This session will explore the findings from Grant Thornton International’s 2017 Women in business (WiB) report. This report builds on previous WiB work that has explored: the performance advantages of mixed gender leadership teams; the routes to the top for women; and the motivations for men and women seeking senior positions. This year’s report takes a closer look at effective risk management as vital to future growth. We are now living through unpredictable times and many risks are becoming a reality.

Today’s increasingly competitive marketplace paired with the low unemployment rate has made attracting, retaining and developing talent a top priority for all organizations. Workforce demographics, competitive pressures and a desire for growth are causing organizations to think holistically about their talent – and how to leverage diverse perspectives to solve complex business challenges.

Kathy Eddy, Tommye Barie, Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, Olivia Kirtley and Leslie Murphy, moderated by AICPA CEO Barry Melancon will host a panel on how they achieved success, overcame challenges and how together, we can make an impact on the profession.

Join women leaders, aspiring leaders and male colleagues interested in a more inclusive and successful workplace to focus on leadership topics, boardroom diversity and best practices to enhance the skills and potential of women leaders within the financial community.

With an increasing number of leading companies advancing people/talent initiatives as a key component of their competitive strategy, accounting firms need to consider how diversity & inclusion strategies, or the lack thereof, impact their ability to compete for new business.

You’re only as good as people say you are. What are your internal and external customers saying? Do they want to work with you or do they feel that they have to? Take control of your reputation by knowing how you are perceived and managing what you put in front of others. Improve your and your department’s reputation. Get more feedback enabling you to take control of the impressions you create. Build long lasting business relationships that outlast economic downturns, miscommunication and conflict. Take charge of your business and your future.

Learning Objectives:

This session will focus on changing historical realities for women and the family in the 20th and 21st century. The session will conclude with a focus women’s narratives and leadership.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand “feminism” within the context of historical changes.
  • Take a deep dive into two transformative realities for women in the 21st century: how we write women’s narratives and how we design women’s leadership.

Being on stage is not just about what you say but about your body language, pacing, intentions behind your words, and the subtext to what you are communicating. The ebb and flow of your presentation can make or break you as a public speaker or presenter. As someone that has been on stage since I was five and has directed and choreographed for almost 25 years, working with thousands of performers from Broadway to local talent, I LOVE helping people take a script and bring honesty to it in order to bring audiences into their story.