By Suzanne McCann-Perry, OSCPA strategic communication director
Advocates. Mentors. Leaders. Trailblazers. Those are just a few of the fitting superlatives used to describe the 12 inspirational women named as OSCPA Power of Change honorees at the 2022 Women, Wealth & Wellness Conference.
More than 200 attendees turned out on July 21st for the day-long conference, which featured presentations on topics such as cultivating a strong leader identity, charting a course for career advancement, navigating hurtful workplace conversations, and dissecting and resolving the broken U.S. childcare system. The highlight of the event was the recognition of twelve exceptional women chosen as Power of Change honorees.
The Power of Change recognition 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 or break barriers for other women.
“Research shows women are leading their organizations in things like compassion, inclusion, and equity. But too often they are leading from the middle or back of their organizations and not from their rightful places at the front,” said OSCPA President & CEO Scott Wiley, CAE. “At OSCPA, we are invested in seeing women succeed, and we know the future of business depends on prioritizing the issues and topics women are emphasizing. The Power of Change honor offers well-deserved recognition to exceptional women leaders who make significant contributions every day to their organizations and communities. We’re honored to applaud this incredible class of honorees who are breaking down barriers to success, recognition, and impact at both the individual and organizational levels.”
Lori Kaiser, CPA, founder & CEO of Kaiser Consulting, immediate past chair of the OSCPA Board of Directors, and a Power of Change honoree, said she is humbled by the acknowledgment. “As the pandemic has worn on, women have continued to rise to the occasion despite mounting pressures at work and at home. In fact, more than ever, women are setting the tone for how to care for their teams; how to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion; and how to personify the importance of allyship,” she said, adding that her fellow honorees demonstrate how women have responded to the unprecedented challenges of the past several years in ways that positively impact both the wealth and wellness of their organizations.
Other Power of Change honorees include:
Annie Yoder, Rea & Associates
Betty Collins, Brady Ware & Company
Dani Gisondo, Marcum LLP
Donna Sciarappa, RSM
Ebonie Jackson, Lucas County Children Services
Jen Yaross, Nationwide
Kelli Bernstein, Meaden & Moore
Kim Zavislak, KPMG, LLP
Mary Kim Elkins, Eaton Corporation
Michal Marcus, HFLA of Northeast Ohio
Rachel Wojtkun, Grant Thorton