a past chair of the MSCPA’s Young Professionals Advisory Group.

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Caroline Waweru, CPA, MBA, MSA, senior tax manager, Stone & Company, LLC
Caroline Waweru, CPA, MBA, MSA is senior tax manager at Stone & Company, LLC where she is responsible for managing the operations of the firm's tax practice. She’s an MSCPA firm ambassador and member of the Society’s Tax Committee and Young Professional Advisory Group. Waweru is also an active alumna of Mount Holyoke College and regularly participates in career development panels on campus. Furthermore, she is always seeking ways to remain engaged and recently participated in the AICPA content rating panel for the REG Exam, a three hour commitment that evaluated topics on the regulation section of the CPA Exam and provided feedback on the relevance of the material tested in the CPA Exam in relation to real life application.

Experienced Leaders

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Tarra Curran, CPA, MST, managing director, CBIZ & MHM
Tarra Curran, CPA, MST is managing director at CBIZ & MHM and has worked in the public accounting profession for more than 20 years. A leader of the New England State and Local Tax Practice, and co-leader of the firm's Private Company Practice, Curran is charged with their overall strategy and growth, including marketing, recruiting and people development. As a member of the local Steering Committee for CBIZ's Women’s Advantage program, she encourages women to be intentional and visible in their careers and mentors the next generation of women leaders. Curran also mentors young students and is heavily involved with her alma mater, Bentley University, where she is on the Advisory Board and participates in roundtables with students to provide them with a first-hand account of a career in accounting.

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Kristi Reale, CPA, CVA, partner, Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C. 
Kristi Reale, CPA, CVA is a partner at Meyers Brother Kalicka, P.C. and has made an impact on several businesses by providing exceptional services for a wide range of industries, including business valuation, management advisory, family and independent business, accounting, assurance and taxation. She was published in BusinessWest and HealthCare News and has served as a speaker for the Western Mass SCORE Annual Women’s Roundtable, Western New England Renal Transplant, Western Mass Bar Association and several other programs. Heavily involved in her community, Reale also serves as a current treasurer and Executive Committee member of the Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts, a corporate team leader and event volunteer for both the Springfield Boys and Girls Club and the American Heart Association Heart Walk among many others. In addition, she serves as a role model and mentor to a number of young women at the firm.

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Katie Soule, CPA, CFP, wealth management advisor, Merrill Lynch 
Katie Soule, CPA, CFP is a wealth management advisor and partner in the Battaglia Group at Merrill Lynch. She has been in the finance and accounting industry for 18 years and leverages her experience, education and expertise to truly make a difference in the lives of the clients and organizations that she feels fortunate to be able to work with. In addition, Soule is passionate about each of her clients and enjoys truly getting to know them to create financial plans that help them accomplish their personal goals. She customizes investment and tax-minimization strategies that she manages for clients over time as the markets and their needs and goals change, helping to simplify their lives and providing them with more freedom to do what they enjoy most. Soule is also active in her community and her profession – volunteering in organizations in her town and parent groups for her children’s school, co-leading the MSCPA’s Women’s Committee and recently was appointed to the MSCPA’s Finance Committee.

About the Woman to Watch Awards

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:

2019
Emerging Leaders

Experienced Leaders

2018
Emerging Leaders

 

 

Experienced Leaders

2017
Professional Associate Leader

Emerging Leaders

Experienced Leaders

2016
Emerging Leaders

Experienced Leaders

2015
Emerging Leaders

Experienced Leaders

2014
Emerging Leaders

Experienced Leaders

2013
Emerging Leaders

Experienced Leaders

2012
Emerging Leaders

Experienced Leaders

2011
Emerging Leaders

Experienced Leaders

2010
Emerging Leaders

Experienced Leaders

2009
Emerging Leaders

Experienced Leaders

 

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