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Engagement and Change: The Dynamics of CalCPA

August 1, 2016

By Scott Donnelly

After reading CalCPA Chair Andy Mintzer’s July message I reflected on the word “engagement.” It has many meanings and is used in many contexts. Very few days go by without hearing the word in my office, whether it’s for a project being worked on, a letter confirming our services and fees or once in a while for celebration and a ring.

When someone joins an organization—whether it be a membership organization, charitable organization or employment—engagement and connection is a vital requirement. When one joins an organization there’s typically a bit of excitement or anticipation. What can I do? What is the organization going to do for me? Who am I going to meet? Will I like it? Will they like me?

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YEP Corner

July 27, 2016

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 Tracey Zink or call (818) 546-3554 for any questions.

Aug. 25: Los Angeles New-Licensee Celebration: Game On!
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 at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles and enjoy appetizers and drinks, then explore the largest and broadest known collection of iconic sports memorabilia and collectibles in the world. The 32,000-square-foot museum contains more than 10,000 prized pieces collected during a 25-year period by founder and CEO Gary Cypres and housed in 30 galleries.

CPAs licensed within the last 18 months can attend at no cost! You also can bring a guest for a nominal fee of $49 to help celebrate. CalCPA members are encouraged to participate and celebrate with the new generation of CPA professionals.

Note: Only CPAs licensed in the past 18 months (roughly) are eligible to register for free.
Questions? Contact Tracey Zink or call (818) 546-3554.

Learn more and register

July 28, 2016

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.

Aug 2: LA Emerging Executives Committee: Biz Dev Breakthrough

Sponsorship Opportunities

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.

Chapter News


Thank You to Our Scholarship Contributors

We would like to thank the following for their generous contributions to our scholarship fund! We recently awarded $20,000 to Los Angeles 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)
  • Christine Hermawan
  • Connie Chang-Scotti
  • Robert Seltzer
  • Patricia Batchelor
  • Miklos Ringbauer
  • Dina Britten

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.

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CalCPA News

CalCPA Leadership Institute

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 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. 3-4 (San Diego), Dec. 6-7 (San Jose) and Jan. 30-31 (Sacramento).

Interested? Grab more information and an application online.

Applications are due Aug. 29.

Register for the California Financial Literacy Roundtable–Los Angeles

This year, CalCPA Institute will host the California Financial Literacy Roundtable, a series of regional events throughout the state. The aim of this half day program is to build connections within the California financial literacy community, to promote financial education and will focus on the how we can empower all Californians to better manage their finances through education.

Our final roundtable for this year will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29 on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles.

Major subjects addressed:

  • The Student Loan Debt Crisis: A 360-Degree View
  • Getting Californians Retirement Ready
  • Success, Challenges and Progress in Financial Literacy Education in Public Schools

Admission is complimentary and includes 3 hours of CPE, all meals and parking.

Register here for the 2016 California Financial Literacy Roundtable—Los Angeles.
Sign up by Sept. 23 for a chance to be win a $50 gift card from Amazon.com.

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Save the Dates

Board of Directors Meeting
Join us as we plan and discuss issues related to our chapter and CalCPA. Date: Thursday, Sept. 8
Location: The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
Info: Contact Program Associate Melissa Czepaniewski for more information.

Free Student and Educator Membership

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


Items of Interest

 The College of Business Administration and the College of the Extended University are offering an accelerated master of science in accountancy, designed for working professionals who wish to advance their careers, either as a CPA or in another area of accounting.

Learn more and register.

2016 CFO of the Year Awards
Sept. 20

The Los Angeles Business Journal is proud to announce the 10th Annual CFO of the Year Awards. CalCPA is a sponsor of this event, which honors finance professionals in the Los Angeles region for their ongoing efforts as outstanding financial stewards. Given the economic times and ever-changing climate, CFOs serve as essential members of a company’s core leadership team. Together with their CEOs, their decisions affect all aspects of the business.
For more information, please contact the events team at (323) 549-5225.

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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:
Tracey Zink
(818) 546-3554

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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