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President's Message

A Professional Perspective

February 1, 2015

By Jillian N. Phan, CPA

As I’m lying in bed with the flu for the last four days, I’m reminiscing on my profession. What profession can allow for stability, flexibility and great pay? Our profession: the accounting profession!

The accounting profession has many opportunities for growth, and can lead to a long and successful career. Every business and industry will have some type of accounting aspect, from a small business with a need for a bookkeeper to a large Fortune 500 firm with an entire accounting department. Accounting touches all phases of our business and life. In addition, as long as the tax system exists, accountants will be in demand. This means there is a growing need for accounting graduates. In fact, the employment of accountants is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Despite economic fluctuation, accountants can look forward to a stable career.

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YEP Corner

January 1, 2015

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.

Save the Date!

LA Chapter’s 10th Anniversary YEP Bowling Night
Thursday, April 23

More details to come. Contact Jackie Quinn-Piper with questions.

January 1, 2015


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.

Save the Dates

March 19: Rethinking Networking (Location TBA)

Sponsorship Opportunities

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.

Chapter News

Scholarships for Accounting Students

CalCPA awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to California college and university students interested in CPA careers. Scholarships awarded will begin at a minimum of $2,000. Apply now to make that next step toward your accounting future!

The chapter is accepting scholarship applications. Applicants must be a CalCPA member and applications must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 28.

Thank you to our scholarship donors Carrie and Harry Hidding, and Tayiika Dennis.

Chapter Sponsorship Opportunities

This fiscal year, our chapter held 11 networking events, which included partnerships with nine professional organizations for a total attendance of over 1200.

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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Thank you to Our Generous Donors

CalCPA would like to thank our generous donors who have contributed to our LA Chapter Scholarship Fund

Peter Magidaff, Magidoff Sadat & Gilmore LLP
Robert and Judith Hay
Anne & Jack Rosenblatt FDN Inc. c/o Grassi & CO. CPA’s

CalCPA News

Star Catcher—CalCPA Service Awards Taking Nominations

The nomination period for CalCPA’s annual service awards is open through March 31. You can download forms to nominate an outstanding member or firm for the:

  • Public Service Award, which is given to a CPA who has been especially active in service to the profession and community.
  • Distinguished Service Award, which is granted either on the basis of long and distinguished service or for some singular act resulting in extraordinary contribution to the profession, CalCPA and/or the community.

The AICPA also recognizes our winners, who automatically become eligible for consideration for the AICPA Public Service Award.

April 24: Women’s Leadership Forum

Whether you’re rising through the ranks or already part of the management team, your leadership skills help you navigate successfully and deliver the excellent results your firm expects. Join with other savvy professional women to learn about your own leadership style, the art of negotiating and influencing, networking, and other practical and useful leadership skills.

Our keynote speaker will be Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, president of Charles Schwab Foundation, and we’ll announce our 2015 Women to Watch Awards recipients during a special luncheon presentation.

Register today.

Save the Date

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

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Location: Via conference call
Info: Contact CalCPA Program Associate
Sandy Benitez

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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 online or contact program director Jennifer Kowal.

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Sandy Benitez
(818) 546-3505
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(818) 546-3502
Cell: (818) 235-8577

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(818) 546-3509
Cell: (818) 219-2538

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