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August 2006
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The Scoop on FEWnet
The Scoop on FEWnet

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"To love what you do and feel that it matters, how could anything be more fun?" - Katherine Graham

As you will see as soon as you start reading this month's Just Dessert, FEWnet has gotten a face lift! We are so pleased to be unveiling both a new look to our web site, www.fewnet.com, as well as our e-newsletter.

Fresh, fun, and ready to embrace change (just like our FEWnet members), FEWnet will be undergoing a few other changes in the coming months, including: Just Dessert will increase the number of publications per year; we will be throwing a Spring and Fall party in 2007; and small groups are being reviewed as we look at ways to make that time as valuable as possible for participants.

We encourage you to check out our new website and by all means, email us with your comments. We look forward to hearing from you!

FEWnet Member Spotlight
FEWnet Member Spotlight

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Julie Heyroth Gasper

Julie Heyroth Gasper is the "very hands on" CFO of Alliance of Computer Professionals, Inc., a $12 million IT consulting company headquartered a stone's throw from the Mall of America. Wearing the hats of both the finance and human resources departments, Julie is involved in everything from strategy to policy setting to the day-to-day operating activities, all while on a flex schedule of three days a week.

With a BA in Accounting from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin, and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Illinois, the only thing inactive about Julie these days is her CPA license.

Table Talk
Table Talk

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Read about hot topics from this month's FEWnet small group discussions.

Career Changes, Not Job Changes

We have heard from many members who have been in the same job for 8+ years, are feeling stagnant in their current positions, and are looking for avenues of change. Some women are buying second residences to pursue outside hobbies, others are returning to school for MBAs in Marketing or other areas of interest, while some are choosing to pursue different career paths to round out their skill set/expertise area.

Perm Placement Network
Perm Placement Network

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The Perm Placement Network by Certes connects financial professionals with permanent positions in the Twin Cities.

Hear about the jobs you want.
Maintain the confidentiality you need.

Check out a sample list of perm jobs that we could be working on today:

Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis

Work with the best in the world! Manage the preparation of the division long-range plan, quarterly reviews/forecasts, and annual business plan. Prepare and review capital appropriation requests, as well as reports, ad-hoc analysis, and presentations for Corporate. A team player with demonstrated leadership skills, the ideal candidate will be a solutions provider who is ready to drive business growth in a fast paced industry. Salary starts at $75K

Tax Manager

Manage a team that is responsible for a variety of income tax compliance and planning projects, including preparing federal, state, and local income tax returns; assisting in managing federal income tax audits; proposing and implementing state income tax savings opportunities; and performing tax due diligence and integration functions on domestic acquisitions. A great fit for a dynamic leader with savvy communication skills and the desire to grow with a global leader! Salary starts at $90K


A demonstrated visionary with superior decision making skills, our client seeks a CPA to manage all financial functions, credit and collections, accounts payable, capital asset accounting, management accounting, and internal and external financial reporting and analysis. High impact players looking to lead the financial success of a fast growing company are encouraged to apply! Salary starts at $100K + bonus potential

Karen's Corner
Karen's Corner

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We had the honor of attending this year's Women in Business Awards Luncheon in July, recognizing 25 "Women to Watch" and "Women Industry Leaders." One well deserved woman received the Career Achievement Award while one much lauded man received the Ally Award for his work in helping women reach new heights in their careers. We were happy to see so many FEWnet members present and were thrilled to celebrate those of you who took home awards of your own. One of these award winners was our very own Karen Oman and we congratulate her most recent achievement.

As always, we would like to encourage all of you to recommend FEWnet to other leading women in our industry. Simply have them visit us at www.fewnet.com or contact Dori Estrella and she will gladly share the value of our larger community as well as opportunities available in our monthly small groups.

The more the merrier, we always say!


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Caffeinated Conversations: The Art of Strategic Thinking

Strategic thinking makes all the difference when it comes to growing your business in today's challenging environment. In this dynamic session, Michael Felmlee, CEO of The Prouty Project, combines the concepts of strategic planning and the practical application of various tools and techniques to help you think more strategically.

Sponsor: Minnesota Society of CPAs

September 19, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Humanities Education Center, 987 East Ivy Avenue, St. Paul

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The Highest Goal: The Secret That Sustains You in Every Moment

Join Michael Ray, author, consultant, and the first John G. McCoy-Banc One Corporation Professor of Creativity, Innovation and Marketing (Emeritus) at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, as he shares what he learned teaching the celebrated "Personal Creativity in Business" course. Discover and learn to live by your highest goal, a source of power and wisdom that can vastly improve not only your own life, but also the lives of everyone around you.

Sponsor: Heartland Inc.

Friday, October 6, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Midland Hills Country Club, 2001 Fulham Street, St. Paul

Perm Candidates / Long-Term Contractors
Long-Term Contractors / Perm Candidates

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Featured Contractor #1

Technical skills: AP, AR, general ledger, month and year-end close, payroll, computer conversions, system installations, account analysis, cash flow, cash projections, cash management, financial reporting, physical inventory and costing, sales and use tax and more make this professional a tough act to beat!

Computer skills: Strong Excel skills, Quicken, Solomon, ADP, Crystal Reports.

Industry experience: Electronics, wholesale, software, consulting, retail, professional services.

Strong Controller experience with a Big 4 background makes this high impact player a valuable addition to any team!

Bill rate: $79/hr.

Featured Contractor #2

Technical skills: AP, AR, general ledger, month and year-end close, cash projections, cash management, collection, consolidations, budgeting, fixed assets, audit, account analysis, financial reporting, revenue recognition and more!

Computer skills: ADP, Crystal Reports, Excel, macros, JD Edwards, Lawson, MAS90, PeachTree, PeopleSoft, Quicken, SAP, Solomon, Timberline.

Industry experience: Manufacturing, computers, wholesale.

A solid accounting and auditing background, this CPA has strong systems skills and a "roll up your sleeves" attitude that make her a client favorite.

Bill rate: $69/hr.

Featured Perm Candidate #1

Technical skills: General ledger, audit, cost accounting, month and year-end close, financial analysis and reporting, Sarbanes Oxley and more!

Computer skills: Excel, Great Plains, Hyperion, SAP.

Industry experience: Construction, professional services, manufacturing, retail.

This bright, personable inactive CPA has an impressive Big 4 and industry background! Experience includes acquisition integration activities, a successful IPO, and being a process owner for the Sarbanes Oxley revenue recognition cycle.

Target compensation: $100,000.

Featured Perm Candidate #2

Technical skills: Project management, revenue recognition, financial modeling, benchmarking, best practices, revenue reporting, month and year-end close, strategic planning, Sarbanes Oxley, risk management, internal audit and the list goes on!

Computer skills: Led a technology consulting group, familiar with system implementations including Baan, excellent presentation software skills.

Industry experience: Oil, manufacturing, professional services, software, computers.

This sharp CPA brings a fantastic mosaic of experience spanning internal audit, turnaround leadership, accounting, information technology, and Sarbanes Oxley.

Target compensation: $120,000.

Call Certes at 952-345-4140 for more information about our outstanding contractors and perm candidates!

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