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Friday@Five has arrived!
Dear Hannah,

I had the pleasure of accompanying Jay Rothstein from the AICPA on his visits to G400 firms in Massachusetts this week. These visits confirmed for me that hiring and retaining staff are still the biggest issues for all firms, and adding more diversity to the profession is critical for our growth.

In response to this need, the MSCPA launched new initiatives this year to help fill the accounting pipeline with diverse candidates. One particularly exciting program was the new Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP), which is an opportunity for young people from underrepresented ethnic groups to experience a free, week-long program at Fisher College to increase their understanding of accounting and business career opportunities. Accounting Today recently published an op-ed I wrote on the importance of these programs for encouraging diversity in the profession –
you can read it here.  

We will continue the conversation on October 10 during HUBweek, Boston’s popular festival for the future that unites leaders from the top business sectors in Boston. Our introspective panel will cover unconscious bias in the hiring process, best practices for a diverse workplace, the role diversity plays in venture capital funding, filling the pipeline of future workers and the business benefits of increased diversity. Registration is free –
click here for details. I hope to see you there!

Have a great weekend!

Amy Pitter
MSCPA President/CEO
Members & Firms on the Move
  • AAFCPAs, Westborough/Boston/Wellesley, announced that:
  • JONATHAN BLOOM, CFP, wealth advisor of the firm’s Wealth Management and AMY MORRISON, CPA, manager, were nominated to the Board of Directors of The Whole Child in Upton;
  • MATT HUTT, CPA, CGMA and COURTNEY MCFARLAND, CPA, MSA, in collaboration with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (The League) and the Rhode Island Health Center Association (RIHCA), presented Medicare and Medicaid Cost Report Training sessions for Massachusetts and Rhode Island community health centers; and
  • CARLA MCCALL, CPA, CGMA was honored recently as the recipient of the inaugural Harry C. Bentley Alumni Achievement Award. McCall was also recently featured in AccountingToday in articles titled “AAFCPAs’ ‘Women’s Opportunity Network’ gives female leaders a pathway” and “Diversity in accounting has a long way to go.”
  • BAKER NEWMAN NOYES, Boston, was awarded the 2017 Marketing Achievement Award for Technical Published and Feature Articles by the Association for Accounting Marketing (AAM) on June 14 in Las Vegas. The award was presented at the 2017 AAM ENGAGE Summit, presented in partnership with the Association of Certified Public Accountants. AAM is the nation’s leading trade association focused exclusively on marketing and business development for the accounting profession.
  • GRAY, GRAY & GRAY, LLP, Canton, will host its 30th annual Year-End Business Planning seminar on November 7.
Do you have firm or member news to share? Tell us! Contact Hannah Naranjo at
Last Call for Buzz and Classified Announcements
Do you have news to share? Submissions to the MSCPA’s Buzz section and Classified advertisements in SumNews magazine are due next Friday, September 22. This issue will reach members the first full week in November. For more information about the Buzz, email Hannah Naranjo. For information and pricing for our Classified ads, email Kristin Wells. To view our September issue, click here.
Accounting in Extraordinary Times: Featuring AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA
The CPA profession will be "unrecognizable in 10 years" according to President and CEO of the American Institute of CPAs Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA. Cybersecurity, blockchain, artificial intelligence and cognitive technologies will leave most practices radically altered – and the decisions firms make now will determine their future. In his riveting presentation, Melancon provides insight on the forces shaping the future of accounting and how the profession must evolve to stay ahead - and remain in business.
Membership Celtics Event (10/18)
Join the MSCPA on Wednesday, October 18 to watch the Boston Celtics vs. the Milwaukee Bucks. Price includes face value ticket ($53) and open bar and appetizers at the pre-game networking event at The Harp.

Tickets are limited! This is a members-only event. You can only register 4 members per transaction.

Emerging Leaders Summit - Early Bird Special Ends on 9/30
Strengthen your business, networking, communication and leadership skills at our most popular conference for young professionals! A reception with drinks and light bites will follow. A photographer will also be available to update your headshot. 

Take advantage of our earlybird special and save $25 on registration by using promo code ELS25 at checkout!
Staring Down Retirement: Planning Strategies and Practical Advice (9/26)
This presentation will provide updates on legislative proposals and tax reforms, and will discuss existing strategies for planning for distribution of retirement account assets. The presentation will also offer advice on various administrative issues that arise in working with plan administrators and beneficiaries.
The Ethical Leader (9/29)
This course is designed for leaders of any size team (including individual contributors) to strengthen critical leadership skills, examine dilemmas that challenge a leader’s ethics and discuss how mindfulness can enhance your leadership capability. 

Public Accounting Excel Bootcamp (10/16)
This course provides new staff and interns with the tools and methods to effectively and efficiently use Excel. Participants will dramatically increase their efficiency in Excel and learn all the formulas and functions necessary to succeed at their job. This hands-on course is very interactive and engaging all while being fun and entertaining.

Recruit Diverse Candidates at NABA’s Annual Minority Business Conference Career Fair (10/14)
The Boston Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) will hold a career fair on Saturday, October 14 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Hynes Convention Center. For more information, contact Michelle Molina Acajabon at
New Jobs
  • Tax/Audit Seniors and Managers - Howe, Riley & Howe
  • Senior Accountant/Auditor - Ambrosi Donahue Congdon & Co., P.C.
  • Staff Accountant/Auditor - James A. George, PC
Per Diem Job Opportunity
  • Kesner, Godes & Morrissey, LLC - Per Diem Tax Preparer

Save 20% on Job Postings
Save 20% on your fall job posting or job posting package. Enter promo code RAKE17 at checkout. This sale ends at 11:59 p.m. on September 30. If you have any questions, contact Kara at
PJ Masks Live! (10/7 - 10/8)
The live show is based on eOne’s top-rated animated TV series, which airs daily on Disney Junior. Catboy, Owlette, Gekko and the Baddies will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, familiar and original music, acrobatics and immersive interactivity.

To purchase discounted tickets,
click here and enter promo code: CLUBLINK.

To view more of our featured member benefits, click here.
PCPS Next Generation Firm Leader Self-Assessment
Firm leaders set the tone for the entire firm, with research showing that firm leaders are the most critical component in retaining great talent who in turn deliver outstanding client service. Assess your behaviors in six key areas of engagement using the PCPS Next Generation Firm Leader Self-Assessment tool to identify opportunities for growth.
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  • Creating an Online Account as Firm
  • Franchise Audit


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