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Jody L. Padar, CPA, MST

Jody Padar, CPA, has emerged as a “feeling leader.” That is, a leader driven by a passion to foster real change in the accounting profession. Ms. Padar represents the next generation of accounting professionals and is in the vanguard of the new movement of “digital CPAs.” She has joined with other future-thinking leaders and vendors to spread the word and educate the profession on its natural evolution into the digital age. Embracing the Cloud, social media, and other highly advanced technologies and practices, Ms. Padar is out to alter the way CPAs think about firm culture and serving their clients via speaking engagements, podcasts, published articles, and screaming it from the rooftop. A true change agent, she continues to initiate conversations and encourage open collaboration between the profession and vendors in order to support the movement toward a newer, better, and more innovative CPA firm culture. Ms. Padar continues to research and speak out on best practices and solutions that will move the accounting profession forward. She is also committed to creating a new mindset within today’s firms — one focused on technology and innovative practice. Ms. Padar is an expert in several areas, including SaaS technologies, best practices, and end-to-end paperless workflow, succession from a small firm perspective, best practices for paperless tax workflow, small business consulting, and social media. She has been recognized on Accounting Today’s 100 Most Influential to the Accounting Profession list (September 2012 and October 2011), received the Woman to Watch Emerging Leader Award from the Illinois CPA Society (November 2011), received the 40 Under 40 Award from CPA Practice Advisor (2009 and 2010), and named to the 10 Women Worth Watching list by Accounting Today (November 2010.)

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