The EDGE- February 2013 


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    Have you heard about the AICPA Leadership Academy?
    The Academy exposes the next generation of CPAs to a strong ethic of leadership and service while providing them with strategies to forge relationships to expand their competencies and empower them to become leaders within their organizations, communities and the CPA profession. Click here to find out more and apply for the 2013 Leadership Academy.
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    Office Romances: The Good, Bad and Rules of Thumb to Avoid the Ugly February is Valentines’ month, which means our minds wander a bit and we think of dating and romance. As a young CPA, how would you handle dating someone you worked with at the office? Relax; we’ve done the thinking for you with this checklist of what you need to know and consider.
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    Creating “Fun” in the Workplace: Q&A With Angie Herbers Who says you can’t have fun at work? We spend most of our daylight hours in the office, so it’s time to make the most of it in terms of really enjoying your environment and the people you work with ... you don’t want to miss HR consultant Angie Herbers’ tips and recommendations, most of which you can being implementing right away.
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    Making the Transition from Public Practice to Business & Industry Is life any greener on the other side of the fence? Why would you switch from practice to business & industry? Just ask Jamie McCoy, an AICPA Leadership Academy graduate who recently transitioned from a local firm to an energy and petroleum company. Jamie explains why he made the switch and offers some great advice to help others who may one day consider making this kind of change.
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    E.D.G.E Conference
    The 4 elements of growing into your career as a CPA:
    Evolve
    Distinguish
    Grow
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    This conference gives you the strategies and skills needed to succeed as you start out in your career. The sessions are designed to help you make the transition to manager/supervisor and include training on interpersonal and communication skills, as well as information on how to build and maintain your personal brand. You’ll receive core training on tax, accounting & auditing, and financial/estate planning. Don’t miss the conference designed to give you an EDGE on your career. Follow this link to find out more.
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    Fraud 101... Interviewing Techniques of the FBI
    Feb. 26, 1pm ET
    This webcast will focus on basic interviewing techniques you can use in both traditional audits and forensic engagements.
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    New Trends in Investment Frauds...The Inside Story From the FBIFeb. 28, 1pm ET
    During this live AICPA video webcast, look at emerging trends in the commission of investment fraud and how you, your organization and your clients can be prepared.
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    Free webinar: Determine if a role in academia is the right fit for you This free webinar, Beyond Vocation -- Navigating the Accounting Ph.D. Opportunity, to be held 2 to 3:30pm ET on
    Feb. 27, provides insight into the world of accounting academia, the demand for accounting Ph.D.'s and the burgeoning career opportunity it presents to CPAs seeking to serve and inspire the next generation of CPAs. Steve Matzke, AICPA director of faculty and university initiatives, and Denise R. Hanes, CPA, doctoral student and Accounting Doctoral Scholar, will provide an overview of the current landscape of doctoral education and give tips on preparing a successful doctoral application. This webcast does not offer CPE.
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    AICPA Resources
    Free AICPA social media user guides available It's time to use social media, the fastest growing marketing medium, to your advantage. The AICPA has developed a set of user guides to help you learn more about the professional benefits that Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogging offer your CPA practice. You'll find guides with steps for getting started, best practices and tips for effectively starting a conversation with clients and prospective clients on the CPA Marketing Toolkit.
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    New report from AICPA and CIMA highlights skills and talents needed for success In today’s quickly changing economy, CPAs, CGMAs play an important role in helping their organizations meet strategic objectives and build sustainable business models. These individuals reach beyond the more traditional finance focus and, as a result, need to demonstrate advanced and unique capabilities to progress in their careers. Fast Track to Leadership, a new report from the AICPA and CIMA, features global interviews and round tables that capture the changing requirements in skills, experience and behaviors that will help CPAs, CGMAs to identify challenges and develop an action plan to maximize opportunities. Download the report from CGMA.org.
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    Three ethics resources for CPA, CGMAs With the importance of ethics and non-financial reporting rising on the global agenda, CGMAs are in a unique position to make an important contribution to creating a sustainable ethical operating environment. The AICPA and CIMA have developed a number of resources to assist CPA, CGMAs in guiding their organizations to long-term sustainability and success. The Ethical reflection checklist is designed to provide organizations and individuals with an overview of how well ethical practices are embedded in the business. The CGMA case study: Navigating ethical issues highlights issues related to non-disclosure at the corporate level that come to the attention of non-executive financial managers and controllers. Responding to ethical dilemmas: CGMA ethics resources provides links to resources to help CGMAs navigate ethical dilemmas and respond in a manner that upholds their professional standards.
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    SPECIALIZATION
    Accredited in Business Valuation® (ABV®) credential Positions you as a premier valuation services provider and increases public awareness of the CPA as the preferred business valuation professional (Learn more)
    Certified in Financial Forensics® (CFF®) credential Showcases your CPA forensic accounting expertise in bankruptcy and insolvency, computer forensic analysis, economic damages calculations, fraud prevention and valuations (Learn more)
    Certified Information Technology Professional® (CITP®) credential Demonstrates your unique ability as a CPA in providing risk assessment, fraud, internal control, audit and/or information management services within your firm or for your employer (Learn more)
    Personal Financial SpecialistSM (PFSSM) credential Demonstrates your knowledge and expertise in personal financial planning to clients and colleagues, and the CPA-exclusivity distinguishes you from other financial planners (Learn more)
    Chartered Global Management Accountant® (CGMA®) Recognizes the experience and expertise CPAs bring to organizations by helping to ensure success through their understanding of finance, budgeting, internal audit, strategic planning, operations, risk management and governance (Learn more)
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