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How CPAs Can Protect Client Data with Third-Party Vendors An Ignite Blog by: Dustin Hall Director, CPACharge Published November 15, 2019 As an accounting professional, you’re likely all too familiar with the rise of cyber-attacks targeting our industry. Hackers know that CPAs have access to their clients’ most personal financial data, which makes them prime ...
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Playbook Strategies for Business Relationship Development An Ignite Blog By: Mark Lacy, CPA Lead Client Service Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP Published October 25, 2019   The anticipation before game time for my favorite teams is probably when I’m most excited. The anxious anticipation is what it’s all about for me. My friends and I have dissected ...
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Engagement Matters

Engagement Matters An Ignite Blog by: © 2019 Mary R. MacBain, MS, CPA Published October 11, 2019 From the time one joins the KSCPA through life membership, engagement in the KSCPA matters. Engaged members are the lifeblood of any membership organization. KSCPA members with common core values come together to learn, to advocate for the profession, and ...
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Connecting With Your Team: The Secret Sauce An Ignite Blog By: Robyn Seglem, CPA, CGMA Director of Accounting, LK Architecture, Inc. Published September 20, 2019 Sugar coating the hard stuff doesn’t lead to improvement or growth. On the other hand, tough-love risks coming across harsh and unapproachable. Leading a team demands many levels of communication. ...
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Voices Heard: Small Firm Forum An Ignite Blog By: Carl Peterson, CPA, CGMA VP – Small Firm Interests – Public Accounting, AICPA Published September 6, 2019   You’ve got your finger on the red button. It’s the red button to the broadcast your voice across the loudspeakers at a ballpark that is filled with your friends and colleagues in the ...
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You Had Me At Hello…

You Had Me At Hello… An Ignite blog featuring recruiting tips for employers and students by: Gerrie Meyer, Director of Employee Development, Adams Brown Beran & Ball, Chtd. Published August 23, 2019 Excitement is in the air this time of year…can you feel it?  Knowing that fall is on the way is exciting for many reasons - the cool air, football season, ...
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Embracing Innovation Has Definite Advantages An Ignite blog by: Donna Funk, CPA, Principal at K•Coe Isom Published June 21, 2019 With so many news headlines circling around us on a daily basis regarding “future possibilities” of artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and data management, it’s easy to dismiss these topics and file them away ...
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Turning Legacy into Change - Supercharging Our Young Leaders for the Future An Ignite Blog by: Jessica Dwyer, CPA, Manager, K • Coe Isom Published June 21, 2019 The KSCPA’s inaugural young leadership program, the '20 up to 40' Leadership Program , reached legacy status by sparking young CPAs in the State of Kansas to become engaged in the profession ...
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Old, New, Borrowed and Blue: A Recap of the 2019 Legislative Session An Ignite Blog By: Marlee Carpenter, J.D., Owner, Bright & Carpenter Consulting, Inc. KSCPA Governmental Affairs Consultant Published June 14, 2019 As flowers emerge to show us their beauty, warm breezes fill the air, and birds delight us with their charming melodies, there’s no mistaking ...
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Are Soft Skills Becoming a Cliché? An  Ignite  Blog By: Mary R. MacBain, MS, CPA Published May 17, 2019 © 2019 Mary R. MacBain, MS, CPA   What are they                 Why they’re important                                 … and How to get them Over the past several years, much has been published about required competencies, and ...
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Leader, Slow Down to Go Faster An Ignite Blog By: Jon Lokhorst, CPA, ACC Executive Leadership Coach,  Lokhorst Consulting LLC Published May 3, 2019 “The pace of change will never again be as slow as it is today.” (Matthew Bishop, The Economist’s Innovation Forum, 2015) I paused as I saw these words on the big screen at an industry conference. “Shoot,” ...
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Generation Z Talent Seeks Empowering Work Culture Published April 19, 2019 PROFESSOR INSIGHT: Kim Church, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of Accounting University of Missouri-Kansas City Professional Bio Jeff Wright, CPA Executive Assistant Professor Rockhurst University Professional Bio GENERATION Z INSIGHT: ...
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Be Alert of Potential Tax Claims: Tax Reform + Wayfair An Ignite Blog by: Deborah Rood, CPA Risk Control Consulting Director, CNA Insurance Published March 15, 2019 Few tax practitioners would disagree that this tax season has been dominated by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Tax Reform”). Although I am no longer in public accounting and work for CNA Insurance, ...
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Students’ Outlook on Accounting Careers Published February 15, 2019 Priyanka Kapur MAcc Student The University of Kansas Colby Woods MAcc Student Wichita State University About Priyanka:  Priyanka Kapur has been a KSCPA student member for a little over a year. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s in accounting ...
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The New Accountant – The Business Athlete An Ignite  Blog by Richard Dinkel, CPA AICPA At Large Member of Council VP, Controller and Chief Risk Officer, Koch Industries, Inc. Published: February 1, 2019 I am frequently asked about the future of accounting and what we need to do to adequately prepare. Accounting is a broad career term that spans multiple ...
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"I Wish I Was 30 Years Younger!" An Ignite Blog By: Jay D. Langley, CPA, CGMA KSCPA Chair of the Board Vice President, Summers, Spencer & Company, P.A. Published January 18, 2019 Maybe everyone who reads this has felt the same way at some point in their life. If you are younger than 50, you can look forward to saying that someday. I attended the ...
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A Polar Bear Plunge Into the 2019 Legislative Session By Marlee Carpenter, J.D., Owner, Bright & Carpenter Consulting, Inc. KSCPA Governmental Affairs Consultant Published January 4, 2019 Brrrrr. This January, countless numbers of brave swimmers across the country will welcome the new year with frigid polar bear plunges into icy waters; all in good fun and ...
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Adding Wind to Your Sails: A Three-Legged Model for Advisory Services Published December 21, 2018 “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” – John Maxwell Every once in a while, something catches us off-guard and knocks the wind out of our sails. It doesn’t feel nice, and while ...
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A Collective Effort: Building Future Women Leaders By: Amber K. Goering, CPA, CGMA Shareholder, Goering and Granatino, P.A. Published December 14, 2018 “How can women reach the top in accounting?”   This Fortune headline appeared in print a mere three years ago. While 50 percent of accounting graduates are now women, only a small number of female accounting ...
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Breaking Free of the Past By Garrett Wagner, CPA.CITP Entrepreneurial CPA/Founder C3 Evolution Group Published: November 2, 2018 Unless this is your first time reading any accounting blog, magazine, or you normally just read the IRS tax code, you know about the major changes coming to the public accounting profession.  Artificial intelligence, machine ...
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