Women to Watch Awards

The AICPA’s Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee (WIEC) initiated the Women to Watch Award Program in 2005 in partnership with several state CPA societies to honor outstanding women in the profession. The Women to Watch awards highlight the accomplishments of women in the profession and demonstrate to emerging female leaders that success is not out of reach. The events that celebrate the award vary widely, but have one thing in common: they provide a forum for state societies to lead important conversations about issues their female members face.

In addition, women CPAs are eager to network and share best practices, and professional women’s networks are thriving in all areas and industries. The Women to Watch Award Program is an outstanding opportunity for state societies to foster a community and offer visible role models.

The awards are given in three categories: Emerging Leaders, Experienced Leaders and Elevating Women Leaders. Emerging Leaders are those women who are up-and-coming stars in their organizations, while Experienced Leaders are those who have established their roles as leaders in their organizations by advancing to the highest levels of management or ownership, and by mentoring those following in their footsteps. The Elevating Women Leader Awards are celebrating men who have actively supported the advancement of women in the profession.

The AICPA hopes you’ll join in celebrating the women to watch in your state. Please email us for more information on how to get started.

State Date Event Location Host


September 17, 2021

Women’s Leadership Forum

Chicago, IL

Illinois CPA Society

Utah September 23, 2021 2021 Inauguration Awards Salt Lake City, UT Utah Association of CPAs
Maryland September 24, 2021 Women to Watch Awards Breakfast Hanover, MD, and online Maryland Association of CPAs


October 14, 2021

Women's Leadership Summit

Boston, MA

Massachusetts Society of CPAs

Michigan October 28, 2021 Women to Watch Awards   Michigan Association of CPAs
Kansas November 9, 2021

Women to Watch Awards

  Kansas Society of CPAs


December 8, 2021

Women's Leadership Forum

Richmond, VA

Virginia Society of CPAs

Stay tuned for more events as the 2021 schedule develops!

Women are having an impact on the CPA profession - and managing to maintain a healthy work/life balance in the process. By sharing their stories, they help pave the way for future female leaders to succeed.  

Be a Woman to Watch State!

The AICPA partners with state CPA societies to host the Women to Watch award. Currently, the award is offered in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia and Wisconsin with new states coming on board each year. To find out how your state can get involved, contact your state society or email us!