President's Message

Greetings Fellow Members,

How does your EQ rate? Emotional Intelligence was the topic of our February meeting. Our presenter Dr. Christopher Berg did an outstanding job communicating the importance of EQ vs IQ in the workplace and explaining the increased focus on EQ skills in company hiring decisions. Is your self and social awareness helping or hurting you in building, developing and managing successful relationships?

To further challenge your thinking... where is the future of the Accounting and Finance profession headed? For Faculty members...are you sure your curriculums are keeping up? You need look no further for answers than at our upcoming March meeting. We are very honored to have Jeff Thomson, our IMA CEO, present to our group on this topic, which will include a discussion on Artificial Intelligence. Plus, as an added incentive, this meeting is free for full time faculty. Why not bring some students along too? Spread the word; it’s not every day we have the CEO visit!

As if that wasn’t enough, the NERC CLEW training session coming up on Saturday, March 23rd will have a leadership section delivered by the IMA Chair-Elect 2019-2020, Paul Juras. And, the NERC Conference in September will have current IMA Chair, Ginger White as well as our new Diversity Director, Linda Devonish- Miles speaking.

Does this inspire you to consider volunteer and leadership roles in the IMA? Our efforts for forming next year’s local Board of Directors is well underway and elections will be held at the March meeting. There is still time to throw your name in the hat. Just contact our Nominations Chair, Chris West at CWest@Travelers.com.

Finally, the secret is out! And yes, I’m dropping another name... Jay Leno will be the keynote speaker at the IMA Annual conference in San Diego. This is also a milestone conference - the 100th anniversary of the IMA. If you have been considering attending a conference, this is definitely the time to commit and register. Visit the IMA website for more information and registration details.

Mark your 2019 calendar for the following exciting educational opportunities...

   • Next Hartford Chapter meeting – March 19 - Hawks Landing Country Club – Southington, CT IMA President and CEO, Jeff Thomson (FT Faculty free)
   • IMA NERC CLEW Training for new and existing board members – March 23 – Framingham University (Free for all)
   • IMA NERC Quarterly – April 13 – Springfield Technical (FT students free)
   • IMA ACE 2019 – 100 Years and Counting – June 15 – 19 – San Diego, CA
   • IMA Women’s Accounting Leadership Series – May 5 – New York City
   • IMA NERC – 12th Annual Fall Conference – September 22 – 24 – Hampton Beach, NH

I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

Best regards,
Linda Martin, Hartford Chapter President