The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (formerly the American Society of Women Accountants) was formed in 1938 to increase the opportunities for women in all fields of accounting and finance. The first chapter was chartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Members of the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance and their companies benefit from practical resources and benefit programs that strengthen their professional growth.

Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance members tap into an extensive knowledge base of accounting and finance professionals with technical expertise to provide solutions for the most complex issues. Our members communicate both virtually and in-person through online discussion forums, national and regional conferences and chapter meetings. The majority of our members have attained professional certifications such as CPA, CMA, CIA, and CFP.

The mission of the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance is to enable professionals in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession.


Visit the AFWA National Website for more information on national events, membership, news, financial literacy, scholarships, and our national honorary trustees. AFWA has created a group of awards given to members for their achievements. The awards are presented at both the local and national level.

The Excellence in Accounting and Finance Awards categories include:

  • Industry Professional - an AFWA member working in an industry or corporate environment who demonstrates the values of AFWA in her career; nomination required.
  • Emerging Leader - an AFWA member, age 35 or under, who demonstrate early achievement and shows great potential in her professional career; nomination required.
    • Public Practice Professional - an AFWA member working in accounting or finance public practice who demonstrates the values of AFWA in her career; nomination required.
  • Small Business - an AFWA member working as a sole proprietor or small business owner who demonstrates the values of AFWA in her business; nomination required.
  • Woman of the Year - an AFWA member of extraordinary achievement at integrating work and life, overcoming obstacles, or supporting other women in the field; different criteria applies, see application.

Nominations are required for all award categories and winners will be selected by a committee. Visit to view the criteria and the forms for submission. The deadline to submit nominations for the local level is May 1 for the local awards. Contact the Billings Chapter ( for more information. Local winners will be submitted to the national committee.

Winners on the national level will be announced during the annual National Conference in October.