There were approximately 100 attendees at the second annual New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants Women’s Conference on January 9 in Iselin. Education sessions included “Negotiation Skills for Women,” “Shattering the Glass Ceiling” and several others.
“Female Society attendees really appreciate sharing their unique needs, concerns and experiences,” says Pat Marrese, Associate Director, NJSCPA Education Foundation and Business Development. “The event has successfully grown from a half-day to a full-day conference, and we hope to hold this for many years to come.”
“I believe women in our profession need to support and nurture each other and to be visible role models for other women professionals in the accounting profession now, and in the future. This conference gives women a unique experience to meet with other women professionals, develop relationships, learn valuable skills and build our confidence as women professionals,” comments Debra E. Hahn, CPA, Director, Grant Thornton LLP.
One highlight was an acknowledgement of the NJSCPA Women of Note. In 2012, the Society named 36 of its female members who continue to change the face of the accounting landscape in New Jersey and beyond. The Women of Note award is based on contributions to the accounting profession and the NJSCPA, as well as community service endeavors. During the Women’s Conference networking session, those winners in attendance each received a special certificate highlighting their well-deserved awards.
“Being named an NJSCPA Woman of Note is very special to me because it represents the highest honor that the Society has bestowed on me and my fellow honorees in recognition for excellence in professional, charitable and civic achievement on this the 100 year anniversary celebration of the first female member of the NJSCPA,” says Deborah L. Kovalik, CPA, Director, EisnerAmper LLP.
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