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  • Today, the Society Celebrates 125 Years of Service to the Profession

    By:
    Ruth Singleton
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    Jan 28, 2022
    On Jan. 28, 1897, the NYSSCPA incorporated, becoming the first state society for certified public accountants in the nation.  The Society has experienced a remarkable history. Charles Waldo Haskins, a nephew of Ralph Waldo Emerson, was elected as the Society’s first president, and he served through 1903. Haskins had helped secure the passage of  “An Act to Regulate the Profession of Public Accountants,” by the New York State Legislature in 1896, which paved the way for the first CPA examination
  • DEI in the CPA Profession—Past, Present and Future

    By:
    Rumbi Bwerinofa-Petrozzello
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    Dec 23, 2021
    On Oct. 27, I gave a speech for the Accountants Club of America titled, “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the CPA Profession—Past, Present and Future.” What follows is an excerpt from that speech.
  • CEO Joanne Barry, Who Will Retire in May 2022, Reflects on Her 40-Year Tenure at the Society

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Dec 23, 2021

    In early October, NYSSCPA Executive Director and CEO Joanne S. Barry publicly announced her intention to retire in May 2022, at the conclusion of the current fiscal year. Barry has served as executive director and CEO since January 2010. She has been named to Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting list since 2012, and to CPA Practice Advisor’s Most Powerful Women in Public Accounting list since 2015. Throughout Barry’s 40-year tenure at the Society, she has also served as the executive director of the Foundation for Accounting Education, Inc., and The Moynihan Scholarship Fund, Inc., and as treasurer for the CPA Political Action Committee. Barry took the time to share with The Trusted Professional her reflections about her long tenure at the NYSSCPA and the many changes and challenges that she led the Society in navigating. 

  • Vaccine Mandates Remain Rare in CPA Firms, for Now

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Sep 13, 2021
    Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, accounting firms, so far,  have been hesitant to implement vaccine mandates with their staff, and the ones that have are in a definite minority. That may change, in light of President Joe Biden’s recently issued mandate, requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week.  
  • CPA Firm Leaders Report Pandemic Has Led to Cultural Changes

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Jul 28, 2021

    The pandemic forced CPA firms to make many changes, in areas rang­ing from business strategy to staff policies. But along with the bottom-line concerns have come cultural changes, some of which are expected to last well beyond the pandemic’s end.  

  • Firms Rethink Personnel Policies in Wake of Pandemic

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    May 19, 2021
    With the majority of accounting professionals working from home because of the pandemic, firms were forced to perform major reassessments of their personnel policies, ranging from hiring and on-boarding to benefits and perks. These changes arose primarily as the result of the shift to working remotely. 
  • First President and CEO of National Society of Black CPAs Speaks About Its DEI Mission

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    May 19, 2021
    Darryl R. Matthews Sr. is the first president and CEO of the National Society of Black CPAs (NSBCPA), an organization formed last summer. The group is specifically focused on Black CPAs and CPA candidates, seeking to increase the number of both. Matthews took the time to speak with The Trusted Professional to share some of his thoughts on the current state of play regarding diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the corporate world. The Q&A has been edited for length and clarity.