September 2020 Print

President's Message

Thank you to the members and guests who joined us for our kickoff event at Soaring Wings! We had a beautiful night and it was great to be able to enjoy some local wine and have great conversations. Even though the last six months have been different and difficult, it was easy to fall back into conversation and laughter. I cannot wait until this becomes the norm again instead of the exception.
Since we just kicked off our season and are working on the details of our programming calendar, I don’t have much AFWA news to share. Therefore, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts and encouragement.
I recently read an article that talked about the “wall” that comes six months into a crisis. We are now six months into the pandemic and I feel like we are coming upon that wall. Personally I am tired of the restrictions and ongoing uncertainty. There are days when I feel like things are fine and there are days when I feel like this will never end. The author, Aisha Ahmad, acknowledges that this is normal and assures us that this “wall” will break naturally in 4-6 weeks and that we will regain the initial strength and perseverance that got us through the start of the pandemic. She stresses that right now is the time to focus on our mental and physical health and to continue to give ourselves and others grace as we navigate through the continued uncertainty.
I am trying to apply these concepts daily and I encourage you all to look for ways to take a mental break from the craziness and to engage in activities that are meaningful and important to you. After this is all done, I hope we remember how resourceful we are, that our physical and mental health is important, and that as cliché as it is, it’s okay some days to say the best thing you did was….. survive the chaos.

“You have to look at your career and personal life at the big-picture level: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Doing that helps me feel OK during the weeks when one part of my life overwhelms the other.”
- Joanna Horsnail (Partner, Mayer Brown LLP)

Krystal Elms

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Event Registration

“Save the Date” CPE Presentation

Tuesday, October 20th

Virtual meeting

Topic: Cyber Security

Registration information coming soon!

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Previous Events

We had such a great time, social distancing, enjoying wine, live music, and one another! 


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AFWA National News

Virtual Women Who Count 2020 National Conference

Registration Now Open!
October 28-30, 2020
Virtual Conference

The 2020 Women Who Count National Conference will now be held virtually!

For more information and registration, please visit the AFWA National website.
 If you have any questions or would like to know who is planning on attending from our Omaha chapter, please reach out to one of the board members!



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Member News


September Anniversaries

  • Amy Thompson - 28 years

  • Jacqueline Pacquette - 2 years

  • Cara Zimmer - 1 year


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Employment Opportunities

Financial Controller

  • Prepare monthly financials including balance sheet and profit and loss statements
  • Work with individual stakeholders on budget preparation and tracking throughout the year
  • Communicate the financial position with executive team and throughout the organization
  • Submit statements to donor relations and endowment committee


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Scholarship applications will be available late Fall and awarded during the rescheduled Public Relations Dinner.

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Other News

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Board of Directors

2019-2020 AFWA Omaha Chapter Board of Directors

President - Krystal Elms, CPA
Seim Johnson, LLP
Email: [email protected]

Past President - Rebecca Goodwin, PMP
Bland & Associates, PC

Co-Director of Programming - Amy Thompson, CPA
Rossitto & Associates, LLC

Co-Director of Programming - Chelsea Welch

Treasurer – Amanda Patrick, CPA
Seim Johnson, LLP
Email: [email protected]

Secretary - Courtney Teeter, CPA
Bland & Associates, PC

Director of Membership - Sarah Lucke
The Scoular Company
Email: [email protected]

Director of Communication - Kari Kindler
Aureus Group
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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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