The California Society of CPAs is celebrating a big birthday. The organization, which hosts almost 35,000 members, has spent the last century supporting members who are in public practice, private industry, education and government.

CalCPA, which also hosts the annual Young and Emerging Professionals Conference, was founded by 36 individuals in 1909 in San Francisco. Now headquartered in Redwood City, it currently claims the title of the country's largest state association of accounting professionals. Its 14 chapters offer professional development events for members, scholarships for accounting students and opportunities for CPAs to serve their communities.

Society chief executive officer Loretta Doon noted that in recent years, CalCPA and its members have worked to improve the financial literacy of Californians. "Our high school Dollars & Sense community programs help Californians understand how they can improve their savings, investing and budgeting skills," she said.

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Partners, staff and family members of Philadelphia-based firm Briggs, Bunting & Dougherty traveled to Eastern Kentucky to volunteer in the area's impoverished counties - a trip that was challenging, rewarding and humbling for those involved.

More than 20 members of the BBD community journeyed in early June to disadvantaged communities in Johnson, Magoffin and Martin Counties to work with the Christian Appalachian Project, a large organization that serves the region.

While in Kentucky, BBD's group was divided into four teams that each served a different family in need. Projects included construction of wooden wheelchair ramps, as well as extensive home renovations. The groups also spent time visiting with their adopted families and learning more about the enormous challenges families face living in that area. All in all, the group worked approximately 650 hours throughout the week.


London, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Stockholm and Melbourne - these are just some of the places that interns at KPMG have been able to travel to, thanks to their Global Internship Program.

The Global Internship Program, or GIP, was launched in 2007, and has since sent more than 200 select interns overseas for four weeks on assignment in an international member firm.

As a result of the program, KPMG has received an Innovation Excellence Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The award recognizes exceptional global initiatives or programs that promote information exchange, study abroad, or the employment/career development of new college graduates worldwide.

"KPMG understands that today's marketplace transcends geographic borders and that it is critical for our interns to gain exposure to new countries and cultures as part of their career development," said the Big Four firm's national managing partner for university relations and recruiting, Manny Fernandez.

The GIP allows interns to start their internship at the U.S. firm and then continue it for four weeks at an international location where they are assigned to major KPMG client accounts. At the end of the four weeks, the interns return to the U.S. to complete their internship.

KPMG was honored during NACE's 2009 Annual Conference in June.


Suzanne Leslie has been named chief marketing officer of Marcum, including MarcumRachlin, a division of Marcum.

Leslie had previously worked as marketing director of Florida-based Top 100 Firm Rachlin, which merged with New York-based Top 100 Firm Marcum on June 1. In addition to her new title, Leslie will continue as executive director of the Rachlin Foundation and president and creative director of Rachlin Design, a division of Marcum.

Leslie joined Rachlin in 2002 and since that time has directed all firm marketing, public relations and advertising initiatives, as well as sponsorships and special events. Prior to joining Rachlin, Leslie owned and operated a South Florida design firm for 10 years and was vice president of one of the region's largest financial institutions.

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