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PICPA Initiatives

  • Belong – Grow – Achieve: Much More Than a Tagline

    A few weeks ago I had the privilege of addressing more than 100 students and recent graduates at the PICPA Leadership Academy. The program provides outstanding networking opportunities and training to enhance professional skills critical to starting a career on the fast track.
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  • You Can Make Somebody’s Future

    This year, the trustees of the PICPA scholarship fund reviewed 163 applications – our largest pool ever. Scholarship candidates are judged by their intellectual capacity and leadership potential, and I can tell you that the process of determining winners is very challenging. Each year, however, a few applications rise to the top.
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  • A First-Timer’s Take on Day on the Hill

    For those unfamiliar with Day on the Hill, it’s an annual event that brings PICPA members to Harrisburg to hear from Pennsylvania political leaders and meet with their representatives about the issues facing CPAs and their clients. This will be my first time to this event, and I wanted to share what I’m looking forward to.
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  • PICPA Welcomes “Busy Season”

    The PICPA’s “busy season” is just beginning to roll with the start of chapter annual meetings. I look forward to this renewal every spring — the weather improves, member activity resurges, and many networking opportunities open up for our members.
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  • CPAs and Legislators Resolve to Improve Financial Literacy in Pennsylvania

    The Pennsylvania Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy hosted a financial literacy expo and press conference recently to highlight the need for financial literacy programs across the state. Mike Colgan, PICPA’s CEO, joined the press conference to demonstrate PICPA’s commitment to the cause.
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  • A Revolution in CPE Is Coming: Is the 50-Minute CPE Hour Dead?

    The AICPA’s CPA Horizons 2025 Report and The Pathways Commission address the issue of future learning for both the professional and undergraduate levels. The PICPA has taken notice and is acting.
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  • Should A CPA Do My Taxes?

    One component of the #GuardianCPA tax campaign is our Top 10 list. The list highlights the “Top 10 Reasons a CPA Should Prepare Your Tax Return.”
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  • A Break from Busy Season

    The PICPA Annual Convention provides opportunities for all. Outstanding CPE sessions and social events that incorporate the Disney magic. We have exclusive after-hours access to Animal Kingdom, a private breakfast with Mickey and Minnie, and front-row seats and dessert during Epcot’s nightly fireworks and laser show.
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  • #GuardianCPA Tax Season Awareness Program Positions CPAs as Top Tax Advisors

    The #GuardianCPA tax campaign is the brainchild of PICPA’s CPA Image Enhancement Committee. It describes some of the complicated tax changes that could require the assistance of a CPA to more accurately complete this year’s tax return.
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  • What’s It Like to Work at Your Firm?

    How interesting would it be for firm partners to learn that a benefit considered a big deal by a senior partner has little or no influence on a younger firm member when making choices about staying or leaving a firm? Do you know how your firm’s benefits stack up with others?
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  • PICPA Best of 2013, and a Look Ahead

    If you are a regular reader of CPA Now, you know that it has been a good year at the PICPA, with many new initiatives and accomplishments. None of these successes would have been possible without the support and commitment of the PICPA members.
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  • Pennsylvania CPAs Predict Revenue Growth in 2014

    PICPA partnered with the New Jersey Society of CPAs and the New York State Society of CPAs to identify the economic, business, and political trends affecting the tri-state region and national economies. The CPA Poll is part of the PICPA’s image enhancement campaign to position CPAs as thought leaders. Here are some of the most compelling results.
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  • Why You Should Vote Yes to the PICPA Governance Changes

    In looking at PICPA's governance structure, it could not be ignored that our current model is more than a century old. It was developed before the digital age and it was designed around the dynamics of a workforce that is unrecognizable today. We want to make sure we’re providing leadership and engagement opportunities to members that help meet the needs of the 21st century.
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  • How Do You Spell G-r-a-t-i-t-u-d-e?

    I find myself reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead. But before I get too far ahead of myself, I need to express some gratitude for the reason the PICPA exists – our members!
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  • Diversity in the Accounting Profession: One Student at a Time

    The PICPA is a trailblazer when it comes to addressing diversity in the accounting profession. PICPA’s Diversity Committee has been tackling this issue head-on since it was established in 2009. The committee is doing great work through programs for young professionals, partnerships with other organizations, articles and Business Case and Toolkit for Diversity.
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  • Good Advice for Accounting Majors and Aspiring CPAs

    I recently attended PICPA’s Accounting Career Day at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove where high school students from the area learned about the many career opportunities in accounting. They also got a lot of really good advice on how to build a successful accounting career.
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  • Accounting Leaders Advice on Becoming a Partner

    PICPA’s Next Generation Leadership program is designed for future firm partners. Martin Bissett of The Upward Spiral Partnership developed the program. It is based upon years of research to identify the most critical skills that partners of accounting firms are looking for from the next generation of practice leaders.
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  • Confessions of an E-mail Marketer

    Maybe you don’t open PICPA e-mails anymore. Or maybe you’ve gone as far as opening a special junk PICPA e-mail account. It’s time you start sharing some of the responsibility in this e-mail relationship we have going.
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  • Quick! How Many Ways Can You Set Up a CPE Schedule?

    We are in an age of instant gratification. We want things personalized and on demand. The marketplace responds with choices! With all the choices, sometimes the easiest decisions become complicated because we get too much information. PICPA’s new online CPE catalog can help make your CPE planning easier with streamlined search results.
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  • Hurry! Grab a Seat at the Table

    I work closely with PICPA’s Pennsylvania CPA Journal Editorial Board and the CPA Image Enhancement Committee, and these questions are what we talk about at the committee meetings. The conversations are interesting, enlightening, engaging, and, believe it or not, fun!
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