WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 4, 2015) – Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) today announced that Kimberly Ginn, partner, and Liisa Warden, senior manager, both located in the firm’s D.C. office, were recently honored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Greater Washington Society of CPAs (GWSCPA) as two of five 2015 Women to Watch Awards recipients.
Ginn was recognized with a Community Leader award for supporting the advancement of women, helping women integrate their personal and professional lives and leading community initiatives on professional women’s issues.
Ginn founded Diana’s Gatherings, a local networking group for women, and has mentored and championed female leaders at Baker Tilly. In addition, Ginn led D.C.’s first-ever Suited for Change event to provide professional clothing and career and life skills education to low-income women.
Warden received the Emerging Leader award for her client leadership and her advocacy for women in the accounting profession. She has served on a number of committees and holds leadership roles in Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) D.C., an organization that supports women in real estate, and also spearheads events for Baker Tilly’s D.C. office Growth and Retention of Women (GROW) committee, a program that promotes and advocates for the retention and advancement of women.
Both Ginn and Warden are passionate advocates for a number of community causes. Ginn works with organizations that promote animal welfare, agriculture, and equestrian lifestyle and sports. Warden serves as treasurer of the Bowen McCauley Dance Company and volunteers with organizations that rescue homeless and abandoned dogs and cats.
The Women to Watch Awards program was established in 2013 to highlight the accomplishments of women in the CPA profession. Awards are given in three categories: Emerging Leaders, Experienced Leaders, and 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 a D.C. partner, was named an Experienced Leader in 2013, and Katherine Wiernicki, regional assurance practice leader and a D.C. partner, received the same honor in 2014.
“I work very closely with Kim, and I’ve seen her steadfastly committed as an advocate for women in the industry and the community,” Rose Tagle noted. “She’s been a mentor and coach for Baker Tilly employees, helping one become a partner and the other a senior manager. She consistently volunteers to lead or participate in panel discussions and roundtables to promote women’s causes, and has also worked for the preservation and conservation of Virginia land.”
Wiernicki sees many of the same attributes in Warden. “Liisa works very hard and deserves this recognition,” Wiernicki said. “She understands the importance of being involved as a leader, not only at Baker Tilly, where she’s a rising star, but also in the business community. Liisa makes a difference both with Baker Tilly clients and employees, as well as through the various organizations she serves. Many look to her for insight, advice and guidance.”
Baker Tilly was the only accounting and advisory firm to have two Women to Watch Awards winners in 2015.
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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 147 countries, with 30,000 professionals. The combined worldwide revenue of independent member firms is $3.2 billion.