2017 Women's Conference (WC17)
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 Export to Your Calendar 5/19/2017
When: 05/19/2017
8:00 AM until 4:20 PM
Where: Renaissance Hotel
7000 Bluebonnet Blvd
Baton Rouge
United States

Online registration is available until: 5/19/2017
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Keeping home and career balanced takes practice, determination, and grace — not to mention a little attitude. Join us for this special annual event that addresses issues unique to women in the CPA profession and highlights accomplished female leaders and best practices for career advancement. You’ll gain the confidence to stay on your toes and feel ready for whatever comes your way.

Sponsorships are still available. Contact Misean Reed at 504.904.1133 or mreed@lcpa.org.

7:30 – 7:55 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:55 – 8:00 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:00 – 9:10 am The Power of Women Helping Women Succeed
Lisa Traina, CPA, CITP, CGMA • Traina & Associates • Baton Rouge, LA

The power of women helping other women succeed should not be underestimated. Lisa Traina will share insights and tips for women at all points in their career and all positions on the corporate ladder to help women around them be more successful. There will be ample time for questions and group discussion, so come prepared with your questions and issues.

9:10 – 10:00 am Creating a Culture of Growth, Engagement and Inspiration
Dawn Harris • Campus Federal Credit Union • Baton Rouge, LA

In every organization there are multiple personal interactions daily that contribute (both positively and negatively) to the corporate culture. As a leader, you must nurture through mentorship, encourage positive conflict while mending broken bridges, ensure appropriate work activities to drive engagement while communicating a mission that inspires. In this presentation we will explore various ways that have worked in one company to achieve high levels of women executives, exceptional employee engagement ratings and a positive corporate culture.

10:00 – 10:20 am Break
10:20 – 11:10 am Crucial Conversations: Intentional Communication
Donna Salter • AICPA Young Member Initiatives • Durham, NC

When stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong, casual conversations become crucial. When we fail a crucial conversation, every aspect of our lives can be affected-from careers, to relationships, to personal health. If we cannot talk honestly we can expect poor results. This session will provide skills to step-up to controversial and heated issues in a way that makes it safe for everyone to speak.

11:10 am – 12:00 pm Mentoring in 2017: What Does It Look Like?
AICPA Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee Representative

Mentoring relationships are vital to employee growth. They help develop employees and the organization, provide an opportunity to share knowledge and expertise, and assist employees in achieving their career goals. But how do you adapt these relationships to fit with today’s technologies and changing work environments? We will look at how to build a successful mentoring program (formal and informal), responsibilities of mentors and protégés, and provide practical tips for beginning, maintaining, and enhancing mentoring relationships in today’s workplace.

Lynne and Yasmine will also provide an update on the AICPA’s new mentoring program and how you can get involved.

12:00 – 1:15 pm 2017 Women to Watch Awards Luncheon
1:15 – 2:15 pm Ready, Set, Fail! Leadership Lessons From Epic Fails
Joseph Rugger, CPA, CGMA • CFO — Jonesboro Prosthetic and Orthotic Laboratory • Jonesboro, AR

A major difference between high achieving leaders and those that are just average is the way they fail. In this session, we will dig deep into some of the most famous cases of failure, response, and rebound. I will mix in some personal stories of people I’ve known over the years that have failed and moved forward in a way that only enhanced their credibility and impact as leaders. John Maxwell’s Failing Forward provides a lot of guidance for this session.

2:15 – 3:15 pm Building a Successful Off-Ramping Program
Lindsay Stevenson, CPA, CGMA • VP Finance — 1st Financial Bank USA • Dakota Dunes, SD

A large percentage of women professionals will “off ramp” or exit the workforce sometime in their careers, representing a loss of resources for their employers. Building an effective off-ramping program is all about keeping those off-ramped employees engaged so that their intent always is to return to the workforce and specifically, to your organization. This presentation is designed to help organizations consider their options for building and delivering off-ramping programs.

3:15 – 3:35 pm Break
3:35 – 4:35 pm Are You a Screaming Peacock? Putting Positivity in Your Productivity
Julie Laperouse • Emergent Method • Baton Rouge, LA

Is your “9 to 5” turning into your “Gotta Show Up – Can’t Wait To Leave?” Let Screaming Peacock help you infuse a little more positivity into your productivity while also learning how to help uplift the other women in your workplace. 

Lisa Traina, CPA, CITP, CGMA • Traina & Associates
Baton Rouge, LA

Coming soon.

Dawn Harris • Campus Federal Credit Union • Baton Rouge, LA

Coming soon.

Donna Salter • AICPA Young Member Initiatives
Durham, NC

Coming soon.

Melisa Galasso, CPA • Galasso Learning Solutions LLC
Charlotte, NC

Coming soon.

Joseph Rugger, CPA, CGMA • CFO — Jonesboro Prosthetic and Orthotic Laboratory
Jonesboro, AR

Coming soon.

Lindsay Stevenson, CPA, CGMA • VP Finance — 1st Financial Bank USA
Dakota Dunes, SD

Coming soon.

Julie Laperouse • Emergent Method
Baton Rouge, LA

Coming soon.

CPE: 8


Member* Non-Member
Eary Bird(through 5/4) $289 $389
Standard(after 5/4 ) $339 $439

Women to Watch Luncheon ONLY: $40 per person

*Non-CPA staff of LCPA members may attend at the member rate.

Register online using the 'Register' button above. To register by phone, call the LCPA Member Service Center at 800.288.5272 or 504.464.1040 Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Need to register more than one person?
Fill out our Group Registration Form and email it to register@lcpa.org.

Renaissance Hotel
7000 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Rate: $139
Group Code: To secure this rate, mention the Women’s Leadership Conference.
Cut-off Date:April 27