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Press Release

Lilly Ledbetter to Speak During Women's Leadership Forum, Jan. 18

Maya Lindsay
Published Date:
Dec 6, 2018

NEW YORK – (December 6, 2019) – Lilly Ledbetter, activist and plaintiff in the Supreme Court discrimination case against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. that led to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, will discuss transforming workplace culture during the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) Women’s Leadership Forum on Jan. 18, 2019. The forum will be held at Midtown Loft & Terrace, 267 Fifth Ave., in New York City, from 8:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

NYSSCPA President Jan C. Herringer, CPA, a BDO USA partner and member of the Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, will share opening remarks, followed by a keynote address from Michele C. Meyer-Shipp, Esq., the chief diversity officer at KPMG LLP, who will share her thoughts on the state of women in the accounting profession.

Conference highlights include—

PANEL: Making Your Case: How to Get the Pay and Recognition You Deserve

Moderator: Nadia-Maria Matthie, CPA, Partner, WithumSmith + Brown, PC


  • Patricia Goodwin-Peters, Senior Vice President–Human Resources, Atlas Air, Inc.
  • Iesha A. Henry, Director of Human Resources, Charter Communications
  • Meredith Hauptman, Senior Human Resources Manager, Marks Paneth LLP

PANEL: Making Mentoring Work

Moderator: Thalia S. Smith, Partner, Deloitte


  • W. Brad Johnson, PhD, co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women
  • Phillip Austin, CPA, CA (SA), National Assurance Managing Partner, BDO USA LLP
  • Jennifer Allyn, Diversity Strategy Leader, Gender and LGBT Initiatives, PwC U.S. 

Other Conference Speakers

  • Holly Gagnon, CPA, President and CEO, Seneca Gaming Corp.
  • Katelyn Kogan, CPA, Senior Manager, Real Estate Services, Mazars USA LLP 

Following the conference, there will be a networking cocktail reception on the terrace. Business owners, human resources professionals, and others who are interested in transforming and diversifying workplace culture are encouraged to attend.

Those interested in registering to attend in-person, click here; to register to attend via webcast, click here. Media members interested in attending the conference in-person or via webcast should contact Maya Lindsay at or 212-719-8350.