Find your fire
Reignite your passion for your profession at the Women’s Conference! You’ll spend the day learning ways to boost your productivity and lead a more fulfilling life, both personally and professionally.
This is our highest-rated program of the year. The speakers are engaging, the discussions are meaningful, the take-aways are practical and relevant. Don’t miss this powerful event!
We're bringing the conference to you!
The workshop will look a little different this year, but you’ll get the same great content you’ve come to expect from LCPA events. Here’s how it will work:
- The speakers will be “live” from their location, so you’ll see them on-screen next to their presentation.
- All materials will be distributed electronically, ensuring you have the most up-to-date information that you can easily save for future reference.
- The platform is interactive – you’ll have to ability to ask questions of the speaker.
- You'll have the opportunity to "chat" with other attendees.
- The CPE verification process is simple and we’ve built in breaks so you can take a stretch
So make plans to join us from the comfort of your favorite wifi-enabled location. Register today!
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Womens Conference will be offered as a livestream event this year. The format may be different but rest assured, you’ll get the same great content delivered by some of our most popular speakers
— all from the comfort of your home or office.
The health of our members, speakers, and staff is always top of mind as we find innovative ways to bring you the most relevant information as safely as possible at the same quality as you have come to expect.
–The LCPA Team
7:30 – 7:55 am
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7:55 – 8:00 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:00 – 9:00 am
Generational Coaching and Communication
Cynthia Widlitze • Adduco Consulting • Mandeville, LA
As you consider the paradigm shifts over the decades resulting from advances in technology, effectively communicating across the generations can be extremely challenging to say the least. This presentation will help you understand the differences in communication
styles as well as equip you with the information necessary to improve communication with your clients, co-workers, friends, and family members.
9:00 – 10:00 am
My Brain Made Me Do It: The Decision-Making Process and Why We Sometimes Make Poor Planning Decisions
Anne Oestriecher, CPA, CFP • Oestriecher Financial Management Services • Alexandria, LA
Award-winning instructor Anne Oestriecher will be present an insightful look at why and how we make some of the decisions we make, including examples of investment and planning decisions. Some of her findings just might surprise you and have you thinking
differently about your approach to how you make decisions.
10:00 – 10:20 am
10:20 – 11:20 am
Women as Agents of Change in an Ever-Evolving Profession
Tracey Golden, CPA, CGMA • Deloitte • Stamford, CT
Chair of the American Institute of CPAs and Chair of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
11:20 am – 12:10 pm
Managing Your Personal Brand
Thomas Karam, PhD • Louisiana State University • Baton Rouge, LA
Learn how to manage your personal brand. This session will help you gain a better understand of ways in which you can make your personal brand “more better.”
12:10 – 12:40 pm
12:40 – 1:00 pm
Women to Watch Awards Presentation
Presented in partnership with the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
Spend a few minutes getting to know our two Women to Watch honorees. Listen to their inspirational stories of how they lead others to become the best professional and personal versions of themselves.
1:00 – 1:10 pm
Tune in to hear messages from our sponsors and how you can win prizes!
1:10 – 2:10 pm
Charter Big Growth: Setting Goals and Maximizing Productivity in 2020
Mary Jane Walsh • Mary Jane Walsh THRIVE – Business and Life Coaching • New Orleans, LA
You’ll leave this session with:
- Game-changing tools to manage your nervous system more effectively.
- Strategies to increase productivity by 30-100% in 90 days.
- Ways to develop micro-habits to create consistent growth.
2:10 – 2:30 pm
2:30 – 3:20 pm
Unravel Stress in the Now: Using the Power of Meditation to Change the Way You Feel in the Present Moment
Nicole Schoolfield • Be Extra Yoga • New Orleans, LA
Explore how to use meditation as a tool to change your mental state during times of stress and anxiety. Dig into your own life's obstacles that cause stress and learn how to practically put mediation to work in your daily life to help you find peace,
fulfillment, and joy. We will look into home practices and tools to use at work to help manage the pressure and worry we sometimes face on the job.
3:20 – 4:20 pm
A Screaming Peacock Running the Rat Race
Julie Laperouse • Screaming Peacock • Baton Rouge, LA
How often do you look up and think "what happened to this day/week/year?" While you're busy meeting the deadlines and exceeding client expectations and serving your community and family, your life is marching on. How often do you feel the way you want
to feel or accomplish the things that really matter to you? If you're not running in the right race, it might not be that often. Take a few minutes with us to process and exhale and laugh about where we all want to end
up and a few simple things in our power to help us get there.
Meet the Speakers
Tracey Golden CPA, CGMA
Chairman, AICPA, Audit Partner at Deloitte • Stamford, CT
Tracey Golden CPA, CGMA, is the Chair of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Chair of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.
Tracey has held a number of volunteer leadership positions at the AICPA, previously serving as a member of the Board of Directors and governing Council, as well as Chair of both the Audit and Finance committee and Peer Review Board. In addition, she has
served as the Board Liaison to the AICPA Foundation Board of Trustees and a member of the Relations with the Bar and National Peer Review committees, among other volunteer positions.
An audit partner with Deloitte, Tracey has responsibility for facilitating and coordinating reputation and risk related initiatives and matters. She collaborates with member firm leadership to proactively identify emerging risk matters and monitor and
facilitate managing existing risks in the Americas region. In addition, she is an Engagement Quality Control Reviewer for a financial services industry client. Tracey also serves as a consultation resource for many insurance client
engagement teams. She has extensive experience in inspection-related activities and has served as the leader of Deloitte’s internal and external inspections team and audit quality initiatives leader.
Tracey is an active speaker, presenting at many AICPA and state CPA society conferences on topics including leadership in accounting firms, growing the CPA pipeline and trends in the profession.
Thomas Karam, PhD
Louisiana State University • Baton Rouge, LA
He is a Senior Instructor in the E.J. Ourso College of Business and the Flores MBA at L.S.U. where he teaches sports marketing, personal branding and negotiations. He works with college and NFL coaches and athletes and numerous companies on media training,personal
branding and professional communication.
Screaming Peacock • Baton Rouge, LA
Julie Laperouse is an expert trainer and facilitator with an impressive track record of training high-performing professionals. In her role as Emergent Method’s director of training, Julie leads efforts to grow the firm’s suite of training and development
services, particularly those involving leadership development, supervisory skills, soft skills, and team building.
Julie joined Emergent Method in 2015 after serving as director of talent development for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), where she oversaw the creation of their highly successful talent program focused attracting and retaining human capital in the
Baton Rouge area. Prior to joining BRAC, she and her husband operated Bancroft Paper Company in Jackson, Mississippi – she is happy to discuss surviving business ownership with your spouse if you’d like to buy her a beer or three.
In addition, in 2008, Julie founded Screaming Peacock, a motivational speaking firm, and is author of the book “Are you a Screaming Peacock?” which complements her public speaking engagements. Through Screaming Peacock, Julie has worked with organizations
ranging from Nissan North America to Baton Rouge Junior League to the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association.
Julie is a Louisiana native and alumnae of Louisiana State University. She is married and has four daughters.
Anne Oestriecher, CPA, CFP
Oestriecher Financial Management Services • Alexandria, LA
Anne’s career has spanned public accounting, banking, nonprofits, and financial services. In 2005, Anne started her own practice providing consulting services to small businesses and leading CPE for CPAs across the country. In 2009, she expanded her services
to include financial planning for individuals and companies to help them reach their financial goals. Now based in Alexandria, Anne is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, with a BBA in accounting. In 2009, she was named
LCPA’s Discussion Leader of the Year.
Be Extra Yoga • New Orleans, LA
Hi, I’m Nicole Schoolfield, RYT-200 and owner of Be EXTRA Yoga. I am a certified yoga instructor, writer, speaker, wife, and mama.
My yoga company, Be EXTRA Yoga, began through my own struggles and search for fulfillment. Yoga became my tool for connecting to the extraordinary within myself and finding the extraordinary in the world around me. Now, it is my mission
to help others do the same!
I teach vinyasa flow group yoga classes, meditation, and breathing techniques in weekly classes in the New Orleans area and online. I also teach private yoga sessions, small group classes, office yoga, conference presentations, and mini-retreats
for organizations. In my Mindfully Eliminating program, I combine yoga and meditation with anti-inflammation month-long elimination food programs to help people dismantle unhealthy relationships with food, lose bloat, sleep better,
and find more energy than ever before.
Visit my website at www.beextrayoga.com to learn more and to inquire about classes. Follow me on Facebook at Be EXTRA Yoga with Nicole Schoolfield for free weekly meditations, inspiration, and stories about how I put yoga to work in my
Mary Jane Walsh
Mary Jane Walsh THRIVE – Business and Life Coaching • New Orleans, LA
Mary Jane Walsh uses a transformative coaching process to help her clients achieve breakthrough results.
Clients typically experience a 30% increase in sales within a 90-day period. Although goals vary, clients often make more money, develop strategies to attract a consistent stream of new sales prospects, increase productivity by 30% - 100%
through proven time management tools, and continue to build confidence and “business-esteem.”
Although Mary Jane uses several coaching tools, the coaching process is customized to each individual client. Her coaching clients continue to hit yearly professional milestones and develop strategy plans for future success.
Adduco Consulting • Mandeville, LA
After a 30 plus-year career in financial services, sales and management, Cynthia Widlitze founded Adduco Consulting. As a professional speaker, sales consultant and executive coach, Cynthia’s friendly and professional personality is one
of “getting things done” with and for her clients. As a professional speaker, her career and life experiences contribute to her ability to actively engage her audiences as she speaks on relative topics filled with informational content.
CPE: 8 hours (Personal Development)
Non-CPA staff of LCPA members may attend at the member rate.
To register by phone, call the LCPA Member Service Center at 800.288.5272 or 504.464.1040, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.
To register by mail, fill out our Individual Registration Form and mail it to 2400 Veterans Blvd., Suite 500, Kenner, LA 70062.
Need to register more than one person? Fill out our Group Registration Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.