It’s OK to Be the Boss—Lessons Learned from Females at the Top


I have arrived in my profession. (Well, at least to myself). I was selected to speak at the North Carolina Association of CPA’s 2016 Women’s Conference last week. Thanks to Marie McLucas, CFO of Primax, who asked me if I would be interested. Would I be interested??? I not only said yes immediately, but I had that announcement on every social media platform possible.

My first legit speaking engagement. After 23 years in the industry, this was a big deal.

I was on a panel with two other women who had also gotten to the top– a CFO and a Managing Partner. Combined, we made  a great mix on a panel speaking to CPA women from all across the state–all ages.

Our topic related to lessons we learned at the top. The following were my biggest takeaways:

  1. Be authentic, real, and vulnerable—it’s OK to be you and as a leader, your team will love you for it.
  2. It’s OK to say NO. You can’t be all things to all people and you definitely are not Wonder Woman. Saying no is a healthy boundary.
  3. Knowledge is power. Go above and beyond in learning your industry, your client, your technical skills. Learning never stops.
  4. Be Confident—Exude it. Walk into every meeting with it. You earned the right to be there. You worked hard and you command the respect.

Aside from having fun on this panel, I got to hang out with some pretty amazing women. Women, who need to stick together in a profession dominated by men. I hope that I left there inspiring everyone in that room, but also, with the message that we need to lift each other up and not tear each other down.




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