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Influential Women in Accounting: PATTY O’CONNELL

Patty O’Connell assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer for HCVT in 2017 and has been “drinking from the firehose” since day one. She leads many of the firm’s strategic and operational initiatives including the firm’s implementation of an enterprise-wide practice management solution, process improvement, and process re-engineering and is an active leader of the firm’s women’s initiative.

O’Connell transitioned from tax advisor to an operational leader in a seamless manner. One might think that the skills of the COO differ from that of a tax accountant. She has found that to be quite the opposite. In serving as a tax advisor, she was challenged to understand complex issues, provide solutions that would achieve the clients’ goals. As a tax advisor, she worked collaboratively with her clients and her team often managing differing views. In leading the re-engineering of the firm’s processes, she identified root causes of process inefficiencies and is bringing new ideas to the partner team.

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