November 2016
No meeting this month; Happy Thanksgiving!

December Holiday Party

Date: Tuesday December 13, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Nicole Letellier's home

Watch for the invitation this week for more details!


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There is an excellent line-up of programs for the Silicon Valley Chapter this year, 
and most of them qualify for CPE!  Check out the line-up as we have engaged some dynamic 
and outstanding speakers coming up for 2016/2017.


Holiday Party

Topic - Financial Strategies for Women
Speaker: Ann Escobar, Waddell and Reed

Topic -Tax Update
Speaker: Annette Nellen, SJSU

Joint meeting with IMA Peninsula Silicon Valley
Topic - TBD

Speaker: TBD

11th Annual Spring Gala and Scholarship Awards Night
Topic - TBD
Speaker: TBD

New Board Installation 2017-2018
Topic - TBD
Speaker: TBD


In This Issue:

~President's Message~
~November News~
  •  A Body Oriented Perspective on Stress Management and Self Care
  • The Benefit of Branching Out 
  • 10 Effective Interview Questions for Accounting and Finance Professionals 

~Board of Directors~

~Committee Updates~

~AFWA Foundation~



Edronda Guiriba  
AFWA - Silicon Valley Chapter President
I was fortunate to attend this year's AFWA National Conference in Denver Colorado from October 26th to October 28th. As always, it was a great networking and learning experience and it was tons of fun! 

As a member of the AFWA LEAP Council, which was created by National Headquarters to hear and utilize the voice and opinions of younger professionals within AFWA, I was proud of the Young Professional Program we were able to help put together. This was a half day track that consisted of great speakers and topics such as "Delivering on Your Promise: A Guide to Building a Personal Brand for Success" and "Achievement NOW!" designed for targeting and achieving specific goals.

I was also proud of our past chapter president and past National president, Monika Miles, who received the Women of Influence recognition at the closing ceremony. AFWA's  Women of Influence represent the passionate and respected industry leaders who the organization empowers members to be. Congrats Monika!

I highly encourage members to attend at least one National Conference. It's a great way to connect with members from other chapters, get a great deal on CPE pricing, to travel (next year's conference will be in Washington DC!) and to take full advantage of your membership.

With the holidays approaching, our chapter is holding our annual holiday party. Watch for registration details - I hope to see you there!



2016 Annual Business Meeting Message
Posted November 09, 2016 
By AFWA National President, Linda Harris, CPA  
When I was installed as National President in Billings earlier this spring, I challenged the National Board as well as those present to be the change they wish to see in AFWA.  Gandhi was on point when he said that we must be the change we wish to see in the world.

I realize that change is not something that comes easy - but the world has changed dramatically over the 77 years since our organization was founded and I wonder what Ida Broo would think.  I believe if she knew then how important AFWA would be to the women in accounting & finance she would face today's challenges with the same passion and commitment.

Too many seem to classify today's women as those who fought for equal pay and hammered at the glass ceiling or the younger generation of women who are portrayed as taking that all for granted. There is no difference - we are all women who just happen to be at different points in our lives and careers.   Unfortunately some of the same challenges and struggles faced by many of us will be faced by those following in our footsteps.  We all have something to offer each other.  It is not and should not be us vs. them.  That is why a woman-serving organization is so important - that is what AFWA members do so well and need to continue to do.  AFWA is great at building relationships.

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5 Ways Managers Can Promote Workplace Happiness
Posted November 09, 2016
By Lisa Amstutz


Monday morning started by going to fill my water bottle in the break room. Someone had placed a Post-it note on the water cooler that read: "You matter!" I'd never seen anything quite like it at the office. I couldn't help but smile. Someone had brightened my day near the finance department where I sit, and I didn't even know who to thank for this inspirational message of workplace happiness.

When was the last time you made an effort to improve the workplace happiness of your finance team? Happy employees are good for business. They are more engaged, loyal and productive.

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How Managers Can 'Walk the Talk' Around Work-Life Balance
Posted by Robert Half Finance & Accounting,October 27, 2016

  As a manager, you already know about  work-life balance  - perhaps the king of 21 st  century office buzz phrases. If not, it goes something like this: The demands of our finance careers should not override our ability to enjoy a satisfying personal life. When we neglect one in favor of the other, both tend to suffer.


Board President:
Edronda Guiriba

Program Director:  
Tran Huynh

Newsletter/Web Chair:
Julien LaCrosse

President Elect:
Nicole Sheets

Scholarship Director:

Hospitality Director: 
Jeff Olevson

Sue Stokke

CPE Chair:
Deborah Rosengarten

Hospitality Co-Chair: 
Barbara Lietzan

Julia Becklund 
Immediate Past President:
Eileen Perry



  • All Levels of Accounting & Finance
  • Bookkeepers
  • Corporate Accounting Finance
  • Public Accounting
  • Management & Educators
  • Recruiters
If you would like to join the Silicon Valley Chapter of AFWA, follow the link to our National website:
Please feel free to complete the application or forward a copy to someone you think would benefit from joining our Chapter.
Prestigious status of professional affiliation
  • National contacts for networking and professional information
  • Forum for CPE
  • Scholarships
  • Leadership opportunities in supportive arena
  • Subscription to Accountability e-newsletter 
  • National and regional conferences at a discounted rate
  • Access to Career Center
  • Access to AFWA's LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter groups and National online membership directory
  • Discounted membership to the Institute for Management Accountants (IMA)
  • Discounted products and services through affiliation agreements (CPA review courses, CCH tax & accounting books, Long Term Care Insurance and Bank of America credit card)
Email Edronda Guiriba

Hospitality Chair: Jeff Olevson
CPE Chair: Deborah Rosengarten, CPA

Reservation and cancellation policy:  
Reservations or cancellations are requested by noon on the Friday preceding each meeting.  Email Allyson- to reserve or cancel. The goal is an accurate count for the hotel.  Unreserved members (not guests) incur a surcharge of $5.00.
Reserved members or guests who are no-shows will be billed if not cancelled by noon the preceding Friday. We do want you to come to the meetings and reservations are helpful but if you have to cancel let us know beforehand to avoid incurring the cost of the meal.

WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARD PAYMENT AT THE DOOR with higher cost. Online registration will close on Sunday before the event day. 
Volunteers are always welcome at our monthly membership meetings. Lend a helping hand to make our monthly events and meetings even more interesting while building a great network and forming new relationships.
CPE credit is available for participating in any of our qualified programs.  See Debbie for more details in person at the meeting.

Chair: Julien LaCrosse

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2017 AFWA National Conference
Watch for details for the 2017 AFWA National Conference 
to be held  October 2017 in Washington DC!

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.



The Foundation is all about us, accounting and financial professionals, we strive every day to make a difference in the financial world and in our communities. The Foundation is charged with raising funds for national scholarships, and educational advancement of our peers and rising leaders. 


The Foundation offers each of us the opportunity to support the future direction of the profession where we have gained our own personal successes.


It is important to support those entering the profession and working alongside us. Those that follow in our footsteps have much to teach us and much to learn from us. They embody the next generation of accounting and financial professionals. Our goal for you and AFWA is to lead the way in their development.




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 Founded in 1938, AFWA/ASWA provides  women in accounting and finance the  leadership, education and networking  opportunities needed to achieve their career  goals. Celebrating 75 years as the only  organization that solely represents the interest  of women in the entire accounting and finance  community. The organization's mission is to  enable women in all accounting and related  fields to achieve their full personal,
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