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Kimberly Napp, 2024 Women in Business Honoree

Kimberly Napp, CPA, is a partner at Whittlesey, the largest Connecticut-based CPA firm.

Napp began her accounting journey in 2004, joining Whittlesey as an associate accountant and was named partner at age 37. She has devoted the majority of her career to servicing nonprofits and credit unions.

Napp is co-founder and co-leader of the Women of Whittlesey group. In 2024, she was named the first woman partner-in-charge of assurance, the firm’s largest department, where she directs the overall operations of the audit team.

Napp was named a 2019 40 under Forty honoree by the Hartford Business Journal. She also won the 2023 Women’s Distinguished Service award from the Connecticut Society of CPAs.

What have been your biggest professional accomplishments?

My most significant professional achievement was being named partner at Whittlesey, and more recently, becoming the first woman to be appointed partner-in-charge of assurance.

This milestone signifies my personal and professional growth, leadership ability, and underscores my commitment to breaking barriers and fostering inclusivity within the organization.

What’s the next big goal you want to accomplish professionally?

My next goal is to improve my department by implementing processes, procedures and additional technology to enhance efficiencies and deliver added value to our clients, as well as growing the department and providing career growth opportunities for my team.

What’s one of the biggest professional challenges you’ve overcome?

Having a career in public accounting, particularly during the demanding hours of busy season, presented a significant challenge, especially as a single mom prioritizing my son’s well-being.

Through careful planning and effective time management, although not always easy, I managed to ensure that both my work and home life received the attention they deserved.

How are you involved in the community?

I am actively involved in the New Haven Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Resource Council, champion the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society walk, a cause close to my heart due to my own battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and am on the board of ambassadors for The Bushnell. I also volunteer for my son’s PTO activities.

What legacy do you want to leave after your career is over?

As a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field, I would like my legacy to be that women deserve a seat at the table and there is room for everyone; perseverance, competence and love of the profession know no gender.

It’s about empowering my team to reach their potential and pursue their dreams.

Check out the rest of the 2024 Women in Business Honorees

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