IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) and Pace University are pleased to announce details for the upcoming Women’s Accounting Leadership Series (WALS) event. The event will be held on Friday, May 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Rice University in Houston. WALS is open to all female accounting and finance professionals. Whether just starting out, steadily climbing the career ladder, striving for work/life balance, refreshing their knowledge, or anything in between, women in the profession are invited to take part in this inspiring event.

In addition to gaining valuable insights into advancing their career, attendees will earn four NASBA-approved continuing professional education credits.

WALS —a special event created by women, for women — provides a forum for women in accounting and finance to share thoughts and experiences on leadership development and strategies for success. Attendees will have an opportunity to expand their professional network, learn about the latest industry updates, and discuss specific issues facing women in business.

Registration is $50, which includes breakfast and an informal lunch. Now through March 31, use code WALS30Houston to get $20 off the regular member price of $50. Please visit the following link to register: WALS in Houston.

Guest speakers and topics will include:

  • The Role Women Play in Driving Business Performance (1.0 CPE)
    Sandra Richtermeyer, CMA, CPA, Ph.D., Dean, Manning School of Business, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and former IMA Global Chair
  • A CFO’s Career Journey (1.0 CPE)
    Denise Castillo Rhodes, EVP and CFO, Texas Medical Center
    Leslie Seidman, Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Financial Reporting, Lubin School of Business, Pace University, immediate past Chairman of FASB (moderator) 
  • Accounting Update (1.0 CPE)
    Mary Mazzella, CPA, Supervising Project Manager, FASB 
  • Strategies for Professional Success (1.0 CPE)
    Sandra Richtermeyer, CMA, CPA, Ph.D., Dean, Manning School of Business, University of Massachusetts Lowell, former IMA Global Chair 
  • Panelists:
    Loreal Jiles, Financial Reporting Manager, BP
    Shyamli Ajit Mohamed, CMA, Director of Tax, Halliburton

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with smart, career-driven, successful women. Register today! 

For more information or to ask questions about the event, please contact Lisa Beaudoin, CMA, CAE, IMA director of educational partnerships, at, or by calling (201) 474-1706.