Xero partner Mariette Knoblauch introduced us to the American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA), suggesting we take a trip to Seattle next month for the ASWA Northwest Regional Conference. We did her one better and became an Honorary Trustee.
We’ve been impressed with the way ASWA members do more than just pay their fees – they regularly participate in forums and events. One great thing that sets it apart from other professional organisations is that members don’t have to be CPAs. ASWA attracts a cross-section of accountants, bookkeepers, and accounting students and this diversity brings lots of unique expertise to the table.
ASWA was founded in 1938 when “professional woman” was something of an oxymoron. The Society had two functions: to grow a community of women accountants and to keep women accountants up-to-date on the complex US tax code.
While the status of women in accounting and other professions has dramatically changed over the past 70-odd years, there’s still a need for the ASWA and the networking and mentoring it offers – 100 chapters are now spread across the USA.
ASWA seminars and discussions cover a wide range of topics, such as the basics behind being a sole trader; negotiating salaries and learning how to succeed in a large organization.
After Seattle we’ll be attending a couple more ASWA conferences in Arizona and San Diego. If you’re interested find out more on the Xero Business Community.
And if you’re a man, don’t feel left out. You’ve been able to join the ASWA since 1974.