Beth Kieffer Leonard, CPA, CGMA
Beth is the managing partner of Lurie, LLP. In her role, she is focused on the firm’s strategy, including the growth of the firm and development of people. She has led the firm for the past decade and expanded both the service offerings and geography of Lurie. The firm has over 78 years of supporting entrepreneurs from start up to succession and Beth has continued this tradition through her leadership. In addition to her role in managing the firm, she has expertise in assurance services, mergers and acquisitions as well as all areas of taxation. Beth works with closely-held businesses and their owners to achieve their business and personal goals.
Active in several civic organizations, Beth’s leadership role has won recognition from numerous national and regional associations, including “Women in Business Champion” from the Small Business Administration—Minnesota, the Advocacy Award from the Women’s Business Development Center in Chicago, and Innovation in Finance Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Beth was honored as a “(Real) Power 50” by Minnesota Business and was a Top Women in Finance honoree by Finance & Commerce. She is also a recipient of the “2017 Most Powerful Women in Accounting” award by CPA Practice Advisor and was inducted into the NAWBO Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame in 2018.
Her current leadership positions include serving on the Board of Overseers and Executive Committee for the University of Minnesota—Carlson School of Management and on the Board of Trustees for the University of Minnesota Foundation. In addition, Beth serves on the US Bank Board of Advisors for the Twin Cities Market and is on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Business Development Center.
Beth received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Minnesota—Carlson School of Management. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants.