Message from the Northeast Chapter President:

I am happy to share that the Northeast Chapter Leadership has organized a full slate of specially-priced Fall 2021 CPE Events. See the bottom of the Chapter Webpage for details and registration links. If you have any questions, please email me at bvanbladel@bstco.com

The Multi-Generational Workplace

By Gelsomina DiPalma
Northeast Chapter NextGen Committee Chair

The Northeast Chapter NextGen Committee recently hosted a Zoom event, “Navigating the Multi-Generational Workplace,” on Thursday Nov. 4. Special thanks to all on the NextGen Committee, Chapter President Beth van Bladel, and our speaker, Elaine Angelo with ProKnowledge.

This event walked through each generation, from the Baby Boomers to Gen Z, detailing what world and social events helped shape each generation, their views/values, and how that translates to the workplace. We had four breakout sessions that gave everyone a chance to answer some questions, and scenarios related to how we interact in the workplace and the differences that come up between generations. Many topics came up through these breakout rooms, including working in the office vs remotely, having a collaborative approach, the boundaries between employees and their work/clients, and challenging the structure of the 9-5 mentality.

The event was a great success, bringing together the NextGen members as well as members and nonmembers from all generations. The NextGen committee hopes to use the feedback received to build upon this event next year.


NextGen is Happening!

By Gelsomina DiPalma,

Northeast Chapter NextGen Committee Chair

 As we enter into the fall, after an interesting, to say the least, year and a half, we are looking back on our summer events; one of which was our first NextGen Cocktail Hour. The Northeast Chapter NextGen Committee recently organized an informal cocktail hour for professionals in the area to meet and network. There were close to 30 people in attendance. Attendees varied across multiple firms and industries in the Capital Region. The event was a great success, bringing together the NextGen members, as well as members and nonmembers from all generations.

The trends in the CPA profession are alarming; we are witnessing a decline in the number of students going into accounting and more people leaving the profession as a whole. The Northeast Chapter is making this a focus and a priority when it comes to our events being offered this fall. As a result, the Northeast Chapter has revitalized it’s NextGen Committee and is planning more events to bring together professionals, not only those in NextGen but those of all ages. You’re encouraged to check out the NYSSCPA’s Northeast Chapter’s webpage for updates regarding our future events and keep an eye out for registration emails. Please also mark your calendars for our “Bridging the Gap: Multi-Generational Differences in the Workplace Workshop” scheduled for Nov. 4. Many thanks to our NextGen Committee for organizing the cocktail hour and our upcoming events this fall.



The Northeast Chapter NextGen Committee Cocktail Hour: Left to right: Northeast Chapter President Beth van Bladel; Northeast Chapter NextGen Committee members Chris DiSiena, Ge’Net Ninstant, Sylwia Skoney, Gelsomina DiPalma and William Sullivan. Not pictured: Lauren Gibson.  



Message from the incoming Chapter President:

What the Northeast Chapter of the NYSSCPA means to me –

When I first joined the Northeast Chapter, I was inspired to start the Northeast Chapter Young CPA Committee (now known as the NextGen Committee) because I did not want to be the only Young CPA in the room at Chapter events.  This experience helped me to develop my skills in networking, project management and public speaking.  As a Young CPA I joined the Board of Directors and ascended through the ranks of Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, President-Elect, and President.  

My experience representing the Northeast Chapter on the Statewide Board of Directors expanded my professional network beyond the Capital Region and helped to develop my skills in negotiation and diplomacy. Feeling isolated as the only CPA in an organization, I started the Northeast Chapter CFO Committee so that our members in industry (including me) have a support system.

I am truly indebted to the NYSSCPA and the leaders of the Northeast Chapter for their mentorship and opportunities to develop my professional network, leadership skills and career goals.

Today I am volunteering to take on the role of President once again so that our Northeast Chapter members will continue to have professional development opportunities.  The strength of the Northeast Chapter resides in the engagement of our members.

Recruitment for Fiscal year 2021-2022 is underway and will close on May 31st. Please consider getting involved by joining one of our committees, the Board of Directors, or the Executive Board.  Just send me an e-mail noting your professional background and expression of interest at bvanbladel@cfo-for-hire.com.

Thank you for your consideration,

Beth van Bladel, CPA
CFO for Hire, a division of BST & Co. CPAs, LLP

Please note – All nominees must be in compliance with CPA licensing rules and NYSSCPA membership requirements.  

By Beth van Bladel, Northeast Chapter President

Northeast Chapter Game Plan

I hope everyone had a nice summer! The strength of our Northeast Chapter resides in the engagement of our members. I am excited to share that we have successfully recruited board and committee members to lead and plan events for the coming year.

On June 30th, the Northeast Chapter held its Annual Organizational Meeting and discussed the following member needs/concerns:

1. Want networking opportunities:

i. Bankers and Lawyers

ii. Legislators

2. Want CPE:

i. Ethics

ii. Tax

3. Want support groups:

i. CPA Candidates

ii. Members in Industry

4. Need help communicating with supervisors about:

i. Feeling isolated - want more engagement and connection with co-workers

ii. Feeling stressed - Work/life balance concerns

iii. Feeling valued - want to integrate personal purpose with work

5. Need help with retention and recruiting:

i. Do not want to lose valued team members

ii. Cannot find qualified candidates to recruit

iii. Want to inspire students to consider the accounting profession

Based upon the above list, the Northeast Chapter leadership will be focusing on the following committees and planning activities:

1. CFO Committee – virtually meets at 4 pm on the last Wednesday of every month.

2. Financial Professionals Golf Event Committee – event is scheduled for July 26th

3. Bar & Ledger Ethics CPE and Networking Event Committee – event date TBD

4. Tax Conference – event date TBD

5. NextGen Committee – event dates TBD

i. CPA Candidate Support Group

ii. Skills Development

- Networking

- Communication

- Generational Differences

- Work/Life Balance

6. Educators Committee – event dates TBD

i. High School and College Outreach

ii. COAP

iii. Scholarship Promotion

iv. Engagement with CPA Careers Committee

I have the following requests:

1. If you are interested in any of the above committees, please reach out to me.

2. Please support the Northeast Chapter by attending our events.

3. Please pay attention to Chapter updates posted on the Northeast Chapter Webpage and emails sent from the NYSSCPA.

Thank you,

Beth van Bladel, CPA
CFO for Hire, a division of BST & Co. CPAs, LLP

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