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President's Message

November 14, 2017

By Martin L. Sniewski









YEP Corner

November 14, 2017

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.

We now have a CalCPA YEP – LA Chapter LinkedIn page! Join in the conversation, post and chat with other young professionals and hear about upcoming events.

Please email program associate Tracey Zink or call (818) 546-3554 for any questions.

Chapter Accepting Scholarship Applications
The 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 towards your accounting future!

Not a CalCPA member? Student membership is free. Join online.

Scholarship applications due Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Student Members: CPA Day at the Capitol Is On Us!
It’s never too early to make a good first impression! For our student members, CPA Day at the Capitol offers an opportunity to speak with state legislators, mingle with CPA leaders and build valuable relationships while you advocate for the profession. CPA Day is CalCPA’s annual event to kick off its advocacy efforts for the upcoming legislative year and this year it will be held Jan. 17.

You’ll also learn about new law changes and discuss with legislators the effects they have upon firm clients. Each year many students from each chapter travel to Sacramento for CPA Day and leave full of energy and excitement, not only because they felt they were making a difference, but also because they were able to network with the best and brightest professionals in our state.

Apply now!
Please complete this form and by Thursday, Nov. 30

If you are selected to attend, the chapter will provide airfare, meals and an overnight stay in Sacramento.

Emerging Leaders Certificate Program
Unleash the Leader Within You: Register Today!

Full Day Regional Conference: (select one)

Chapter-Based Workshop: (select one of 14 chapters) Jan. 22

This two-day program will help you in your career as you develop your leadership capabilities and diversify your professional community. The program starts with a regional conference and is followed by a chapter-based workshop designed to evolve your soft skills into success skills. Geared toward young accounting and finance professionals with 10 or less years of career experience.

CPE: 16 hours 
Contact program associate Tracey Zink for more information.

Chapter News

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Chapter Board of Directors Wants You!

Submit Your Application for the 2018-19 Board of Directors

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” —Jack Welch

  • Do you want to help make the chapter even better? 
  • Do you have great ideas for networking events and continuing education? 
  • Are you at the point in your life where you want to give back?

As a member of CalCPA you know the value of being aligned with the country’s strongest Association for CPAs. Why not take your participation one step further and become one of our leaders?

Requirements include that you must have:

  • An active CPA license; 
  • An active membership in CalCPA, or a willingness to become a member; 
  • Prior involvement in chapter committees a plus, and/or active participation at chapter events; 
  • Volunteer involvement in other charitable organizations; and
  • Passion and excitement for the chapter!

Please complete the online submission form by Dec. 11.

If you have questions or would like to apply for an executive board position, please contact Melissa Czepaniewski.

Chapter Scholarships: Thank You

We would like to thank the following for their generous contributions to our LA Chapter Scholarship Fund! The LA Chapter recently awarded $25,000 to Los Angeles area students. Your support goes a long way in shaping the pathway to future CPA careers!

  • Dina Britten, CPA, CFP
  • Joseph Broyles, CPA, Esq.
    (The Law Offices of Joseph A. Broyles, Inc.)
  • Irving Codron
  • CohnReznick LLP
  • Crowley Legal Strategy
  • California United Bank
  • Scott Donnelly, CPA (PDM)
  • Ani Galyan, CPA, Esq. (MillarLaw)
  • Justin Gugajew, CPA (RGA LLP)
  • Carrie Hidding, CPA (TeamCFO)
  • Gumbiner Savett Inc.
  • Robert Wayne Hay, CPA (Perry Hay LLP)
  • Bill Liang, CPA (Merrill Lynch)
  • James Macklin, CPA
  • Manufacturers Bank
  • Matthew Martin, CPA (PDM LLP)
  • Jon Myers
  • Neil Patel, CPA (Insignia Mortgage)
  • Lewis Sharpstone, CPA (BDO)
  • Martin Sniewski, CPA (Crowe Horwath, LLP)
  • Thompson Coburn, LLP
  • Steven Valdes, CPA
  • Tayiika Dennis, CPA (NSBN LLP)


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

Lead On: CalCPA/AICPA Leadership Positions Open

The application period for the 2018-19 CalCPA Board and Council, AICPA Council and CalCPA Education Foundation trustee and officer positions is open.

California CPAs are the driving force behind one of the world’s largest economies—and CalCPA provides the opportunities to help you develop critical leadership skills, and a platform to showcase them, at the local and state level.

Isn’t it time you put your leadership skills to use for the betterment of the CPA profession? More information and application are available online.

Applications are due Dec. 4.

Behind the License

We know there’s more to your life than the tax forms, deadlines and rules and regulations that you spend time with at the office. And we want to tell your story—or the story of a member you may know.

Our monthly Final Entry feature in California CPA takes a look at the person behind the license. Over the years we’ve featured members who race carsplay in a banddevote time to nonprofit causeshave taken on physical endurance challengessurfDJ and make wine.

So, what’s your story?

If you’d like to participate or want to recommend a colleague, contact managing editor Damien English with details and we’ll set up a short interview.

CPA Day 2018

Diversity and Inclusion: California Dreamin’ or California Reality

By Soco Davenport

Much has been written about the benefits of a diverse workforce. For example, a survey of 300 senior executives of large corporations by Forbes Insight concluded that a “diverse and inclusive workforce is necessary to drive innovation, foster creativity and guide business strategies.” The report further states how a diverse workforce is “crucial for companies who want to attract and retain top talent.”

And accounting firms and other workplaces in California don’t need to look far to see that diversity. Consider these facts from the Census Bureau:

  • California has more whites, Latinos, Asians and American Indians than any other state.
  • The state’s estimated population of 39.2 million in 2016 was comprised of Latinos (38.9 percent); single-race whites (37.7 percent); Asians (14.8 percent); African American (6.5 percent); and American Indian (1.7 percent).
  • Los Angeles County led the nation in the number of Hispanic, Asian, American Indian and Alaska native owned businesses in 2012. The estimates for the same year indicated that 55 percent of businesses in the county were minority owned.

“Diversity is a business reality and necessary to be effective and competitive in this new global economy,” says Kathy Johnson, 2018-19 CalCPA chair. As CalCPA’s first African American chair, Johnson is embracing her unique position to “inspire young minorities to give them an opportunity to see themselves as a CPA and a leader in the largest state society of CPAs.”

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Items of Interest

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Program Associate:
Melissa Czepaniewski
(818) 546-3505


Program Associate:
Tracey Zink
(818) 546-3554


Program Associate:
Shelly Medina
(818) 658-3265


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

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