Women’s Mentoring Program

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Empowered Women, Empower Women

The University of Utah School of Accounting is making a serious commitment to support women who want to enter the accounting profession. We stand with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as they call upon firms and academic programs to honor the need for gender diversity in leadership positions in the profession.

While women consistently account for 50 percent of CPAs, they account for less than 9 percent of all CFOs and only 19 percent of partners at CPA firms nationwide.

The AICPA, through extensive research, has isolated the following key barriers in women’s attainment of leadership positions:

  • Lack of visible female role models in the industry
  • Lack of career advocacy and advancement from senior members

We are addressing these barriers head-on. The intent of the Women’s Mentoring Program (WMP) is to provide mentorship and female role models to women at the start of their graduate education in preparation for their entrance into the workforce less than one year later.

For more information about the MAcc Women’s Mentoring Program, please contact LaShelle Mann, MAcc academic adviser.

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Why Should I Join?

Hear From Past Mentees

I had an amazing mentor who, at times, acted as a mirror for me. She allowed me to see myself through the eyes of a professional I could aspire to become.


This program has left me feeling confident and determined to take on leadership roles both in the MAcc and in the workplace.


I struggle with public speaking and a few of the ladies I met during the kick-off provided insight into programs that can help me.


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More Information for Mentors and Mentees

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible students will:

  • Self-identify as a woman
  • Be admitted and enrolled in the MAcc program for Spring, Summer, or Fall 2019
  • Be able to commit to the requirements of the program for the entire mentoring session

How the Program Works & Mentee Commitments

Mentees in the program must:

  • Students apply online to be a mentee
  • Contact Marlene.Plumlee@Eccles.Utah.edu to confirm your application.
  • Attend the kick-off speed mentoring event
    • Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in GARFF Kahlert Hall (4th floor)
  • Attend five speaker series events. If a mentee cannot attend all five speaker series events, they must get pre-approval for a make-up event through the program staff.
  • Attend all six WMP events to be eligible to attend the AICPA Women’s Global Leadership Summit
    • Nov. 6-8, 2019 in San Diego, CA
    • The WMP will provide flight, hotel accommodations, transportation to/from the conference and the conference attendance fee.
    • Mentees can choose to attend this conference, and it is not a requirement of the program.
  • Sign a contract committing to the program requirements of the WMP. If mentee attends the AICPA Global Leadership Summit and does not fulfill the stated requirements, the mentee will be responsible to reimburse the program for the cost of the conference.
  • Follow all guidelines and expectations of professional behavior as established by the School of Accounting.
  • If accepted, students will be granted access to our mentor database. The WMP will provide a mentorbank that consists of a variety of women professionals working in the accounting field. As a mentee, you will be able to contact anyone participating in the mentoring bank to ask for guidance, mentoring, or professional advice. A bio and contact information sheet will be provided to you.
  • If accepted, students will automatically be considered for scholarship opportunities and will be notified of any awards prior to Fall semester.

How to Apply

For more information, please contact Marlene Plumlee, Accounting Advisory Board Chair.

Who Can Mentor?

We are looking for women in the accounting field to mentor women MAcc students during the heavy job recruiting season, which begins in late August. Your experience in the profession is invaluable to women students determining the direction of their career and exploring a career shift. Since the program’s inception, we have seen a positive impact of the relationship on mentees in navigating the career search, work/life balance, and long-term career ladders.

Impacting Classrooms & Boardrooms

The Eccles School has fewer women MAcc students than the nationwide average. Nationally, women make up 50 percent of all MAcc graduates. At the Eccles School, however, women account for 35 percent of our MAcc graduates.

We need your help to mentor and support our women students, and we believe this program will significantly impact the diversity in our classrooms and future boardrooms.

How the Program Works & Mentor Commitments

  • Complete the mentor application.
  • Contact Marlene.Plumlee@Eccles.Utah.edu to confirm your application.
  • Once we have received your application, you will become a part of the mentoring bank for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.
  • A bio and contact information sheet of all the mentors will be created and sent to the WMP mentees (self-identified female MAcc students that are part of the WMP).
  • Mentees will be able to contact/connect with anyone that is part of the mentoring bank to ask for guidance, mentoring, or advice.
  • Mentors must attend the kick-off speed mentoring event.
    • Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. This event will be held on the Eccles School campus in GARFF Kahlert Hall (4th floor).

How to Become a Mentor

For more information, please contact Marlene Plumlee, Accounting Advisory Board Chair.

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