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Ohio Women’s Business Conference

June 27, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm


Four Fortune 500 companies and businesses that employ more than 125,000 Ohioans will be among companies represented June 27 at The Ohio Society of CPAs’ first-ever Women, Wealth and Wellness Conference in Columbus.

More than 250 professionals are expected at the event, which will focus on the top business and career issues as identified by women who are members of The Ohio Society of CPAs. The one-day event is open to the public, as well as to Society members, and begins with a meditation and yoga class for all attendees.

“This is an event our members have told us is needed to address the challenges women face in their careers,” said Rebecca Hixen, CAE, OSCPA’s director of student & young professional initiatives and manager of the Society’s women’s initiatives program.

“For example, studies have shown that women make up nearly half of accounting graduates, yet only 22% of CPA firm partnership is female,” she said. “The speakers for this event — in fact many of the attendees — are women who are accomplished in Ohio’s business world. They want to explore how to achieve more, while also laying the groundwork for future generations of professional women to have access to the opportunities they want.”

Speakers and sessions leaders include:

Marie Brilmyer, CPA, Director Cohen & Company, OSCPA Women’s Initiatives Committee Member, on the challenges and opportunities for women in the business world.
Tonya Tiggett, Tiggett & Co., president, Columbus NAWBO, speaking on “How to Become a Next-Level Leader.”
Amy Vetter, CPA, CGMA, CITP, CEO, The B3 Method ® Institute, on “Disconnect to Connect, the Path to Work-Life Harmony.”
Lori Kaiser, CPA, CEO & founder, Kaiser Consulting, LLC, 2019 Columbus Chamber Small Business Leader Award, on “Build your Brand, Discover your Authentic Voice.”
Mikaela Hunt, brand journalist, host of Cbuzz, co-host of What Matters, Mikaela Media, on “Telling your Story: Break Out of your Comfort Zone Before It Breaks You.”
Shannon Ginther, chair of the Columbus Women’s Commission and Columbus first lady, and Commission Executive Director Shelly Beiting will discuss “Impact Pay Equity” and the Columbus Commitment.

The conference also includes a panel discussion on “How to Grow your Network” led by Crystal Faulkner, CPA, partner, MCM CPAs and Advisors; Darci Congrove, CPA, managing director, GBQ; Tasha Fowler, executive director, City Year Columbus; and Susan D. Rector, attorney at law, partner, Peterson Conners LLP.
OSCPA is hosting the conference at The Boat House at Confluence Park in collaboration with Money & Mimosas, a social club and blog created to inspire women to make money and live their lives to the fullest. Founder Danetha Doe will moderate the event.

Participants are encouraged to bring gently used bags or purses to donate to Dress for Success.


June 27, 2019
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 W Spring St
Columbus, 43215 United States
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