Registration includes course materials, lunch, and a cocktail reception networking event in the afternoon.

We invite New Mexico business women of all industries to join us for the NMSCPA Women’s Leadership Summit. The Summit will provide women at all stages in their careers the opportunity to network, learn, and enhance their leadership skills. This interactive one-day event, led by strong female leaders, will arm women with the power to navigate conflict and thrive in their careers.

Join us for a day filled with excellent presentations aimed towards empowering you with the skills you need to advance in your career. Stay after the last presentation for a time to network with your peers.

Owning Your Future—Finding One’s Personal Strength
Speaker: Kimberly Ellison Taylor, CPA, CGMA
Hear about Kimberly Ellison-Taylor’s inspirational journey from inner city Baltimore to becoming the first African-American chair of the AICPA and leader in the profession. She’ll demonstrate how her passion, resilience, perseverance, and values drove her success, and share the lessons she learned along the way.

Mentorship: How to Escape the Gravity of an “I” World so WE Can Fly
Speaker: Angie VanArsdale
Rugged independence. Self-reliance. The “I” in individualism is as American and Western as Apple Pie and Cowboy Coffee, but do these “ideals” utilize our natural feminine strengths and advance our careers as promised? Are we stronger for doing it all on our own? Discover how to leverage the transformational power of mentorship to accelerate your career, enhance your life experiences and enflame your personal passions.

Dirty Little Secrets Panel
Sarita Nair, JD, MCRP, Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Albuquerque
Annemarie Ciepiela Henton, Director of Communications & Marketing at Albuquerque Economic Development
Barbara Lewis, CPA, CCIFP, CGMA, Audit Director and Shareholder at Atkinson & Co. Ltd.
Anne Layne, CPA, CFE, CFF, Partner at McHard Accounting Consulting, LLC
Robin Brule, Chief Community Engagement Officer at Nusenda Credit Union

Hear from a panel of inspiring women as they detail their experiences in a male-dominated profession. Learn their strategy for overcoming obstacles and gender stereotypes and gain knowledge on the legal aspects of workplace equality (i.e., when it’s time to turn to HR, what your legal rights as a female include, harassment in the workplace, and so much more!). You’ll be sure to walk away from this panel armed with more than a few “dirty little secrets”. 

Book Brief—Essentialism
Speaker: Keri Stewart
Essentialism is about two ways of thinking that are as different as black and white. The author calls out behaviors between non-essentialist and essentialists like this: Non-Essentialists think through the undisciplined pursuit of more, but they actually lead a life that is not satisfying and don't know why. Essentialists think about a disciplined pursuit of less, and they live a life that really matters. By the end of this seminar, you will understand the principles of the book as well as develop your own action plan.  


  • 7:30—8:15 Check-In
  • 8:15—8:20 Welcome
  • 8:20—10:00 Owning Your Future—Finding One’s Personal Strength with Kimberly Ellison Taylor, CPA, CGMA
  • 10:15—11:55 Mentorship: How to Escape the Gravity of an “I” World so WE Can Fly with Angie VanArsdale
  • 11:55—12:45 Lunch
  • 12:50—1:40 Dirty Little Secrets Panel
  • 1:50—3:30 Book Brief—Essentialism with Keri Stewart
  • 3:30 Cocktail reception & networking with your peers


Category Amount
Personal Development 7.00