Massachusetts Society of CPAs Selects Linda M. Smith as a Women to Watch Award Winner for 2016

Smith, Sullivan & Brown, P.C., Westborough, MA is proud to announce that Linda M. Smith, Managing Partner, has been selected as a 2016 Massachusetts Society of CPAs “Women to Watch” Award Winner. The Women to Watch Award goes to an MSCPA member who has made an outstanding contribution to the accounting profession, their community, place of employment and/or to the development of women as leaders. Linda was selected as a winner in the “Experienced Leader” category. MSCPA Award winners will be honored at the 2016 Women’s Leadership Summit on November 2 at the Westin Waterfront in Boston. New CPA’s are over 50% women, but very few become partners – around 20% of partners are women. The firm that Linda launched in 1993, now employs 16 women–three of whom are partners. Smith, Sullivan and Brown, P.C. may just be the largest woman-only firm in Massachusetts. Employing only females was not Linda’s plan – it just happened that way. Early in her career, she worked for an impressive number of non-profits. Some of her first clients were domestic violence shelters that did not encourage men on the premises. When it was time to hire additional accountants, they were female based on her client list at the time. According to business partner Maureen Sullivan, “Linda has instituted a “Mom” friendly work environment that characterizes our firm. She stresses that it is critical that work is completed on time, so she involves her accountants in planning each engagement. She respects that working mothers are extremely good at multi-tasking and organization. Her appreciation for working mothers has affected me personally. When my three children were younger, Linda made it possible for me to work part-time and as they grew, I was able to move into a full-time position. The opportunities that Linda provided enabled Sandy Brown, another partner, and myself to have enriching careers and still maintain happy family lives. Her leadership and creativity led to workload adjustment scheduling based on availability.” The way Linda’s staff support and encourage each other is probably why Smith, Sullivan and Brown, P.C. continues to grow over 20 years later. An advocate of working mothers, Smith, Sullivan and Brown, P.C. offers employees’ flex-time, part-time, or full-time, and flexible summer work hours. SS&B demands no required overtime, which is unheard of for a CPA firm. Especially around tax season! Linda does not require her staff to sit on boards or acquire new business as a means of advancement. She is successful because she has created a working environment that is cooperative and productive. Women starting their own business want to use Smith, Sullivan and Brown because of Linda’s extraordinary professionalism, patience and expertise. Due to Linda’s leadership, motivation