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Education & Careers

A Conversation With...Eva Lang

Recently, AccountingWEB had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Eva M. Lang, CPA/ABV. ASA.executive director of the Financial Consulting Group, the largest alliance of business valuation and consulting firm in the United States. Ms. Lang is a nationally recognized teacher, speaker and author. In 2004, she was named to AICPA Business Valuation Hall of Fame for her contributions to the advancement of the business valuation profession.
Community News

SEC Taps Thompson for Top Enforcement Job

On Thursday, May 12, 2005, Linda Thompson became the first woman Enforcement Director at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).“I am honored by this appointment and am committed to maintaining the traditions of excellence and fairness that have been the hallmarks of the Commission’s enforcement program,” Thompson said.Thompson, who joined the SEC in 1995 and became deputy enforcement director in 2002, has overseen and supervised numerous investigations including the SEC’s ongoing investigation into Enron.
Education & Careers

AICPA Launches New Education Resource

The Accounting Education Center at www.aicpa.org, provides users with education and curriculum development programs, student recruiting resources, scholarship and award information and a variety of publications, reports and other studies.Information on the site is divided into five categories:Education and Curriculum DevelopmentCareer AwarenessScholarships and AwardsPublications, Reports and StudiesMinority InitiativesWithin the Education and Curriculum Development section, users will fi
Education & Careers

Accounting for Success

In a state known for its athletic prowess, members of the Grady High School University Interscholastic League (UIL) accounting team swept the top three honors in their first year of 5A competition earlier this month. They are hoping to continue their winning ways at the regional academic event held Saturday at Texas Tech University. If the team claims top honors at the regional event, they could be on their way to Austin for the state competition.“We wanted to set the standard for 5A,” accounting coach Connie Stone told the Hood County News.
Education & Careers

National Pay Equity Day

April 19, 2005 is National Pay Equity Day. Each year the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) organizes one day dedicated to raising awareness about issues of unfair pay among women and people of color. Pay Equity Day is observed in April because that is how long into the current year a woman must work to earn the same as a man earned the previous year. A Tuesday was selected because that is the day when women’s wages catch up with men’s wages from the previous week.It is tempting to think that the wage gap no longer exists.
Practice

New Accounting Graduates Paid More

The average starting salary of graduates with degrees in accounting have risen 3.9 percent since the same period last year, according to the spring salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.Accounting graduates can expect offers averaging of $43,809. Economics and finance graduates can expect to see offers of $42,802, which is an increase of 5.1 percent over the previous year. This increase is in part due to financial and treasury analysis offers averaging.
Education & Careers

Accounting Gets Sexy

The day of the accountant has arrived! After years of working in small offices under the shadow of the glamour jobs in the investment and banking industries, accounting has become HOT! Despite popular perception, it didn’t happen overnight.High-profile fraud cases from Enron to WorldCom to AIG, at first appeared to be giving the accounting industry a black eye. Instead, as the amount of regulation on companies, both public and private, increases, so has demand for accounting and auditing services.
Community News

Accounting Professor Named Dean of Business School

The University of Washington has named Jim Jiambalvo, a professor of accounting, dean of the university’s business school, pending approval by the school’s regent. Jiambalvo, who has been with the business school since 1977, is expected to start his new job May 1, 2005. In announcing Jiambalvo’s nomination for the top job, university officials said that one of his key goals will be raising money for the creationa nd construction of a ne business school complex.
Education & Careers

New Name, Better Benefits for Education

Americans, in general, are not savers. Not even when the reason for saving is a good one: education. Uncle Sam has decided to try to encourage saving for education by renaming and revamping the education IRA.The new program is called a Coverdell Education Savings Account or ESA. It was created as an incentive to help students and their parents save for education expenses. Like the education IRA, an ESA is set up for a beneficiary under the age of 18.
Practice

CFOs Project Increase in Accounting & Finance Hirings

New England and the East South Central regions are expected to experience the greatest growth as Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) across the country anticipate a modest increase in full-time accounting and finance staffing levels. Eight percent of 1,400 CFOs responding to a survey from Robert Half International, Inc. plan to add staff in the coming quarter with only 2 percent foreseeing personnel reductions.
Education & Careers

SEC Investor-Education Fund Loses Top Officials

With a year spent trying unsuccessfully to get the venture off the ground, the Securities and Exchange Commission's investor-education fund is losing its chairman and several directors, the Wall Street Journal reported."With real sadness, because we all recognize that the mission of helping individual investors be more successful...is so important, the Directors of Investors Education are all resigning," fund Chairman Charles Ellis wrote in a note to two advisory panels.
A&A

Poll: Public Divided on Regulating Appearance in the Office

Most would agree that nose rings and obesity are more common than ever in the U.S. workplace, but a new survey says the nation is divided over whether employers should have the right to ban body piercings or compel large-framed employees to drop weight. In the survey released today, 39 percent said employers should have the right to deny employment to someone based on appearance, including weight, clothing, piercings, body art or hairstyle.The survey comes as employer-employee disputes over appearance increasingly spill into the courts and government enforcement agencies.
Community News

Strategies for Managing Retention and Productivity

By © Phyllis Weiss Haserot - Taking into account the results of two multi-year studies by The Gallup Organization regarding what employees need from their workplaces, below are specific suggested strategies and tactics for successful management of professionals for retention.There are several ways to help people feel more involved and in control: 
Practice Management

Five Stumbling Blocks To Successful Networking And How To Overcome Them

By Lydia Ramsey. - The ability to connect with people is essential to success in any business. Professional networking events present opportunities to interact with others on a personal level and to develop profitable relationships. These occasions are critical for anyone who wants to grow a business or promote a career.Many people are simply not comfortable walking into a room full of strangers and striking up conversations. Here are five common stumbling blocks that you may face and tips to help you overcome them.A RELUCTANCE TO TALK TO STRANGERS.
A&A

Women Sue Small Business Administration Over Missed Goals

Upon viewing the disturbing results of a recent U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce national survey of women business owners which found a remarkable 62 percent unable to access capital they need to be competitive -- despite their preparedness and available collateral --, the leaders of the USWCC decided to take dramatic action.To significantly increase access to capital for the more than 10 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., the USWCC announced a groundbreaking partnership with Newtek Small Business Finance.
A&A

Be Wary of Unlicensed Tax Preparers

Taxpayers beware-unlicensed tax preparers can mean big trouble, leading to hefty fines and jail time for those who file fraudulent returns, the San Antonio Express-News reported.With half of the 8.9 million signed returns filed in Texas last year coming from unlicensed tax preparers, the potential for fraud is huge. It is critical to check the background of the person preparing individual returns, the IRS cautions. Certified public accountants and other IRS-licensed tax preparers must pass a test and meet certification requirements.
Education & Careers

Deloitte & Touche USA LLP Hosts “School to Work Day”

Deloitte & Touche USA LLP will play host to more than 600 "at risk" high school students across the country, as part of "School to Work Day" on Friday, March 4. The program is designed to motivate students to stay in school and prepare for a career. Hundreds of people from more than 20 Deloitte offices will volunteer their time throughout the day, as instructors and mentors. In addition to participating in panel discussions and mock interviews with their hosts, students will embark on internet scavenger hunts to enhance computer literacy.
Education & Careers

CEOs, Partners Face Tough Choices in Deciding When to Step Down

The toughest task for many CEOs is not running their companies but determining when it is time to step down, according to a new report in Across the Board, The Conference Board's magazine.Says James Krohe Jr., author of the article: "For the miscreant CEO, the question of when to leave the job has an easy answer: 'Before they find out.' For the merely mediocre senior executive, the answer is different--'Before they push me out' -- but equally easy. But what about the CEO who is neither being shoved out the door nor sneaking out by the freight elevator?
Education & Careers

Certified Credit Executive Designation Worth $20,000, Says Recent Survey

The worth of Certified Credit Executives (CCEs) to employers has risen dramatically in the marketplace, according to a recent survey by independent newsletter publisher Credit Today, which recently completed its 2004-2005 Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey, and examined this issue in depth. "More than in any of our three prior surveys over the past seven years, this year's survey proves the worth of the CCE designation - both to designees and to their employers," said Credit Today Publisher Rob Lawson.
Community News

How do you Spell a Healthy Organization: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

By Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. President, Discovery Surveys, Inc. - My work takes me to many different organizations. I can spot a healthy organization immediately. What I look for is the level of mutual respect.In unhealthy organizations: Management and employees talk negatively about each other behind their backs. Senior managers don't even bother to learn the names of employees. They also ignore employees when passing them in the hallways. 

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