February 2021 Print

President's Message

Many of us are just beginning or are already knee deep in one of the busiest times of the year, therefore the Omaha Chapter of AFWA is taking a break from programming for March – we hope to see you again in April for our social event (after April 15th!).  Be on the lookout for more information as that time gets closer. 

While we are taking a break from programming, the Chapter is still busy working on ways to continue providing value to our members and growing our chapter.  Here are just a few of the things going on:

  • Local and national scholarship applications are available now! The deadline for the Omaha chapter’s applications is March 31, 2021 and recipients will be announced in May 2021.
  • Our nominating committee is accepting nominations for board members for the 2021-2022 year. If you are interested in leadership opportunities within the chapter, please email me at [email protected].
  • Public relations dinner planning – we are in the preliminary planning stages for our public relations dinner and CPE event. We remain hopeful that this event will be in person in June 2021.

Huge shout out to our speakers and thank you to everyone that attended our virtual events in January and February.  During our networking time in February, we discussed what is the one thing we are looking forward to doing most once we can and what is the best thing that has come from the pandemic.  It’s easy to focus on the negatives, so we wanted to put a positive spin on a time that has been difficult for us all.  The consensus is that a lot of people are looking forward to traveling and just spending time with people without worry.  My personal “can’t wait” is to attend live concerts in person.  The best thing that has come from the pandemic seems to be the flexibility that has come with being forced to change the way we work.  I love having a virtual client meeting and seeing their kids or hearing their dog bark in the background – it reminds me that we all have lives going on outside of work and they aren’t mutually exclusive. 

See you in the spring!

"Women are working more, men are understanding their value as caregivers, women are primary breadwinners—I mean, we could go on and on and on. Things are different. So  we can’t keep operating like everything is the same, and that’s what many of us have done. And I think it’s up to us to change the conversation."

  • Michelle Obama, Former First Lady


Krystal Elms

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Member Spotlight

Get to Know Gloria:

**When did you join AFWA? 
I joined in 2007
**What is your favorite part about being a member of AFWA?
All my relationships and friendships with other members, their advice, the training offered, seminars, networking, volunteering opportunities, our social events. It's very inspiring to know that there are so many dedicated, powerful, intelligent, and awesome professional women that share the same zest and enthusiasm for Finance, Accounting, & Audit.    **What was your first “official” job?
At the age of 16, I was a cashier at a Supermarket & a retail store, then a teller in a bank.
**Where is your hometown? 
Mexico City
**Where is your favorite vacation spot and why? 
Norway- I lived there for one year as an exchange student. And YES, I like snow!

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Event Registration

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Previous Events

February Presentation: Estate Tax Law Changes

Thank you Lisa Lehan of Koley Jessen, for taking time to educate and answer questions related to Potential Estate Tax Law changes!

We appreciate you and all the valuable information shared to our group!


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Membership Anniversaries

February Anniversaries

  • Christi Olsen - 30 years

  • Ashley Huss - 6 years

  • Sarah Griger - 6 years

  • Beth Knott - 1 year

  • Kari Kindler - 1 year


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AFWA National News

Chapter Chat | CORPORATE AND AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP: “Selling AFWA in Your Community.” | March 30, 2021 12:00PM EST | 

Chapter Chat | FUNDRAISING: “Ask without fear.” | April 27, 2021 12:00PM EST |

Chapter Chat | PROGRAMMING: “Think outside the box!” | May 25, 2021 12:00PM EST |

For more Information or to Register: CLICK HERE

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Dear Omaha AFWA Members and Friends,

The Omaha Chapter of AFWA (Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance) is pleased to announce the opening of our 2021/2022 Scholarship Application.  

Education scholarships for undergraduate and graduate level degrees in accounting and finance fields of study are available to AFWA members and non-members.  Scholarships will be awarded based upon leadership, communication, character and academic performance.

Certification scholarships are available to current Omaha AFWA members only and will be awarded for various certifications including, but not limited to, recent recipients of CPA and CFP® designations.

Applications are due no later than Wednesday, March 31, 2021 and awards will be announced at the beginning of May.

If you or someone you know is deserving, we encourage you to apply!

Amy Thompson & Chelsea Welch
Co-Directors of Programming & Scholarships

For More Information & Applications CLICK HERE

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Other News

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If you are having any difficulties logging into the portal, please contact our Director of Membership at [email protected] 

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Interested in Joining AFWA?

Did you know becoming an AFWA member has a TON of great benefits, like 20% off ALL Wiley Test Prep Products? If you've been thinking about becoming a member or renewing your membership, this seems like a great added bonus!

If you already are a member, login to your member portal for a list of the benefits being an AFWA member comes with. 

For more information about joining Omaha AFWA and becoming a member of AFWA, please visit http://www.omahaafwa.org/join.php.

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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

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
Email: [email protected]



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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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