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By Tayiika M. Dennis, CPA
In my first President’s message in May, I shared with you my life and career trifecta: becoming your President, making Partner at NSBN LLP and celebrating 40 years of life. In June, I urged you to go outside of your comfort zone and explore the opportunities life has to offer. Well, just so you know, your President practices what she preaches. I had only been out of the country once in my entire life until last month. For my 40th birthday I vacationed in Dubai and today write this blog to you on my way to Barcelona, Spain for a dear friend’s wedding (it definitely is wedding season). I have gone from never traveling to a world explorer. Way out of my comfort zone.
Upon landing back on US soil after visiting Dubai, I could not help but reflect how truly lucky I am to be a part of this profession. Being a CPA has allowed me to make a nice living for myself, take care of my family and have a great time doing so. Please don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of hard work (and a few tears) involved, but the reward of a satisfied client and the feeling of a job well done makes it all worth it. I have chosen to remain in public accounting but I love learning of the many career options my fellow CPAs have explored. While I am partial to public, the sky is the limit in both the public and private industries. CalCPA offers the networking opportunities and continuing professional education to help you reach your goals.
While Dubai was interesting, I came back with a new appreciation for California, my home sweet home, and especially beautiful Santa Monica. On July 23rd, come out to the beach for our Chapter’s 2nd networking mixer of the summer at the Lowes hotel. The hotel has a beautiful view of the pier and all the activity of a summer evening at the beach.
I guess Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was right. There is no place like home.
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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.
The 2015-16 chapter board enjoyed a day of fun and movie star shenanigans at this year’s installation, held at Universal Studios, Hollywood in the Globe Theater.
Chapter director Richard Giedlin was presented an award for his key contributions to the chapter. Immediate Past President Jillian Phan presented the award, speaking in praise of Richard, “It’s unsung heroes like this that make our chapter what it is.”
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It was a tough decision to make given the high number of applicants, but we’d like to congratulate the following students who earned chapter scholarships:
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.
Sponsorship fees support the chapter’s scholarship fund, which awards scholarships to accounting students who demonstrate academic excellence and dedication to community service. Your sponsorship makes a critical difference by helping students receive great educations, and it helps us identify and nurture future leaders.
Thursday, July 23
Time: 6:30–9 p.m.
Location: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Santa Monica
Cost: $30/members; $40/nonmembers (add $5 at the door)
Learn more and register.
Friday, Sept. 11
Time: 6 p.m./preshow 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)
Dance the night away with the world’s greatest party band, The B-52s, and the romantic pop swagger of The Psychedelic Furs. It’s an end-of-the-season bash not to be missed, packed with your favorite hits, plus the Bowl’s spectacular fireworks! 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.
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.
California CPAs, educators, nonprofits, community volunteers, legislators and financial professionals will come together July 30 with a common goal—to improve financial literacy. The 2015 California Financial Literacy Summit at the San Jose Marriott will provide free educational resources for teachers, volunteer training and opportunities to build connections within the California community to promote financial education and focus on how we can empower the next generation to better manage their finances through education.
Register today for this free event, which provides three hours of CPE.
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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