Tax & Accounting Manager Chérie R. Williams, CPA, MPA is one of only 30 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the Leadership Academy’s 12th graduating class. Chérie was selected based on her exceptional leadership skills and professional experience for the four-day Leadership Academy program, which will be held October 5-8.
Chérie is a 2008 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She is also a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Master’s in Public Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Chérie joined Windes in 2011 and is currently a Manager in the firm’s Tax & Accounting Services department. As a Manager, her primary responsibilities include tax compliance and consulting for public charities, private foundations, high-net-worth individuals, trusts, and tax-exempt organizations. She also serves her community as Secretary of the Board for Zeneith Performing Arts and as a Board Member for the Long Beach Economic Partnership.
The AICPA Leadership Academy was designed to strengthen and expand the leadership skills of promising young professionals while they network with a peer group of talented and motivated CPAs.
The Leadership Academy features career-development workshops and sessions with some of the accounting profession’s most prominent influencers, including Tracey Golden, CPA, CGMA, Chairman of the American Institute of CPAs and Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, American Institute of CPAs President and CEO, Association of Certified Professional Accountants CEO.
Participants were selected from public accounting firms of all sizes, business and industry, academia, and consulting firms. The 2020 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies, and/or volunteer organizations. Candidates submitted resumes and a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally. They also wrote an essay on the topic, “The future will bring significant changes to the accounting profession. What do leaders have to get right in order to successfully lead?”
To date, more than 385 CPAs have participated in the AICPA Leadership Academy, many of whom have gone on to take on leadership positions in their firms, businesses, and volunteer organizations.
For more information about the AICPA Leadership Academy, visit AICPA.org/Leadership.