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CalCPA to Focus on Services to Students, Emerging Leaders, Says New Chair
June 21, 2012
NAPA, Calif. — During her inauguration as California Society of CPAs chair for 2012-13, Johanna Sweaney Salt, CPA, emphasized that the more than 40,000-member organization will increasingly reach out to accounting students, CPA candidates and new licensees.
“These future leaders of the profession need dedicated resources and a strong professional network,” she told attendees at CalCPA’s Annual Members’ Business Meeting.
Salt mentioned that CalCPA, in collaboration with its sister organization, CalCPA Education Foundation, will offer an enhanced leadership development program for emerging professionals. CalCPA also will more than double its campus ambassador presence at California universities and colleges to attract students to the accounting profession and support their efforts to build their professional networks early. “We have student ambassadors on 12 campuses across the state and this fall that number will grow to nearly 30,” said Salt.
The new chair announced that CalCPA will soon launch CalCPA Connect, an online community that will bring members closer together, “whether in your local CalCPA chapter or on the other side of the globe,” and enhance the ability of members to tap resources and collaborate with leaders and fellow members through social media functions.
Salt also said CalCPA will continue to encourage California lawmakers to pass legislation conforming California’s interstate practice laws to those of the rest of the nation.
A partner in the firm of Gray, Salt & Associates in Claremont, Salt served as president of CalCPA’s Inland Empire Chapter in 2010–11.
Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) (www.calcpa.org) is the nation’s largest state accounting organization and the largest CPA association in California. It serves more than 40,000 members in public practice, private industry, education and government. Through CalCPA Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, CalCPA members provide financial literacy programs to high schools and community groups.