PORTLAND, Maine – Managing principal Ellie Baker, of accounting and advisory firm Baker Newman Noyes, recently led a discussion at the New England Practice Management Conference about leadership challenges specific to women and what the future holds for women leaders in accounting. She was chosen to lead the segment, “Women Taking Charge,” for her demonstrated leadership in the profession.
“Women make up just 19 percent of partners in CPA firms nationwide. These are important conversations as we empower the next generation of professionals,” Baker said, in a company press release. “I was greatly honored to be chosen to speak and facilitate this session for women at the New England Practice Management Conference. Through this session, women were able to discuss and learn how to overcome the leadership challenges faced in the workplace.”
More than 100 managing partners and firm leaders attended this year’s conference. In addition to Baker’s discussion on women’s leadership, hot topics at the conference included technology decisions impacting leadership at CPA firms, hiring and firing practices, and best practices for elevating a firm’s digital presence.
The New England Practice Management Conference was presented by the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.
This year’s conference was held Nov. 20-22, at the Mohegan Sun Conference Center & Casino in Uncasville, Conn. The event for accounting professionals is designed to generate fresh ideas, provide networking opportunities and deliver informative seminars, roundtables and panel sessions from some of the nation’s top business leaders.
Ellie Baker co-founded the accounting and advisory firm Baker Newman Noyes. She has served as vice chairman and director of tax, and is currently the managing principal. She serves as trustee of the University of Maine System, the University of Maine Law School Foundation and the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. She is also a trustee, finance chair and member of the executive committee of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Board of Governors at the Portland Country Club. Baker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine, a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law.
Baker Newman Noyeshas offices throughout New England in Boston, Manchester, Portland, and Portsmouth. The firm supports a variety of clients with a special focus on healthcare, banking and financial services, not-for-profit, public sector entities, privately held and family-owned businesses, and high net worth individuals. As an independent member firm of Baker Tilly International, Baker Newman Noyes works with clients and other independent member firms around the globe.