The Women to Watch Awards is a joint program of the Illinois CPA Society's Women's Executive Committee and the American Institute of CPAs Women's Initiatives Executive Committee. The Illinois CPA Society Women's Executive Committee and the American Institute of CPAs Women's Initiatives Executive Committee are pleased to honor the following five women who have made significant contributions to the accounting profession, their organizations, and to the development of women as leaders.

Nomination Procedure Complete and submit the nomination form that provides a narrative of the nominee's qualifications. Email additional information on the nominee such as a résumé, biography, letters of support or relevant articles to Sarah Herrmann. Supporting documents provide details which demonstrate how the nominee has met each of the award criteria listed for their category. 

Nominate Today

Nominations are welcome anytime throughout the year. Nominations are due June 29 and the recipients selected in July. Recipients are honored at the annual Women's Leadership Forum program in November. Any nominations submitted now will be considered for the 2018 award.


Women who have demonstrated their ability to promote, within the accounting profession, a work environment that provides opportunities for the successful integration of their personal and professional life and the advancement of women to positions of leadership. Award recipients must be members of both the Illinois CPA Society and the AICPA.

Note:  Members of the Illinois CPA Society’s Women’s Executive Committee are not eligible for nomination.

Awards are given in two categories based on the following criteria:

Experienced Leaders
  • Mentoring other professionals
  • Community service
  • Major or unique contributions to the profession.
  • Leadership in workplace improvement.
  • Authorship of professional articles
    Sample Experienced Leader Nomination Form
Emerging Leaders
  • Demonstration of leadership
  • Contributions to the profession
  • Creation and implementation of unique initiative in the workplace
  • Community service
  • Involvement with their alma mater
    Sample Emerging Leader Nomination Form

Past Recipients 

2016 Award Recipients
2015 Award Recipients
2014 Award Recipients
2013 Award Recipients
2012 Award Recipients
2011 Award Recipients
2010 Award Recipients
2009 Award Recipients
2008 Award Recipients
2007 Award Recipients
2006 Award Recipients
2005 Award Recipients

For Further Information

If you need more information or would like to nominate a woman who is not currently a member of the Illinois CPA Society or the AICPA:


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Kristin McGill
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