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President's Blog - Sue Christensen

posted Jun 23, 2015, 10:55 AM by Milwaukee AFWA

Another fiscal year is ending, and I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all of the members who contributed to advancing our chapter and its mission.  The June 2015 meeting will be my last as President of the Milwaukee chapter of AFWA, and I cannot tell you how much I have learned in this role.  That said, I am ready to turn over my gavel to our incoming President, Jess Vento.  I know that you will all support her as you supported me.

For many of our longer-term members, June 30 is the renewal date for their membership, and this seems like an appropriate time to remind all of you about the benefits that are provided by our national organization for that membership.  My personal opinion is that the CPE, networking, job referrals, business skills training, leadership development opportunities and lasting friendships provided by the local chapter are the best benefits of membership. In addition, however, the following items are some of the tangible benefits provided by the national organization:
- National and regional conferences that provide additional networking and CPE opportunities
- Webinars, some with CPE available
- Scholarships for undergraduate, master’s and PhD programs awarded by the Foundation of AFWA (funded by members)
- Certification scholarships for CPA, CFP, CFE, CIA, CMA or CVA exam fees
- Career Center
- Discounts on CPA Review Courses (Wiley CPAexcel) 
- Discounts on reference books (CCH)
- Discounts on disability and long term care insurance (MassMutual)
- Discounts on other association memberships (ALPFA and IMA)
The savings on these items alone can cover your cost of membership.

Finally, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members – Stephen Weiss and Linda Amann. Please be sure to introduce yourself to them when you see them at a meeting.

Again, thank you for all of your support and I look forward to seeing you at a meeting soon!

President's Blog - January

posted Jan 21, 2015, 7:04 AM by Milwaukee AFWA   [ updated Jan 21, 2015, 7:11 AM ]

Have you attended a chapter meeting recently? We’ve had four great meetings since August (including Student Night) with a wide variety of topics, and more in the works. See the meeting page of our website at http://www.milwaukeeafwa.org/meetings for the schedule of future meetings. Our next meeting on January 27, 2014 is our Annual Tax Update. You don’t have to be a “tax person” to get something out of this – you may learn something you need to know for your own tax return. Or your mother’s return, or your neighbor’s return, or your hairdresser’s return – all those people who think that because you’re an accountant, you must do taxes!  

If you haven’t attended a meeting, you may not be putting enough value on the importance of face-to-face networking. Sure, you can join LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. – all of those are extremely valuable tools to connect to others, however there is something about meeting someone in person, having a direct conversation, and starting to develop a relationship. All of those things can enhance an existing online connection. Those conversations that are started when you are talking directly to someone lead from one topic to another naturally, you recognize common ground, and you find out things you would never think to discuss in an electronic format. I know that I am much more likely to go out of my way to work with someone I have actually met, and imagine that most of you feel the same way. If you haven’t already, make your New Year’s resolution to start making those face to face connections.

Finally, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members – Starr Frohlich and Tanya French. Please be sure to introduce yourself to them when you see them at a meeting.

My best wishes to you all for a happy and productive New Year!

Sue Christensen
President
Milwaukee Chapter AFWA

President's Entry - September

posted Sep 23, 2013, 7:25 PM by Milwaukee AFWA

If you missed our August meeting, you missed an inspiring presentation by Paula Davis-Laack on Bouncing Back from Burnout.  The attendance of many current members, new members and guests at the meeting showed how crucial and timely this topic was.  For more from Paula, please visit her website at www.pauladavislaack.com.

The 2013 Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance Annual Conference is being held October 20-23 in Indianapolis, IN, the home of the first chapter.  The organization’s 75th Anniversary will be celebrated at the conference, and will offer networking with other accounting and financial professionals, numerous fun events, and up to 24 CPE credits.  Because it is within driving distance this year, we are hoping to have good attendance from our chapter.  We are planning to have carpools going, and if you would like to share a room with another chapter member to save costs, we can try to put you in contact with someone else who is interested in sharing a room.  There are also some limited chapter funds available to help offset a portion of the registration cost for members.  Because both the early bird registration and the discounted hotel rates are only good through September 27, we would like to have this finalized before our next meeting.  If you are interested in carpooling, or sharing a room, please let me know at president@milwaukeeafwa.org by September 19.  For more information, please go to www.afwa.org, where you can see a preliminary listing of events.  I attended last year’s conference, and recommend it highly!  It’s energizing being around all of the talented and inspiring women who attend.

As if that wasn’t enough for October, our chapter’s Student Night will be held on Thursday, October 17, beginning at 5:30.  We will be raffling off CPA review courses for the students, as well as gift cards and other prizes (for those of us who don’t want to re-live our CPA review course days).  We will be having a panel discussion on accounting and finance careers, which should be very helpful to students as well as anyone considering the next step in their career.  Please watch for the invitations coming out to this event.

Please mark your calendar for our next regular meeting on September 24. Our topic will be the new Repair Regulations, which will affect virtually every existing business, from a tax as well as an accounting perspective.  Networking starts at 5:30, with dinner at 6:00 and the speaker at 7:00.  Our business meeting will follow at 8:00.  Please be sure to attend!

President's Entry - August

posted Aug 4, 2013, 8:19 PM by Milwaukee AFWA

Happy New Year!  Well, new fiscal year anyway.  July 1, 2013 marks the beginning of the first full year of our organization as the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance. Although women in finance have always been welcomed as members of the American Society of Women Accountants, we feel that the new name will broaden the appeal of our organization and increase its visibility. 

In addition, our new tagline, “Connect • Advance • Lead”, symbolizes the opportunities available to members of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance.  Members benefit from opportunities to connect with colleagues, advance their careers, and become industry leaders.  Becoming involved in the chapter provides opportunities to serve your profession while gaining valuable leadership skills. 

Be sure to watch for the invitation to our first meeting of the year on August 27.  The topic is “Stress Resilience” – who couldn’t use help with that?

I want to thank all of the members who have committed to positions or committees within the chapter this year, and encourage others who are interested to contact me for additional opportunities to be involved.  I am looking forward to a successful and productive year!

Sue Christensen, Milwaukee AFWA President

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