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CPA Evolution

August 11, 2020

The process of becoming a certified public accountant is a rigorous one – and for good reason. CPAs are trusted professionals for the businesses they work for and the clients they serve. But with rapid changes in the business world, new skills and competencies are being sought by those hiring CPAs. That’s where the CPA Evolution initiative comes in. In this episode, Colleen Conrad from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and Julia Woislaw from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) discuss the proposed CPA Evolution model, its benefits and the next steps. View the PowerPoint slides Learn more about CPA Evolution

Colleen Conrad

Colleen Conrad is the executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). In that role, she oversees all operations including NASBA’s CPA examination activities. She is a CPA and was a partner in a large regional CPA firm before joining NASBA to assume her current position.

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Jeffrey  Kaszerman

Jeffrey Kaszerman

Jeff Kaszerman is the vice president of government relations for New Jersey Society of CPAs. He works with the CEO and board of trustees to create and implement advocacy initiatives that protect and promote the interests of the CPA profession, the business community and the public.

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Julia Woislaw

Julia Woislaw is the Lead Manager for CPA Evolution at the AICPA. Prior to joining the CPA Evolution team, Julia was the communications manager for the AICPA’s State Regulation and Legislation Team.

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Ralph Albert Thomas

Ralph Albert Thomas

Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA, is the CEO and executive director of the New Jersey Society of CPAs. He was appointed by New Jersey Senate President Sweeney to the New Jersey Economic and Fiscal Policy Working Group in 2018. He was also previously appointed to the AICPA Foundation Board and the inaugural AICPA National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. Ralph is a lifetime member and former national and chapter president of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), was appointed chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s (NASBA) State Society Relations Committee, and is a member of the accounting advisory boards of Lehigh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Montclair State, Felician, Thomas Edison universities and Middlesex County College. He can be reached at rthomas@njcpa.org.

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