Becoming a CPA

AWSCPA is dedicated to supporting aspiring women CPAs as they work toward their goals.

We are pleased to announce one of the winners of the 2015 AWSCPA Wiley CPAexcel Scholarship, Marina Zhiltsov!

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The biggest transition in my life occurred when I received my CPA license, and stepping into the professional world. Many aspects of my life changed significantly, from the planning of my professional career, to the shoes I wore. My eyes were opened in my first tax season, my respect for other accountants grew at my first accounting conference, my horizons expanded after my first networking conversations with other CPAs, my life plan drastically changed after beginning research on all the possibilities in career paths, and my appreciation multiplied after the efforts of so many who gave my story exposure. I never would have been able to go through these drastic changes alone. The community of support and mentorship that surrounded me helped to guide, prepare, and encourage me.

Belicia Cespedes, Youngest voting member of the AICPA

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When I was a senior in high school I took an accounting class as an elective and by the end of the semester decided I would become a CPA. My father disagreed with my choice of career, telling me that if I want to ever have a family, then a career in teaching was the only way to go. For the first time in my life I disobeyed him, and majored in business administration with a concentration in accounting. I went on to work as a full-time CPA for a number of years, then per diem while I was having my family, then part-time as they were growing up. Later I ran a very successful department at a university, taught in an entrepreneurship summer camp for high school students, and am now the CFO in a manufacturing company.  My career in accounting has led me in many directions and I’ve never regretted that decision I made so long ago.

Janet Goldstein, Loren Castings



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