Heather Pownall

Heather Pownall, MBAHeather Pownall, MBA
Senior Manager, Portfolios and Product Management
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Heather Pownall is the senior manager of portfolios and product management for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in Durham, North Carolina. Heather leads the product management team, which supports development of education resources for the accounting profession, including AICPA’s more than 400,000 members. She is known for creativity and frequently provides leadership and facilitation for strategic planning sessions and change management initiatives. She also serves on AICPA’s innovation task force.

Prior to joining AICPA, Heather served as director of business operations for Southern Energy Management, a solar power company in Morrisville, North Carolina. Before Southern Energy Management, she was communications director for Sustainable North Carolina, a non-profit association of organizations promoting sustainable business practices, and worked as an account executive for a New York-based public relations firm in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Heather is passionate about women’s leadership development and promoting greater diversity in leadership across all professions. Heather has served as a board member for the Raleigh Business and Professional Network, an LGBT business association serving the Triangle region of North Carolina, and served as an ambassador for the Durham Chamber of Commerce. Heather also has served as a volunteer for the Reaching Out MBA Conference, an annual conference and talent recruiting expo that brings LGBT MBA students together with executives and recruiters from top companies.

Heather is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and Toastmasters International, and past member and volunteer for American Marketing Association and International Association of Business Communicators.

Heather received a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of South Florida and a Master’s in Business Administration from North Carolina State University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, travel abroad, yoga and running with her chocolate Labrador, Vinny.