MSCPA Women to Watch Awards

10/08/2019

Congratulations to the 2019 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 2019 Women to Watch Award. The winners will be honored at the 2019 Women’s Leadership Summit on October 24 at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf.

2019 Winners

Emerging Leaders

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Rebecca Connolly, CPA, manager, Burkhart, Pizzanelli, PC 
Rebecca Connolly, CPA is a manager at Burkhart, Pizzanelli, PC with over 13 years of experience in public accounting. She has been integral in expanding the nonprofit practice of the firm, including ensuring that the appropriate resources are available to deliver on-time and quality service, and is recognized within the firm and community for her commitment to mentoring staff, students and friends and promoting their development. Additionally, Connolly takes a leadership initiative in organizing events and generating new and innovative ideas to gain efficiencies while maintaining quality. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Forest Park Zoological Society and Baystate Academy Public Charter School as well as an adjunct professor at Elms College in the undergraduate accounting program..

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Danielle Donovan, CPA, MSA, supervisor, Walter & Shuffain, P.C.
Danielle Donovan, CPA, MSA is a supervisor at Walter & Shuffain, P.C. where she handles accounting, assurance and tax services for privately-held business clients in a broad range of industries, with a specialization in the real estate, technology, film and manufacturing industries. She participates in multiple committees focused on the betterment of the firm and is actively involved in leading trainings. As a Corporate Social Responsibility Committee participant, Donovan also helps to coordinate philanthropy, employee community involvement and workplace initiatives. Additionally, she also participates in the Staff Development Program, where she serves as a direct mentor to young professionals and is a participant of the Leadership Development Program, which admits young professionals who embody and exceed the firm’s vision of leadership.

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Kristen Longobardi, CPA, audit & assurance manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Kristen Longobardi, CPA is audit and assurance manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP, serving clients mainly within the life sciences industry. Her experience includes performing and managing PCAOB engagements as well as audits of private and emerging growth companies. Longobardi also serves as a formal mentor at Deloitte, helping colleagues navigate their careers in public accounting. Additionally, she serves as the initiatives lead in Deloitte New England's RightStep/Education program, aimed at helping students overcome obstacles on the path to college readiness.

Experienced Leaders

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Mon Chau, CPA, partner, investment management practice, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Mon Chau, CPA is a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP in the investment management practice and serves some of the firm's largest investment management clients. She provides audit services, including mutual funds and investment advisors. Chau's experience ranges from performing and managing Sarbanes-Oxley 404 engagements, and other control-related consulting services for investment management organizations, to experience auditing registered investment companies and complex financial instruments and derivatives. Additionally, she designs risk-based audit plans to mitigate fraud and material misstatement by assessing current industry trends and internal business factors such as personnel turnover and risk of management bias.

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Laura McNeil, CPA, tax partner, PwC
Laura McNeil, CPA is a tax partner at PwC's Boston office where she has extensive experience in various tax technical areas, including federal, state and international tax accounting, compliance and consulting, with a focus on federal tax and tax accounting for multinational corporations. McNeil has worked with various industries, including professional services, asset management, technology, pharmaceuticals/ healthcare, paper supply and logistics, restaurant franchise and consumer products/ beverages. She also leads the Northeast Women's Leadership Council at PwC, where she manages experienced female professionals on how to increase their brand, build deeper relationships and create initiatives that will upskill women in the market. 

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Laura O'Brien, CPA, MST, principal, ALL CPAs 
Laura O'Brien, CPA, MST is a principal at ALL CPAs where she services the accounting and tax needs of individuals and privately held businesses. Her focus has given her a major role in clients' wealth management with clients consisting of businesses in a broad range of industries, including service, medicine, education, investment and real estate. O'Brien has introduced and implemented new programs at ALL, including being the architect of the firm's career development guide and launching the alternative work arrangement program. She also has developed and led professional training programs for staff, including piloting the Learning Paths Program and co-chairing the Training Committee. O’Brien is also a member of the MSCPA Board of Directors. 

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Amy Phelan, CPA, shareholder, tonneson + co
Amy Phelan, CPA is a shareholder at tonneson + co where she plays an integral role in advancing women’s leadership, mentoring, diversity and inclusion, technology and social responsibility initiatives at the firm. With 24 years in public accounting, she has expertise in working with high-net-worth individuals, business owners and their families on tax planning, retirement planning, trusts and estates and more. Additionally, Phelan is a member of the MSCPA Educational Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the MSCPA Scholarship Selection 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:

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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