The Illinois CPA Society honored Debra R. Hopkins, CPA, CIA, with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for her commitment to the organization, as well as her contributions and achievements as an accounting professional, educator and leader.
Hopkins has dedicated much of her career to fostering students who aspire to the accounting profession. She taught at Northern Illinois University for 27 years and served as director of the university’s CPA review for 21 years.
Her international teaching experience spans four continents as she presented seminars on International Financial Reporting and Auditing standards. Her exuberant teaching style has helped thousands pass the CPA exam and helped give NIU several top 10 national pass rate rankings on the uniform CPA exam. In addition to teaching CPA candidates, she conducts yearly audit and accounting updates for several state CPA societies and 20-plus CPA firms throughout the nation.
In 2004 she wrote “CPA Connection,” a supplement to accompany “Intermediate Accounting,” 11th edition. She also wrote “Impact Audios: Auditing, Financial Accounting, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act” in 2006 and “You Can Pass the CPA Exam,” 4th edition, which will be released later this year.
Since retiring from NIU last year, Hopkins has continued her commitment to the CPA profession as president of Hopkins CPA Knowledge and adjunct faculty member at North Central College and the University of Illinois-Chicago. She is a frequently-requested speaker and professional consultant.
Throughout her career, Hopkins has demonstrated leadership and commitment to service. She served as president of the American Professional Accounting Certification Providers’ Association and serves as director and financial expert on the Audit Committee for the National Bank & Trust Company of Sycamore. She served on the College of DuPage Business Advisory Board, receiving the Outstanding Member award in 2007. She assumed many roles on the Illinois CPA Society Board of Directors, including officer, audit committee chair, senior vice-chair and board chair.
Her generosity and expertise have been recognized by NIU with the Presidential Commission “Amazing Woman” award in 2006 and the Presidential Excellence award in 2007. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Illinois CPA Society awarded Hopkins the “Women to Watch” award in 2005. The Illinois CPA Society also honored Hopkins with the Outstanding Accounting Educator award in 1997.