Illinois CPA Society names 2008 Women to Watch

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The Illinois CPA Society has named the recipients of their fourth annual "Women to Watch" award which recognizes notable contributions to the accounting profession, their organizations, and the development of women as leaders.

Based on nominations made by their peers from throughout the state, the Illinois CPA Society's Women's Executive Committee and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Work/Life and Women's Initiative Executive Committee selected the following five leaders as their 2008 "Women to Watch":

Experienced Leaders:

Ann Marie Goddard, CPA, is the International Executive Services, Midwest area service line lead partner for KPMG LLP. While leading a diverse team of professionals across the Midwest, Goddard is responsible for delivering global mobility advisory services to corporations which include individual tax compliance, tax advisory, international assignment policy development, and global payroll consulting. She is a founding member of KPMG's Network of Women in Chicago, the Midwest tax lead for KPMG's People Management Leader Committee, and prior Training, Mentoring and Chairman's Award for Community Service recipient. Currently an executive board member of Noble Street Network of Chartered Schools in Chicago, Goddard is also a long-time active volunteer with Chicago Cares, Junior Achievement, Taxpayer Assistance Program, and Chicago Animal Care and Control.

Dot Proux, CPA, is a tax partner for Ernst & Young currently in charge of the Midwest region tax staff group, where her leadership extends to oversight of campus recruiting, staff development, scheduling, and education. She is considered a trailblazer as a state and local tax technician and role model, as well as a sought-after counselor by the firm's Midwest professionals. Proux was recently named the Gender Equity Leader for Ernst & Young's Midwest region practice, and in that role has facilitated several internal and external discussions across the Midwest related to diversity and inclusion in the accounting industry. She has served on the board of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and is the treasurer for Immanuel Lutheran Church and Open Arms Childcare Center in Glenview, Illinois.

Emerging Leaders:

Trudie Duan, CPA, is a manager in the tax department at Crowe Horwath LLP and is an active member of the firm's Inclusion Initiative and Asian People Resource Network. She is the founder and director of Community Tax Clinic, a free tax preparation service for low-income Burmese families, and a recipient of the VIP Award from the Crowe Foundation for Community Service. Proficient in English, Burmese, Mandarin, and Yunnanese, Duan is a member of the Board of Directors at the Burmese Buddhist Association, as well as treasurer and co-chair of their Community Outreach Committee. She has raised funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, taught English to and become a resource for Burmese refugees arriving into the Chicago area, and co-chaired a relief effort that has raised over $45,000 for victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma.

SanDee Priser, CPA, JD, is a Partner in the Fraud Investigation & Disputes Services (FIDS) practice for Ernst & Young LLP, where she manages global forensic accounting and fraud investigations with a focus on the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Priser led the 2008 FIDS People Advisory Committee, where she sought opportunities to counsel and mentor FIDS professionals. She participated in Ernst & Young's first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fellows program, working in El Salvador for three months assisting promising entrepreneurs with her accounting expertise. Priser is the partner sponsor for FIDS on ICE (Increasing Community Engagement), volunteers with Perspectives Charter School in Chicago and the United Way, and actively supports her alma mater, La Sierra University in California.

Vanessa Salinas, CPA, is a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in fraud investigations and forensic accounting engagements within Latin America; she is heavily involved with strategic business development, marketing, training, and client relationships within the region. Salinas compiled the Central and South American supplements for PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global Economic Crime Survey. A graduate of Notre Dame University, Salinas is an active member of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), where she serves as a mentor in their mentorship program and conducts investigative training at their annual conferences. She is also involved in PwC's Network of Latino Professionals and Advisory Staff Council, and she is a board member for Association House of Chicago, a community resource in the Greater Humboldt Park area of Chicago.

The Illinois CPA Society will present the 2008 "Women to Watch" awards at their Women's Leadership Breakfast scheduled for Thursday, November 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at The Standard Club in Chicago. During the event award recipients will share their success strategies during an interactive panel discussion.

The Illinois CPA Society, founded in 1903, is the fifth largest state CPA society in the nation, with approximately 24,000 members.

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