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  • Mentoring Is a Two-Way Street, So Be Sure to Look Both Ways

    Mentoring is generally seen as a more experienced person guiding a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. It has been accepted as a one-way street: wisdom flowing down from the senior mentor to the mentee. That’s really not how it should be.
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  • Perspective Is Everything When It Comes to Diversity and Inclusion

    When it comes to a diversity strategy, the focus is often on hiring more minority candidates. However, there is another, just as important, flip side of the coin: inclusion.
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  • If You Think Work Is a Jungle, Try Going to an Actual Jungle

    In May 2017, an EY team of 10 representing all of the firm’s functional service lines boarded a steamboat in the Peruvian Amazon. This was all part of the Earthwatch Ambassadors program, an effort that demonstrates EY’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurs and minimizing environmental impact.
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  • Six Steps on the Road from Controller to CFO

    The controller is one of the most recognizable roles in financial leadership, but if you want to continue on into the role of chief financial officer you will need to embrace some new ways of thinking.
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  • How to Convince Your Employer that PICPA Membership Is a Great Investment

    Some PICPA members need to convince their employers each year to allow them to renew their membership, to cover the cost of it, or to provide them with time to get involved in volunteer activities. If you find yourself needing to convince a decision maker that PICPA membership is worth the time and financial investment, here are some helpful talking points.
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  • Why Aren’t Women Better Represented in Leadership Roles?

    Ten or 15 years ago, businesses were developing inclusion programs to attract women into the accounting profession. There has been some success: more than 50 percent of accounting grads were women for many years. But those additional young professional women didn’t translate into growth in the number of women holding leadership roles.
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  • Time to Pick Up a Good Book for 2017

    If this is the year you want to advance in your career or challenge your professional growth, a good book is great place to start. Here are a few suggestions for your 2017 reading list.
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  • Boston Tea Party Meets Dance Party for the Women of 2016

    While more than 60 percent of college graduates are women, they comprise less than 19 percent of executive leaders. Why are women falling off the ladder of success or settling for a lower rung?
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  • A View from the Top

    This past August, the Greater Philadelphia Women of the PICPA Committee hosted a Path to Partner panel, which spoke on their professional journey, the role mentors played in helping them along the way, and whether they feel like they’ve achieved success.
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  • The Five-Year (Sw)Itch

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the average employee will stay with one employer for less than five years. Among CPAs, just switching jobs isn’t the only lane to travel to achieve success. CPAs can also get off the highway and switch career paths: from public practice to private industry, or vice versa.
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  • MBA to CPA: A Recipe for Success

    Jeremy Spencer started his career as a chef. So how did he eventually become a CPA?
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  • Revisiting the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

    In order to achieve true change, we must undergo paradigm shifts―to change ourselves fundamentally and not just alter our attitudes and behaviors on the surface level. That's where the seven habits of highly effective people come in.
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  • Successful Negotiations: Improve with Improv

    Opening negotiations with employees, giving them a voice in the direction of the business, takes successful negotiating to new levels. Before you can engage in this strategy, you need the right tools, and those tools, believe it or not, can be found in the world of improv.
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  • When Interviewing, Ask Yourself “Is This Place on Fleek?”

    To be successful in your career you must find ways to bridge the gap between the generations. Use your knowledge of these challenges to think about what you want in a workplace and where you see yourself happily working for years to come.
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  • Technology – Do You Know What You Don’t Know?

    Technology is driving much of the change in the CPA profession. As a result it is also driving the need for new kinds of CPA education because CPAs are so busy today dealing with everyday challenges that they don’t know what they don’t know.
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  • Your Most Important Member Benefit: Meeting Fellow Members

    Being part of a network of professionals is a core element of PICPA membership. Are you taking advantage of this valuable member benefit? If not, you could be missing out on vast opportunities.
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  • Connections Can Bring Electricity to Your Presentation

    Whether you have been doing public speaking for many years or you’ve been invited to speak before a group for the first time, it’s important to stay connected with the audience. Reed these 10 tips to help you keep your audience engaged.
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  • Active Participation, Outstanding Growth Opportunities

    Giving back is not just becoming a nominal member of a committee or organization to build one’s résumé, but rather to be actively involved through contributions of one’s time and talents. Find out one member's story about what he has brought to the PICPA and what he has received in turn.
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  • The Five C’s of Success

    Do you know the foundation of defining success at the core level? Find out here how the Five C’s lay the foundation for our house of our success.
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  • Just Move the Milk

    Why do women make up such a small percentage of directors or trustees? And why has the number barely moved in the past 30 years? The reasons and the solutions are multifaceted, but be assured that there are solutions.
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