PICPA Women's Leadership Conference for CPAs



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Receive proven and practical strategies that will increase your professionalism, productivity, and focus in the accounting field.

This conference is for female financial professionals and CPAs in public firms, business, and industry seeking to maximize their potential and advance professionally.

The Women’s Leadership Conference provides a forum for female CPAs and financial professionals to network and take away valuable information for use in their personal and professional lives. Attendees will gain priceless lessons on resilience in the workforce and overcoming professional and personal obstacles.

In-person attendees can enjoy:

  • Complimentary headshots

    • A professional photographer will be on-site to take headshots

  • A roundtable networking luncheon with the speakers

    • Share personal and professional challenges and lessons learned while connecting with other like-minded professionals, leaders, and decision-makers

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A Look Back at the 2022 Agenda

7:15 a.m.

Breakfast & Check-in

7:45 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction


Franki Aitken, CPA
Chief Operating Officer
Berks County Community Foundation

8:00 a.m.

How to Make Technology Work for You 1-Other

  • How to maximize technology for the individual and use it as a tool to improve time management, work-life balance, and personal life
  • Explore tips and tricks to navigate the many systems we work with daily, including automation, project management tools, input vs. output of information, and multiple device management processes
  • How to ask the right questions and create the space to improve technological advancement at your company or organization
Burkett, Chenora

Chenora Burkett, CPA
BrchBurk Consulting

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Miriam Shou
Pricewaterhouse Coopers

8:50 a.m.

Tactics for Every Stage of Your Career 1-Other

  • Learn about the “state of the science” of women in the workforce, with a focus on the effect of COVID-19 and the effects of the “broken rung” on disparities and job mobility
  • In the wake of the “Great Resignation,” prepare yourself for your next move, promotion, job change, etc.
  • Review 10 actionable steps to level-up the necessary skills needed to advocate for yourself at your particular career stage
Jill Vanak

Jill Vanak, PhD, MBA, MSN, BSN
Founder, Jill Vanak Consulting LLC
Creator, The Career Catalyst Program

9:40 a.m.
Morning Break

9:55 a.m.

PICPA Legacy of Professionals 1-Other

  • Discuss the challenges of moving into leadership roles in a male-dominated industry and the successful strategies to combat those challenges
  • What should female CPAs be preparing for next?
Cheri Freeh

Cheri Freeh, CPA, CGMA
President and CEO
Hutchinson Gillahan & Freeh PC

Betsy Krisher

Betsy Krisher, CPA, CGFM
Maher Duessel

Lisa Myers

Lisa Myers, CPA, CFE, MAFF, CGMA
Boyer & Ritter LLC


Jennifer Cryder, CPA
Chief Executive Officer
Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs

10:45 a.m.

The Art of Finance 1-Other

  • How Deborah's start impacted where she is today
  • Why variety is important to success
  • Know what you want, believe in the mission where you work
  • Success is about accomplishments not effort
Deborah Johnston

Deborah Johnston
Chief Financial Officer
The Philadelphia Museum of Art

11:35 a.m.

Award Presentation: Women to Watch

11:45 a.m.

Roundtable Networking Luncheon with the Speakers

  • Enjoy lunch and connect with attendees and speakers
  • Share personal and professional challenges and lessons learned while connecting with other like-minded professionals, leaders, and decision makers while building your network

12:35 p.m.

Working with and Supporting Women Business Owners and Leadership 1-Other

  • “Keep, Grow, or Sell – Building Value and Positioning for Exit”
    • A wholistic process of reviewing and renewing business, financial, and personal goals for women business owners’ long-term achievement
  • Exit planning starts with defining goals:
    • Integrate business, financial, and personal goals
    • Focus on building value and improving operations to reach goals, whether or not that includes short-term exit
Richter, Mary

Mary D. Richter, CPA, CEPA
Schneider Downs & Co. Inc.

1:25 p.m.

Rethink What Work Is 1-Other

  • Discuss the “Great Re-evaluation” and what that means for how accountants, and specifically women accountants, think about and do their work
  • Practical insight into how to increase your value, improve your productivity, and better integrate work and life
  • Reignite your passion for accounting work and create work satisfaction through endless opportunities in our ever-changing world
Jennifer Alleva

Jennifer Alleva
Managing Partner
Your Part-Time Controller, LLC

2:15 p.m.
Refreshment Break

2:30 p.m.

Becoming an Intentional and Effective Diversity Leader 1-Other

  • Discover a refreshing vision for workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Take ownership of your race conscious leadership journey
  • Unpack the five areas of influence every leaders must engage in to create a diverse, inclusive, and empowering culture
Bethaney Wilkinson

Bethaney Wilkinson
The Diversity Gap

3:20 p.m.

Confidence as a Tool to Develop Business 1-Other

  • Learn the importance of confidence as a component of professional presence and success
  • Understand how presence and confidence impact the power women wield in business
  • Take away techniques to enhance confidence and command the room
  • Leverage tools to craft bold meeting strategies and accomplish business development goals
MJ Klimas

MJ Klimas
PresencePlus LLC

4:10 p.m.

“I try to surround myself with positive and confident women, and this conference provided so much female empowerment and strong women connections.”

Breana Liberoni, CPA
Sisterson & Co. LLP


PICPA Member: $345
Nonmember: $445

ClassPass: 8 hours
CLE Credits Fee: $50

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CPE Credits: 8-Other

Level: Update
Prerequisites: None

CLE Credits: This conference has been submitted for 6.5-Substantive CLE credits. Attorneys requesting CLE credits must include an additional $50.


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