NCACPA, in partnership with the AICPA and its Women’s Initiative Committee, is looking for female CPAs who have made significant contributions to the accounting profession, or who demonstrate characteristics that have enabled them to become leaders in the profession. Individuals may submit more than one nomination (separate forms, please) and may also nominate themselves.

To submit a nomination, fill out the form below and provide supporting evidence of the nominee’s contributions to the profession and her community. Specific criteria should be reviewed before submitting a nomination. Documentation should include a letter describing why the nominee should be considered. In addition, a résumé and letters of support are not required, but strongly recommended. Please note: Award recipients must be members of both NCACPA and AICPA.

We encourage you will take this opportunity to nominate deserving women in your firm or business in one of two nomination categories:

  • CPA Experienced Leaders: Women who have made notable contributions to the accounting profession, their organizations, and the development of women as leaders
  • CPA Emerging Leaders: Women who have demonstrated characteristics that will enable them to become leaders in the profession.

Selection Criteria

Experienced Leaders

Defined as one who has advanced to a higher level or leadership position within the organization. Titles include, but are not limited to partner, owner, elected official or appointee, executive, etc.

  • Demonstration of thought leadership
  • Major or unique contributions to the profession
  • Public and/or community service
  • Mentoring other professionals*
  • Leadership in workplace improvement

*This criterion will be given a higher weight in the evaluation process.

Emerging Leaders

Defined as a professional who has made a significant contribution to the profession and her community, but who has not yet reached the highest levels of advancement.

  • Public and/or community service
  • Demonstration of leadership
  • Contributions to the CPA profession
  • Creation and implementation of unique initiative(s)
  • Involvement with alma mater or other local colleges and universities

Who is Eligible?

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 NCACPA and AICPA, and must be CPAs.

Note:  Members of NCACPA’s Professional Women’s Conference Task Force are not eligible for nomination.

Nomination Process

Complete and submit the nomination form below including supporting documentation as evidence of accomplishments. This may include letters of recommendation from supervisors, peers, students, community organizations; or relevant articles. A résumé or curriculum vitae is required.

Provide details which demonstrate how the nominee has met each of the award criteria. It should be noted that evidence of every item listed in the criteria is not required for consideration, but nominees should have made significant contributions in at least two of the criteria listed for the award.


For more information about the nomination process, membership status, requirements, or award criteria, contact Caroline Farmer, 919-469-1040, ext. 158 or by email at


Recipients of the awards will be recognized at the association’s Professional Women’s Conference on November 4, 2019.