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donnyitk has written 44 posts for Improving the World…by Inspiring Accountants

The Important Role Accountants Play in Keeping the American Dream Alive!

#AICPAENGAGE kicked off this morning with Maria Contreras-Sweet, former Administrator of the Small Business Administration, speaking on The Power of American Businesses and Entrepreneurs. She opened her keynote with an effusive thanks to all of us CPAs because we are the ones helping small business owners pursue their dreams and also advising and holding big … Continue reading

Getting Ready to Go Beyond and Transform Accounting

This year’s AICPA ENGAGE (#AICPAENGAGE) conference theme is “Go Beyond”, and this morning’s keynote looked at how the “accelerated pace of change and advances in technology are creating the need for us to go beyond convention … disrupting the ways in which we think, learn, communicate, [and] conduct business.” There’s a great video on AICPA … Continue reading

Do We Need to Shift to Competency-based Professional Education?

Everyone knows that the current continuing professional education (CPE) model in the CPA profession is broken, and while there is a lot of discussion about the future of learning and how the model has to change, the only ones that I know who are making huge strides in enacting the changes is the Indiana CPA … Continue reading

Fun with BKR in the Dominican Republic | Life as a CPA (Season 2)

I’ve always loved getting to explore new places. I think I inherited the gene from my grandmother who despite her humble upbringing in Wahiawa, Hawaii, spent a lot of time reading about different cultures and history, and traveled to see the world on a very modest budget. I am somewhat similar. I don’t believe in … Continue reading

Personal branding for CPAs | Life as a CPA (Season 2)

My conference season this year began with a visit to the Arkansas Society of CPAs‘s Emerging Leaders “Catfish and CPE” event. It was fun for me to share the story of how I went from “Donny Shimamoto” to “donnyitk”, as I taught over 40 emerging leaders in Little Rock, AR how to leverage the CPA … Continue reading

Transforming the Accounting Profession to Improve the World

I originally started this blog 6 years ago to start building my personal brand and to help promote the mindset change that was needed to make our world a better place. I thought that by taking a broad approach to promoting the values and philosophies that I could inspire the next generation of business professionals … Continue reading

Accountants are Critical to Big Data Success

Last year I discovered an interesting faction of the American Accounting Association that was focused on Big Data. When Big Data first came out, I characterized it just the newest buzz word for business intelligence. Attending last year’s Accounting IS Big Data conference really opened my eyes to the potential to leverage Big Data and … Continue reading

How Accountants Help Drive Value from Big Data

Day 2 of the AAA Accounting IS Big Data conference started off with a great panel of executives from companies focused on the data and analytics space: Jim Johnson, CFO, Adaptive Insights Jeremy Ivener, Vice President of SAP’s HANA Cloud Platform Roman Stanek, CEO, GoodData Adam Wilson, CEO, Trifacta A side note on diversity: it … Continue reading

Do We Leave Accounting Technology Laggards Behind?

2016 was my 5th year attending CPA Practice Advisor’s Thought Leader Symposium (check out the tweets at #CPAPA_TLS) and it continues to be one the most educational events for me as a change leader in the accounting profession.  The brain candy derived from being able to listen and contribute to discussions around the major challenges facing the accounting … Continue reading

Thankful for Doing What I Truly Love

I just returned home on Sunday night from four weeks on the road and it’s been an extremely busy week getting caught up at the office.  So it was nice today, to be able to get up late, and just be able to lounge around a bit and catch some Netflix before heading to my … Continue reading

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