New CalCPA Chair to Prioritize Re-Opening of the CPA Profession, Expanding Diversity and Inclusion and Student Outreach for the Coming Year
ANAHEIM, Calif., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Christie Simons, CPA, an Audit & Assurance partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP, was named the new chair of the CalCPA Board of Directors during CalCPA's Annual Members' Business Meeting. Simons will focus her term on helping members grow in the "new-normal" as businesses re-open throughout the state and country. Utilizing technology, making the profession more diverse, equitable and inclusive, and expanding the CPA student pipeline will be key priorities of Simons, she said.
"As the demographics of the population of America changes over to Millennials, Generation Z and Generation Alpha, CalCPA has an opportunity to be proactive and get out in front of these changes by working with educators, students and our non-licensed members—especially as students consider becoming accountants and prepare for new CPA Exam requirements starting in 2024," said Simons. "Underpinning my strategic platform will be supporting diversity and inclusion to better recruit, engage and mentor students, as well as helping the profession understand new technologies to create prosperity and growth as the nation re-opens from COVID-19."
CalCPA Interim CEO Rich Simitian, CPA said Simons' "experience as both a partner and a CPA at one of the nation's largest accounting firms located in the global center for high technology and innovation and her engagement as both an executive and volunteer leader of CalCPA gives her the needed skills and experience to assist both the nation's largest CPA state society and its membership with solutions and tools as CPA firms re-open."
"Christie Simons' talent and experience as a CPA, partner and consultant to the technology industry, together with her remarkable and renowned leadership, make her uniquely qualified to assume this important position for CalCPA and our profession," Simitian said.
Re-Open the CPA Profession and Service Their Clients Profitably
Build a More Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Environment for All Members
Expanding the Student Pipeline with An Eye Toward Diversity and Inclusion and New CPA Exam Requirements
More About Christie Simons
Simons has been a member of CalCPA since 2018 and was previously first vice chair of the CalCPA Board of Directors. She has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) since 2006; and was an audit committee member of the Silicon Valley American Leadership Forum (ALF) from 2013 to 2019. In 2012 she earned the "Woman of Influence Award" by the Silicon Valley Business Journal; and in 2019 was named as an "Influential Women in Bay Area Business" by the San Francisco Business Times.
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