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Ongoing Initiatives With DEI Task Force Chair Lisa Fisher

As the month of October seeks to raise global awareness around diversity issues, MICPA president and CEO Bob Doyle reflects on the path to creating a more diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. While there is still much to learn, Bob discusses the road so far in effecting change within the organization and talks to MICPA DEI Task Force chair Lisa Fisher, CPA, and Manager, Tax Accounting, at Daimler North America, about ongoing DE&I initiatives and the driving forces behind her hands-on approach to progress

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Gov. Whitmer recently declared Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 Hispanic Heritage Month in Michigan, aligning with the national month of recognition, in order to acknowledge the countless contributions of Hispanic Michiganders to the state. MICPA President and CEO Bob Doyle took the opportunity to raise awareness of those contributions within the association as well by discussing the journey of member Imelda Castro Scott from her beginnings in Mexico to earning her CPA while working for GM, and the impact of both the credential and her heritage has made on her career.

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Celebrating Higher Education

The accounting profession is currently undergoing several major changes and, as Monday, June 7, marks National Higher Education Day, it only seemed appropriate to get an inside perspective on how those changes are impacting accounting education. I recently sat down with member and recipient of the 2020 MICPA Accounting Teaching Excellence Award Anthony Kurek to get his perspective on teaching, the new CPA Exam, and more!

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Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty

Sometimes to move forward it helps to consider where you’ve been, how you’ve changed over time, and where you are now before you determine where you’d like to be. This year, as we celebrate 120 years, we’re looking back on the profession’s triumphs and achievements and recognizing the challenging circumstances of the past in which we’ve prevailed. If the last year has taught us anything, it is that life as we know it can change in a moment’s time… but we are indeed resilient.

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Opportunities and Life in Balance

Last weekend we greeted the first day of spring with open arms, and I got the opportunity to speak one-on-one with MICPA member Dominic Ortiz, CPA, CGMA. Our conversation touched on some of the great things about the profession, including the unexpected doors it can open for CPAs.

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Better Together: MICPA CEO Bob Doyle Sits Down with NABA Detroit Chapter Treasurer

Darius Jackson, CPA, Accounting Analyst at Ford Motor Credit Company and Treasurer of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) – Detroit Chapter connected with MICPA CEO Bob Doyle for a frank discussion of the diversity in the profession as well as growing awareness of the CPA / accounting career path and it’s opportunities amongst African American communities. Currently only about 1% of CPAs are African American. It is the mission of NABA to develop, encourage and serve the African American community and those trying to pursue a career in accounting. Read (or view) more from this special interview with Bob and Darius and discover what you can do to foster awareness.

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The MICPA’s Vision is to Advocate, Collaborate and Educate and we're spending February advocating for you!

The 101st legislative session convened in January, which means there are new leadership and new committees that impact the profession. While the current political climate may seem like a reason to step away from politics, now is the time to ensure that we are breaking through the noise and that the CPA voice is heard throughout the policy making process. Learn more about how we are building relationships!

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Disseminating Growth & the Power of Gratitude

Happy Groundhog Day! Woody, Michigan’s official groundhog made her virtual prediction from the Howell Nature Center and it looks like winter isn’t quite finished in Michigan, according to her innate wisdom. Whether our resident groundhog is right or wrong, today brings the concept of change into focus. Like the coming spring, change brings with it the opportunity for rebirth and new growth…  

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Our 120th Anniversary

Happy New Year (Can I still say that on January 19?!?) We are particularly excited to welcome you into 2021 because it is a special year for our association. A new mission and vision for the future combine with 120 years of service

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MICPA CEO Bob Doyle Seeks Member Feedback

Without question, this year has been a challenge for everyone. In our constant quest to improve, MICPA CEO Bob Doyle asks MICPA members to offer their feedback and let us know how we can better serve you in this challenging time, and always.

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MICPA CEO Bob Doyle Discusses Hispanic Heritage Month with Michigan ALPFA President

Juliette Antwan, president of the Michigan Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) and Global IT Audit Manager at Aptiv spoke with me more about Hispanic Heritage Month, which is recognized from September 15 – October 15 each year and celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

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MICPA CEO Bob Doyle Recognizes Outgoing Board Chair & Members

This year has been a pivotal time for us, yet with new challenges come new opportunities to grow, learn and contribute. As we recognize the efforts of our members for all they do within their communities I, and the entire MICPA, are proud to welcome new leadership into the board as they take up the baton from their predecessors.

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Virtual Learning This Fall

I can’t believe it’s already September! I hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy your summer despite the COVID-19 crisis. It has flown by for me as I continue to transition into my new role and listen and learn from our members.

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Advocating for YOU in Lansing

Last Tuesday (July 28, 2020) I had the great opportunity to testify before the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee to express the CPA profession’s concerns with Senate Bill 40. The hearing was held in the Capitol, utilizing appropriate COVID safety precautions. I love visiting Michigan’s Capitol! It’s such a cool building that is full of history. I always get excited walking into the building, from my first field trip tour in 3rd grade to the awesome opportunity I had in high school to participate in a model legislative session on the Senate floor as part of the Boys’ State program. This hearing took place in the original room where the Michigan Supreme Court met; so cool!

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MICPA Releases Reopening Toolkit for Members & Their Clients

The onset and disruption stemming from COVID-19 has reminded us that our teams are our most important and valuable assets. Without them we would be unable to provide services, manufacture products or operate effectively.

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Introducing Our CPE Concierge Service

As all Michigan CPAs know, the deadline for earning your 40-hours of continuing education is June 30, 2020. THIS DATE WILL NOT BE EXTENDED!

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Continuing to Help Small Businesses in Michigan

We’ve continued to have the opportunity to partner with many different organizations to support each other and businesses throughout the state of Michigan. Our partnership with the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM), the State of Michigan, Rocket Mortgage and DTE Energy where we put together our resources and launch the mipaycheckprotection.com website was great.

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Speaking with You…Virtually…at the Members Advisory Symposium

This Wednesday, May 13, I finally have the opportunity to speak with you, our members! I’ve been looking forward to this since I started at the MICPA. Our annual Members Advisory Symposium has always been a great way to connect with our members, offering excellent education with an agenda of awesome speakers, and providing an update on your association.

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In Real Life, People Are Awesome

We want to do our small part in recognizing these people and companies that are part of the MICPA who are doing awesome things. Please help us #AcCountTheWays that CPAs and others in the accounting profession are making a difference as we work together to fight COVID-19.

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