Leadership style — Personal mantra — Biggest mistake women make when starting out — Best management tip — Best advice they’ve ever received


Managing officer and president, Aronson & Co.

* Collaborating with individuals to move the firm forward and to move them forward.

* “Never wear your feelings on your sleeve.”

* Not looking at their career as a life-long learning opportunity or a necessity.

* Bring out the best in each of the individuals that work for you: “It’s not one-size-fits-all.”

* Don’t wear your feelings on your sleeve.


National managing partner, U.S. advisory practice, KPMG LLP

* A combination of head, heart and gut.

* “Einstein said his goal was ‘not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value.'”

* Giving up before they think through all the possibilities for a career in public accounting.

* Be flexible with your career goals.

* There are times where you need to take risks.


Tax partner, Berdon LLP

* By example: “I would never expect anything from [staff] that I wasn’t willing to do myself.”

* “Be accountable.”

* Getting distracted: “Know your target and keep going.”

* Don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and help out your team.

* “Someone once told me I could not have it all and I wanted to prove them so wrong.”


Tax principal, Haskell & White LLP

* Flexible and team-oriented, with high, yet realistic, expectations and goals.

* “Cherish each moment and enjoy the journey.”

* Neglecting to plan ahead for life and career changes.

* Being a good listener is essential.

* When you no longer feel challenged, you have stopped growing.


Chief human resources officer, RSM McGladrey

* Direct: “I’m not conflict-avoidant.”

* “No drama.”

* Exhibiting traditional female traits: “Sitting back, not getting into the fray.”

* Don’t avoid conflict – and don’t be defensive.

* Take a longer view of your career.


Founder and CEO, Corefino

* Data-driven. “We make decisions based on data because I believe data tells the story.”

* “Work hard, play hard.”

* Not listening to their instincts.

* Listen: “There’s something you can learn from every interaction.”

* Believe in yourself.


Partner-in-charge, Providence office, and PIC, consulting; exec committee, Carlin, Charron & Rosen

* Consensus building: “I try to get people to work together – and it’s not always easy to do.”

* “I work hard and I play hard.”

* Gravitating exclusively to women’s organizations and networking events.

* Develop the ability to stay on top of things, to stay organized and in control.

* Pick your battles.


CEO, HLB Gross Collins PC

* Laid back: “I delegate a lot. I definitely don’t micromanage.”

* “Do your best and things will come your way, and always give back to the community.”

* Not being upfront and positive about their value to the company.

* Model the behavior you expect from employees.

* Don’t take things personally: “In business, sometimes it’s just business.”


America’s inclusiveness officer, Ernst & Young

* Listening: “I want to take input, but I’m not hesitant at all to make a decision.”

* “Treat other people the way I’d like to be treated.”

* Not building relationships in all aspects of business life: with clients, colleagues, bosses, etc.

* Listen, and make sure people understand that you’ve heard them.

* You need to make your friends before you need them