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Raffa-Marcum to Kick-Off 2019 Mentoring Program for Women Entrepreneurs

Published 12-20-18

Submitted by Raffa-Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group

Kathy Raffa, office managing partner, Washington DC Region

 Marcum LLP announced today that on January 15 it will host a special kick-off event in its Washington, D.C., office for a mentoring program designed to support women entrepreneurs from around the world. Entering its second year, the Empowering Vital Leaders Initiative is a virtual mentoring partnership with Vital Voices (VV) that was successfully piloted by Kathy Raffa, office managing partner of Marcum’s offices in the nation’s capital.  

Following the recent merger of Raffa, P.C. into Marcum LLP, the national accounting and advisory firm will deploy the combined power of Raffa- Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group to support a second cohort of women entrepreneurs at the forefront of global change. The event will feature a presentation by Alyse Nelson, president and chief executive officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership.

In the initiative’s first year, a roster of Vital Voices network members collaborated throughout 2018 alongside a team of 23 Raffa executives to enhance a select cohort of the VV100 leaders’ knowledge and skills, to help them tackle their individual leadership and organizational challenges. The goal for 2019 is to refine the model and improve the approach by expanding the mentor network to include outside professionals who offer diverse skills and expertise, and then in 2020, to scale the program with mentors from across Marcum to support additional cohorts of VV entrepreneurs.

“This initiative provides a great opportunity to connect professional women across our firm with other leaders in our backyard and across the country who share a mutual passion to help women around the globe achieve their greatest potential.  The extraordinary women in the Vital Voices network are visionaries, risk-takers and pioneers –– creating progress in their communities and beyond,” Ms. Raffa said. “By mentoring and lending our diversified professional expertise pro bono, one year at a time, around a key challenge and priority, we can bolster these heroes’ capacity to achieve even greater systemic change.”

About Marcum LLP

Marcum LLP is one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms in the nation, with offices in major business markets throughout the U.S., as well as Grand Cayman, China, and Ireland. Headquartered in New York City, Marcum provides a full spectrum of traditional tax, accounting, and assurance services; advisory, valuation, and litigation support; managed accounting services; and an extensive portfolio of specialty and niche industry practices. The Firm serves both privately held and publicly traded companies, as well as nonprofit and social sector entities, high net worth individuals, private equity funds, and hedge funds, with a focus on middle-market companies and closely held family businesses.  Marcum is a member of the Marcum Group, an organization providing a comprehensive array of professional services. For more information, visit

About Vital Voices Global Partnership

Vital Voices Global Partnership invests in women leaders who improve the world. Guided by the belief that women are essential to progress in their communities, we have partnered with leaders from more than 140 countries who advance economic opportunity, increase political and public leadership, and end violence against women. Our programs in strategic planning, business, advocacy and communications build critical skills needed for creating transformational change.

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Julie Gross Gelfand, APR
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Raffa - Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group’s strength and competitive edge lies in the fact that we provide expertise and superior service across a variety of essential interrelated financial, technology and consulting competencies. By embracing our client's vision and leveraging all of our talents, passion and resources to empower our clients, Raffa - Marcum's Nonprofit & Social Sector Group is able to fulfill its corporate mission to serve as a catalyst for positive systemic change in the community. Looking for the perfect interim CFO to help your organization address compliance requirements? Would it help to have external staff manage and provide your HR services? Would solid audit preparation, timely and accurate financial statements or new Federal Form 990 support help put your Board at ease? Is your organization ready to upgrade its accounting software or optimize its network performance? As your go-to-partner for compliance and operational excellence, Raffa - Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group can help your organization manage all of your critical back office functions and free you up to remain focused on your mission. Services include: Accounting, Audit, Consulting, Employee Benefit Audits, Social Capital Advisory, and Tax.

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