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


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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, a CapinCrouse Company • 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 • President & CEO – 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 • Senior Manager, Young Member Initiatives – AICPA • 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?
Melisa Galasso, CPA • Galasso Learning Solutions LLC • Charlotte, NC

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.

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 • Chief Peacock – Screaming Peacock • 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, a CapinCrouse Company • Baton Rouge, LA

Lisa uses her more than 30 years of experience as a CPA, CITP and CGMA to help clients secure data and manage risks efficiently and effectively. Lisa is a nationally recognized speaker, sharing her knowledge with thousands of bankers, CPAs, nonprofit and business leaders annually to help them leverage emerging technologies and she's a two-time winner of LCPA's Outstanding Discussion Leader Award. She shares the same zest for innovation with her own company, which operates 100% in the cloud. 

Dawn Harris • President & CEO – Campus Federal Credit Union • Baton Rouge, LA

After 31 years with the organization, Dawn was named CEO of Campus Federal Credit Union in 2013. With branches in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport, $550M in assets, it's one of the largest local financial institutions in the state. Through the years, she has implemented various culture-building and leadership development programs and is now honored to say that 50% of the company’s executive management team is female, and 60% of the corporate management group are women.

Donna Salter • Senior Manager, Young Member Initiatives – AICPA • Durham, NC

Donna’s responsibilities include managing the AICPA’s very successful Leadership Academy and cultivating best practices throughout various channels to foster young member engagement. Before joining the AICPA, Donna was responsible for training program development and delivery for more than 2,000 employees within a private industry organization. Her experience also includes 25 years as director of professional development at the Utah Association of CPAs and the North Carolina Association of CPAs.

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

With nearly 15 years of experience in the accounting profession, Melisa designs and facilitates courses in advanced technical accounting and auditing topics, including not-for-profit and governmental accounting. She also supports essential professional development, public speaking, and business skills. Melisa is a member of and award-winning instructor for the AICPA, the North Carolina Association of CPAs, and the Virginia Society of CPAs.

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

In addition to his role with JP&O, Joseph serves as a discussion leader for the AICPA, several state CPA societies, and dozens of other organizations talking on the topic of personal finance, time management, negotiating, and body language. He also hosted a weekly radio show in Little Rock on KABF 88.3 FM called “Get in the Financial Know with Joe” for 2 years. Joseph currently serves on the board for the Arkansas Society of CPAs, was named the 2011 Outstanding Emerging CPA by the Arkansas Society of CPAs, and is a member of the AICPA’s EDGE Conference Planning Committee. 

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

Lindsay is a CPA in Arizona and South Dakota and is active in both state societies. Her love for volunteering extends to the AICPA as well where she is the Vice Chair of the Young Members Leadership Committee, sits on the Depository Institution Expert Panel and participated in the Firm in Motion Task Force. Lindsay is a 2015 graduate of the AICPA’s Leadership Academy and has spoken at the AICPA Practitioners Tech Plus Conference and the AICPA EDGE Experience, which she also helps to plan as a member of the EDGE Experience Planning Task Force. Lindsay has a passion for innovation and promoting women within the profession. 

Julie Laperouse • Chief Peacock – Screaming Peacock • Baton Rouge, LA

Julie Laperouse has been screaming all her life, but made it a profession in 2008 founding her company Screaming Peacock, where she delivers high-energy speeches and trainings to help you “put their best feather forward.” Julie has worked with organizations ranging from Nissan North America and the Society of Association Executives to various sororities and Junior Leagues. When she’s not screaming, Julie runs the talent development program at the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and hosts a DIY segment on WBRZ Channel 2. Her husband would say she enjoys over-scheduling, starting projects she doesn’t have time to finish, and teaching her 4 children how to use credit cards. 

CPE: 8

Category: Management

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

Women to Watch Luncheon ONLY: $40 (To attend the luncheon only, email Misean Reed.)

*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.

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Renaissance Hotel
7000 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
225.215.7000

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