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By Tayiika M. Dennis, CPA
August is the time for summer vacations, back to school shopping and the calm before the September 15th storm. It is also the time to celebrate our newly licensed CPAs. So I could not help but reflect back to when I received notification of passing the test.
I sat for the CPA exam in May 2000. Since the world had survived Y2K, (those who are old enough know what I am talking about), I decided to dedicate my life to studying for the CPA exam. I was working full time as a financial analyst at Universal Studios and my schedule looked something like this: wake up, study, drive to work listening to exam questions on a (gulp) cassette tape, work, study at my desk during lunch, work some more, drive to my review course listening to exam questions on the same cassette tape (had to rewind the tape), attend said review course, go home to study more and fall asleep dreaming about exam questions. Did I mention study??? My goal was to take the test once, so I immersed myself into preparation mode.
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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.
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 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.
We would like to thank the following for their generous contributions to our scholarship fund! Our chapter recently awarded $25,000 to area students. 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
New-Licensee Celebration: Rock the Night Away
As a newly licensed CPA, you represent the brightest talent and the future of the profession. We’d like to toast your hard-earned efforts by inviting you to celebrate with other recently licensed CPAs and network with various CPA leaders. Join us on the rooftop of The GRAMMY Museum at LA Live and enjoy appetizers and drinks, then take a private tour of the Grammy museum where you can let out your inner rock star at the musical instrument exhibit or listen to various genres of music at the Crossroads table.
CPAs licensed within the last 18 months can attend at no cost! You can also bring a guest to help celebrate. CalCPA members are encouraged to participate and celebrate with the new generation of CPA professionals.
Date: Thursday, Aug. 20
Time: 6-8 p.m./appetizers and hosted bar; 8-9 p.m./tour of Grammy Museum
Location: The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live
Cost: Free/new licensees; $49/new-licensee guest; $49/members; $99/nonmembers (no walk-ins)
Register by Aug. 10
Note: Only CPAs licensed in the past 18 months (roughly) are eligible to register for free. Questions? Contact Melissa Cczepaniewski via email or call (818) 546-3505.
Comedy Club Night
Join us at The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, which is home for many famous comedians, including Jay Leno, Jeff Dye and Gabriel Iglesias. Net proceeds go to the Los Angeles Chapter Scholarship Fund.
Date: Oct. 29
Time: 6:30 p.m./doors open (dinner available until 8 p.m.); 8-9:30 p.m./show (to ensure a seat, please arrive by 7:30 p.m.)
Location: Hermosa Beach Comedy and Magic Club
Cost: $25/members; $35/nonmembers (Tickets will be mailed in advance. There will be no at the door registration)
For event information, please 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.
Friday, Sept. 11
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
Time: 6 p.m./pre-show 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)
Learn more and register.
Community Corporation of Santa Monica is a nonprofit organization committed to developing and managing affordable housing in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. A key mission of the organization is to provide housing to lower wage working families. The organization is seeking one volunteer for each of the financial literacy workshops listed. There is a need for volunteers who are bilingual in Spanish. All workshops are held in Santa Monica. Interested volunteers should contact David Lo. Please indicate the date in which you are volunteering.
What kind of leader are you? To find out, we have just the opportunity: CalCPA Leadership Institute.
Discuss, analyze, reflect and build your leadership skills through this five-day program, during which you’ll learn leadership fundamentals and identify personal leadership styles, as well as gain insight on strategic planning, goal setting and client management, among other topics.
The program will be held Nov. 16-17 (San Diego), Dec. 8-9 (San Jose) and Jan. 19 (Sacramento).
Interested? Grab more information and an application online.
Applications are due Aug. 28.
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