The National Association of Women Business Owners - Orange County has selected Debbie Dickson to receive its "Remarkable Women Lifetime Achievement Award."
The award will be presented at NAWBO's "20th Annual Remarkable Women Awards Event & Dinner" on May 20, 2016.
Congratulations, Debbie! Your team at Smith Dickson is very proud to be associated with you and we are so happy that you have been recognized by NAWBO, you more than deserve it!
The next issue of "Client Advisor" will include more details on this special event but in the meantime, below is NAWBO's announcement:
Accomplished and respected CEO, mentor, and generous volunteer to numerous professional and community organizations for decades, Debbie Dickson is well deserving of NAWBO-OC's Lifetime Achievement Award. Debbie is founder and president of Smith Dickson, an Irvine-based CPA firm specializing in litigation support services, accounting, taxation, and business consulting. She has earned a reputation as a formidable forensic accounting expert witness and is considered a dynamic leader in her field.
When she began her career as a CPA, Debbie was one of the few women in the profession. In the 1980s, after many years with Big 8 firms, she started Smith Dickson, an Accountancy Corporation. Taking care of her 12 employees is of the utmost importance to her, not only for the success of Smith Dickson but for the well-being of each employee's personal concerns. For example, she shares her business sense and leadership skills as a mentor to those just starting their careers. Through her efforts, dozens of accountants have earned CPA certifications. Debbie regularly volunteers for boards and as president of groups such as the Forensic Expert Witness Association, Orange County Management Association, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and Orange County Performing Arts Corporate Council. She also speaks before business organizations and women's groups, and for three years ran a program that counseled teenage girls to develop their abilities. She's a talented concert organist and pianist, donating her performances as a service to the arts.
Perhaps if you asked her about her greatest accomplishment, Debbie would say that being a wife and Mom to her six children is at the top of the list.