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Top 50 Women in Accounting 2020

Celebrating the outstanding women leading the charge, driving change and creating opportunities for the next generation within the accounting industry.

Check out the Top 50 Women in Accounting announcement here.




Why we celebrate 'Women in Accounting'

Practice Ignition first launched the 'Women in Accounting' awards on International Women's Day in 2018 as a way to honor and recognize women who are driving change and creating opportunities for the next generation within the Accounting and Bookkeeping industry.

While we recognize that all people (both men and women) play an important role in their workplace, International Women's Day gives the world a platform to celebrate the women in our lives.

This year, the Top 50 Women in Accounting seeks to shine a light on women who are leading the charge when it comes to advocacy, change and community in their workplace and beyond.

These may be women you work with, women whose passion and dedication inspires you, or women who have acted as a mentor or guide on your own professional journey.


Top 50 Women in Accounting for 2020

We’re so excited to announce Practice Ignition's Top 50 #WomeninAccounting for 2020 - celebrating all the amazing women who are driving advocacy, change and creating opportunities in the Accounting and Bookkeeping industry!

Webinar recording: Making the workplace work for women

Top 50 Women in Accounting

Check out our top 50 lists from previous years

2019 Top 50 Women in Accounting

Our most recent list of women leading the charge in advocacy, change and community within the accounting industry and beyond.

View the 2019 Top 50
2018 Top 50 Women in Accounting

A recognition of the outstanding contribution, and professional and community achievements, of our Top 50 list and nominees.

View the 2018 Top 50
2017 Top 50 Women in Accounting

The inaugural Women in Accounting awards, celebrating the leaders, mentors and peers making a difference locally and globally. 

View the 2017 Top 50

Hear from our Top 50 Women in Accounting alumni

Inclusivity goes beyond gender, race, age and religion, it also includes social and physical (dis)abilities. One of my career goals is to create a company culture that is comfortable and accommodating to all people, no matter where they come from or what their circumstances are."
Twyla Verhelst
Twyla Verhelst
Head of Accountant Channel at FreshBooks, Top 50 in 2019

Videos from our 2019 Top 50 Women in Accounting

'What do you love most about what you do?'

Last year, we asked our Women in Accounting nominees to send a short video highlighting what they love most about what they do. Here's what some of them had to say!

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Nayo Carter-Gray - Women in Accounting

Nayo actively champions the representation of women, specifically women of color, in the accounting industry through facilitating safe community.

Watch here
Aly Garrett
Aly Garrett - Women in Accounting

Aly shares how combining her love of her work, passion for family and adoption of innovation and cloud technology are critical components of success.

Watch here
Pamela Phillips
Pamela Phillips - Women in Accounting

Pamela is passionate about the rapidly changing technology landscape of the accounting industry, and the collaboration opportunities that this presents for the community.

Watch here

Previous year webinars

As we celebrate the stories of Women in Accounting around the globe, we unpack how our community can best encourage, empower and equip women in the accounting industry to take action and drive inclusion in the working world.

Inclusion through action: hosted by Madeline Pratt

A diverse panel from across North America and the United Kingdom share their stories and insights as women in accounting.

Watch recording here
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Inclusion through action: hosted by Rebecca Milhalic

A diverse panel from across Australia and Papua New Guinea share their stories and insights as women in accounting.

Watch recording here
Women tend to undervalue themselves. I strive to help them to see their value more clearly & have the confidence to charge rates that allow them to build a successful & sustainable business."
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Teresa Slack
CEO at Financly Bookkeeping Solutions, Top 50 in 2019
I actively work hard to build strong partnerships and relationships within my network and beyond. 
I work hard to ensure I create an atmosphere in the workplace that is welcoming for all."
Ria Jaine
Ria-Jaine Lincoln
Director at Ria-Jaine & Co Ltd, Top 50 in 2019

Why we have partnered with Womxn Talk Money

Womxn Talk Money is the first-ever online network designed to connect women and non-binary financial professionals to industry opportunities & each other. The organization is focused on elevating more diverse voices at industry events by showcasing women & non-binary speakers in their online directory. 

Additionally, Womxn Talk Money strives to create opportunities for women in the profession to connect & collaborate with each other through their online community, workshops, and coaching opportunities designed to grow & highlight the voices and ideas of women in accounting & finance.

Blogs and Resources

Here you can find content and practical resources that we've created to continue the #WomeninAccounting conversation. We'll be adding resources throughout the coming weeks.  

The journey towards a more inclusive & diverse future

What does an equitable & diverse workplace look like? What actions can you take towards a more inclusive future? Francesca Deery unpacks how you can create & maintain an inclusive workplace environment.

Invest in Womxn - Womxn Talk Money

Why do we question investing in ourselves? And what strategies can we take to start shifting our perceptions to know that these investments are worth it? Madeline Pratt shares some ideas of where we can start.

Walking The Walk - Womxn Talk Money

What actions are we taking and decisions are we making as women to support each other? If we’re going to move toward this space of showing up for each other in words AND action, then it has to start with self-work.

Juggling motherhood and work

The past year has been unlike any other year in living memory. Around the world, people have been forced to abide by months-long lockdowns—meaning that working mums have had to simultaneously continue two full-time jobs: being a mother, and being a businesswoman.

Celebrating the wins

Two powerhouse Women in Accounting, Rebecca Mihalic (Director of businessDEPOT, Sydney) and Aly Garrett (Founder and Director of All in Advisory), share the importance of celebrating the wins and how best to look out for your customers throughout the uncertainty of a global pandemic.

Womxn Talk Money Speaker Directory

Womxn Talk Money has collated a global Speaker Directory, highlighting women with expertise in accounting, finance, and other money-matters. 

Looking for a speaker for your upcoming event, conference or webinar? This is the place to start.

Judging Panel

Madeline Pratt

Founder of Womxn Talk Money and Fearless Foundry

Rebecca Mihalic

Director of businessDEPOT, Sydney

Guy Pearson

Founder and CEO of Practice Ignition

Jennie Moore

Founder of Moore Details Inc, Canada

Ria-Jaine Lincoln

Director of Ria-Jaine & Co Ltd, United Kingdom

Emma Crawford-Falekaono.

Head of EMEA, Practice Ignition

Judging Process

After March 1st, the judges will receive the award submissions and allocate a score of 1-10 for each question. This will take into account:

  • Dedication to promoting inclusivity and diversity in the workplace
  • Investment in the next generation and the future leaders of accounting
  • Advocacy of the accounting industry and support of the wider community

Some credit will be given to nominees that received multiple nominations, but only one award submission per person will be accepted. The judging panel is responsible for determining the score allocation for each question. The scores for each question will be totalled, along with any additional credit for multiple nominations.

 The final total will determine the shortlist of the Top 50.

We’ll be announcing the Top 50 Women in Accounting on the 15th March 2021.

If you have any questions, please direct them to brooke@practiceignition.com

My purpose is to empower others and make a difference for consequence and benefit. It’s important to me that I give back to the profession that has given me so many varied and amazing opportunities."
Dyean Moodley
AARC Strategy & Growth Lead at KPMG