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By Tayiika M. Dennis, CPA
Ahhh Valentine’s Day. You either love it, hate it or pretend that it does not exist. I am with those who love it, as candy and flowers are two of my favorite things. Those that hate it see the commercialism and the forced pressure to make it special, spend money and gulp down food as the waiter glares at you for being at the table more than an hour and a half. Hello? There are 20 more reservations after yours, so chow down! I even have a friend that refers to it as S.A.D. or Single Awareness Day (how sad, right?), as she is still waiting for her Prince Charming, all while rejecting every advance that comes her way. And yet other people will see it as just another Sunday, or more importantly the Sunday after the Super Bowl, so they now don’t know what to do with themselves.
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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.
Please email program associate Melissa Czepaniewski or call (818) 546-3505 for any questions.
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.
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.
Our 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 toward your accounting future!
Applicants must be a CalCPA member. Student membership is free. Join online.
Scholarship applications must be completed by Monday, Feb. 29.
And thanks to recent scholarship donors:
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
Robert Seltzer, CPA
Patricia Batchelor, CPA
The chapter is offering a mentorship program for Los Angeles area university students to:
We’re looking for mentors, as well. If you have some insight to share and would like to help, let us know!
For questions and information, please email program associate Jackie Quinn-Piper or call (818) 546-3509.
Our thoughts and condolences are with the family of CalCPA member, Gerald T. Greenberg. Gerald was a CPA for over fifty years. Services were held at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries.
Our thoughts and condolences are with the family of CalCPA member, Fletcher Glenn. Service information to be provided.
CalCPA is looking for women who have made significant contributions to the accounting profession, or who demonstrate characteristics that enable them to become leaders in the profession. Our Women to Watch awards will be given in two categories: Experienced Leaders and Emerging Leaders. Winners will be selected by members of the Women’s Leadership Forum Planning Committee and announced at our Women’s Leadership Forum Friday, April 29.
Nomination information and applications are available online. Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 19.
The nomination period for CalCPA’s annual service awards is open through March 31. Nominate an outstanding member or firm for the:
Congratulations to the 22 newest graduates of the CalCPA Leadership Institute! The 2015-16 grads were recently honored at the January CalCPA Council meeting.
“The group was diverse (different levels, ages, backgrounds, geographic locations, etc.), which leant to interesting insights and focused discussion, said graduate Jenea Smith, CPA, an audit director with Shea Labagh Dobberstein in San Francisco and a board member of the CalCPA East Bay Chapter.
“There was never a dull moment with the instructor, Bill Reed, who was both entertaining and knowledgeable. The program is five days, split over a three-month period, which gave us time to read and digest the high-quality material that he authored. Since the training, I am now better able to resolve difficult situations, more effectively motivate others, and remain flexible in the face of oncoming obstacles.”
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