HOUSTON– The American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA) is pleased to announce Mary Kay Griffin as the recipient of their 2016 National Women in Accounting Public Service Award. This award recognizes an individual AWSCPA member who provides a significant contribution of time and talent to public services outside of the accounting profession to improve the quality of a community.

Griffin has practiced as a Certified Public Accountant for over 40 years. In 1986, she was a founding partner of the Utah CPA firm Foote, Passey, Griffin and Company, which was acquired by CBIZ, Inc. in 1999. Griffin serves as a managing director of CBIZ MHM, LLC and a shareholder at Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. Additionally, she is a national executive board member for CBIZ Women’s Advantage, a national initiative aimed at directing the development of women professionals. She has supported the CPA profession throughout her career, joining AWSCPA at the formation of the Utah affiliate in 1984 and later serving as affiliate president and on the steering committee for the 1996 AWSCPA Convention in Utah. Beyond AWSCPA, Griffin served as an AICPA council member from 1996 to 1998 and as president of the Utah Association of CPAs from 1997 to 1998.

In addition to her contributions to the CPA profession, Griffin has volunteered her time and talent to the community generously. Among other service roles, Griffin was:

• 2003-Present: Appointed by the Utah Supreme Court to serve as a public member of the Utah State Bar Commission. In this capacity, she is a member of two Utah State Bar Committees (Budget & Finance, and Finance Administrator Selection) and serves as board liaison to two Law Sections (Tax and Non-Profit/Charitable).
• 1998-Present: Appointed to University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business’ School of Accounting Advisory Board, serving as board chair from 2001-2004 and as a member of the National Advisory Board from 2003-2010, and also served on several other university committees.
• 2006-Present: A founding member of the United Way of Salt Lake Women’s Leadership Council that works to empower girls and young women to reach their potential through education, and serves on its Executive Committee.
• 2002-2005: Appointed to the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, serving as a champion for community prosperity.
• 1998-2008: Appointed by the mayor to serve on the Salt Lake City Department of Airports Advisory Board, and served on the Finance and Executive Director Search committees in this capacity.
• 1995-1998: Appointed by the governor to the State of Utah Bonding Commission.
• Board member for several non-profit organizations in the Salt Lake City area.

As an enthusiastic and dedicated member of several professional and community-based organizations, Griffin has been an instrumental leader in supporting the growth and success of businesses and organizations vital to the economic, professional, and social health of Salt Lake City and across the U.S. Through her professional accomplishments, board and community service, ongoing development of women in business, and steadfast commitment to her family, Griffin has left an indelible imprint on countless lives and the public accounting industry as a whole, and AWSCPA is proud to honor Griffin for her service.
AWSCPA, organized in 1933, is a national network connecting and supporting today’s women CPAs through career and personal transitions by innovative training, customized mentorship, and focused relationships. For its members, AWSCPA provides:

• Resources and support for professional and personal development
• Opportunities for leadership participation, networking, and mentoring
• Visibility and recognition for the organization and its members
• Leadership in addressing the concerns of women in the accounting profession

If you would like additional information about AWSCPA, visit the website at www.awscpa.org or contact the National Office at info@awscpa.org.