Monday, October 12, 2015

Discover Accounting Program at Lipscomb University

The Discover Accounting Program came to Nashville at Lipscomb University on Sept. 21. With more than 100 students in attendance from 10 different schools, it was the biggest event yet!
Jenneen Kaufman, CPA and CFO for the Tennessee Titans
presented on the different career options for accountants.

Dr. Perry Moore, CPA, kicked off the day with a fun icebreaker that got all the students up and moving. It was a great way to begin the day with lots of engagement.

Jenneen Kaufman, CFO for the Tennessee Titans, challenged the students’ preconceived stereotypes of accountants. As a woman in the NFL, she isn't your typical CPA. Working in the male-dominated world of sports, she not only follows the teams plays, but also manages their finances.

Accountants are also one of the most trusted professions out there. Jamie Hart, CPA, an auditor with LBMC, spoke about the importance of ethics in the profession and even had the students role-play as if they were CPAs having to testify in court over a business dispute.
Jamie Hart, CPA with LBMC talked about being an auditor.
"Has anyone ever testified under oath? Imagine putting your CPA license on the line. You’re an expert now with your CPA and believe it or not, juries and judges make decisions on what you say and you do because you’re a forensic CPA."

Students used Kindle Fires to discover what type of accounting best suited their personalities with an online quiz through the AICPA's Start Here Go Places website. With over 68 different job titles, each student was matched up to an accounting career that best suited them.

Knowing whether they were geared for a future in tax or audit, public or private practice, the students then were able to go around the room to talk with a host of different CPAs from different areas of practice. A big thanks to Brittany Boyer, Director of Financial Reporting at Surgery Partners; Kathryn Grant and Kevin Gentry with KraftCPAs PLLC; Jamie Hart with LBMC; and Jennifer Sturgeon, Controller at Frasier, Dean and Howard, PLLC.

Brittany Boyer, Director of Financial Reporting, Surgery Parnters

Kathryn Grant, Supervisor, Assurance Services, KraftCPAs PLLC

Kevin Gentry, Supervisor, Risk
 Assurance & Advisory Services, KraftCPAs PLLC
Jennifer Sturgeon, Controller, Frasier, Dean and Howard, PLLC

Jamie Hart, Auditor, LBMC

Karla Chavez, Lipscomb Recruiter
Karla Chavez, recruiter with Lipscomb University did a great job of explaining what students should focus on now, while still in high school, to help get them accepted to the college of their dreams. She also covered ways to save for college and tips on how to make college more affordable, like taking advantage of the Tennessee Promise program, where students can attend their first two years of college for free at community colleges. Her presentation was followed by a campus tour.

Hannah Simmons & Christopher Avrit, TSCPA Scholarship
Winners Lipscomb Accounting Majors
Lipscomb accounting majors, Christopher Avrit and Hannah Simmons shared their experiences as college students, what drew them to accounting and how they both won scholarships from the TSCPA. The students were full of questions about college life and what classes they should take in order to prepare for the CPA exam.

Leisa Gill, Director of Marketing, LBMC
Social media can be a wonderful tool, when used appropriately. Leisa Gill, Director of Marketing with LBMC, provided students with the do's and don'ts of social media. Many students aren't aware that their social media profiles are often reviewed by recruiters for jobs they are applying for. With a word to the wise, Gill shared some of the greatest social media blunders of all time, along with some great advise on how to build a social media presence that can actually help students achieve their goals.

With nine more events scheduled through Nov. 9, TSCPA is working to bring an interest in accounting to more than 1,000 high school students across Tennessee. Attendance is free for high school students and their teachers, but space is limited.

The upcoming dates and locations are as follows:

Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City: Oct. 2
Christian Brothers University, Memphis: Oct. 10
Lee University, Cleveland: Oct. 20
Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville: Oct. 23
King University, Bristol: Oct. 25
University of Tennessee at Martin: Nov. 7
Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville: Nov.9

If you are interested in becoming involved or becoming a sponsor, please contact Aleshia Garrett at, 615/377-3825 or discover more at

These events were made possible by contributions from the following sponsors:



Carr Rigs & Ingram
Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC


Dent K. Burke Associates, P.C.
Frasier, Dean & Howard, PLLC
Pugh CPAs
Regions Bank
Roderfer Moss & Co., PLLC

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