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President's Message

Connection, Community and Continuing Education

October 1, 2014

By Jillian N. Phan, CPA

As I mentioned in an earlier president’s message, there are many benefits to a CalCPA membership. For me, connection, community and continuing education are the top three. In the upcoming months, there are a few events that will touch these values: the Attorney, Banker, and CPA (ABC) Breakfast, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Boxing and the Professional Issues Update Breakfast.

The ABC Breakfast has been a well-attended event. Last year, more than 250 attendees were at the breakfast. It’s a great opportunity for professionals in all areas to meet and greet. This event has connected many professional relationships thereafter. It’s a networking event that expands our community and creates meaningful opportunities for our members.

This occasion will be held at the beautiful Skirball Cultural Center and Museum Nov. 19 from 7-9:30 a.m. What’s even better about the event, besides providing networking opportunity, is that the proceeds will benefit the chapter’s scholarship fund. The scholarship is given to accounting students who demonstrate academic and community excellence. The ABC Breakfast has been able to donate an annual average of $10,000 to the scholarship fund, and we strive for the continuation of this tradition.

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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.

Networking Mixer with CFALA, NAIFA, YTL

Date: Thursday, Nov. 13
Time: 6-9 p.m.
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

August 28, 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.

Marketing Me – Building Your Book and Personal Brand for CPAs and Financial Professionals

Date: Thursday, Oct. 23
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: Moss Adams LLP – Los Angeles
Cost: $10/members, $20/nonmembers
CPE: 1.5
Includes light refreshments and validated parking.

Thank you to our in-kind sponsor Moss Adams for their continued and generous support of CalCPA!

Register or get more information

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Chapter News

Step Up and Lead

We’re looking for a few good leaders. Got some ideas? Interested in contributing to the profession? Here’s your opportunity to make a difference! We’re now accepting applications for chapter leadership positions.

If you, or someone you know, are qualified to serve as an officer, director or CalCPA Council representative, please contact program associate Sandy Benitez for more information. All responses will be reviewed by the chapter’s Nominations Committee.

Download the nominations application.

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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LA Chapter 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 Chapter President Jillian Phan, “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 Los Angeles 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.

Would you like to sponsor this year’s the event? Contact Sandy Benitez.

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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. Applicants must be a CalCPA member. Click here to download application.

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

Break Out the Business Cards

CalCPA members are invited to join us for this free ABC networking event, co-hosted with the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

More information to come!

Professional Issues Updates Come to LA

Please join us for a professional issues update that will provide an overview on topics impacting the CPA profession. CPA professionals, including CalCPA leadership, will present topics that include an overview of tax issues, an update on the legislative and political activities relating to the profession, trends related to risks and liabilities for CPAs, as well as a review of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) and its impact on employers and employees.

Date: Oct. 28
Location: Warner Center Marriott
Time: 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Cost: FREE to members (breakfast and parking is included)
CPE: 3 hours

Register or learn more.

Accounting Firms Fighting Hunger

Accounting professionals are working together to fight hunger in Los Angeles County. The second annual Closing the Hunger GAAP Campaign includes volunteer hours, food collection and financial donations to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Participating firms will be focused on raising funds from Oct. 1-Dec. 31, and they hope to surpass last year’s total of $103,000. The friendly competition began June 1 with volunteering and food collection. Winners will be announced after the close of the competition on Dec. 31.

All funds and food collected will go directly to the Food Bank, which serves 1 million people annually. Every $1 donated equals four meals, and 97 percent of contributions go directly toward programs. Closing the Hunger GAAP helps the Food Bank and its 670 partner agencies feed the hungry in the most populated county in the United States.

Participating firms include Andersen Tax; BDO USA LLP; CohnReznick, LLP; Crowe Horwath LLP; Deloitte; Ernst and Young LLP; Green Hasson Janks; Gursey Schneider LLP; KPMG LLP; Marcum LLP; McGladrey; NSBN LLP; PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; and SingerLewak LLP.

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.

Manage Your Money Week

CalCPA is supporting Manage Your Money Week, a program of the state controller’s office involving state and local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, unions, schools, libraries, financial institutions and financial management associations hosting free money management education events and promoting the importance of good money management practices.

The program takes place Oct. 18-25. All 14 CalCPA chapters are encouraged to find at least one opportunity to make a financial literacy presentation that week. The following chapter presentations have so far been confirmed:

Oct. 20: Inland Empire; Los Angeles
Oct. 21: Channel Counties; East Bay; Los Angeles; San Joaquin
Oct. 22: Channel Counties; Inland Empire; Peninsula/Silicon Valley
Oct. 23: Bakersfield; San Joaquin

There is still time to organize a presentation in your chapter! Please send all event information to David Lo, CalCPA strategic relations manager.

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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