By Jessica Salerno-Shumaker, OSCPA senior content manager
Tami Bolder, CPA, says the support of other women has made a significant impact on her career.
“To be able to give back and support other women has always been very important to me,” she said.Bolder, a director at CBIZ Valuation Group, was named a Power of Change honoree at the OSCPA Women, Wealth and Wellness Conference in July 2023. The award salutes individuals who are advocates for women’s initiatives in the workplace and business community, serve as mentors or role models, make a significant impact on their communities and break barriers for other women.
Bolder, who works in the valuation and litigation advisory space, said one of the moments that stands out in her career is the first time she was asked to give expert witness testimony on a bankruptcy matter.
“It's a significant milestone to get that first testimony experience because most attorneys want you to have testified previously before they hire you,” she said. “Getting that first opportunity can be pretty difficult.”
Another moment that stands out is her promotion to director in 2014, an exciting advancement into a senior leadership role.
Being able to step outside of your comfort zone and take risks is key to career growth, she said, and taking advantage of new, even unexpected opportunities can be incredibly beneficial.
“Learning to delegate is also important to being successful,” she said. “And part of that process involves a level of self-reflection and self-awareness. Because you have to understand what you are uniquely good at and focus on that, and then delegate to others based on what they do well.”
Throughout her career Bolder said informal and formal mentors have been instrumental. Those mentors have helped her navigate office politics, offered candid advice, provided encouragement and more.
Bolder said the Power of Change recognition of helping other women and girls is very special to her, and she makes it a priority to be part of organizations that lift women up, such as serving on the board of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio.
“The impact I hope to make is being able to provide the advice and support to help other women learn and grow,” she said. “I want to provide leadership and insight to help women navigate some of those challenges that I faced early on in my career, especially being in a predominantly male dominated field.”