Accountant from Watertown Honored by American Institute of CPAs

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Leanna M. Polidoro, CPA was one of 41 CPAs from across the U.S. honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the Leadership Academy’s 10th graduating class. Polidoro was selected based on her exceptional leadership skills and professional experience for the four-day Leadership Academy program, which will be held from October 7-11 in Durham, N.C.

Polidoro, a Watertown resident, is a manager at Matrix Financial, LLC in Wellesley, MA, where she provides tax planning, consulting and compliance services to high-net-worth individuals and closely held businesses. Her areas of expertise include partnership, S Corporation and individual taxation, with a subspecialty in both commercial and residential real estate.

Polidoro is an active member of the AICPA and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA). She sits on the Board of the Accounting Advisory Council at Western New England University. Additionally, she is a graduate of Western New England University with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and a Master of Science in Accountancy. She also is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Taxation at Bentley University.

The AICPA Leadership Academy was designed to strengthen and expand the leadership skills of promising young professionals while they network with a peer group of talented and motivated CPAs.

The Leadership Academy features career-development workshops and sessions with some of the accounting profession’s most prominent influencers, including Eric Hansen, CPA, CGMA, chair of the American Institute of CPAs, Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, American Institute of CPAs president and CEO, Association of Certified Professional Accountants CEO, and Mark Koziel, CPA, CGMA, Executive Vice President – Firm Services, Association of Certified Professional Accountants.

Participants were selected from public accounting firms of all sizes, business and industry and consulting firms.

The 2018 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes and a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally. They also wrote an essay on the topic “The future will bring significant changes to the accounting profession. What do leaders have to get right in order to successfully lead?”

To date, 310 CPAs have participated in the AICPA Leadership Academy, many of whom have gone on to take on leadership positions in their firms, businesses and volunteer organizations.

About the Massachusetts Society of CPAs

The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, Inc. is the state’s professional association of certified public accountants, representing over 11,000 members in public accounting practice, industry and business, government and education. The Society works to develop and maintain high professional standards and offers a wide array of legislative, technical and referral services to its members.

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