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  • 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 ...

  • Transiting 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 ...

  • This Is Why Amazon Continues to Grow March 2, 2018

    Would you buy an alarm system from an online bookstore? How about organic produce? If you asked me that 20 years ago, my answer would have been no. But today, I’ll buy just about anything from Amazon. Although Amazon is currently one of the largest internet retailers (for just about anything you can think of) in ...

  • LEAD WITH INTEGRITY: Put on Your Mask First (Jan/Feb) 2018 February 20, 2018

    Ethics Matters January – February 2018 Over the last few weeks, several occurrences have reminded me of an instruction I hear frequently, “Put on your mask first, before helping others.” Sound familiar? It’s one of the key statements a flight attendant makes before the pilot takes off. Putting your mask on first is simple and important, but ...

  • Have a Crush on Someone at Work? Read This Before Making Your Move February 12, 2018

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the feeling of love surrounds us, rendering us hopeless romantics, even if for just a moment. When you think about your special someone, who is it that comes to mind? If you are currently in a consensual relationship, planning the day can be exhilarating, from coordinating dinner ...

  • Be the Aspirin February 7, 2018

    It’s not always easy to look for the silver lining when you’re faced with challenges at work, but I learned early in my career how placing an importance on positivity can not only affect you, but everyone around you. I was 23 years old and six months into landing one of my first “big-girl-jobs.” One busy ...

  • How Do You See Your Coworkers? February 1, 2018

    How do you view others in your office? Do you see black employees, white employees, etc.? Do you see gender in the workplace? Do you see male employees, female employees, etc.? Throughout my life, I’ve heard some say they don’t see color. They explain how they treat everyone the same; they are colorblind and don’t view ...

  • Board Spotlight: David Costello, CPA January 25, 2018

    An Interview with David Costello For 17 years, David A. Costello, CPA, served as president and chief executive officer of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). Currently a retiree, Mr. Costello serves on the Management Accounting Advisory Council for Vanderbilt and Lipscomb Universities and as Executive-in-Residence for Lipscomb University. In addition, Mr. Costello is ...

  • Top 3 Books Leaders Should Read January 23, 2018

    Author: Dina Barabash, NASBA Content Development and Web Specialist

  • 4 Apps to Keep You and Your Team Motivated December 19, 2017

    Author: Ashley Metivier, Activities Coordinator, NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT)

  • Lead with Integrity: Ethical Leadership: An Idea or a Commitment? (Sept/Oct) 2017 October 26, 2017

    Ethics Matters September – October 2017 Speaking with a group of future business leaders and entrepreneurs not long ago, we discussed commitment to ethical leadership versus the idea of ethical leadership. Our discussion contrasted leaders who behave and lead in a way that shows a commitment to making the most ethical decisions they can, regardless ...