International Association of Women Recognizes Jessica E. McClain, CPA, CISA, PMP, CGFM, as a 2018-2019 Influencer

Jessica E. McClain, Senior Manager at Williams, Adley & Company-DC, LLP, joins networking organization

​​​​Chicago, November 19, 2018 (Newswire) - 

The International Association of Women (IAW) recognizes Jessica E. McClain as a 2018-2019 Influencer. She is acknowledged as a leader in federal government financial management. The International Association of Women (IAW) is a global in-person and online networking platform with nearly one million members, 1000+ in person and virtual events, over 100 Local US based Chapters and International Chapters in several cities in China.

“I’m pleased to welcome Jessica into this exceptional group of professional women,” said IPDN President and IAW Spokesperson Star Jones. “Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.”

I have learned throughout my career that my success is measured by the growth and achievement of my team and that is what makes my career so rewarding.

Jessica McClain

Senior Manager at Williams, Adley & Company-DC, LLP

Jessica E. McClain has more than ten years of experience in the federal financial management arena. In 2015, she joined Williams, Adley & Company-DC, LLP, a public accounting firm headquartered in Washington, DC.

As a Senior Manager, Ms. McClain, who is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), oversees the firm’s Department of Defense portfolio, including capture and business development. “I am responsible for engagement profitability and client relationship management,” she said. “I am also the hiring manager for the firm's Assurance & Advisory Department.”

In her leadership role, Ms. McClain uses the industry expertise, insight and knowledge she has amassed during her career. “I use my project management skills to manage multiple audit engagements and my strong communication skills to deliver difficult issues to my clients, provide briefings and presentations, and to articulate a clear vision for my team,” she said. Ms. McClain added that in her management position, she often must think and act as a business owner. “My business acumen skills assist me in managing clients, managing business, managing relationships and managing people,” she noted. “Being in a leadership position in my profession will present me with many stressful situations that will require my strong emotional intelligence skills.”

A leader who is also a team player, Ms. McClain is quick to acknowledge the positive impact her team has had on her ability to achieve success. “I have learned throughout my career that my success is measured by the growth and achievement of my team and that is what makes my career so rewarding,” she said.

As she looks to the future, Ms. McClain’s hopes to make Partner at Williams, Adley & Company, and to inspire others in their professional pursuits. “My future goal is to make Partner at my firm, but more importantly, to encourage women and people of color to not only pursue a career in accounting but empower them to move up to the leadership ranks of the profession,” she said.

Ms. McClain is a proud member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee, whose mission is to promote and support the success of women for the broader purpose of sustaining the profession by creating an inclusive environment, increasing talent engagement and leadership opportunities for women.

A proud supporter of her alma mater Towson University, Ms. McClain is currently a mentor in the university’s College and Business and Economics (CBE) MentHER Program. Additionally, she has also participated in a Women in Leadership Panel for the CBE.

Education & Certifications: Master’s, The George Washington University, Accounting; Bachelor’s, Towson University (Magna Cum Laude), earned membership into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society; Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Project Management Professional, and Certified Government Financial Manager

Published Works: Stewart, Jessica and Harrison, Tatum, “Top 3 Advantages of Mentorship in the Workplace” Armed Forces Comptroller Journal, Volume 61, Number 4

About IAW
The International Association of Women (IAW) is a global in-person and online professional networking platform that provides nearly one million women the forum, professional development and services needed to thrive in an interconnected world. Through 100+ local chapters, International Chapters in several cities in China and 1000+ in person and virtual events, members cultivate valuable connections, develop professionally, and promote themselves and their businesses. Founded in Chicago in 2017, IAW is a division of Professional Diversity Network, Inc., an online network tailored to provide diverse professionals in the United States with access to employment opportunities.

Source: International Association of Professional Women


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Tags: assurance and advisory, DC, Department of Defense, federal audit, finance, financial management, mentoring, Washington, women leadership


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