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Leadership Spotlight: Jennifer Soltis, Partner at Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP

Jennifer Soltis is a Partner at Baker Tilly. Her primary disciplines include financial statement attestation and employee benefit plan audits. She has a specialized focus in the investment company industry (including private equity, venture capital, and hedge funds). Through this practice, she has extensive experience in regulatory, accounting, and compliance issues. She is a great [...]

2019-10-29T10:53:37-05:00June 17th, 2015|Leadership, Personal Development|

Four Activities To Boost Your Personal Brand

Your personal brand is your “professional reputation.” It’s affected by the way that you present yourself – your skills, knowledge and technical expertise – and how others (colleagues, clients, prospects and even personal connections) perceive you in return. We recently held a web seminar on the topic of “Personal Marketing Strategies for Summer” where we [...]

Six Ideas for Building a Recruiting Community

With unemployment in the accounting profession estimated to be half the nation’s rate of 5.6%, recruiting the talent to run your firm and serve your clients isn’t getting easier. In our previous blog entitled Finding Success in Recruiting Requires a Change in Philosophy, we shared some philosophical changes that should put your firm’s recruiting efforts [...]

2015-05-28T10:26:25-05:00May 28th, 2015|Communication, HR/Organizational Development|

Leadership Spotlight: Allan Koltin, CPA, CEO, Koltin Consulting Group

Our good friend Allan Koltin is CEO of Koltin Consulting Group, Inc., a Chicago-based consulting firm that specializes in working with professional and financial services firms in the areas of practice growth, practice management, human capital, and mergers and acquisitions. For fifteen consecutive years, Allan has been named by Accounting Today as one of the [...]

2019-10-29T08:50:59-05:00May 21st, 2015|Communication, Leadership, Personal Development|

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

This past year, I have been blessed to serve as a coach in our Transformational Leadership Program (TLP). Once again, I have experienced the fact that the teacher learns right alongside his or her students, and often learns even more. When our third class of TLP participants started the program June 1, 2014, the “finish [...]

2015-05-13T06:26:28-05:00May 13th, 2015|Communication, Leadership, Personal Development|

Fellow Millennials: They Call Us Entitled, But Our Future IS In Our Hands

In my last post, I shared strategies for developing a culture that embraces and encourages upward feedback. Among the many benefits feedback provides, one is the insight that firm leaders gain about the hopes and dreams of their up-and-coming leaders. In that post, I encouraged people managers to regularly check in and ask questions of [...]

Finding Success in Recruiting Requires a Change in Philosophy

Public accounting is experiencing one of the toughest periods of staffing in our profession’s history, and we believe it is just beginning. 78 million Baby Boomers are planning to retire over the next 10 – 12 years while there are fewer than 50 million Gen Xer’s to succeed them. Millennial accountants (33 and younger – [...]

2015-04-29T15:22:11-05:00April 29th, 2015|Communication, HR/Organizational Development, Succession|

How to Better Elicit Upward Feedback

Many benefits arise from embracing a people-centric culture. People that feel like their employer cares about their well-being and their thoughts and ideas about the firm, too, are typically more engaged and motivated in their daily work. Part of this people-centric culture includes a commitment to ongoing learning and development. Stretching that commitment across every [...]

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