June 2018 Print

President's Message

It's hard to believe that my year as President will end June 30, 2018. As I reflect back on the year I'm honored to have served as President. AFWA is a fantastic organization providing great networking opportunities, CPE events, social events and continuous learning. I encourage you to explore the opportunities available to you and to consider helping the Omaha Chapter to ensure we stay viable.

During the months of June and July the Omaha Chapter will take a break.

This will allow the 2018-2019 board to transition in place. Be prepared to attend some educational and fun events this coming year. Summer is the time for family vacations, we hope you all enjoy this hot weather and that you will share with us pictures and stories about your vacation(s).

My final thoughts: In the busy-ness of my day, I sometimes forget to stop to thank my family, friends and co-workers for all the good in my life. My blessings are many and my heart is filled with gratefulness for the gift of living, for the ability to love and be loved, for the opportunity to learn and share.

I recently attended a conference where Shawn Achor a happiness researcher, spoke about the science of happiness and how simply strategies promote positive leadership and improved engagement. My take-a-ways were 1) Each morning spend 2 minutes praising or thanking people in your life. 2) Write down 3 things daily you are thankful for and why.

Thank you for the opportunity to be your 2017-2018 President.

Annette Devine

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Congratulations to our scholarship recipients!

Undergraduate - Emily Franzen University of Nebraska - Kearney

Masters - Taylor Hoyt University of Nebraska - Lincoln


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Previous Events

May Event - Annual Public Relations Dinner and CPE Event

We had such a wonderful turnout! Thank you everyone for attending and supporting the AFWA Omaha Chapter.

The CPE sessions ranged from excel tips and tricks, to identity theft, alll the way to leadership in the workplace and emotional intelligence.  All of the presentations were informative and made the afternoon enjoyable!

Our keynote speaker, Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein, J.D. was phenomenal! She provided so much insight and wisdom for all women to succeed and lead.

We are very thankful to those that donated a raffle basket.  The baskets were amazing and the cake pop fundraiser was fun and delicious! The raffle baskets and cake pops raised a total of $965! Half of the funds raised will be donated to Completely Kids in Omaha.



April Event - Self-Defense Social at Tactical 88

What an experience! We learned how to be aware of our surroundings, be cognizant of our intuition when interacting with people, how to protect ourselves by using our voice, and some easier ways to physically protect ourselves.

After our hands on self-defense training we enjoyed appetizers at the restaurant in Tactical 88 and had our meeting which included voting on the proposed bylaw amendments.


February Event - Health and Fitness Tips for Women at Prairie Life Fitness

The professionals at Prairie Life Fitness provided an informational presentation on nutrition and exercise, gave us a tour of the facilities and provided us lunch from the cafe.



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Employment Opportunities

Have an employment opportunity to post?  Ads are free for members - please contact communications@omahaafwa.org for more information! 


Volunteer Opportunities

Have an volunteer opportunity to post?  Ads are free for members - please contact communications@omahaafwa.org for more information! 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Opportunity

Ashley Huss, our 2018-2019 AFWA Omaha Chapter President, has been a Big Sister since 2011. Ashley is reaching out to our members and their employers to see if they would host a lunch and learn at their office for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands to come talk to their employees about the program. Lunch will be provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Ashley hopes the lunch and learn will inspire members and employees to become Bigs. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands would love the opportunity to plan something with your employer. Please email ahuss@infinitycpagroup.com for more information!

Here is a great article about how companies and their employees benefit when they take interest in volunteer opportunities.  Omaha business Ervin & Smith contributed to the article. https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/employee-relations/pages/businesses-and-community-benefit-from-employee-volunteer-projects.aspx

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Member News

Welcome to the AFWA - Omaha Chapter Amber Velasquez, Melissa Helm, Edna Chan, and Star Rochell
 May Anniversaries  
  • Gloria Mendez – 11 years
  • Susan Eldridge – 7 years                            
 June Anniversaries  
  • Ellen Rowland – 9 years
  • Emily Nave – 7 years                              
  • Natalya Walls – 6 years
 August Anniversaries  
  • Jamie Brewer – 2 years

Member Involvement

Looking to do more in AFWA?  Let us know!

We are looking for members to volunteer on our committees to help make meetings and events the best they can be.

For more details on how you can get involved, send a message to programming@omahaafwa.org or talk to one of the Board Members.


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AFWA National News

Did you know?

AFWA offers CPE credit to its members through select monthly webinars.  Details on the webinars and availability of CPE credit can be found at afwa.org/events

National Conference - Registration is Open

The 2018 AFWA Women Who Count National Conference has been scheduled for Sunday, October 28 - Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri!

AFWA’s Women Who Count National Conference offers technical education to keep you competitive and professional development to empower your potential. Not only will you earn quality CPE through both technical and professional development tracks, you’ll be introduced to a network of hundreds of accounting and finance professionals, from emerging leaders to experienced industry professionals.

Registration is now open!

Visit the AFWA National website for more information.


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Interested in Joining AFWA?

Please contact membership@omahaafwa.org or a Board Member if you are interested in joining the Omaha Chapter of AFWA.

You may also access membership information at: http://www.omahaafwa.org/join.php 


New Referral Program for AFWA Members

Do you have a colleague in mind who would benefit from an AFWA membership?

A co-worker who has asked for more information about AFWA?

AFWA has launched a new membership referral program. When you refer a contact to AFWA, a national volunteer will send a personalized message to that individual.

When your referral joins AFWA, you receive a certificate for $10 off your membership renewal! Learn more at AFWA.org/referrals


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Check Us Out on Social Media

Like the "Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance - Omaha" Facebook page and follow @OmahaAFWA on Twitter and Instagram!

 Give us a “like” for event reminders, Tip Tuesday and Wellness Wednesday posts, accounting humor, and much more!
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Board of Directors

2017-2018 AFWA Omaha Chapter Board of Directors
President - Annette Devine, FLMI, ACS
Woodmen Life
President Elect & Vice President - Ashley Huss
Infinity CPA Group 
Past President - Natalya Walls, CPA

Treasurer - Jamie Brewer
Bland & Associates, PC, CPAs
Email: treasurer@omahaafwa.org
Secretary - Krystal Elms, CPA
Seim Johnson, LLP
Director of Programming - Amanda Braasch, CPA
Email: programming@omahaafwa.org
Director of Membership - Darlene Lynam
               Woodmen Life
Email: membership@omahaafwa.org
Director of Communication - Rebecca Goodwin
Bland & Associates, PC, CPAs
Email: communications@omahaafwa.org


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AFWA's Mission

To enable women in all accounting and finance fields to achieve their full potential and to contribute to their profession.

Empowerment  //  Integrity  //  Leadership  //  Passion

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