I am very excited to serve as the Richmond Chapter President for the 2020/2021 year. During these ever changing times the Richmond board has been working to provide opportunities and experiences to you in the comfort of your home or office.
I started my accounting career in the Contract Management/Financial Analysis field. After being in this particular field a few years I wanted to be part of an organization where I could continue to develop new skills and provide opportunities to network with other professionals. That desire to learn and grow is what led me to the IMA and getting my CMA designation. I was an IMA member for a few years before I volunteered to join the board. I did not necessarily feel I was qualified to be on the board at the time but knew I wanted to help if I could. I am so happy I took the chance.
Being a member of the IMA has helped me develop relationships with other accountants and provided various training opportunities to help me grow in my career. The invaluable learning opportunities and connections I made have helped me become a better accountant for my organization. As Management Accountants we are often relied on to provide key information to decision makers and it is great to know I have so many opportunities to learn and grow through training opportunities and fellow members with the IMA.
As the VP of Membership I tried to create a welcoming environment and plan activities for our group to network and support each other. As President, I hope to continue these efforts. I look forward to meeting everyone online at our events during this upcoming year until we can be together again.
Jessica Sakowicz, CMA