Elaine Harwood Recognized among the Top 50 Women Leaders of Los Angeles for 2023

Women We Admire names Elaine Harwood, a senior vice president at Cornerstone Research and the head of the firm’s accounting practice, to its annual list of Women Leaders in Los Angeles.

Los AngelesWomen We Admire has named Elaine M. Harwood to its list of Top 50 Women Leaders in Los Angeles for 2023. Published annually, the list honors exceptional women who are “building legacies and changing the trajectory of the city’s major industries. They are promoters of continuous improvement and growth, empowering future leaders to realize their full potential.”

Dr. Harwood was recognized for her expertise and leadership in the fields of financial accounting, financial reporting, and auditing. As the head of Cornerstone Research’s accounting practice, she consults with clients and works with experts on securities litigation, complex enforcement matters brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), and corporate investigations.

I feel privileged to work at Cornerstone Research, which has a strong tradition of women in leadership and a deeply collaborative culture. I have always felt empowered to succeed here, and I strive to mentor and encourage my colleagues to reach their full potential.

—Elaine Harwood

“Elaine is a driving force in the success and growth of our firm’s accounting practice,” said Yesim Richardson, president of Cornerstone Research. “With a wealth of expertise and experience in accounting and auditing issues, she delivers innovative solutions to the complex issues our clients face. Elaine is both an outstanding leader and a dedicated mentor to her colleagues, committed to helping the next generation to learn and grow. We congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition.”

Dr. Harwood has served for more than twenty years as a consultant and expert on a wide range of liability and damages issues. She has also consulted on prominent securities class actions. Her experience includes analysis of loss causation and damages in disclosure cases for clients in numerous industries.

In addition to coauthoring various articles and publications, Dr. Harwood speaks to legal and trade audiences on trends and new developments in litigation and regulatory enforcement, financial accounting and reporting, and auditing.

“It is an honor to be included in this group of remarkable Los Angeles women,” said Dr. Harwood. “I feel privileged to work at Cornerstone Research, which has a strong tradition of women in leadership and a deeply collaborative culture. I have always felt empowered to succeed here, and I strive to mentor and encourage my colleagues to reach their full potential.”

Elaine is both an outstanding leader and a dedicated mentor to her colleagues, committed to helping the next generation to learn and grow.

—Yesim Richardson

Before joining Cornerstone Research, Dr. Harwood was a professor at Boston College. She is a certified public accountant (CPA) and is certified in financial forensics (CFF) by the AICPA. She holds a Ph.D. in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from the University of Southern California.

Women We Admire recognizes “the achievements of exceptional women while inspiring others to aim high and continue their journey towards reaching their full potential.”