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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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  • Seven Strategies for Taming Your Inner Critic

    Have you ever heard the voice in your head that is yelling you can’t, you shouldn’t, or you shouldn’t have? That voice may preventing us from feeling fulfilled and satisfied from our accomplishments. Learn how to quiet the voice of our inner critic.
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  • Accomplished Woman CPA Shows the Way to the Top

    It’s hard to win the trust and confidence of people who think and act differently than you, but if you want to be a leader, it’s critical to figure out how to do it.
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  • Women’s Growth in Accounting Slow, But Ongoing

    March is Women’s History Month, and to commemorate it the PICPA asked some of our female members to share their personal stories. But let’s kick off our month-long celebration with a timeline on the history on women in the accounting profession.
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  • Diversity in Accounting: Don't Get Left Behind

    If your customer or client base is diverse, then your employees should be diverse as well. The varied perspectives and experiences of your employees only work to improve the customer or client experience.
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  • CPAs Reveal the Most Popular Tax Questions

    The arrival of W-2s, 1099s, 1098s, and other income notices are the harbingers that tax season is upon us. Whether you go to a preparer or prepare yourself, here are some tips to help you get this task complete so you can move on to more exciting things.
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  • Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Diversity

    Diversity continues to be top of mind for business and accounting leaders across the country. So, how have we done? What progress has been made across our industry? Unfortunately the answer remains, not much. Certainly not enough.
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  • It’s Time to Start Planning for PICPA’s Annual Convention in Puerto Rico

    The annual convention is a great way to mingle with fellow PICPA members and get some CPE while enjoying the views and amenities of this unique destination. Plus it’s really fun.
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  • More Than Just 2 Cents

    The PICPA had a lot to say in 2015. In fact, PICPA’s committees, task forces, professional team members, and multiassociation coalitions have weighed in on more than 20 issues affecting CPAs.
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  • On Tour: PICPA President Provides Insight into Professional Issues

    Mike Colgan, PICPA’s CEO, and Julius C. Green, CPA, PICPA’s 2015-2016 president, recently wrapped up the institute’s annual Professional Issues Update (PIU) tour. I had the opportunity to talk with Julius Green about his observations as he travelled across the state.
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  • How CPAs Can Combat the Financial Literacy Crisis

    Teens are out of touch with certain financial realities. According to a Charles Schwab survey, 59% expect to out-earn their parents, and 77% consider themselves financially savvy. Yet only 43% can balance a checkbook and only 32% know how credit card interest and fees work. This is not their fault; it’s ours.
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  • Meet the New PICPA Council and Its Big Tasks Ahead

    This year the PICPA ushered in the new governance structure approved by membership last year. At our initial meeting, Council was divided into five groups, with each group assigned to tackle one of the five significant issues facing the PICPA, our members, and, in many respects, our profession.
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  • Beyond Time and Money: Working Out While Working

    Conversations with firm liaisons often turn to the subject of not-so-common firm offerings. It turns out that wellness programs is one of these areas, and it may be one ripe for growth. As you can see from the firm culture survey, there is still a significant number of firms that do not offer this incentive.
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  • CPAs Address Concerns of Women Planning for Retirement

    The PICPA has partnered with the Women’s Opportunities Resource Center to develop the Retirement Income Solutions program for women over 50 years old. It is designed to help participants calculate their current wealth and make adjustments now so they can retire successfully.
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  • World Meeting of Families and PICPA: A Match Made in Heaven

    PICPA members worked at the financial literacy booth in Philadelphia handing out tips and prizes to help World Meeting of Families attendees save money.
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  • Game On! Leadership Conference Features Great Speakers and a Hashtag Challenge

    Attending PICPA's Leadership Conference on Sept. 21? You will have a chance to win BIG prizes during PICPA's first hashtag challenge! Learn more about the rules and prizes on CPA Now.
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  • Unimpressed by “Strides” in Diversity in Accounting

    Ethnic minorities comprise 14 percent of the accounting profession. The number in 2013? 25 percent. And the number in 2011? 20 percent. This is not progress. Learn more about PICPA's efforts to increase diversity on CPA Now.
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  • PICPA Jeopardy – Do You Want To Play?

    Most everyone is familiar with the popular game show Jeopardy, where contestants are provided the answers and must state their response in the form of a question. I would like to propose a game of Jeopardy with our PICPA members.
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  • PICPA Members – Where Are You?

    The PICPA has close to 22,000 members – 22,000! We are the fourth-largest state society in the country. I recently returned from our 118th annual convention held in Naples, Fla., where about 50 of our members gathered for the four day event – 50! I have to wonder, where is everybody?
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  • Time Flies when You’re Having Fun!

    It’s hard to believe I just completed a year as PICPA president. It was a terrific 12 months, and I wanted to share my experiences in this blog. One of my goals was to enhance the visibility of the CPA brand, and we were able to make some progress on that front shortly after I was elected.
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