April 2017
AFWA Silicon Valley
Monthly News & Updates

Edronda Guiriba, CPA
Board President 2016-2017
Thanks to everyone who attended and sponsored our Annual Spring Gala and Scholarship Awards Night this past Tuesday April 25, 2017.

The event began with networking over wine and hor d'oeuvres, an announcement of the elected slate of the officers and directors for our 2017-2018 board, a shout-out to our gala sponsors, including a special presentation from Edward Jones financial advisors Shane Jacksteit and Linh Thai.

We presented and congratulated our scholarship winners with their awards. We had a wonderful speaker, Erin McConlogue from Dale Carnegie Training San Francisco, end the night with her presentation "Building Rapport and Communications Tactics." What a jam-packed, yet another successful event!

As a former scholarship recipient of AFWA SIlicon Valley myself, it is dear to my heart to witness and to be a part of awarding scholarships every year. On my personal Facebook newsfeed I was reminded of my scholarship award when a picture I took showed up on my timeline - from 2011! That's a picture of my scholarship certificate above!

Next month's meeting will be another eventful meeting, because we will also have our board installation of the elected 2017-2018 directors and officers. Watch for the event invite for more details. See you there!


Matilde Saucedo
Santa Clara University

Matilde is currently attending Santa Clara University with a major in Accounting. Her parents were immigrants from Mexico looking to live the American Dream. She wants to excel academically and work towards a career that will empower her to become a role model for so many Latinas who share a similar background. Her grade point average is 3.946 and is anticipating graduating in May 2019.

Roberto Magana
San Jose State University

Roberto grew up in Watsonville and always had big city dreams. He started his education at San Francisco State, but then went to a Junior College to allow his sister to get an education too without being too much of a burden to his parents. Being the eldest out of all his cousins, he felt responsible to be a role model for them. He currently works for Boman Accounting Group. He anticipates graduating December 2017 and would like to be a member of AFWA.

Thanks to our 2017 Gala Sponsors!

Financial Advisors Shane Jacksteit and Linh Thai
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From aspiring entry-level, to seasoned professional, to deserving retiree, AFWA is proud to develop and support women in accounting and finance throughout their careers. We want to give you the opportunity to express the same commitment to AFWA that we have made to you – by becoming a lifetime member.

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Developing Success Skills
By AFWA National President, Linda Harris, CPA
Posted 4/12/2017

By the time you read this, April 18th will be just days away. The past three and half months, those of us in public accounting have had to exercise our technical skills, the skills and knowledge directly related to our professional industry. Without those technical skills, we could not perform our jobs. However, I could never survive busy season if I didn’t also possess what I like to call success skills.

Women of Influence
Q&A: Moving into a Management Role
Posted April 18, 2017

Q: Often when you are looking to advance in your career and the next step up is a supervisory role of some sort, preferred qualifications in job descriptions often include supervisory experience, even for the lowest levels of supervisors. This seems very circular! How do you get supervisory experience if entry-level supervisor roles require or prefer supervisory experience? Many of our WOI are supervisors/managers, how did they step into that first managing role? —-  Sara Page, CPA

LEAP Spotlight: Corinne Dougherty
Posted 4/18/2017

Professional Profile:
  • Name: Corinne Dougherty
  • Profession: CPA/auditor
  • Employer: KPMG LLP
  • Industry Experience: 13 years
  • AFWA Chapter: Washington, DC
  • Why did you join AFWA? A few of the partners in my practice were past presidents of the DC Chapter. They talked very highly of the organization, so I wanted to join to experience what they did and also to expand my network.

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Board President: Edronda Guiriba

President Elect: Nicole Sheets

Treasurer: Sue Stokke

Secretary: Julia Becklund 

Program Director:  Tran Huynh

Newsletter/Web Chair: Julien LaCrosse

Hospitality Director: Jeff Olevson

CPE Chair: Deborah Rosengarten

Hospitality Co-Chair: Barbara Lietzan

Immediate Past President: Eileen Perry 
WHERE: Washington D.C at The Westin Alexandria
WHEN: Sunday, October 29 - Monday, October 30, 2017

AFWA Day: Saturday, October 28

  • featuring chapter development and professional development designed for current and aspiring AFWA Chapter leaders.

Pre-Conference: Saturday, October 28 - 

  • earn up to 4 additional hours of CPE

More information coming soon!  |  Registration to open June 2017

The Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance Annual Conference is the premier networking and education event for professionals and students of Accounting and Finance. The event attracts hundreds of professionals from across the country for four days of educational sessions - providing up to 24 hours of CPE credit - presented by leaders in the industry.

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