Mar 8, 2024 4 min read

10 Influential Women in Accounting 2024

In the spirit of International Women's Day, we continue to recognize and celebrate the contributions of women in the tax and accounting industry.

10 Influential Women in Accounting 2024

In the spirit of International Women's Day, we continue to recognize and celebrate the contributions of women in the tax and accounting industry. This year, we're highlighting a new group of trailblazers who are redefining success, breaking barriers, and shaping the future of our field. These professionals excel in their areas of expertise and serve as mentors, innovators, and leaders in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

  1. Heather Smith, a seasoned CPA, has significantly impacted accounting over the past decade. Known for her attention to detail and understanding of financial regulations, she has helped businesses streamline accounting processes and ensure compliance. Skilled at simplifying complex financial concepts, she is a sought-after startup consultant. Heather's commitment to professional development and leveraging technology sets her apart as a leader in the field.
  2. Elizabeth Manso is the president and CEO of Brigade Bookkeeping, known for its innovative accounting services. Understanding small businesses' challenges, she creates solutions that exceed financial needs. With a focus on excellence, Elizabeth drives Brigade Bookkeeping to industry leadership. Her visionary leadership and commitment to integrity inspire her team and peers.
  3. Jeannine K. Brown was named a "Female Success Factor" in Rolling Out Magazine for her work in Diversity and Inclusion; Jeannine has been featured in "Voyage Atlanta'' and "Business Men and Women of Color (BMWOC) Magazine''. She is a contributing thought leader for Leadercast, AICPA, BLI, and Becker CPA. Jeannine has board leadership roles with NABA and program partnerships with AICPA, Becker Professional Education, and State CPA Societies. She serves on the Alabama State University Foundation Board, College of Business Dean's Advisory Board, and AICPA WIEC Board.
  4. Arianna Campbell is the COO and Shareholder at Boomer Consulting, Inc. She is highly regarded for her exceptional skills in process enhancements and leveraging technology to drive efficiency. With a strong track record of success, she is crucial in optimizing operations and maximizing organizational performance.
  5. Avani Desai is the CEO of Schellman & Company, LLC. She is widely acknowledged for her exceptional leadership in technology and cybersecurity within the accounting industry. Avani's insightful contributions have solidified her as a trailblazer in this field, setting new standards and inspiring others to pursue excellence.
  6. Michelle Weinstein is a Strategic Advisor and Consultant known for her profound impact on the financial services sector. With an illustrious career that spans various roles and industries, Weinstein has demonstrated an exceptional ability to drive strategic growth and innovation. Her expertise in developing comprehensive financial strategies and her passion for fostering partnerships have been instrumental in her success. Michelle is a seasoned professional, mentor, and speaker, sharing her insights and experiences to empower others in the industry.
  7. Nancy McClelland has supported small business owners and their advisors with Accounting, Bookkeeping, Tax, and Advisory Services for 30 years. She specializes in enhancing financial organization, promoting compliance with best practices and standards, and boosting efficiency and accuracy in business operations and accounting tech. Beyond her expertise, Nancy values her clients and colleagues, prioritizes education and outreach, and shares insights through her acclaimed blog.
  8. Orumé Agbeyegbe Hays founded Hays CPA LLC to assist small businesses, entrepreneurs, independent contractors, and startups with accounting, finance, and tax matters. Recognized as a Top 50 Women in Accounting for 2023 by Practice Ignition and one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting for 2022 by AICPA & CPA Practice Advisor. Orumé is an adjunct professor at the Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business, City University of New York (CUNY), and a Graduate Careers Advisor at Hunter College, CUNY. With over a decade of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, she excels in financial reporting, operational accounting, and driving business growth.
  9. Guylaine Saint Juste is the esteemed President and CEO of the National Association of Black Accountants. She is widely recognized for her exceptional contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion within the accounting profession, setting a remarkable example for future generations. Her dedication and leadership have been instrumental in driving positive change and empowerment.
  10. Anna Ready serves as the Founder and CEO of Accrew. Known for her insight into emerging trends and forward-thinking approach, Anna is key in guiding her firm toward adopting new technologies and methods. Her efforts have boosted operational efficiency and client satisfaction, making her a pivotal figure in the accounting sector. Anna's dedication to innovation showcases her strong leadership and deep industry understanding, earning her respect among peers and clients.

These remarkable women leaders are shaping the present and paving the way for future generations. Their unwavering dedication, innovative strategies, and commitment to excellence serve as a beacon of inspiration for professionals across the industry. By breaking barriers and setting new standards, they exemplify the power of diverse leadership in driving positive change and fostering growth. As we celebrate their achievements, it's clear that their contributions will continue to influence the accounting profession for years to come, inspiring current and aspiring professionals to reach new heights.


Dominique Boud is a content marketing specialist at Canopy.

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