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President's Message


May 1, 2015

By Tayiika M. Dennis, CPA

“Tri-fect-a: noun; A run of three wins or grand events.”

Most people think of a trifecta as an improbable, yet high-reward horse racing bet. While I do love to gamble, I can’t tell you any details—what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. What I can tell you is that May holds three grand events for me, representing a life—and career—trifecta.

The first event is the reason that you’re reading this blog: I’m honored to be chapter president for the 2015-16 year. Through participation in CalCPA leadership, I have grown as a professional and as a person. My firm, NSBN LLP, CPAs and Business Consultants, has encouraged me every step of the way, and the people there truly see the value in CalCPA membership.

For the next event in the trifecta, I’m proud to announce I have been admitted as a partner at NSBN as of May 1. My adventure into public accounting began 14 years ago, and now I’ve landed on both feet at this prestigious and professional firm.

And the icing on the cake, you might ask? May 27 will be my 40th birthday. A definite life trifecta!

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YEP Corner

May 1, 2015

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.


May 1, 2015

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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring an Emerging Executives event is a great way to connect with 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. 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 Emily Ku.

Chapter News


Sean Brock Foundation 5/10K Run/Walk

CalCPA is proud to be a co-host of this event, with proceeds split between the Sean Brock Foundation, which awards scholarships to the families of fallen or wounded service members, and our chapter, which awards scholarship to local college/university students studying accounting. Last year the chapter awarded $30,000 in scholarships. So, get your teams ready for some friendly competition and help raise scholarships funds.

Location: Dockweiler State Beach; 12501 Vista Del Mar; Playa Del Rey
Cost: 5K/$35; 10K/$40; kids run: $20.

Register online.

For event or sponsorship information, contact program associate Sandy Benitez.


Chapter Sponsorship Opportunities

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.

Sponsorship fees support the chapter’s scholarship fund, which awards scholarships to accounting students who demonstrate academic excellence and dedication to community service. Your sponsorship makes a critical difference by helping students receive great educations, and it helps us identify and nurture future leaders.

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Scholarship Award Winners

It was a tough decision to make given the high number of applicants, but we’d like to congratulate the following students who earned chapter scholarships:

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Networking Mixer: Meet Your 2015-16 Leadership

We want to help you start your networking opportunities. Meet some of your colleagues from firms across the Los Angeles area and join us for great conversation. Make quality business connections and mingle with top professionals. Start building sustainable and meaningful business relationships.

Thursday, June 11

Time: 6:30 p.m./registration; 7:30-8 p.m./speed networking.
Location: AT&T Center
Cost: $30/members; $40/nonmembers (add $5 at the door)

Register or learn more.


Networking Mixer: Live Life on the Beach!

Thursday, July 23

Time: 6:30–9 p.m.
Location: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Santa Monica
Cost: $30/members; $40/nonmembers (add $5 at the door)

Network with the top financial professionals in the industry. Meet some of your colleagues from firms across the Los Angeles area and join us for great conversation. Make quality business connections and start building sustainable and meaningful business relationships.

Learn more and register.


The B-52s and The Psychedelic Furs at the Hollywood Bowl

Friday, Sept. 11

Time: 6 p.m./preshow picnic; 8 p.m./show.
Location: Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood (hosted picnic is in the Camrose area, No. 15, south of the Odin Parking Lot).
Cost: $45/members; $60/nonmembers (this is a pre-paid event; no walk-ins will be accepted. Tickets available until sold out or noon Sept. 9, and will be sent out a week prior to event)

Dance the night away with the world’s greatest party band, The B-52s, and the romantic pop swagger of The Psychedelic Furs. It’s an end-of-the-season bash not to be missed, packed with your favorite hits, plus the Bowl’s spectacular fireworks! We’re hosting a picnic in the park, so there’s no need to rush with your busy day—we have it covered. We hope to see you there.

Learn more and register.


How You Can Help Californians Better Manage Their Finances

Register for the 2015 California Financial Literacy Summit—July 30

Are you a current financial literacy volunteer looking for additional training, resources and networking opportunities with other volunteers and financial literacy stakeholders? Are you considering volunteering your time to promote financial literacy in your community? Do you know of teachers or parents who are interested in bringing financial literacy resources into their schools?

On July 30, California CPAs, educators, nonprofits, community volunteers, legislators and financial professionals will come together with a common goal—to improve financial literacy. The 2015 California Financial Literacy Summit at the San Jose Marriott will provide free educational resources for teachers, volunteer training and opportunities to build connections within the California community to promote financial education and focus on how we can empower the next generation to better manage their finances through education.

The 2015 California Financial Literacy Summit offers a unique chance to connect with leaders in the financial literacy community as well as educators, nonprofit volunteers, community organizers and financial professionals.

Visit www.calcpa.org/flsummit for the latest information about the summit and to register for free. All meals and parking are included. Reception to follow at the conclusion of the event.
3 hours of CPE will be offered.

Our special thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support:

Grant Thornton
CalCPA Education Foundation
California Teachers Association
California Jump$tart Coalition

Mercury Insurance


CalCPA News


CPA-PAC Fundraiser With Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom

The CPA-PAC is hosting a fundraising breakfast June 26 featuring Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. The event will be held 7:15-9 a.m. at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco. Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco and a front-runner to be California’s next governor, will be discussing the state’s political climate and his plans for the future of our state.

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Chapter Mentoring

LA Estate Planning Committee

Loyola Master of Tax Law Program Scholarships for 2015-16

Looking for a program on how to structure business operations and transactions to achieve the best tax results? The Loyola Master of Tax Law program is offering full-tuition scholarships for all 2015-16 regularly admitted full-time students.

Find more information contact program director Jennifer Kowal.



Contact Us

Program Associate:
Melissa Czepaniewski
(818) 546-3505

Program Associate:
Jackie Quinn-Piper
(818) 546-3509
Cell: (818) 219-2538

Division Director:
Membership and Strategic Programming
Jill Gorman
(650) 522-3204

330 N. Brand Blvd.; Suite 710
Glendale CA 91203

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