This special issue of the JofA is the result of our continuing efforts to deliver content that is useful and enjoyable. For this issue, we enlisted the help of four guest editors who are young CPAs.
Inspired by new developments in workplace culture and work/life balance, the guest editors chose culture and retention as the issue's theme. Inside, you'll find articles they conceptualized on topics such as new ways of thinking about retention, employee stock ownership plans and their effect on morale, and innovative people-management practices. The guest editors also put their stamp on this month's Checklist, which is about advocating for yourself at work, and The Last Word column, which features an audit partner in a unique role.
We enjoyed working with the guest editors, who provided us with fresh ideas of keen interest to young CPAs, provided feedback on drafts, and helped select the cover design as well. We're grateful to them for their help in putting together a magazine that we expect you will like reading—in part because it was created by your colleagues.
Nina Chmura, CPA, (above, left) a senior manager at WithumSmith+Brown in New Brunswick, N.J. A graduate of Boston University, she is an auditor who focuses on real estate and consumer products. She presented at the AICPA EDGE Conference in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and at the AICPA Controllers Conference in 2016. She is a 2012 graduate of the AICPA Leadership Academy.
Lindsay Stevenson, CPA, CGMA, (above, second from right) a vice president—finance at 1st Financial Bank USA in Dakota Dunes, S.D. She graduated from Gonzaga University and is vice chair of the AICPA Young Members Leadership Committee and a member of the AICPA Women's Initiatives Executive Committee and the AICPA Depository Institutions Expert Panel. She is a 2015 graduate of the AICPA Leadership Academy.
Angela Ho, CPA, CGMA, (above, right) a senior vice president and the principal accounting officer at OceanFirst Bank in the New York City area. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she is currently pursuing an MBA from The Wharton School. She is a member of the AICPA Controllers Conference Planning Committee and a 2015 graduate of the AICPA Leadership Academy.