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Jan 07, 2016

Citrin Cooperman Hosts Inaugural Driving Your Business: Women at the Wheel Leadership Seminar in Philadelphia

Featuring Mary Brislin, Colleen Vallen

Philadelphia women business leaders discuss approaches to breaking barriers, achieving business growth, and the secrets, skills and philosophy that propelled them to the top.

PHILADELPHIA (January 7, 2016) A recent study of more than 2,000 companies in 48 countries, conducted by human resources consulting firm DDI, found that top, financially performing companies have the greatest number of women in leadership roles. Not surprisingly, women are getting into the driver’s seat, breaking boundaries and pushing the limits of success for companies across the globe. As such, the Philadelphia office of Citrin Cooperman, a Top-25 U.S. full-service CPA firm, is celebrating the achievement of local women executives at its inaugural "Driving Your Business: Women at the Wheel" leadership seminar on Thursday, January 21, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Union League of Philadelphia – 140 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA. The event will recognize Philadelphia female business leaders as they share their stories of success amidst an ever-changing global and local marketplace, in a panel presentation format.
 
Scheduled to speak about their experiences are:

Catherine M. Cahill, President and CEO, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
As President and CEO of the Mann, Cahill has overseen the expansion and continued growth of the 14,000-seat performing arts and musical venue situated in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. Prior to this role, Cahill served as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Cahill is also a Visiting Professor in Orchestral Studies at the Manhattan School of Music and a frequent panelist with such agencies as the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

JoAnne Epps, Dean of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law
Epps has served as Dean of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law since 2008, and has spent more than 30 years teaching law at the University. Epps previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia and Deputy City Attorney in Los Angeles. Epps was awarded the 2014 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award by the Philadelphia Bar Association and is a three-time honoree by Lawyers of Color Magazine as one of the 100 most influential black lawyers in the country.
 
Julie Coker Graham, President and CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Coker Graham was recently appointed President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB). Prior to being named to this position, she served as the Executive Vice President and managed a staff of 25 sales and services professionals at the PHLCVB responsible for selling the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center and Philadelphia’s hotel package to customers across the country. Coker Graham has been named chair of Mayor Jim Kenney’s transition team for Democratic National Convention Preparation. In addition, she serves on the board of Center City District and has been appointed to the 2016 board of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia.

Suzanne S. Mayes, Chair, Public & Project Finance Practice Group, Cozen O’Connor
Mayes focuses her practice on municipal and project finance, particularly in the areas of economic development, transportation, public works, education, senior living and housing.  She is chair of the Public and Project Finance Practice Group and is serving her second term on the firm’s board of directors. Mayes is also a founding member of the board of directors of Ladies First, a member of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, and serves as president of the Forum of Executive Women.

The event will be moderated by Citrin Cooperman partners Mary Brislin, CPA, and Colleen S. Vallen, CPA, CFF.

Attendance to Driving Your Business: Women at the Wheel is free. Visit here to RSVP.

Citrin Cooperman is among the largest, nationally recognized full-service CPA firms in the United States – currently ranked in the top 25. With locations in Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; White Plains, NY; Livingston, NJ; Norwalk, CT; Plainview, NY; and Bethesda, MD, Citrin Cooperman has steadily built its business serving a diverse and loyal clientele since 1979. Our daily mission is to help our clients “focus on what counts.” We enhance the business and personal lives of our clients through our customized approach which includes offering a wide range of attest, assurance, tax, and business advisory services, including valuation and forensic services, across the globe. Citrin Cooperman has deep experience in a variety of industries, including entertainment, financial services, franchising, health care, private equity, real estate, and technology. Citrin Cooperman is an independent firm associated with Moore Stephens International Limited.