President's Message

Greetings All!

Our October meeting at CCSU was a success as we had a number of students and faculty in attendance. Our speaker, Kathleen McCarthy presented on the topic of “The New Multigenerational Workforce”. Kathleen brought great energy to her presentation, and delivered valuable advice. One of my takeaways was to “learn how to retain everyone”. As we see, there are several generations in our workforce working alongside of each other, it is critical to learn what motivates the different generational groups to better align tasks, achieve goals, and ensure a harmonious work/life balance.

Recently I read an article entitled “Women in Financial Leadership” in the September issue of the Strategic Finance. It was noted that “Millennials will comprise 75% of the workforce by 2025, understanding what motivates them is key to developing leaders of the future”. The ability to listen effectively is pivotal to understanding. Shortly, I’ll be heading off to Boston to attend the IMA Women’s Accounting Leadership Series event; I’m looking forward to gaining insight on the topics of leadership, professional trends and work/life balance. This will be an inspiring event and a nice weekend away!

And speaking of women and leadership, our Gen-X speaker for the November meeting overlaps on these categories. We are excited that Thea Montanez, Chief of Staff, City of Hartford has agreed to share her experience and wisdom on leading together. In addition to her many accomplishments at a young age, she is the first female Chief of Staff for a Hartford Mayor. We will be at the University of Hartford. Spread the word and invite a colleague, faculty member and/or student! The more, the merrier!

For all of you who may be looking to lead in small or large ways, please reach out to me or any other Board member, if a Board or Committee position on the Hartford Chapter is of interest. We have some slots open and room for new thinking and energy. Micro-Volunteering is a new theme from our Global office. There are local opportunities to get involved, such as our campus visits... many micro-volunteers can add up to a huge success and make a really positive impact on our community.

Our CMA study group resumed in October, and we had a handful of CMA candidates attend the session. With winter right around the corner, it is a great time to buckle down and study for the CMA exam. Remember, full-time IMA faculty members can take the exam at no cost, and will be provided with the resources to achieve the designation. Please check our website for the upcoming scheduled dates or contact Claude, our CMA Director at claudehelenemcintyre@gmail.com .

On the horizon...Mark your calendars for the following events:

  • Next Hartford Chapter meeting - November 13 – University of Hartford
  • IMA Student Leadership Conference – November 1 – 3 Saint Louis, MO
  • IMA NERC Quarterly– November 17 Southern New Hampshire University (FT students free)
Looking forward to seeing you all at UHART for our November meeting!

Best regards,
Linda Martin, Hartford Chapter President, 2018-2019