So Much Awesomeness! Introducing the MSCPA Book Club

Change is everywhere in the accounting profession and MSCPA’s opportunity is to harness change and turn into something truly valuable for YOU. As our Vision states, we want “to be the most valued professional resource for our members.” This year at the 103rd Annual Conference we are implementing a new feature that came about from discussions with members.

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Reidun Johnston

A year ago, right before the 2015 Industry and Annual Conferences, Missoula member and MSCPA Director Reidun Johnston conducted focus groups with a number of Montana female CPAs of all ages, representing every area of accounting. They discussed ways that would encourage women to participate in the profession, become engaged and build their confidence and skills. One of the things they come up with was an idea to have a book club at the Annual Conference.

“Accounting used to be a profession for men, but we’ve all seen the number of women who have joined this profession,” Johnston stated. “The MSCPA member numbers exemplify this change. In 2001 MSCPA records show almost double the number of men compared to women and today there’s only 48 more men than women in the membership. That’s why we needed to have this conversation.”  (see charts below)

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So as a result of these great discussions, we are excited to announce the first MSCPA Book Club featuring the book In Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honore.  The book club will be a way for men and women both to network and discuss an issue that affects all genders, all ages—the hurried pace we try to keep. The book covers research that explains how to create a slower, healthier pace of life and find time to enjoy and savor, instead of fast tracking with no time to do anything that helps us make a life, not just a living.

Reidun stepped up to the plate and offered to moderate this idea. “I think this session will be a lot of fun—the book sounds great!” shared Johnston. “And we are working to get the London-based author to join us remotely for the first 10 minutes or so of our discussion. He’s really interested so . . . schedules and time-zones permitting, we’ll get that opportunity.”

The MSCPA Book Club is an optional early morning session at the 103rd Annual Conference, Friday, June 24th at 7:00am. It’s worth an additional hour of CPE. Check out the purchasing options at your local book store, or buy it at AmazonSmile and make the MSCPA Legacy Foundation your charity of choice. You’ll not only get a great read but you’ll be supporting the future of the accounting profession in Montana!

Our thanks go out to the many women who participated in these focus groups—for your ideas and your openness. It’s part of what makes for so much awesomeness in the Montana Society of CPAs and at the 103rd Annual Conference!

Read So Much Awesomeness Part I and learn about the big schedule changes to the 103rd Annual Conference.

Who is YOUR inspiration?

by Margaret Herriges, MSCPA Communications Director

Herriges Margaret 2014I love talking to our members. You have this wonderful ability to acknowledge the people who have influenced you and played a part in your success story. I often think back to the wonderful speeches we hear each year at awards time. The Rick Reisigs (DSA ’14) of the world thanking the Tony DiLellos (DSA ’03)and Bob Bronsons (DSA ’09) for the impact they made on their careers; the Dwaine Iversons (DSA ’13) who credit the old guard for making this profession what it is today; the Lowell Duffners (DSA ’11) who encourage their peers to be involved in their communities and their profession; and the Reidun Johnstons (Outstanding CPA in Industry ’14) and Julie Kostelckys (Young CPA ’12) who are forging new ground in the accounting profession.

These speeches are really special memories for me, but they lead me to a question for you: Who has influenced your career? Is there someone who has made a big impact on you, on your community, on the accounting profession? If the answer is yes, it’s time to thank this person and acknowledge their contributions by nominating them for a special recognition award.

MSCPA is proud to recognize the influencers of Montana’s accounting profession. Each year we open nominations for:

Each of these honors are designed to recognize the contributions of CPAs who make a difference in the lives of the people around them. Each award has different criteria to distinguish the impact these professionals make.

Nominations are open for these awards and we hope you’ll take the opportunity to thank the people who have positively influenced your career by submitting their name. Nominations are easy and MSCPA staff is always happy to help you with dates and service records, just be sure to complete nominations by December 19, 2014.

You are all an inspiration to us here at MSCPA. We look forward to receiving your nominations and if you need more information about an award, please don’t hesitate to contact me because truly, I love talking to our members.