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President's Message

Labor of Love

August 31, 2015

By Tayiika M. Dennis, CPA

Well, here we are. It is already September and 2015 seems to be going by quickly. One of the best parts of September is Labor Day weekend. Many people think of it as a three-day weekend to celebrate the end of the summer with barbeques, street parades and an extra day of relaxation. But its true meaning is a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country, the beautiful United States of America.

When I looked up the definition of labor the first entry states “physical or mental exertion, especially when difficult or exhausting; work.” Ouch. That is why it is so important that you make yours a labor of love. The best thing you can do for your well-being and the well-being of those around you is to love what you do. You must ensure that you work for a company that makes you feel valued and appreciated, as well as mentally challenged. If not, you may want to consider a different path because the main thing that will suffer is your personal life. For me, I knew accounting was my path when I took my first accounting course at UCLA and was studying late night at a Denny’s restaurant. I balanced my first cash flow statement and remembered being so excited that I was high-fiving all the tables around me. I remembered my gut instinct telling me “I am going to work here” when I stepped off the elevator at NSBN LLP before my interview even started. It took me many hours to get that cash flow balanced and a few jobs before finding NSBN, but when you know your path is a labor of love the journey is exciting and worth every step of the way.

This month, the Los Angeles Chapter Board in conjunction with the Orange County/Long Beach Chapter is going to volunteer at the 2015 Team Spirit Long Beach Breast and Ovarian Cancer 5K/10K which takes place on Saturday Sept. 26. This will be a labor of love as we chose this charity because the organization assisted our very own board member Patricia Batchelor during her own battle with cancer. If your schedule permits, I welcome you to join us for a morning of giving back to an organization that helped one of your LA Chapter leaders thrive and survive.

Please register here. When registering, sign up as an individual, scroll to the bottom and click on CALCPA.

Please celebrate your Labor Day weekend safely and responsibly, and in all your endeavors always try to make it a Labor of Love.

YEP Corner

August 25, 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.

August 25, 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.

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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An Evening with the B-52s and The Psychedelic Furs at the Hollywood Bowl

Friday, Sept. 11

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
Time: 6 p.m./pre-show 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)

Learn more and register.

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, Nov. 5: Asian Business Forum, Cal State LA, Golden Eagle Ballroom. For event or sponsorship information, email program associate Jackie Quinn-Piper.
  • Wednesday, Sep. 30: LA ACFE Event, “Virtual Currency Fraud,” presented by Brian Klein & Ashley Martabano at the LA Athletic Club.

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!

Net proceeds will be contributed to the scholarship fund, which benefits Los Angeles-area accounting students. Contributions or gifts to CalCPA are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions.

Thank you to our sponsors KBKG and ADP!

For more information on tournament or sponsorship, please email Melissa Czepaniewski or call (818) 546-3505.

Time: 10:30 a.m./registration, lunch, putting contest; noon/shotgun start (modified scramble format); 4:30 p.m./cocktail reception, awards, raffle
Location: Wood Ranch Golf Club
Cost: By Sept. 30: $170/per player (after Sept. 30: $180/per player) Cost includes lunch, cocktail reception, golf cart, practice range, special contests, prizes and more. Additional mulligans and raffle tickets are available.

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.

A Special Free Webcast for Members

Retirement Plan Fiduciary Update Webcast | Sept. 25

12-1 p.m.
Cost: FREE/members; $47/nonmembers
CPE: 1 hour

Stay current with the seemingly ever changing definition of “fiduciary” for retirement plans. The Supreme Court has weighed in and the litigation of fees for 401(k) plans is heating up. Taught by Carolyn Barbee, J.D., this course provides you with an overview of what retirement plan sponsors and their auditors should expect when reviewing investment options.

Register today.

San Luis Obispo CPE Week

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.

Free Student and Educator Membership

Join today and gain access to CalCPA's full range of professional tools and resources.


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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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