Magazine article The CPA Journal

First Woman and First from Industry Assumes Chair of AICPA

Magazine article The CPA Journal

First Woman and First from Industry Assumes Chair of AICPA

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In October Olivia Kirtley assumed the chair of the board of directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), succeeding Stuart Kessler. She is the first person from business and industry to serve in this capacity, as well as the first woman. One of her chief responsibilities will be to help oversee the implementation of the CPA Vision Process, a collaboration between the AICPA and state CPA societies. The process is designed to reposition the profession to meet the challenges of the next five to 10 to 15 years. Kirtley is also calling on the American CPA to think beyond the country's borders and consider the client service and business opportunities throughout the globe. "It's impossible to have a path to the 21st century without reaching beyond our own borders," she declared in her inaugural speech. "The reality of today's world demands we be a globally astute and globally involved profession."

Kirtley also addressed the need for greater diversity in the accounting profession, noting that it should reflect the demographics now prevalent in American business. She quoted from a report on the vision process to emphasize her point: "`The profession is committed to bringing together a vibrant variety of thought, perspectives, areas of practice and employment, geographies, ethnic backgrounds, and cultures as we move forward with the vision. …

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