Our judges

Our global judging panel is made up of highly respected industry professionals with a broad range of experience, including business leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, young professionals and Top 50 Alumni.

A word from our judges

"If the stories of the Top 50 Women in Accounting from previous years left me speechless, I can only imagine what will happen when I dive into the stories of applicants from all over the world. I'm excited to serve as a judge for this year's Top 50 Women in Accounting to put a face to stories that aren't always broadcast in mainstream media. I think it's amazing that Ignition is holding space for recognition — an idea that was unheard of a century ago.

The stories and experiences of women in accounting matter, and now the stories won't be limited to the four walls of a person's home or their community. Women all over the world can read the stories of the Top 50 Women in Accounting, see themselves in between the words, and get a glimpse of what's possible for them." 

- Charlene Rhinehart, Wealthy Women Daily

2024 Top 50 Women in Accounting Awards are Open

Our Judging Panel

Rebecca Mihalic

Director BusinessDEPOT


Josie Attard

Senior Partnerships Manager Enterprise Practice Xero


Aly Garrett

Founder All In Advisory


Joynivee Chua

Practice Manager and Partner TaxSmart Cafe


David New

Managing Director, APAC Ignition


Keila Hill-Trawick

Founder & CEO Little Fish Accounting


Bridget Kaigler

CPA, CGMA, Founder & CEO Bringing Leadership Back, LLC


Jaclyn Anku

ProAdvisor Training & Certification Leader Intuit


Michelle Vilms

CEO Vilms Consulting, LLC


Matt Kanas

Managing Director, Americas Ignition


Ami Copeland

CEO Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)


Alex Falcon Huerta

CEO & Founder Soaring Falcon


Guy Pearson

CEO & Co-founder Ignition


Judging process

The Women in Accounting Awards are peer-reviewed recognition of your active commitment to empowering and elevating female voices in the accounting and bookkeeping industry. This year, our judging criteria will be based on empowering and elevating female voices, sparking lasting confidence and fostering community, and active participation in creating a more diverse and inclusive industry.

Nominate a leader or an emerging leader from your current company, a former colleague, or a peer (or even self-nominate) as one of the Top 50 Women in Accounting for 2024. The process of nominating is anonymous - but you’re welcome to reach out to let them know you’ve nominated them!

Nominees are offered the opportunity to provide a submission should they wish to participate in the awards. Each nominee will receive an email containing a nominee media kit and details on the submission process, encouraging them to enter the awards. A submission needs to be made in order to be eligible and all submissions must be finalized and received by August 9th, 2024.

All submissions will go through an audit process prior to going to the judging panel. Our judging panel will be assigned submissions to score based on the questions responses and supporting documentation. The judges score each part of the submission across the category’s criteria, giving an aggregated score and the aggregate highest score will determine the Top 50 Women in Accounting for 2024.

Inaugural Women in Accounting awards were launched
inspiring women accountants and bookkeepers recognized in our Top 50 lists
Countries represented throughout the world
Notable women in accounting nominated

Top 50 announcements

  • "Being included in the Top 50 Women in Accounting gave me the confidence that what I was doing was making a difference."

    Jo Doye avatar
    Jo Doye
    Founder, Alluvia Financial
  • "Women tend to undervalue themselves. I strive to help them to see their value more clearly, and have the confidence to charge rates that allow them to build a successful and sustainable business."

    Teresa Slack avatar
    Teresa Slack
    CEO, Financly Bookkeeping Solutions
  • "Every time I have made it onto the Top 50 Women in Accounting list, it’s helped me and helped my career. If we can shine a light and make it okay for women to say, ‘I am good at this’, then part of my work is done here with this initiative."

    Heather Townsend avatar
    Heather Townsend
    Award winning author