JUMP-START STUDENTS CAREERSI’m proud to serve in and lead an organization that is committed to the development of all its young professionals, not just those who serve as Board members. In February 2015, we had our first Board Leadership Experience for students. They spent a weekend in Dallas, Texas, learning how a board works and networking with IMA Board members. This month in Colorado Springs, Colo., we’re happy to offer that same experience to a group of five outstanding young professionals. Michelson Pierce Kohls, Emily Ryan, Katie Aton-Jackson, Sean Stein Smith, and William Kernan were selected to participate in our first Young Professional Board Leadership Experience, during which they’ll experience board leadership firsthand and learn the inner workings of what makes an organization like IMA excel. They’ll spend one-on-one time with CFOs, controllers, educators, and other executives who serve on our Board. They’ll have the opportunity to sit in on portions of the Board meeting and gain a better understanding of topics such as strategic planning, macro-level thinking, and organizational development. They’ll also get to have a little fun along the way, too. I believe that playing an active part in IMA’s Board process is one of the reasons I’ve been successful in my role of CFO, and I’m sure the insights the participants gain will be valuable to them.

I’m grateful to be part of an organization that helps its younger members in this development process. IMA definitely helps put the Professional in Young Professional.

Please share your thoughts at bmulling@imanet.org.

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