"Women are as smart and as capable as men and it's about time we all recognize that."
Patricia A. Drolet is a senior advisor at Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell (CBM). She served previously as the firm’s board chair and as an executive committee member and chair of the professional services committee.
Earlier in her career, Pat was managing partner of Drolet and Associates, PLLC, which she founded in 1997, after 10 years as a partner in another Washington, D.C.-based firm. Pat has served as the President of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs and as an elected Council Representative to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, representing the District of Columbia.
Pat works with a wide range of clients doing business in the DC metropolitan area. Her clients include attorneys and law firms, individuals, not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, and trusts and estates. She provides a variety of services, including, but not limited to, tax preparation and advice, compilations, reviews, audits (including Single Audits and ERISA audits) and management advisory services.
Most recently, Pat received the Ruth Coles Harris Advancing Diversity & Inclusion Award from the Virginia Society of CPAs. She earned that award for, partly, spearheading the firm’s diversity & inclusion group, CBM D-PATH (Diversity – Professional Accountants and Advisors Transforming the Horizon).
“I believe it is incredibly important to have a mentoring program in place in our firm. Young professionals have many choices in where they decide to work. The smart employer/firm will provide guidance and a clear path towards professional development. It’s also a wonderful way to get to know someone and the relationship is actually both give and take. Everyone grows from it.”
“Generally speaking, today’s environment can be described in one word: difficult. Our fast-paced society allows very little time to stop and take a breath. Most of my clients are juggling work/life balance issues. Many also worry about taking care of present-day needs while trying to save for retirement.”