"My involvement with Beta Alpha Psi began as a member in 1976 at California State University, Sacramento, chapter. There was only one other woman in the masters of accounting program and she was a member as well. Our Beta Alpha Psi membership was a major factor in our selection for on campus interviews. Our chapter members were so dedicated to learning about career opportunities that we drove two hours one way to San Francisco to tour the Arthur Andersen office (they had no office in Sacramento but recruited at our school). We also toured a California state government computer processing facility during a time when computer projects were submitted for processing on punch cards. Our Sacramento FBI office tour happened shortly after Squeaky Fromme tried to assassinate President Ford so accounting-related job aspects were minimized and law enforcement was emphasized. As a college professor I have been honored to be a Beta Alpha Psi chapter faculty advisor at the University of San Francisco for over twenty years. Today’s members are more diverse than in my student member days and have the same dedication to professional development and community service. Job markets have been both hot and cold during my faculty advisor years but the student members have always been supportive of one another. Today’s members have the qualities and skills to bring Beta Alpha Psi successfully into the future."
MACPA’s purpose is leading our profession, Maryland first, in transforming the world and making a positive impact. We seek to Connect, Protect and help the CPA-led profession Achieve success. With this in mind, we partner with BAP, it’s leadership, students, educators and fellow professional partners, because we believe in the power of collaboration and the importance of community. BAP students are our future leaders and together our future is brighter and stronger.
Rebekah Brown, CPA
Maryland Association of CPAs