Message from the President

Members and Friends of IMA's Mt. Rainier Chapter:

November, 2018:
Our chapter has successfully participated in several dinner meetings arranged by AFWA. We also sent six students to IMA's annual Student Leadership Conference in St. Louis earlier this month. We are currently planning a two-hour ethics session to be held in January or February. It is inspiring to read the recent note by Dee Freeland, the energetic leader of AFWA Tacoma. What she is writing is so true:

Thank you for attending the Mt. Rainier IMA and Tacoma AFWA Young Professionals & Students event on Thursday night.  I hope you enjoyed our speaker.  Stephen had lots of valuable tips packed in his fun, entertaining Power Point presentation.  I am looking forward to reviewing the presentation.  Others may wish to do that as well, so Stephen has sent it to me to share with our attendees [please let us know if you would like a copy]

So, what was my big take away from our meeting?  Effective networking opens the door to inspiration because we meet people who have ideas and resources that we lack.  Then, this inspiration leads to motivation and motivation leads to action.  Stephen’s observation that professional organizations—the ORIGINAL Social Media—are seeing renewed interest and involvement was especially encouraging.

Being part of a professional organization provides opportunities for all those things to happen—networking, inspiration, motivation, and action.  As Andreas Udbye, current Mt. Rainier IMA president, gave the tribute to Dawne Swanson, past president of the Chapter, I was reminded of how Dawne’s enthusiasm inspired me when I was serving as Tacoma AFWA’s secretary.  At that time, the Tacoma AFWA group was faltering and almost closed the Chapter.  She reached out to us at that time and suggested that we join forces with Mt. Rainier IMA.  The joint meetings that we held in the 2016-17 year kept our chapter going, and perhaps without her realizing it, she inspired me to take on the role as Tacoma AFWA President in Summer 2017.  I feel deep gratitude for the ideas and topic suggestions she shared with me as I moved into my chapter leadership position last year.  I am excited to be working with the Mt. Rainier IMA group again this year.  Together, we are stronger!

We were very grateful to have Chris Aquino [IMA's Bellevue based Business Development Manager] and his lovely wife with us.  We appreciate his sharing about CMA credentials and his professional experiences.  Several students lingered after the meeting to talk with him and to review other materials that were available on the display tables.

The student ambassadors who shared the Wiley and Becker materials also did a fantastic job.

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We most likely won’t have our Tacoma AFWA website updated with December meeting details until after Thanksgiving.  However, I am attaching our December meeting flier so that you can save the date.  Lisa’s presentation promises to be really fun as well.  And we will be having a gift exchange and toy drive for those who wish to participate.  More details will be forthcoming on social media and our website soon.

We hope to see you in December!

Best regards,

Dee Freeland

Tacoma AFWA President http://www.afwatacoma.org

September, 2018: 
Our local chapter is still kicking, and after a quiet 2017-18 season, we are now ramping up the activity level again. As for events, the board of directors has decided to piggyback on the Tacoma chapter of AFWA's programming (Accounting and Financial Women's Alliance, open to everybody). Over the years it has become more difficult for both organizations to attract sizable crowds to the meetings, so it makes sense for us to join forces in putting on interesting and relevant events. The joint events will be posted on this website as they materialize. 

The Mt. Rainier chapter will also prioritize the development and support of local accounting students, both by sending students to IMA's annual Student Conference (this year in November) and by holding one or two events on college campuses, primarily PLU and UPS. 

To maintain chapter status we will also offer a 2-hour ethics program some time this winter. 

While the driving forces over the next year will be accounting colleague Kris Parsons (a PLU professor) and myself (a UPS professor), we retain a full board with four officers and at-large members. We hope to see you at one of our joint AFWA/IMA events over the next year!


Andreas Udbye, Ph.D., MBA
University of Puget Sound



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    Our VP, Kris Parsons, reports: Congratulations to the following area students who were sponsored by the Mt Rainier chapter of IMA to attend the Student Leadership Conference in St Louis in November.  They were able to hear from industry leaders on quantitative topics such as blockchain and data analytics.  Just as importantly they participated in sessions such as leadership, etiquette, ethics, and networking.  We anticipate future CMAs for our chapter since some of these students have followed up with scholarships to study and sit for the exam.    

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