The EDGE- April 2013 


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    How Are We Doing in Engaging the Next Generation of Leaders? Join the conversation on LinkedIn and read what one of your own, Dan Griffiths, has to say about the next generation of CPA leaders.
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    The Right Stuff ... to Volunteer Do you have what it takes to be a volunteer? While you may have good intentions, not every volunteer position is ideal. At some point, you will find yourself giving your time for a cause or effort that is just not a good fit. If you’re going to volunteer, then do it right! In this article, discover the traits you need to be a good volunteer and options based on your skills and time.
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    Off-the-Hinges Accounting Engagements: No Naps for Auditors—Or Controllers Here’s another profile of a young CPA on an engagement that is truly out of the ordinary. Meet Chris Cobb, an assistant corporate controller with Vera Bradley. Chris traded a career in the Big 4 for corporate accounting; find out why he made the switch and the kinds of activities he works on. Did we mention he also likes paisley?
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    Brush Up On Your Interview Techniques Whether it’s been only a short time since your last interview or several years, it’s time to brush up on the interview process with this practical list of what you should do, what you should stay away from, and even a few “a-ha” surprises along the way.
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    GET INVOLVED
    Journal of Accountancy Seeking Young CPA Feedback
    The Journal of Accountancy needs your help. You are invited to join a feedback group that completes a monthly electronic survey critiquing the JofA and may also be asked to take part in occasional surveys about other topics and/or participate in roundtable discussions. If interested, please e-mail Amelia Rasmus at arasmus@aicpa.org by Monday, June 10
    E.D.G.E Conference
    The 4 elements of growing into your career as a CPA:
    Evolve
    Distinguish
    Grow
    Engage
    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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    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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