| Share

Los Angeles Chapter

A blog for and by a community of professionals

President's Message

CPAs Connect at the Capitol

December 1, 2014

By Jillian N. Phan, CPA

I can still remember my first time at CPA Day at the Capitol a few years back. I knew very little about this planned public occasion that took place annually in Sacramento. Honestly, the only reason why I was at CPA Day was because I was attending the Leadership Institute sponsored by CalCPA. As part of the program, all the participants were registered to attend the function. To my surprise, the event was very well attended. There were more than 300 CPAs roaming around in Sacramento that windy, rainy January morning. The weather couldn’t even stop us.

Each attendee was assigned into groups of four to five CPAs with various appointment times to meet with elected representatives. I was worried about what to say and do. But, CalCPA’s government relations team provided attendees with everything, including speaking points and materials. We even received and wore an “I Love CPAs” button, which I still have. How can anyone miss us now?

Read the rest of this entry »

YEP Corner

August 28, 2014

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.


October 1, 2014


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.

Save the Dates

Dec. 18: Grow Your Practice Through Targeted Networking and Personal Branding (Location TBA)
Feb. 19: Networking mixer (South Bay)
March 19: Rethinking Networking (Location TBA)
April 23: Networking mixer (California Pizza Kitchen; Downtown LA)

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

LA Taxation Committee: Annual IRS Liaison Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 11
Time: 8:30–9 a.m./registration, networking and breakfast; 9 a.m.–2 p.m./program and lunch
Location: Olympic Collection, Los Angeles
Cost: $65/members; $75/nonmembers (add $10 at the door).
CPE: 4 hours

Register or learn more.

Scholarships for Accounting Students

CalCPA awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to California college and university students interested in CPA careers. Scholarships awarded will begin at a minimum of $2,000. Apply now to make that next step towards your accounting future!

The chapter is accepting scholarship applications from CalCPA members.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 28.

Chapter Sponsorship Opportunities

This year, our chapter held 11 networking events, which included partnerships with nine professional organizations for a total attendance of more than 1,200 participants.

As a sponsor, you will have the unique opportunity to promote yourself and your company to reach 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.

Read the rest of this entry »

CalCPA News

Dec. 11 Startup Business Conference

A startup begins with a great idea, but seasoned entrepreneurs and CPAs know that after the great idea comes the challenges of building a successful business. From patent issues to payroll taxes, business owners and the accounting professionals who advise them need to know more than just how to positively impact the bottom line. Funding options, employment issues and selecting the right business advisers are only a few of the hot topics that will be covered at the 2014 Startup Business Conference. Designed to meet the needs of both business owners and the professionals who partner with them, you won’t want to miss learning the secrets in the world of startups.

CPE: 8 hours

Register today.

Jan. 21: CPA Day at the Capitol

CPA Day at the Capitol is one of the most important events for CalCPA members to attend. During each legislative session, bills are introduced that impact you, your clients or your employer. As the business climate continues to change and new legislators take office, we need to build bipartisan relationships with those who share our commitment to the CPA profession. Take a proactive approach to increasing your voice in the political arena and help policymakers understand the issues facing California CPAs.

Register Today.

Upcoming Conferences: The Gifts That Keep on Giving

Unwrap knowledge that will help carry you through 2014 and into 2015 at our Education Foundation December conferences, including our inaugural Startup Business Conference:

  • Dec. 8: Wine Industry (live or webcast)
  • Dec. 9: Wine Industry Fundamentals (live and webcast)
  • Dec. 12: International Tax (live and webcast)

Find more information and register today online.

Save the Date

Board of Directors Meeting
Join us as we plan and discuss issues related to our chapter and CalCPA.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Time: 8–10 a.m.
Location: Skirball Cultural Center Museum
Info: Contact CalCPA Program Associate
Sandy Benitez

Free Student and Educator Membership

Join today and gain access to CalCPA's full range of professional tools and resources.

Items of Interest

MSA Field Study Experience

Facebook Photo Galleries

Chapter Mentoring

Chapter News and Information

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 online or contact program director Jennifer Kowal.

Monthly Archives

Local Interest Groups

From technical committees to discussion groups, the Los Angeles Chapter offers a variety of opportunities to exchange information and connect with your peers. Lists committees or other information within the chapter.


Subscribe to Los Angeles Chapter Bulletin by Email

Subscribe in a reader

What's a reader?
Watch the video tutorial on CalCPA's website. (CalCPA members only)

Contact Us

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

Program Associate:
Sandy Benitez
(818) 546-3505
Cell: (818) 235-7765

Program Associate:
Emily Ku
(818) 546-3502
Cell: (818) 235-8577

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

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

Chapter Leadership