Babson Lecturer Shay Blanchette Proulx Among 2014 MSCPA Women To Watch Award Winners
Babson Lecturer Shay Blanchette Proulx ’90 MBA ’13 is among the six recipients of the 2014 Women to Watch Award of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs in partnership with the American Institute of CPAs and the AICPA’s Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee.
The Women to Watch Awards were created by the AICPA to recognize outstanding women in the accounting profession and are given in two categories: Established Leaders and Emerging Leaders.
Criteria for nominations included:
- Mentoring of other professionals;
- Leadership or involvement in workplace initiatives and improvements;
- Overall contributions to the profession and workplace;
- Public or community service; and/or
- Involvement with their alma mater or other colleges and universities.
“An entrepreneurial leader, Shay developed and executes a multi-pronged approach with custom features to further the profession in a remarkably short time by leading efforts to fill the CPA pipeline with the best candidates for the future of the profession, from high school students to college graduates.” – nomination from Babson Associate Professor Brigitte W. Muehlmann, CPA, Ph.D.
This year’s recipients were honored at the conclusion of the 2014 Women’s Leadership Summit on October 23, 2014 at the Westin Waltham.
Lecturer Blanchette Proulx taught as an adjunct in 2006 and 2007 and joined the Babson faculty full time in 2011. She teaches financial and intermediate accounting in the undergraduate program. She is the accounting faculty liaison to the Babson Center for Career Development. In this role, she works closely with faculty, students and companies that recruit for accounting positions at Babson. She is very involved with student career counseling and mentoring. She received the College Faculty Advisor of the Year award for her role with the Babson Accounting Club in 2014. In addition, she worked closely with the MSCPA to host and moderate the “Is Accounting For Me? From College to Career” event for local high school students at Babson. She received the Babson College Distinguished Service Alumni Leadership Award in 2003.
Prior to joining Babson, she was an assurance partner with the Boston PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Company Services Practice. She has over 20 years of experience in public accounting, serving a wide range of companies in the retail, manufacturing and professional services industries.
She is a volunteer in the Foxborough public schools and has recently joined the MSCPA’s Academic and Career Development Committee. She is a member of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
She graduated summa cum laude from Babson College receiving a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a master’s in business administration.