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  • Looking Back on Ethics in Action Video Competition February 13, 2024

    As the 2024 Ethics in Action Video Competition closes, let’s look back at some of the past Commercial and Short film category winners over the years. The Commercial Category winner from 2016 illustrated a strong message that is still relevant to the CPT today. 2016 Commercial Category Winners (1 Minute or Less) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpi8_Vs_4Wc&list=PL9e7yeUlv8HuiHcyKhhoRTH8PrbH_nlCj 1st Place Grand Prize: The Motherhood ...

  • Invest in Ethical Leadership February 7, 2024

    Did you know that the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) offers a training program aimed to help you and your peers recognize ethical issues, resolve ethical dilemmas, and create an atmosphere that promotes positive ethical behavior? Ethical decision-making is one of the most important components of sustainable business success. The CPT’s Ethical Leadership Training ...

  • Graduation is Here… Now What? February 7, 2024

    Congratulations on this momentous accomplishment! Graduating from college isa lifechanging milestone. It signifies the completion of years of rigorous education and your commitment to personal development and growth. Graduating also opens the door to your career and the next phase of life. Of course, you are likely filled with mixed emotions and anticipation about what lies ...

  • The CPT Launches HBCU Initiative January 17, 2024

    One of the most significant business strategies and simultaneous ethical dilemmas is diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB). Now more than ever, there is a need to educate leaders and organizations on the exponential impact of purposeful efforts to address deficiencies in DEIB. To tackle these issues, the NASBA Center For the Public Trust (CPT) ...

  • Take Chances This Year January 5, 2024

    A new year comes with new responsibilities, goals and adventures. Staying consistent means focusing on new chances, opportunities and the endless possibilities that will drive better outcomes. in this new year, seize the opportunity to become an ethical leader. Challenge yourself to discover your leadership style and strengths, confront ethical dilemmas you may face and ...

  • The Value of Giving December 12, 2023

    The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) is grateful for all of the partners, donors, students, and faculty supporting our work. Through the collective involvement of each of you, we are able to accomplish much. As you assess making year end contributions, please consider supporting our student programs. Visit our StudentCPT website to learn more ...

  • Ways to Practice Gratitude November 15, 2023

    In October, the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) hosted its annual fundraiser in conjunction with NASBA’s 116th Annual Meeting in New York, NY. As a new employee with NASBA and it being my first fundraiser with the CPT, I wasn’t sure what to expect in the way of proceeds raised and the overall ...

  • How to Celebrate World Kindness Day  November 13, 2023

    November 13 is World Kindness Day! World Kindness Day began in 1998 and was started by the World Kindness Movement. This organization was formed in 1997 when Japan brought kindness organizations from across the globe together at a Tokyo conference. Currently, the organization is comprised of over 28 countries.  World Kindness Day is observed in multiple countries, such ...

  • Don’t Be Afraid to Do the Right Thing  October 30, 2023

    As a young professional, it is important to understand your role to effectively complete the tasks assigned when at work. You also must understand the corporate culture and be aware of ethical dilemmas that can derail your career.  A Harvard study of young professionals uncovered alarming data. Young professionals aged 30 and younger with two to ...

  • Cuffed for a Cause October 19, 2023

    The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT), is excited to serve as host to the “Cuffed for a Cause” themed annual fundraiser. The event will be held during NASBA’s 116th Annual Meeting on Monday, October 30, in New York, NY.  The CPT will be revisiting a popular and successful fundraiser originally held in 2014, ...

  • Goal Setting for the School Year October 9, 2023

    As you continue through the new semester, it is important to prioritize the tasks ahead. Between classes, assignments and exams, there may be a lot on your mind. Don’t panic! Now is the time to breathe, focus and organize to ensure a successful year. It will be very helpful if you set SMART goals. What does ...

  • How To Best Plan Chapter Meetings September 21, 2023

    Need help organizing your chapter meetings? Below is a comprehensive outline for conducting NASBA Student Center for the Public Trust (StudentCPT) meetings. Highlighting expectations and chapter requirements to stay on course for the semester is key to a successful StudentCPT year. Creating a calendar that aligns with what the StudentCPT national office and your campus ...

  • The CPT Promotes Ethical Leadership Through Partnerships September 13, 2023

    The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) has established great relationships with various organizations to further the importance of ethical decision making. The best examples of this would be the partnerships with the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants (KyCPA) and the Alabama Association of School Business Officials (AASBO). These partnerships bring the mission ...

  • 2023 StudentCPT Leadership Conference Recap August 18, 2023

    The 2023 StudentCPT Leadership Conference (SLC) was held in Kansas, MO, at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, from June 26-28, 2023. This year’s conference theme was “Uncommon Leadership for Uncommon Times,” reiterating the importance of ethical leadership throughout changes in society. The SLC was held in conjunction with the NASBA Western Regional Meeting with a total ...

  • About the Ethical Leadership Certification Program (ELCP) July 26, 2023

    The Ethical Leadership Certification Program (ELCP) launched in the spring of 2014 and has since acquired over 10,000 certified students in ethical leadership. This interactive online tool allows learners to identify ethical issues, navigate how to respond to ethical dilemmas and enhance their ethical decision-making abilities. The program’s curriculum is comprised of seven one-hour long ...

  • 2023 SLC Speaker Highlight June 16, 2023

    The NASBA Center for The Public Trust (CPT) is excited to feature Dr. Jason Brooks and Ryan Hirsch as two dynamic speakers for its 2023 StudentCPT Leadership Conference (SLC)! This year’s SLC will be held June 26-28 in Kansas City, MO, in conjunction with the NASBA Western Regional Meeting. Dr. Brooks is head of talent for ...

  • Being a Difference Award June 12, 2023

    The NASBA Student Center for the Public Trust (StudentCPT) provides an interactive environment where ethical business behaviors and ideas can flourish on college campuses. Each school year, the StudentCPT will honor one faculty member on each chapter’s campus who positively impact the school by displaying strong, ethical leadership. Campus Being a Difference Award recipients do not simply ...

  • About the Conference: Sponsor a Leader May 17, 2023

    Each summer, the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) unites leaders from across the country to participate in the StudentCPT Leadership Conference (SLC). During this 3-day conference, StudentCPT chapter leaders are invited to hear from nationally recognized speakers focusing on topics like accountability, strengths-based leadership, emotional intelligence and more! Through keynote presentations, group projects, ...

  • What Makes a Good Ethics Program? April 28, 2023

    In today’s business world, ethics are of utmost importance. Ethical behavior ensures businesses comply with legal and regulatory requirements and builds trust and credibility with customers, employees and stakeholders. Ethics training programs have become an increasingly popular way to ensure employees are familiar with ethical standards and how to handle ethical dilemmas. The NASBA Center ...

  • Ethics are Everywhere: Why Ethical Considerations are Essential in All Aspects of Life April 21, 2023

    Ethics are not confined to just the realm of professional life, where they are commonly associated with legal and moral obligations. Instead, ethics are present in every facet of our lives, from our personal relationships to our daily routines. Ethical considerations are essential to living a meaningful and fulfilling life and are integral to creating ...

  • Know the Benefits of ELCP April 4, 2023

    The benefits of joining a StudentCPT Chapter include: Enhanced growth and marketability – Students will be able to grow their knowledge of ethical leadership principles and use this knowledge as a platform to communicate this interest to potential employers. Immediate application of Learning – Students will engage in training sessions with speakers, who will help them better ...

  • Ethics versus Morals: A Comparison March 24, 2023

    Ethics are the principles that dictate how a person behaves and reacts in different situations and with ethical dilemmas. As you can imagine, promoting and investing in an ethical workplace has many advantages. Both ethics and morals refer to “right” and “wrong” behaviors and conduct. While they are sometimes used interchangeably, these words are different: ...

  • Career Growth Tips for Young Professionals March 15, 2023

    Navigating the corporate world can be tricky, especially if you are new to the environment. Not to worry! There are things you can do to make the transition much easier and less stressful. Utilizing these tips may help you reach your long-term goals and help you succeed in your profession.    Track your progress. It is crucial to ...

  • 2023 Ethics in Action Video Competition February 16, 2023

    The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) is focused on helping individuals identify and respond to ethical dilemmas in their careers. To support this goal, the CPT is challenging students to create videos that demonstrate the types of challenging ethical dilemmas people could face in their careers as part of the 2023 Ethics in ...

  • StudentCPT 2023 Goals January 20, 2023

    NASBA Student Center for the Public Trust (StudentCPT) chapters are classified into three different levels: Developing Chapters, Star Chapters and Golden Star Chapters. Our goal is for all chapters to eventually reach the Golden Star Chapter status. The minimum expectations for each chapter level can be found here. Spring Semester The CPT provides a sample calendar ...

  • Kindness at Work January 20, 2023

    “Manners are the lubricating oil of an organization. It is a law of nature that two moving bodies in contact with each other create friction. Manners ─simple things like saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and knowing a person’s name or asking after someone’s family─ enable two people to work together whether they like each other ...

  • 2022 Was a Great Year for The CPT! December 22, 2022

    In a year that has seen a return to in- person meetings, events and activities and new hybrid in- person/virtual events, the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) continues to have a deep appreciation for our students, faculty, professional partners, and our community that we have worked so closely with in 2022.  The CPT was ...

  • Understanding Your Streaming Service to Not Violate Password Rules December 22, 2022

    How lucky are we to be living in a time where streaming TV and movies couldn’t be easier? Nowadays, it feels like there are almost too many streaming services to choose from for your entertainment. From comedy to drama to docuseries, there’s something for everyone. And although you may be enjoying these options daily, do ...

  • Hocus Pocus Halloween Fundraising Event was a Magical Success! December 7, 2022

    The CPT fundraiser and silent auction at the NASBA Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA was a great success, full of treats and no tricks. The CPT raised over $25,000 that will be used to continue to bring ethics training to colleges and university across the country. Attendees at the fundraiser had the chance to stack ...

  • Reunion and the New Normal November 22, 2022

    The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) team had the pleasure of hosting two new StudentCPT chapter launches this past September. Both Southwest Tennessee Community College (SWTCC) and Alabama State University (ASU) were eager to showcase their excitement and appreciation for what a StudentCPT chapter could do for their fellow students and campus environment. SWTCC ...

  • Why Certifications Can Help Your Career November 10, 2022

    The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) exists to provide a platform for corporate America and the accounting profession to explore, promote and advance ethical practices in organizations. But how can our and other certifications help your career? In many, many ways. From the Ethical Leadership Certification Program to the Lead with Integrity program, ...

  • Overcoming Challenging Relationships at Work October 25, 2022

    Whether you are in the office part-time or full-time, you may find some office relationships challenging. With many different personalities, you may face some tense interactions and stressful conversations. However, there are things you can do to make the moments a little easier. Consider whether you’ve been communicating adequately and empathetically. At the NASBA Center for ...

  • Create a Reputation as an Ethical Leader October 7, 2022

    When we think about ethical leaders, we think about powerhouses like Kenneth Chenault, retired CEO at American Express. Chenault’s reputation as an exceptional and ethical leader stands the test of time. In a BLACK ENTERPRISE interview, he said, “One of the things I recognized is leadership reputations are made or lost in times of crisis. ...

  • Ethics in Job Search: Selling Yourself Without Overinflating September 23, 2022

    Interviewing for a new job can be a stressful and confusing process. You may not know what to wear to an interview, which positions interest you most or even how to be an ethical leader once you land a new job. But before you get the job, you must ace your interview. A natural instinct ...

  • Marketing or Deceiving? Communicating Ethically September 14, 2022

    Marketing to your audience entails strategy, clear vision and repetition. However, while reaching your audience, you must be sure you are not deceiving them. It is all too easy to include false information and misleading communication. The American Marketing Association (AMA) commits itself to promoting the highest standard of professional ethical norms and values for ...

  • Ethics in Career Decision Making August 29, 2022

    The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, an organization dedicated to the enhancement of the regulation of accountancy, is uniquely qualified to house an Ethics Center. Many state boards of accountancy require the passing of an ethics examination or the completion of ethics courses prior to licensure. The CPT takes the next step in ...

  • Things to Think About for Students Returning to College in August August 8, 2022

    The new semester is quickly approaching! As you prepare to return to your studies, there are a few simple things you can do to better prepare for the upcoming semester that will set you up for success. A great way to begin, is by getting organized in your free time. Prepare your backpack, desk, computer/laptop, car ...

  • Being a Difference Award – Highlighting University Winners May 23, 2022

    Since 2005, the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) has supported and promoted ethical leadership within the business community. After successfully honoring ethical business leaders for more than a decade through the Being a Difference Award, the CPT revised the program in 2017, and created the Bill Daniels Being a Difference Award program, sponsored ...

  • Importance of Mentoring: Helping Through Ethical Challenges May 3, 2022

    Previously, we wrote about the importance of having a mentor. Today, we would like to focus on mentorship. By definition, a mentor is a wise and trusted counselor or teacher or an influential senior sponsor or supporter. The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) aims to advance ethical leadership among students and professionals. By ...

  • How to Be an Ethical Leader April 26, 2022

    After college, students begin to consider their next chapter. Typically, this next chapter includes internships, first corporate positions and resume enhancements. However, you should become involved in activities and programs now that will positively benefit you later. You want to ask yourself how can you be more marketable. One of the best ways to do ...

  • Importance of Having a Mentor as an Intern February 23, 2022

    At any stage of your career, it is a good idea to align yourself with a mentor. Whether you seek advice or a second opinion, a mentor can help you overcome the hurdles you face. Especially as an intern, a mentor can assist you in the challenges you may face early-on in your professional career. Who ...

  • Leading with Integrity: Do You Ever Wonder Why? January 28, 2022

    Ever wondered why you are not quite hitting the mark in some key area of your business or life? You have laid out the perfect plan. You have the right team in place. The resources you need to execute are available, and all should be moving forward. However, the breakthroughs are not happening, or the ...

  • Ways to Celebrate Employee Differences December 22, 2021

    This time of year is filled with celebration. The holidays, togetherness and taking time to appreciate those we care most about is what we can all look forward to around year’s end. We celebrate each other’s differences, uniqueness and those special qualities that make each one of us so special. As we do this for ...

  • Emotional Intelligence – What is it and its value? November 10, 2021

    Emotional intelligence (EI) forms the juncture at which cognition and emotion meet. It facilitates our capacity for resilience, motivation, empathy, reasoning, stress management, communication, and our ability to read and navigate a plethora of social situations and conflicts. Emotional intelligence is commonly defined by four attributes: Self-management – You are able to control impulsive feelings and behaviors, ...

  • Collegepreneur- Successful Side Hustles for College Students October 11, 2021

      If there was a group of individuals that could, on average, use extra income, it would be the college student. From housing, books and meal plans, the college years can be quite expensive. Should you find yourself in need of some extra funds, there are many ways to make some money in your spare time. ...

  • How to answer those frequently asked interview questions: Where do you see yourself in five years & Tell me about yourself? September 13, 2021

    Whether you have an interview for an upcoming internship or new job or an interview is in your near future,  like most people, you may be nervous about this impending appointment. The pressure, the dress code and those infamous questions: Where do you see yourself and tell me about yourself? Employers like to ask about your ...

  • Transitioning Back to In-person August 24, 2021

    As colleges and universities around the country begin to offer more in-person classes, students are facing the prospect of returning to classrooms. This news may receive mixed emotions, as some have grown accustomed to virtual learning, some are severely concerned about the new Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus while others may be relieved to ...

  • CPT Board Member Spotlight: Getting to Know Andrea P. Perry August 9, 2021

    The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) staff recently sat down for a chat with its newest board member, Andrea P. Perry, Esq. Perry, a 2021 Nashville Business Journal Best of the Bar award recipient, is a member and attorney with Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, in Nashville, TN. She concentrates her practice in the ...

  • Stop Wasting Time- Tips to Stay Productive (Even at home in your pajamas!) July 16, 2021

    Now that we are spending more time in our homes, our schedules have changed, and we have had to adjust. Epitomizing productivity is at the top of most of our to-dos. But how do you stay on track when your day has become a lot more flexible? How do you prioritize tasks? One good way to ...

  • StudentCPT Programs You May Not Even Know Exist: How to Get Involved This Upcoming Semester July 9, 2021

    Hey students! Do you feel “stuck”? Are you looking for more out of your college experience? Set yourself apart from others as an ethical leader this upcoming semester with the following NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) StudentCPT program offerings. StudentCPT Chapter Program Join the StudentCPT chapter on your campus! StudentCPT chapter members attend at least ...

  • Turn That Internship into a Potential Job With These 3 Tips! June 28, 2021

    At 16, I decided that one day I was going to move to Nashville and work in the country music industry. No, not as a singer like you may think, but as an entertainment reporter! One day, I gathered the confidence to call a well-known country television station and shared my dream of interviewing country ...

  • Ways to Unplug June 25, 2021

    With everything that has occurred this past year and continues to unfold, you may be feeling a bit stressed. That is perfectly normal. The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) values positive mental health practices and encourages our students and members to take time to care for their well-being. If you are feeling overwhelmed ...

  • Importance of Having a Mentor or Sponsor May 4, 2021

    Amid coronavirus concerns, the message relayed to those around the world is essentially, “we are all in this together.” We are not alone. Everyone is doing the best they can to carry-on and continue striving for excellence. This is a very powerful message – we are all in this together. Even in the worst of ...

  • Soft Skills – What Are They and Why Are They Important? April 16, 2021

    Let us begin at the beginning. Soft skills are desirable qualities for certain forms of employment that do not depend on acquired knowledge: they include common sense, the ability to deal with people, and a positive flexible attitude. In other words, a soft skill is your ability to relate and work with others. Whereas a ...

  • Tips to Empower and Help Women to Delegate in the Workplace March 17, 2021

    During Women’s History Month this year, we look at how women in the workplace can better delegate responsibilities and duties. Delegating in the office can be a delicate balance of being assertive and direct but also gracious and understanding of other’s needs. It is important to remember that delegating is not a sign of weakness, ...

  • Don’t Attend Another Virtual Meeting Without Doing These Things First! February 25, 2021

    Five Ways to Enhance Your Zoom Experience If you work from home, chances are that you have attended a Zoom meeting (or a hundred). Since early last year, those that work from home have relied on technology more than perhaps they have ever before. From a strong Wi-Fi network to conducting meetings online, our workdays revolve ...

  • How Do We Learn from Our Mistakes? January 8, 2021

    What we may have learned from this year, is that even with the best of intentions, things do not always go the way we wish they might. Regardless, we pick ourselves up, continue moving forward with the information at hand and try to do our best. As such, if you find that you made a ...

  • How to Answer the Age-Old Question: Tell Me About Yourself December 10, 2020

    No matter how many interviews you sit for, or for whom you are interviewing, you will inevitably be asked the same introductory question: tell me about yourself. You may have an elevator speech already prepared. Perhaps you include certain facts about your educational background, personal life and interests. But are you sure you are answering ...

  • Essential Traits of a Sustainable Leader November 20, 2020

    You may have been hearing a lot about sustainable leadership, but might not be familiar with the term. Sustainability leadership is a process of influence that delivers direction, alignment and commitment, and aims to address social, environmental and economic issues to create a better world. Of course, this year has introduced several new challenges, including ...

  • Ways to Make Minority Students Feel Heard October 22, 2020

    Whether students are taking classes online or in-person, as a teacher, mentor or tutor, you strive to inspire, teach and excite them on their journey. Although you may be using new techniques, formats and measures these days to reach your learners, your students deserve to feel heard, safe and empowered. As you think about ways ...

  • Attention Introverts! Here is How You Can Command a Virtual Meeting October 6, 2020

    If you find that you are more reserved than your teammates, that is OK. In fact, it is often said that the strength of any team is the inclusion of all our differences. Although we value the traits that make us all unique, introverts may feel like they have a hard time being heard in ...

  • How to Stay Focused and Positive in Stressful Times August 25, 2020

    School is starting back, and some folks are returning to work. However, there is still a lot up in the air. Will you be working from home or in the office? Will you be attending school virtually or in the classroom? We all have a lot of questions and feelings of uncertainty, and that can ...

  • Great Ways to Recharge May 28, 2020

    Has this time of uncertainty made you feel stressed? Are you having trouble keeping calm and so called carrying on? We understand that you may have questions about the economic forecast around the COVID-19 pandemic and may be making adjustments to your work schedule and location, daily tasks and budget. Well, there is good news. For one, you are ...

  • Transitioning Careers: Planning for Your Next Job During the Coronavirus Pandemic May 11, 2020

    Were you planning to change jobs before the Covid-19 crisis began? Were you ready for the next step in your career? The good news is that you will still be able to move forward in your career and find an opportunity that aligns with your career goals, however, it may look a little different in this new world. The ...

  • College to Career April 20, 2020

    According to CNBC, for the 2019–2020 academic year, there will be a total of 3,898,000 college graduates in the United States. If you are one of the members of the class of 2020, congratulations! You have accomplished a lot and you should be very proud of yourself. Although the world has changed quite a bit, and what you imagined for ...

  • Grocery Stores Adapt Hours for Senior Citizens and the Vulnerable March 31, 2020

    Most of us have heard the sweet quote from Mister Rogers, where he said, When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” These days, this couldn’t ring truer. The Coronavirus has ...

  • Tips for Pursing Productivity While Working from Home March 18, 2020

    In recent weeks, companies around the globe have shifted employees to virtual platforms in efforts to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Apple, Google, Chevron and Salesforce are among the numerous organizations putting their employees and client’s safety first. In 2017, it was estimated that 8 million Americans work from home on occasion. However; for many American workers, teleworking is ...

  • Tips for The New and Aspiring Professional March 16, 2020

    You may be, or soon be, finding yourself joining the corporate world. Long hours, briefcases and laptop bags and extensive note taking are not the only things you are bound to encounter. There are so many other aspects of the job you must now be aware of and this blog will attempt to cover just ...

  • Respectful Relationships in The Workplace March 2, 2020

    The workplace is changing and generational challenges within teams is a common occurrence. From rules to locations and hours, every workplace is different. Today, organizations are made up of team members in varying age groups and this may lead to generational challenges. From Boomers to Millennials, staff are comprised of talented folks of varying ages. ...

  • How to Work with Your Spouse February 14, 2020

    As Valentine’s Day approaches, we can’t help but have love on our minds. The love of a caring partner and coming home to someone you care about, after a long day. But what if you didn’t have to wait until the end of the day to see your partner? What if you worked with them during regular business hours? ...

  • Outlining Your 2020 Vision January 27, 2020

    As the new year takes off, this is a great time to outline your vision (i.e., thoughts and goals) for 2020. Now is the time to get focused on your professional and personal goals and to begin formulating a plan as to how you are going to reach your goals to make this one ...

  • Smokers Need Not Apply January 13, 2020

    A recent news story was published by ABC 15 News Arizona discussing the fact that the well-known company, U-Haul, would no longer interview or hire nicotine users. A company spokesperson said the change would be effective February 1 of this year. The company is based in Arizona and, according to the article, it is legal ...

  • Giving Back During the Holidays December 20, 2019

    As we run around town looking for the perfect gifts to give loved ones and friends, let us be reminded that some are not as fortunate as we are during this time of year. Individuals may be away from family, down on their luck or simply in need of some cheer. Oftentimes, leaders possess a ...

  • Maintaining Your Well-Being Around Digital Usage December 19, 2019

    As universities and colleges prepare for winter break, many students look forward to stepping away for a few weeks to indulge in other activities, such as seasonal work, returning home to loved ones, or a well-deserved vacation. No matter where students find themselves during winter break, it is likely they are also perusing online websites ...

  • StudentCPT Alumni Spotlight: Hannah Kraebel December 10, 2019

    Lover of farmers markets and coffee, StudentCPT alumna, Hannah Kraebel, finds herself immersed in the New York City (NYC) culture. Hannah, who graduated from Lipscomb University in 2018 with a degree in entrepreneurship, was known by her peers and instructors as a natural born leader. She served in many leadership positions, including StudentCPT vice president ...

  • The Science of Gratitude November 18, 2019

    Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and now is a perfect time to reflect on the meaning of this holiday – giving thanks. Isn’t that a wonderful idea? Place thankfulness at the top of your list, front of mind. The upcoming national holiday is a chance for all of us to take a moment, with family, friends ...

  • Scary Workplace Habits Professionals Should Avoid October 28, 2019

    As the days of fall carry on, we can’t help but see the signs everywhere – the leaves change color, pumpkin décor is displayed in almost every window, cups of cider in hand and more. Perhaps what is the most fun about fall is the celebration of Halloween. Everyone, from children to adults, can dress ...

  • StudentCPT Alumni Spotlight: Tony Bartolomucci October 22, 2019

    Meet Tony Bartolomucci, StudentCPT alumnus and FSO assurance staff member at Ernst & Young (EY). In May of 2019, Tony graduated from Ohio University where he served as StudentCPT chapter president. He attended the 2018 StudentCPT Leadership Conference (SLC) in Orlando, FL, led his chapter to Golden Star status, and helped create a winning video ...

  • Conferences Begin Offering Childcare and Other Services for Parents October 14, 2019

    Many parents today are forced to forgo the opportunity to attend a desired conference, miles from home, due to a lack of childcare. For far too long, business professionals with children have had to ask themselves, “Is this trip feasible with a baby or small child?” If the answer is no, they miss out on ...

  • Taking a Stand: Michigan is First State to Ban Sales of Flavored E-Cigarettes September 18, 2019

    To date, seven people have reportedly died from vaping-related causes. These cases stretch across the country, including California, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon. This is a national issue and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is actively working to try and find answers. In the meantime, it was announced that Michigan is the ...

  • How to Maintain Loyal Employees September 6, 2019

    Employers know that the cost of replacing an employee is high. Between time spent interviewing new candidates and leadership’s time away from daily responsibilities, the entire process is costly. Therefore, employee loyalty and longevity are an asset to any company. Organizations fortunate enough to retain top talent for extended periods of time not only benefit ...

  • Tips for Your Next Job Interview August 26, 2019

    Now that you are ready to become an ethical leader in the workplace, you must first ace the job interview before you set off on your successful career path. Many can attest to the fact that the interviewing process can be stressful, intimidating and even a bit confusing. However, with preparation and anticipation, you can ...

  • Difficult Conversations in the Workplace July 31, 2019

    How we approach our day-to-day interactions in the workplace matter. Whether you are a manager speaking to your employees or an associate addressing an issue with a colleague, what we say and how we say it is important. Unfortunately, those conversations are not always based around positive issues. An employee’s poor performance, neglect or firing ...

  • Email Etiquette: Tips and Tricks July 9, 2019

    There are days when it may seem too difficult to count how many emails you send and receive. Between putting out the proverbial fires to following-up with leads, your responses and approach are crucial in maintaining a positive, professional relationship. Email etiquette is a key tool in business communications, and this skill must be learned, ...

  • Facebook Invests Millions in Solar Energy June 18, 2019

    Facebook, perhaps the world’s most widely used social media platform, is expanding its global reach in the area of solar power. Recently, this social media platform announced that it is investing heavily in a massive (think 4,600 acres) solar farm in Texas called Prospero Solar. The reason? Facebook says it is moving toward running entirely ...

  • Top Tips to Master Public Speaking May 30, 2019

    Currently, the political landscape is buzzing as presidential hopefuls’ campaign across the country for the 2020 election. Some began as underdogs but currently find themselves climbing in the polls, while others began strong but are losing momentum. The entire process is fascinating. What do these candidates have to say? How are they saying it? How ...

  • Ethics Education is as Valuable as Ever April 30, 2019

    Ethics in the workplace is a universal concern. There is not one industry that does not, or has not, benefited from the practice of ethical behavior. Recently, ethics in the workplace gained additional exposure as the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) announced two changes to its Certified Association Executive (CAE) Program. The updates include ...

  • USC President Creates #WhatsMyName Campaign to Keep Students Safe April 12, 2019

    In recent news, a University of South Carolina (USC) student, Samantha Josephson, entered a vehicle during the early hours one morning, believing the ride to be her Uber. Unfortunately, the vehicle was not her expected ride home, and instead, the driver committed a senseless act that resulted in Josephson’s death. In response, USC’s President, Harris ...

  • A Perspective on the Clash of Ethics & Academic Entry March 28, 2019

    The recent college-entry scandal implicating dozens of affluent parents, top league school recruiters and coaches, and educational testing proctors once again shines a light on the unfortunate direction ethics has taken in this country. The apparent ease in which multimillions of dollars were illegally paid by and to individuals who, in many instances, are considered ...

  • Board Spotlight – Coalter Baker, CPA March 15, 2019

    Coalter Baker was born and raised in Austin, TX, and graduated with a degree in accounting from the University of Texas. Since then, Baker has had a very full career and says he has no regrets about the career path he has taken. “It is so much more than numbers. This is a learned profession ...

  • Janessa Harkley – Alumni Spotlight March 6, 2019

    Janessa Harkley, a campus recruiter for Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP (DHG), is an alumna of the StudentCPT program and this month’s Alumni Spotlight. Currently at DHG, Harkley attracts top talent on various campuses and leads campus recruiting efforts for offices in Florida, specifically Jacksonville and Tampa, in hiring entry-level audit associates, tax associates and interns. ...

  • How to Ensure Your Employees Feel Heard February 11, 2019

    We have all heard about the suggestion boxes, located at offices across the country. They are typically positioned in a corner and encourage employees to leave a note with their feedback on any given topic related to their workplace. Recently, I have read a few articles that claim the suggestion box is outdated and inefficient. ...

  • Make Financial Health Your Goal This Year December 7, 2018

    With the New Year right around the corner, now is a great time to reflect on accomplishments and milestones. Simultaneously, this time of year creates an opportunity to develop new goals and benchmarks. A goal is something you would like to achieve, and a benchmark measures your progress. The most common goals include eating better, exercising ...

  • StudentCPT Alumni Spotlight: Sean Perera, CPA September 18, 2018

    Currently an audit and assurance manager at Deloitte, Sean Perera is this month’s Student Center for the Public Trust (StudentCPT) Alumni Spotlight feature. While obtaining an accounting degree from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, Perera was one of the founding members and secretary of Baruch’s StudentCPT chapter, helping facilitate the initial club registration process, ...

  • LEAD WITH INTEGRITY: A Couple Lessons From a Game (Summer) July 19, 2018

    Ethics Matters Summer 2018 As many of you know, I played four years of college football. I am grateful for the experience because it completely funded my undergraduate education. However, I also learned several significant life, business and leadership lessons through that great experience. Let me share a couple of these lessons that continue to drive ...

  • Waffle House Commits to Donating Month-Long Profits After Tragedy May 23, 2018

    When bad things happen within your business, you can’t change the past, but you can choose how you respond. In April of 2018, the Waffle House restaurant chain experienced an unspeakable tragedy at one of its Nashville, TN locations. The incident, involving a gunman, left four people dead and several others injured. No one could ...

  • LEAD WITH INTEGRITY: What Are You Eating? (March/April) April 24, 2018

    Ethics Matters March – April 2018 As a child growing up, I often saw signs, public service announcements, and billboards with the slogan, “You are what you eat.” A few years ago, I saw similar media productions promoting milk. The general theme of these ads emphasized the impact food we eat has on our body. Today, ...

  • Three Steps to Business Success March 28, 2018

    Do you want to know the secret to business success? You aren’t alone. According to Google Trends, topics related to business success receive upwards of 1.2 million searches per month in the United States alone. But, the fact of the matter is, there is no sure-fire, quick trick to ensure your business will be successful. Success ...

  • Over Here! Three Tips for Avoiding Distractions at Work March 14, 2018

    Every workplace has its fair share of distractions. From phones ringing, to door alarms and chatter, it is easy for anyone to get sidetracked while on the clock. In fact, short bursts of distractions are completely normal. However, too many distractions can begin to impact your productivity, affecting your quality of work. To avoid any ...