MP Message / Professional Development

NJCPA 30 Under 30 List


The NJCPA’s New Jersey CPA magazine will be including a special section in its September/October 2015 issue: The NJCPA “30 Under 30.” This section will recognize 30 emerging NJCPA members under 30 years of age who are quickly having a significant impact on the profession and the NJCPA. Selections are determined by each candidate’s professional activities, NJCPA involvement and community service. I am happy to share that FOUR Withum professionals will be a part of this prestigious list:

Nicole DeRosa, CPA, MAcc, Manager
Melissa Soranno, CPA, Manager
Lauren Taguer, CPA, Manager
Julia Van Saun, CPA, MS, Manager

Please join me in congratulating these four phenomenal young professionals! We couldn’t be more proud. (Side note: Since the release of the list of honorees, Julia has relocated to California in pursuit of that alluring West Coast lifestyle. She made quite an impression with our staff and the NJCPA during her tenure with us, and we wish her the best of luck.)

The cornerstone of our success is truly the loyal and talented professionals who work here every day, and we are committed to providing a professional and caring environment where talented, people-oriented professionals can reach their fullest potential. I just want to remind all of our professionals – particularly the younger staff – that we have implemented a variety of programs to help everyone grow and thrive in their careers here at Withum:

Withum’s Career Coach Program promotes professional development of the firm’s staff. Its primary purpose is to facilitate an employee’s integration into the firm, develop the employee’s professional skills and increase job satisfaction.

Withum’s Manager Training Program is a bi-annual two-day program for new managers focused on leadership, marketing, client service excellence and performance and engagement management.

The Partner Development Program trains high-potential senior managers on topics such as client management, firm management, and marketing/promotion of the firm. Such training is part of the grooming process for advancement to partner status.

The Leadership Training opportunities are offered to professionals at all levels, for those who want to pursue advancement in their career here at Withum, through organizations such as Growth Partnership, Rainmaker Academy, Partner Institute and Upstream Academy.

Withum arranges outside continuing professional education courses (CPE), to be presented for all accounting staff, helping achieve or maintain CPA status. The Firm has also invested in the state-of-the-art CPE training and tracking system called “Learn Live” to help ensure our CPAs monitor their credits and are reminded when their licenses need to be renewed.

The Women’s Leadership Development Initiative (WLDI) is a resource for women as they grow through their career at the firm.

Our firm utilizes 360◦ Evaluations, giving staff the opportunity to provide valuable feedback to the supervisors with whom they work.

Withum instituted an innovative employee benefit, Shadow Stock Plan, which encourages staff’s “financial growth” as well. Often called “phantom stock” or “performance based units,” the program is a unique way to strengthen employees’ relationship with the firm by allowing them to personally benefit in the firm’s financial success.

I hope you all have the opportunity to take advantage of many of the great programs available to you. Any one of these will indeed help you to Be in a Position of Strength.℠

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