Dear ASWA and AWSCPA Members and Colleagues,

We hope that you will join us in September for the 2010 Joint National Conference (JNC) in Nashville, Tennessee. This year marks our societies’ seventh annual JNC, and, as with previous JNCs, provides a program that offers a myriad of opportunities to help you meet your continuing education goals, whether technical or "soft-skills" focused, as well as an opportunity to network with other women of similar backgrounds. Nashville has so much to offer in the way of entertainment outside the conference. That being said, we recommend that you schedule some extra time with your family and friends either before or after the conference in order to explore all that Nashville has to offer! See Nashville, TN section for some highlights of the great Music City.

In terms of the program, we are excited to announce our feature speakers Peggy Collins on the afternoon of Monday, September 27th and Shama Kabani the following Tuesday. Peggy will present “Help is Not a Four Letter Word” and Shama will present the “Zen of Social Media.” Other highlights include two blocks of sessions on Tuesday morning and afternoon dedicated to the topics of Ethics and Healthcare.

This keynote session will be followed by a program schedule running from Monday afternoon through Wednesday’s luncheon with bonus CPE sessions on each morning and on Wednesday afternoon. The program is designed to offer you the opportunity to earn twenty-four hours of CPE credit during the conference. As with previous JNCs, this year’s program consists of four tracks: Accounting & Auditing, Controllership, Tax and Personal & Professional Development - each one providing a mix of current topics and levels.

A few other items to highlight from the program schedule include the JNC Welcome Reception on Monday evening where we will have the opportunity to network with our peers, sponsors and exhibitors; the 2010 Forrest A. Kessler Walk for Humanity directly following the Monday reception, where we can put on our sneakers to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, during which we’ll celebrate the phenomenal women and companies that comprise the winners of the ASWA Educational Foundation’s “ Foundation Awards” and AWSCPA’s “National Awards;” Wednesday’s Joint Foundation-sponsored luncheon and the closing of the annual silent auction where we will cap off a wonderful conference with a bonus raffle offering a $300 gift card to the lucky winner. All full conference attendees are eligible for the prize.

This conference is a wonderful opportunity to network and learn in a relaxing and supportive environment. We encourage you to take advantage of all that the conference has to offer. We promise… it will be worth it!

See you in Nashville!

Vivian L. Moller, CPA, ASWA National President 2010-2011
Wendy S. Lewis, CPA, AWSCPA National President 2010-2011