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President's Message

A Few Good CPAs

October 30, 2014

By Jillian N. Phan, CPA

We’re looking for a few good CPAs. Yes, we’re looking for you, if you’re a skillful CPA and have a few available hours to volunteer. If you’re interested in furthering your career, volunteering to be on chapter board would be a good start. How exactly can becoming part of this synergistic group help improve your professional goals? What follows are just a few of the benefits of volunteering.

Enhance Your Network
Creating professional relationships is important, and volunteering for CalCPA allows you to have a sense of belonging as well as provides you the opportunity to support and assist your professional peers in reaching your professional goals. Board and council meetings, along with other CalCPA sponsored events throughout the year, allow you to connect with your peers and other professionals. You can share ideas, ask for advice and use your peers as sounding boards. Your peers may not be practicing in the same area of accounting as you, so they also can be a great referral source. Often, you can make some terrific friends with similar interests.

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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.

LA Young and Emerging Professionals (YEP) Committee: Networking Mixer with CFALA, NAIFA, YTL
Date: Thursday, Nov. 13
Time: 6-9 p.m. (6:00 p.m. registration)
Location: Seasons 52, Century City
Cost: $10/members of CalCPA, NAIFA, CFALA, YTL; $20/nonmembers (add $5 at door)
Includes appetizers and one drink ticket.

Register or get more information.

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.

Networking Mixer in Santa Monica

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 18
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: TrueCar Inc.
Cost: $20/members, $30/nonmembers
Includes validated parking, taco bar, and drinks.
Thank you to our contributing sponsor Provisors and our in-kind sponsor TrueCar, Inc. for their continued and generous support of CalCPA!

Register or get more information.

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Chapter News

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.

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ABC Networking Breakfast: Skirball Cultural Center

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 19
Time: 7-9:30 a.m.
Location: Skirball Culturall Center
Cost: $35/members; $45/nonmembers (after Nov. 8 add $10)

In the words of Jillian Phan, our chapter president, “Networking at the event expands our community and creates meaningful opportunities for our members. The environment and intent is focused on building business relationships.” Jillian and past president Cory Stigile agree that the event is also a place to identify future leaders for the chapter while giving the younger CPAs a place to learn how to network.

For those new to the event, it’s CalCPA’s premier networking event for the Los Angeles financial community. It‘s a unique opportunity for attorneys, bankers and CPAs to nurture relationships and develop referral sources. Proceeds from this event benefit the chapter’s Charles Gumbiner Lou Savett Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is awarded to an accounting student who demonstrates academic excellence and a dedication to community service.

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Scholarships for Accounting Students

CalCPA awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to California college and university students interested in CPA careers.

The chapter is now accepting scholarship applications from CalCPA members.

The scholarship application must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 28.

Accounting Firms Fighting Hunger

In its inaugural year, the Los Angeles accounting community joined efforts in the fight against hunger in a Closing the Hunger GAAP campaign benefitting the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.  During the campaign, 15 accounting firms raised more than $103,000, collected more than 7600 pounds of food and accumulated more than 2200 volunteer hours.

Closing the Hunger GAAP invited the Los Angeles accounting community to partake in a friendly competition to see who could raise the most food and funds and donate the highest number of volunteer hours to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which provides food to over 1 million children, seniors and families experiencing hunger throughout Los Angeles County.  For every $1 contributed, the Food Bank provides 4 meals, and 97% of all contributions to the Food Bank go directly toward program services.

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CalCPA News

2015 CalCPA Campus Ambassador Program

Help spread the word about CalCPA and the CPA profession—applications are being accepted for the CalCPA Campus Ambassador Program. Campus Ambassadors are students passionate about pursuing a career in accounting and becoming CPAs and will spend approximately 20 hours of work per semester focused on:

  • Building awareness of FREE CalCPA student membership and benefits to students and educators;
  • Increasing visibility of CalCPA on campus; and
  • Strengthening ties between local CalCPA chapters and colleges/universities.

Campus Ambassadors will receive a stipend of $750 each semester and free admittance to CalCPA chapter events.

Eligibility requirements and application are available online.

Become a CalCPA Officer, Education Foundation Trustee

California CPAs are the driving force behind one of the world’s largest economies. Isn’t it time you put your leadership skills to use for the betterment of the CPA profession?

The CalCPA Council/AICPA Council 2015-16 application period is open, as is the application period for CalCPA Education Foundation trustees.

More information, including position descriptions, nomination criteria and nomination form can be found online.

Both CalCPA officer and Foundation trustees nominations are due Dec. 1.

Save the Date

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

Date: Thursday, Nov. 13
Time: 8–10 a.m.
Location: Skirball Cultural Center
Info: Contact CalCPA Program Associate
Sandy Benitez

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