Mary L. Bennett

Mary L. Bennett


Mary is a well-known expert on topics related to the sustainability of the accounting profession, including succession planning, practice management, leadership development, executive coaching, diversity and inclusiveness, and the progress of women as leaders in the profession. For the past 25 years she has been a practicing client services leader in the accounting profession. Mary has spent the majority of these years with a top 10 global firm at the partner level where she led practice areas, office locations and large engagements consulting with clients in risk management and organizational development. Mary was also the founder and partner in charge of the Crowe gender diversity initiative and a member of the inclusiveness board at Crowe. Mary is the founder of MLBennett Consulting LLC, a consulting firm serving professional service organizations in building sustainability.

Mary has won several awards for her work in making a difference: Women of the Year, ASWA; Presidential Citation Award, AWSCPA; Torchbearers Award, Indiana Commission of Women; and more. Mary has worked with hundreds of companies and thousands of leaders on diversity and inclusiveness, organizational development, advocacy & mentoring, career-life integration skill building, developmental coaching, executive development and much more.

Mary has been active on the executive boards of many charitable organizations and is a long time member and the immediate past chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee. Mary is also a frequent advisor to Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and its Women’s Leadership Council.

She is the author of two books published by CPA Canada: Career Navigation Tool Kit for Women in Accounting and Retaining and Developing Women Leaders: Tool Kit for Firms. Mary is a frequent international author and speaker on topics relative to sustainability, talent development and inclusiveness in the accounting profession.