Women's Leadership Forum | 5181000A

Date :
April 26, 2019 8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
Location :
San Francisco Peninsula
Facility :
South San Francisco Conference Center
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CPE Credits :
CPE 1.50, CPE 6.00
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Attend the Women’s Leadership Forum and tap into a wealth of information from top talent in the accounting and finance industry. Ideal for accounting staff just beginning their journey to seasoned executives, gain insights about acquiring a competitive edge with leadership development and career-propelling concepts. By attending, you'll delve into topics that touch on profound experiences, as well as take away strategies you can implement right away.

The networking luncheon features our annual Women to Watch Awards, which recognizes outstanding women for their inspiring contributions to the profession and their communities.

All CalCPA Education Foundation conferences include free Wi-Fi, discounted parking, continental breakfast, networking lunch and afternoon refreshments.

Materials are provided as an ebook.


  • Determine how leadership ideas and trends can improve your professional presence.
  • Recognize issues that hold you back and what changes you can make to get ahead.

Major Subjects:


  • Successful Women Opening Session
  • Data Analytics
  • Mentoring (General Session, Programs at Small/Medium/Large Firms, and Utilizing External Mentorship Tools)
  • Owning Your Personal Finances
  • How to Build and Work Your Network
  • Crafting Communication
  • How to Encourage Women to Get Involved in Public Service
  • Strategies for Getting Promoted


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Misc. Information:

Wireless Internet access, continental breakfast and plated lunch will be provided at this event and are included in your registration fee.

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Level of Difficulty:
Field of Interest:
Personal Development

Basic knowledge of leadership structures within an accounting firm or corporation.

Designed For:

Women in the accounting profession who are interested in enhancing their leadership skills.


Meredith A Johnson, CFP, CPA, CTEC
Meredith Johnson is a Supervisor at Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc., the largest California-based accounting and consulting firm. Meredith is a Certified Public Accountant and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional who focuses her practice on high net worth individuals and their associated entities. Meredith is currently working toward a Masters in Taxation at Golden Gate University, and she holds a graduate certificate in financial planning from Kaplan University. Prior to joining BPM, she worked as a financial planner and wealth manager for more than five years and served as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization focused on financial literacy and entrepreneurship training for young adults. In the community, Meredith serves as a Site Manager for Tax-Aid, a non-profit organization that provides tax preparation and assistance to low-income individuals. She also volunteers as a financial coach to meet one-on-one with Tax-Aid clients who want to achieve long-term financial goals. Active in the San Francisco Financial Planning Association, Meredith is part of the Pro Bono Committee and serves on the Steering Committee for Financial Planning Day. Additionally, Meredith serves as an Event Manager for One Brick, an organization that supplies volunteers to other non-profit and community organizations. Within CalCPA, Meredith is a board member for the San Francisco chapter, and serves as the Young & Emerging Professionals Chair. She is a graduate of the 2012 Emerging Leaders program. In her spare time, Meredith serves on the board of the Golden Gate Running Club as its Treasurer, and can often be found in the Marin Headlands, training for her next trail adventure.
Jessica R. Roster, CPA
Jessica R. Roster, CPA, has specialized experience providing audit and accounting services to employee benefit funds, labor organizations and not-for-profits. She provides services to more than 35 pension and health and welfare funds with more than 25,000 participants and $1.3 billion in total assets. She supervises payroll compliance testing programs for 15 families of trust funds. She also teaches courses for industry associations about the pros and cons of starting a business, recordkeeping, and the distinctions and tax implications between legal classifications such as sole proprietorship and incorporation. With her passion for technology, Roster became the leader of Lindquist LLP’s audit technology group after spearheading one of its most important projects: the conversion of thousands of pages of records and information to a paperless system. In addition to technology, her passion for learning makes her as excellent a trainer as she is a leader. Roster helped develop and structure Lindquist’s internal training program to ensure its team has the expertise to handle the critical issues clients care most about. Sharing what she has learned, Roster also serves as an active mentor to help other employees be their best, too. Roster’s professional memberships include the AICPA, CalCPA, and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics (with an emphasis in accounting) and women’s studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


  • 8:00 AM Networking Breakfast
  • 8:35 AM Successful Women Opening Session
  • 9:25 AM Data Analytics
  • 10:25 AM Mentoring
  • Concurrent Sessions (choose one)
  • 11:15 AM Mentoring Breakout A (Programs at Small/Medium/Large Firms)
  • or
  • 11:15 AM Mentoring Breakout B (Utilizing External Mentorship Tools)
  • 12:10 PM Lunch and Women to Watch Awards Presentation
  • 1:30 PM Owning Your Personal Finances
  • 2:10 PM How to Build and Work Your Network
  • Concurrent Sessions (choose one)
  • 3:10 PM Crafting Communication
  • or
  • 3:10 PM How to Encourage Women to Get Involved in Public Service
  • 4:00 PM Strategies for Getting Promoted


  • Materials - ebook
  • Materials - Hardcopy Textbook


California Society of CPAs - Burlingame Office
Hemming Morse LLP
MindBridge Analytics Inc.
Golden Gate University
Green Hasson Janks LLP
Union Bank
Portola Sky
Lindquist LLP