The Illinois CPA Society's Women's Executive Committee and the American Institute of CPAs Women's Initiatives Executive Committee are pleased to honor the following four women who have made significant contributions to the accounting profession, their organizations, and to the development of women as leaders. The recipients of the 2017 Women To Watch Awards are:

Natasha Granholm, CPA, MST
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Experienced Leader Category
Katherine M. Scherer, CPA
Managing Partner,
Business Tax Services
Deloitte Tax Services, LLP
Experienced Leader Category
Caroline I. Linton, CPA, MST
Senior Manager
Wipfli, LLP
Emerging Leader Category
Jennifer R. Perko, CPA 
Senior Manager, Audit
Grant Thorton LLP
Emerging Leader Category

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
Nominations for the 2018 Women To Watch Awards will open in early 2018.

Past Recipients 

2016 Award Recipients
2015 Award Recipients
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2010 Award Recipients
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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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