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 the development of its people. She has led the firm since 2007 and has expanded both the service offerings and geography of Lurie. The firm has 80+ 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.
Her current leadership positions include serving on the AICPA Board; Board of Advisors 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, Moore North America Board of Directors, and is on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Business Development Center.
Active in several civic organizations, Beth has earned 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.
Beth has strengthened the Twin Cities business community for female CEOs and leaders by playing a pivotal role in bringing two national professional associations to Minnesota. She co-founded and expanded the Women’s Business Development Center – Minnesota (WBDC-MN) and played a significant role in launching six Minneapolis chapters of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO).
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.