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By Tayiika M. Dennis, CPA
I just got back from spending a weekend in Reno with my mother. I grew up in beautiful Lake Tahoe and Reno is the closest major airport. It is an hour flight for me and an hour drive for her, so it makes for a nice weekend getaway. We enjoyed gambling (i.e. losing money), laughing at fun Halloween costumes and eating way too much buffet food. But what we enjoyed the most was each other’s company.
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Connect with other CalCPA young and emerging professionals and join our chapter’s YEP Committee. All you need to do is update your member profile and you will receive notifications of upcoming YEP events.
Young and Emerging Professionals Committee: Networking Mixer with CFALA, NAIFA, YTL, LAAHU
Network with other young and emerging professionals from CFA Los Angeles; the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Los Angeles Chapter; the Los Angeles Young Tax Lawyers, a standing committee of the State Bar of California’s Taxation Section; and the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters. Enjoy a night on the town while expanding your network of colleagues and referral sources.
Please contact program associate Melissa Czepaniewski with any questions.
Date: Nov. 12
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: The Parlor; 7250 Melrose Ave.; Los Angeles
Cost: $15/CalCPA, CFALA, LAJCC, NAIFA, YTL, LAAHU members; $20/nonmembers (add $5 for same day and at door registration; fee includes appetizers and one drink ticket).
Register or learn more.
This committee is for public or private professionals with five-10 years of experience who are in manager, director, vice president or similar roles—or are looking to take their careers to the next level. Our committee offers events where you can learn, network and see what distinguishes an average leader from a great one. Share leadership stories, learn from others’ challenges and successes, and get a plan together that will help you advance your career.
Sponsoring an Emerging Executives event is a great way to connect with public or private professionals. As a sponsor, you will have a great opportunity to meet these professionals and promote yourself and your company. Do you have a conference room that seats at least 20-30? Inquire about in-kind sponsorship!
If you’d like to be a sponsor, contact program associate Jackie Quinn-Piper.
We’d like to thank the following for their generous contributions to our chapter’s scholarship fund! We recently awarded $25,000 to Los Angeles area students—and your support goes a long way in shaping the pathway to future CPA careers!
Justin Gugajew, CohnReznik
Scott Donnelly, PDM
Tayiika Dennis, NSBN LLP
Martin Sniewski, Crowe Horwath, LLP
Ani Galyan, MillarLaw
Joseph Broyles, The Law Offices of Joseph A. Broyles, Inc.
Richard Giedlin, Deloitte
Jillian Phan, Meloni Hribal Tratner LLP
Carrie Hidding, TeamCFO
Raven Davis, Kirsch Kohn & Bridge LLP
Neil Patel, Insignia Mortgage
This year the chapter held 11 networking events, which included partnerships with nine professional organizations for a total attendance of more than 1,200. As a sponsor, you will have the unique opportunity to promote yourself and your company to our chapter’s 11,000 members, plus hundreds of other financial professionals who attend our events. This is a great way to start your involvement with the CPA community.
The Attorney, Banker and CPA networking event is an opportunity to meet key decision-makers in the Southern California financial community. Join us for breakfast, great conversation and quality business connections. Net proceeds benefit the chapter’s Charles Gumbiner Lou Savett Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is awarded to an accounting student who demostrates academic excellence and a dedication to community service.
Be sure to bring at least 100 business cards!
Location: Skirball Cultural Center, Herscher Hall Guerin Pavilion
Cost:$35/members; $45/nonmembers (attorneys, bankers and other professionals). (add$10 after Nov. 13); Includes breakfast/parking
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Longtime and active CalCPA member Michael Fredlender, CPA recently passed away. We send his family and friends our condolences and support during this difficult time. Services were held at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks in Los Angeles Oct. 4.
It is with deep sadness that we inform you that long time member, Mel Kohn has recently passed away. Kohn was a partner at Kirsch Kohn & Bridge, LLP in Woodland Hills and a member (Executive status) since 1971 who was very much involved in CalCPA over the years: in the LA Chapter, Council and sat on state committees. Funeral services were held at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills on October 27th.
CalCPA’s LA Chapter awards more than $25,000 in scholarships to California college and university students interested in CPA careers every year! Apply now to make that next step towards your accounting future!
The Los Angeles Chapter is now accepting scholarship applications.
Applicants must be a CalCPA member. Student membership is free. Join online.
Scholarship applications must be completed by Monday, Feb. 29.
Want to use your talents at the statewide level? Your opportunity awaits—the application period will soon open to serve on our CalCPA committees for 2016-17. From estate planning to technology, and from personal financial planning to taxation, there’s a committee meeting your interests and expertise.
And if you serve on a state committee and would like to continue, reapplication is necessary.
Serving on state committees allows you to work with your peers on projects that increase members’ technical knowledge, enhance the profession’s image and draw the best and brightest into accounting—all while you build leadership skills and make valuable contacts.
Keep an eye out for details about the application process. Applications will be due Jan. 15 and appointments will be made in early 2016 for the May 1–April 30 committee term.
Registration is open for the next CPA Day at the Capitol—Jan. 19—in Sacramento.
CPA Day is CalCPA’s kickoff event of the legislative session, where members set the groundwork for CalCPA’s advocacy efforts for the upcoming session by discussing important issues facing the CPA profession and businesses.
This event allows CalCPA and its members to be at the forefront of several key issues, such as taxes on professional service proposals. The Legislature will reconvene in January, and CalCPA plans to once again maintain an active presence in the Capitol.
Want to hone your leadership skills and become a more effective leader in your workplace or the profession? Have ideas about CalCPA and the profession you want to share? Then step up at apply today for CalCPA/AICPA officer and Education Foundation trustee positions.
Applications for 2016-17 positions are available online:
The application deadline is Dec. 1.
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