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New PICPA president aims to diversify leadership

Lisa Myers is the new president of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. - (Photo / File / Amy Spangler)

An accountant at a Cumberland County-based firm has taken over as the new president of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants with a goal of bringing more minorities and women into leadership roles in the profession.

Lisa Myers, a principal at Boyer & Ritter LLC in East Pennsboro Township, will serve as president of PICPA until June 30, 2017.

Myers, of Derry Township, is the fourth woman to lead the organization in its 119-year history. She said she wants to see the profession expand minority outreach, prepare more women for leadership roles and develop resources related to cyber security and big data.

She said the association gained momentum in diversity outreach during the term of immediate past president Julius Green, who was the association’s first African-American president. She wants to keep that going with outreach as far down the education ladder as middle school.

Myers said that while women make up 50 percent of accounting majors graduating college, they hold less than one-quarter of leadership-level accounting positions.

She said in addition to continuing the association’s annual women in accounting conference, she wants to hold roundtable discussions on women in leadership throughout the year across the state.

“And not just include women, but men too to get an understanding of why women aren’t reaching the top,” she said. “Everyone’s opinion will be valuable.”

Myers heads Boyer & Ritter’s forensic, litigation support and consulting service group.

Another local accountant is slated to take over as president when Myers’ term ends next year. Joseph Seibert, a partner with KPMG LLP in Harrisburg, was elected president-elect of the organization at its annual conference earlier this summer.

Michael Sadowski

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