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Halloween: A Time for Fun and Laughs

September 30, 2015

By Tayiika M. Dennis, CPA

We have two big holidays to celebrate this month: Oct. 15 and Halloween. As a child, Christmas was hands down my favorite holiday. I mean, who would not like a holiday that rewards good behavior with presents and massive amounts of sugar. But as an adult, that same enthusiasm has shifted over to Halloween.

I meet many people who dislike Halloween and I understand where they are coming from. I am also not a fan of the ghoul and gore, or any of the scary aspects of this holiday. What I am a fan of is the fun, lightheartedness and creativity I see in people. Last year, my firm NSBN LLP had in-house staff training that day. I stood before everyone and proudly gave my presentation in Minnie Mouse costume.

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YEP Corner

September 29, 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring an Emerging Executives event is a great way to connect with public or private professionals. 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 Jackie Quinn-Piper.

September 30, 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.

Young and Emerging Professionals Committee: Networking Mixer with CFALA, NAIFA, YTL, LAAHU

Network with other young and emerging professionals from CFA Los Angeles; the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Los Angeles Chapter; the Los Angeles Young Tax Lawyers, a standing committee of the State Bar of California’s Taxation Section; and the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters. Enjoy a night on the town while expanding your network of colleagues and referral sources.

Please contact program associate Melissa Czepaniewski with any questions.

Date: Nov. 12
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: The Parlor; 7250 Melrose Ave.; Los Angeles
Cost: $15/CalCPA, CFALA, LAJCC, NAIFA, YTL, LAAHU members; $20/nonmembers (add $5 for same day and at door registration; fee includes appetizers and one drink ticket).

Register or learn more

Chapter News

Thank you to Our Generous Donors

We’d like to thank the following for their generous contributions to our chapter’s scholarship fund! We recently awarded $25,000 to Los Angeles area students—and your support goes a long way in shaping the pathway to future CPA careers!

Justin Gugajew, CohnReznik
Scott Donnelly, PDM
Tayiika Dennis, NSBN LLP
Martin Sniewski, Crowe Horwath, LLP
Ani Galyan, MillarLaw
Joseph Broyles, The Law Offices of Joseph A. Broyles, Inc.
Richard Giedlin, Deloitte
Jillian Phan, Meloni Hribal Tratner LLP
Carrie Hidding, TeamCFO
Raven Davis, Kirsch Kohn & Bridge LLP
Neil Patel, Insignia Mortgage
Christine Hermawan

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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Oct. 29: Comedy Club Night

Join us at The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, which is home for famous comedians like Jay Leno, Jeff Dye and Gabriel Iglesias. Net proceeds from the event go to the chapter’s scholarship fund, which helps accounting students who demonstrate academic excellence and dedication to community service.

For event information, please contact program associate Jackie Quinn-Piper.

Time: 6:30-8 p.m./dinner (arrive by 7:30 p.m. to ensure a seat); 8- 9:30 p.m/show
Location: Hermosa Beach Comedy and Magic Club
Cost: $25/members; $35/nonmembers (tickets will be mailed in advance; no at-the-door registration).


Nov. 2: Golf Tournament—Tee it Up for the Scholarship Fund

Enjoy a day of golfing and networking, while helping the future of the profession. This is a four-person scramble, so ask your favorite client, banker, attorney, financial planner, friend or family member to join in on the fun!

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Nov. 5: LA Asia Business Forum

LA Asia Business Forum

Date: Thursday, Nov. 5
Location: Cal State LA, Golden Eagle Ballroom
Cost: $50/ CalCPA members; $60/nonmembers;(add $5 at door)

Join us as CalCPA Los Angeles Chapter, in association with Beta Alpha Psi, hosts the 4th annual Asia Business Forum. The day will feature captivating and informative discussions and opportunities to network among business leaders and leading professionals in international trade. We will feature expert panels on the following topics:

Entrepreneurship in Franchise Enterprises
Insider’s Look at Multi-Family Offices
Business Tax Planning Update for Mid-Market Companies
Retirement & Estate Tax Planning Update for Mid-Market Entrepreneurs

Save the Date!

14th Annual Attorney-Banker-CPA Networking Breakfast
Date: Thursday, Nov. 18

The Attorney-Banker-CPA Networking Event is an unparalleled opportunity to meet key decision-makers in the Southern California financial community. Join us for breakfast, great conversation and quality business connections, Attorneys, bankers and CPAs all serve as valuable resources to each other. Net 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 demostrates academic excellence and a dedication to community service.

Be sure to bring at least 100 business cards to the event!

Location: Skirball Cultural Center, Herscher Hall Guerin Pavilion
Cost:$35/members; $45/nonmembers (attorneys, bankers and other professionals). (add$10 after Nov. 13); Includes breakfast/parking;

CalCPA News

2016 CalCPA Campus Ambassador Program Accepting Applications

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.

Eligibility requirements and application are available online. Applications due Nov. 20.

CalCPA Committees: Build Your Leadership Skills, Share Your Expertise

Want to use your talents at the statewide level? Your opportunity awaits—the application period will open in November to serve on our CalCPA committees for 2016-17. From estate planning to technology, and from personal financial planning to taxation, there’s a committee meeting your interests and expertise.

And if you serve on a state committee and would like to continue, reapplication is necessary.

Serving on state committees allows you to work with your peers on projects that increase members’ technical knowledge, enhance the profession’s image and draw the best and brightest into accounting—all while you build leadership skills and make valuable contacts.

Keep an eye out for details about the application process. Committee appointments will be made in early 2016 and the committee term is May 1–April 30.

CalCPA Gears Up for Next CPA Day in Sacramento

Registration is open for the next CPA Day at the Capitol—Jan. 19—in Sacramento.

CPA Day is CalCPA’s kickoff event of the legislative session, where members set the groundwork for CalCPA’s advocacy efforts for the upcoming session by discussing important issues facing the CPA profession and businesses.

This event allows CalCPA and its members to be at the forefront of several key issues, such as taxes on professional service proposals. The Legislature will reconvene in January, and CalCPA plans to once again maintain an active presence in the Capitol.

It’s Time to Lead

Want to hone your leadership skills and become a more effective leader in your workplace or the profession? Have ideas about CalCPA and the profession you want to share? Then step up at apply today for CalCPA/AICPA officer and Education Foundation trustee positions.

Applications for 2016-17 positions are available online:

The application deadline is Dec. 1.

San Luis Obispo CPE Week

UCLA Extension's 31st Annual Tax Controversy Institute - Oct. 27

Save the Dates

Board of Directors Meeting
Join us as we plan and discuss issues related to our chapter and CalCPA. Date: Thursday, Nov. 12
Location: The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
Info: Contact Program Associate Jacqueline Quinn-Piper.
Asian Business Forum
Date: Nov. 5
Location: Cal State LA, Golden Eagle Ballroom
Info: For event or sponsorship information, please contact Program Associate Jacqueline Quinn-Piper.

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LA Estate Planning Committee

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 contact program director Jennifer Kowal.


Contact Us

Program Associate:
Melissa Czepaniewski
(818) 546-3505

Program Associate:
Jackie Quinn-Piper
(818) 546-3509
Cell: (818) 219-2538

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

330 N. Brand Blvd.; Suite 710
Glendale CA 91203

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