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By Karen Connair
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since I sent my first message to you as chapter president. It’s truly been a privilege serving as your president this past year. This would have been a much more difficult job without the expertise, commitment and contributions of my fellow officers and directors. I also owe a great deal of gratitude to program associate Nancy Wilson, who has done an incredible job of assisting us in completing our chapter’s goals this year.
This has been an exciting year for our chapter. I’d like to highlight a few of our major accomplishments this past year.
At our annual Scholarship Award Reception, we awarded more than $49,000 to local accounting students. For the first time, we added a new level to the awards: students seeking masters programs. Our scholarship program now offers rewards to worthy students in accounting undergraduate, masters and graduate programs.
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By OCLB Chapter Second Vice President Summer Taylor
We’ll be hosting our fourth annual ABC Night Aug. 12. This is a great opportunity to connect with various attorneys, bankers and CPA professionals serving the dynamic Orange County/Long Beach business community. We’re proud to host this year’s event at the exclusive Pacific Club in Newport Beach. Last year’s event brought more than 120 participants, and we expect even more in 2015. Sponsorship opportunities remain; if you’re interested, please contact Sponsorship Chair Karen Connair.
While some people are natural networkers, or “super connectors,” others can be quite intimidated by a whole night of networking. Some people put networking as high as public speaking on their list of fears. For those of you in the latter bucket, or even those not gifted with super natural networking tendencies, I thought it would be helpful to provide some basic tips to make networking at ABC, well, as easy as 1, 2, 3:
Follow these simple ABCs and count the connections you make. That’s how simple networking can be!
Looking forward to connecting with you at ABC Night!
Our fourth Annual OC/LB ABC Night is coming up Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Pacific Club in Newport Beach. Be sure to mark your calendars, and consider taking a larger role this year as a sponsor. All net proceeds benefit the OC/LB Chapter Scholarship Fund, and the spotlight on your firm that sponsorship provides doesn’t hurt either. Take a look at ABC Night sponsorship levels below, and download the save the date flyer here:
Register for the 2015 California Financial Literacy Summit—July 30
Are you a current financial literacy volunteer looking for additional training, resources and networking opportunities with other volunteers and financial literacy stakeholders? Are you considering volunteering your time to promote financial literacy in your community? Do you know of teachers or parents who are interested in bringing financial literacy resources into their schools?
On July 30, California CPAs, educators, nonprofits, community volunteers, legislators and financial professionals will come together 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.
The 2015 California Financial Literacy Summit offers a unique chance to connect with leaders in the financial literacy community as well as educators, nonprofit volunteers, community organizers and financial professionals.
Visit www.calcpa.org/flsummit for the latest information about the summit and to register for free. All meals and parking are included. Reception to follow at the conclusion of the event. 3 hours of CPE will be offered.
Our special thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support:
CalCPA Education Foundation
California Teachers Association
California Jump$tart Coalition