March 2017 Print

President's Message

This year is flying by! The March 15th tax deadline is behind us. Many of our colleagues are still in the middle of the busiest time of the year. We wish them a smooth, stress free season and hope to see everyone at our social on April 27th.
We’ve all heard that women don’t support each other. In my opinion, it’s a myth. Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright once said: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” We can’t underestimate the contributions that we make in a work place and the power of our alliances. There are simple things we can do every day to support and advocate for the women in our organizations. Every act of support, encouragement, and empowerment matters.  
Two of the great benefits that we provide to our membership is continuing professional education and networking with other women if the fields of accounting and finance.
Our annual CPE event and public relations dinner is a great chance to catch up on your CPE, and learn something new that you can use in your day to day life or implement in your organization. It is also a great opportunity to visit with old friends and meet new ones. This year's CPE topics include a discussion on women initiatives, work-life integration, and intergender communication. 
We are also providing sponsorship opportunities for the CPE event and public relations dinner.  Sponsor organizations will be included in the AFWA-Omaha marketing materials and on our website. If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please visit for more information.
I can’t wait to see everyone at the CPE event and PR dinner on May 16th, 2017.
Natalya Walls, CPA

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Event Registration

     Community Connection Event!
Please join us for our April Community Connection event - this is a chance to connect with professional women and learn more about an organization that is doing great things in our community! 

When:   April 27, 2017
Where:  Girls Inc. of Omaha
2811 North 45th St
Omaha, NE 68104
Cost:   $10 / member or first-time guest
More details and registration coming soon...
Event Information
Roberta Wilhelm, Executive Director will tell us more about Girls, Incorporated of Omaha and the programs they sponsor that help inspire girls to be "strong, smart, and bold."
Following the program, join us for wine and appetizers at a location TBD.



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Save the Date

Mark your calendars - the Omaha AFWA annual Public Relations Dinner and CPE event will be held Tuesday, May 16th at the Omaha Country Club. 
Continuing education will start at 1pm with dinner and keynote speaker to follow at 6pm.  There will be two separate tracks for continuing education in the afternoon - each track will offer 4 hours of education credits.
NOTE: As a result of low member interest and attendance in the past, Ethics education will NOT be provided at this years event.
More details to come soon! Meeting registration will open April 1st! 

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AFWA Sponsorship Opportunities
As was done last year, we are seeking corporate partners who share our vision of advancing local women in the accounting and finance profession.
We encourage you to share the attached flier not only withe your employer but also businesses that rely on or benefit from the success of our members!
In order to be included in all marketing material for the Public Relations Dinner and CPE Event, we are asking partners to respond by March 31. If they contribute later than March 31,they will be included in all subsequent marketing, but will not be included in the initial invitation mailing.
See the attached flyer or visit for more information!  
Help us help you!  Please share!

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Photo Challenge

Who said accountants aren't creative? Show us your artsy side with a photo that captures the essence of the Omaha chapter of AFWA! 
The winning photo will be featured on the home page of our  website, and the photographer will receive bragging rights and a $25 gift card!
Our current photo, beautifully captured by Ashley Huss, has been on our website since its origination this time last year.  Let your creative (and competitive) side shine!
Submissions should be sent to by April 21st, 2017.


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  Scholarship Opportunities

Omaha Chapter Scholarships - applications are due March 31, 2017

Current members of the Omaha AFWA Chapter are encouraged to apply for scholarships to support the exam fees of the following certifications: CPA, CFP®, CFE, CIA, CMA, or CVA. 
Members and Non-Members
If you are pursing a degree in Accounting or Finance that meets one of the following criteria, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship:
  1. Enrolled in your 3rd, 4th or 5th year of college and are pursing an undergraduate degree in accounting or finance.
  2. Enrolled in a graduate program with an emphasis in accounting or finance.
Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.  Scholarship candidates will be reviewed on leadership, character, communication skills and scholastic achievement.


 AFWA Foundation Scholarships

Members Only:
  • PhD Scholarship – To cover the cost of research for a student seeking a PhD degree in accounting. AFWA Members Only. (Applications due April 1, 2017)
  • National Dues Reimbursement for Unemployed Members – To assist dedicated AFWA Members with the expense of National Membership Dues who are unemployed at the time of their membership renewal.
Members and Non-Members:
  • Undergraduate Scholarships – To support the costs of attending 3rd, 4th, or 5th year when pursuing an accounting or finance degree. (Applications due April 1, 2017) 
  • Masters Scholarships – For those attending an accredited College or University enrolled in a master’s program, and is pursuing an accounting or finance degree. (Applications due April 1, 2017)
Visit the Foundation's scholarship page HERE for more information and applications!

 The Omaha AFWA and national AFWA scholarships are not correlated, so applying for both is encouraged! 


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Member News

  • Megan McMurry – January 2017



 February Anniversaries

  • Christi Olsen – 26 years

  • LeAnne Kaiser – 4 years

  • Sarah Griger – 2 years

  • Ashley Huss – 2 years

  • Makayla Kelley – 1 year

  • Rebecca Oshsner – 1 year

March Anniversaries

  • Virginia Klug – 30 years

  • Jenifer Steger-Parker – 1 year


Congratulations to AFWA Omaha member and Board Vice President, Amanda Braasch and her husband Ryan, on the newest addition to their family!  Connor was welcomed to the family on February 23rd!  Amanda, Ryan and big brother Jordan are so in love with this cute little guy!


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Lady Vestey

             Lady Vestey Award Nominations
We are currently accepting your nominations for The Lady Vestey award. As part of our chapter's tradition we recognize a woman from Eastern Nebraska or Western Iowa who has achieved success in her career, personal life and her community. Nominations will be accepted through March 31, 2017.  The winner will be notified and she and guest will be invited to our Annual Public Relations Dinner & CE event being held on May 16, 2017.
Nominations are due Friday, March 31, 2017


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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



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                    and Tip Tuesday posts, and accounting humor!


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Employment Opportunities


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Board of Directors

2016-2017 AFWA Omaha Chapter Board of Directors
President - Natalya Walls, CPA
Bland & Associates, PC, CPAs
President Elect - Annette Devine, FLMI, ACS
Woodmen Life
Past President - Barbara Rizvi, CFP®, ChFC®
First National Bank
Vice President - Amanda Braasch, CPA

Treasurer - Jamie Brewer
Bland & Associates, PC, CPAs
Secretary - Ashley Huss
Infinity CPA Group
Director of Programming - Sheryl Fitzgerald
Habitat for Humanity
Director of Membership - Darlene Lynam
               Woodmen Life
Director of Communication - Krystal Elms, CPA
Seim Johnson, LLP


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Interested in Joining AFWA?

Please contact or any Board member if you are interested in joining the Omaha Chapter of AFWA.
You may also access membership information at: 


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