WASHINGTON (October 27, 2016) – Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) today announced that Colleen Lewis, CPA, CIA, CFE, and Colleen Wevodau, CPA, MBA, both located in the firm’s D.C. office, have been selected by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Greater Washington Society of CPAs (GWSCPA) as two of the 2016 Women to Watch Awards recipients.
Wevodau, senior manager in Baker Tilly’s real estate practice, was recognized with the Community Leader award for supporting the advancement of women and helping women integrate their personal and professional lives.
Since 2007 Wevodau has participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Real Estate Games. In addition to leading the Baker Tilly team, she serves on the event’s executive committee and chairs the team captains committee. Wevodau also serves on the board of directors of Calvary Women’s Services, a not-for-profit organization that offers housing and support services to women in the District of Columbia’s Anacostia community. She is also actively involved in Baker Tilly’s GROW (Growth and Retention of Women) initiative, which promotes the career development of women leaders in accounting, consulting and business professions.
“Helping my peers succeed has always been an important part of my life,” Wevodau said. “I am honored by this award and by the support of my colleagues for their nomination.”
Lewis, a manager in Baker Tilly’s governance, risk and compliance practice, received the Future Community Leader award for her ability to excel in her career while coaching junior colleagues, holding offices in industry organizations and supporting the local community.
Upon earning her CPA, CIA and CFE designations, Lewis created detailed study guides and coached co-workers with managing their career development plans. She also refined insights gained as a new Baker Tilly employee to help develop employee orientation programs for the D.C. office. In addition to memberships with the GWSCPA and AICPA, Lewis is a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and now serves as president of the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Northern Virginia chapter, one of the youngest officers in the chapter’s history.
Lewis is also involved in Baker Tilly’s GROW initiative and captains the firm’s soccer team, in addition to coaching youth soccer. “Playing soccer at the University of Maryland taught me the value of having a strong team,” Lewis said. “I enjoy pushing myself to achieve, while encouraging and supporting my colleagues in their endeavors.”
“Colleen Wevodau and Colleen Lewis are both deserving of this distinction,” Todd Stokes, office managing partner - D.C. metro region, said. “These dynamic professionals are role models for their contributions to Baker Tilly, to the industry and to our local community.”
The Women to Watch Awards program was established in 2013 to highlight the accomplishments of women in the CPA profession. Awards are given in four categories: Experienced Leaders, Emerging Leaders, Community Leaders and Future Community Leaders.
Baker Tilly team members have been recognized every year since the program’s inception. Raina Rose Tagle, risk advisory and internal audit services practice firmwide leader and partner, was named an Experienced Leader in 2013, and Katherine Wiernicki, regional assurance practice leader and partner, received the same honor in 2014. Last year Kimberly Ginn, partner, received the Community Leader award and Liisa Warden, senior manager, was recognized with the Emerging Leader award.
This year marked the second year in which Baker Tilly was the only accounting and advisory firm with multiple award recipients.
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Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) is a nationally recognized, full-service accounting and advisory firm whose specialized professionals connect with clients and their businesses through refreshing candor and clear industry insight. With approximately 2,700 employees across the United States, Baker Tilly is ranked as one of the 15 largest accounting and advisory firms in the country. Headquartered in Chicago, Baker Tilly is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a worldwide network of independent accounting and business advisory firms in 141 countries, with 28,000 professionals. The combined worldwide revenue of independent member firms is $3.8 billion.