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4 accountants named 'women to watch in 2015'

by Shandra Martinez | Sep 21, 2015   ()

TROY, MI -- Accounting has long been a male dominated industry, but that is changing.

More women than men are choosing the profession, said Judith Trepeck, an accountant who serves as senior vice president of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Even with the changing times, women still are in the minority. They make up 38 percent of the organization's 17,500 members, and Trepek said only 17 percent of partners in Michigan accounting firms are women.

She added it is difficult to blame the disparity on any one issue.

The ratios were even wider when Trepeck became a CPA 42 years ago, but being one of the relatively few women in her profession didn't stop her from having a career she loved.

"It develops your understanding of business, and you get an opportunity to do a lot of things," said Trepeck, whose career highlights include international projects and appointment as a judge on a tax tribunal. "I believe that anyone who becomes a CPA has that world in front of them. I think it can lead to a very exciting career."

In recent years, the 114-year-old organization has highlighted female accountants with the Women to Watch Award for those who not only show dedication to the profession but mentor others.

This year, the award will be given to four accountants at the organization's annual dinner in West Bloomfield on Sept. 30.

Three Women to Watch Experienced Leader Awards will go to Suzanne Lozano, a principal in the Saginaw office of Yeo & Yeo CPAs and Business Consultants; Betsy Meter, an audit partner at KPMG LLP in Detroit; and Adriane Schrauben, who was the third female shareholder at Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors in Grand Rapids.

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Source: MLive
Source: MLive

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