Melisa Galasso

MelisaGalasso_web.pngA Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years of experience, Melisa is an Audit Professional Practices Director at Cherry Bekaert LLP. In this role, she assists with technical issues and quality control of the Firm’s assurance services practice. Melisa serves as the technical liaison to the Firm’s Not-For-Profit, Education and Government Services industry groups. She also works in the Firm’s training department developing Continuing Professional Education ranging from newsletter articles to webinars. Melisa monitors regulatory bodies including the Financial Accounting Standards Board, Government Accounting Standards Board and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for changes in auditing and accounting guidance and assists the Firm in implementing the updated guidance. She has served a broad range of clients in a variety of industries, including government, not-for-profit, and manufacturing.

Melisa has considerable teaching experience. She serves as a Lead Instructor for Becker Professional Development, and is a frequent speaker for the NCACPA, AICPA, VSCPA and other organizations. She has won several awards for her classes including the NCACPA Don Farmer award, which recognizes a seminar discussion leader with the highest combined average scores on knowledge, skills, and materials from participant evaluations, for all courses taught in a technical area. Prior to joining the Firm, Melisa worked as an accounting manager for SPP America, Inc., and as an adjunct professorial lecturer at Georgetown University.


Course Descriptions

Emotional Intelligence & Leadership 


CPE Credit:      1 hour for CPAs, ABAs

 

CPAs and accountants are so much more than number crunchers! Whether you work in public accounting, industry, or education, the ability to self-regulate (internal) and build meaningful relationships (external) is incredibly important. Current research shows that Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the critical factor, more important than IQ, that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The good news is unlike IQ, EQ can be improved through effort and practice! In addition to covering various EQ theories, participants will identify personal areas of focus and design activities that can help them to further develop the skills needed to lead with empathy and self-awareness.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
  • Identify and apply various EQ theories
  • Identify personal areas of focus and design activities that can help them to further develop the skills needed to lead with empathy and self-awareness


Level
Basic Instructional Method In Person NASBA Field of Study Personal Development (1 hour) Program Prerequisites None Advance Preparation None


Developing a Coaching Culture 


CPE Credit:      1 hour for CPAs, ABAs

This course will discuss how companies and firms can focus on using the concepts of coaching to improve engagement. In lieu of focusing on the establishment of formal coaching programs, this course will help your organization to incorporate the best practices in coaching (proactive listening, powerful questions, building trust, and holding space) into their day-to-day culture to create a powerful coaching environment where your team members will thrive.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how companies and firms can focus on using the concepts of coaching to improve engagement
  • Identify how your organization can incorporate the best practices in coaching


Level
Basic Instructional Method In Person NASBA Field of Study Business Management & Organization (1 hour) Program Prerequisites None Advance Preparation None



Innovation & Change: The Future of the CPA Profession


CPE Credit:      1 hour for CPAs, ABAs

 

This course will take a look at the future of the profession. Words like innovation and disruption are all around us. Well look at trends impacting the profession as well as the AICPAs response to insure a profession that is ready for what the future holds. Well focus on new engagements the AICPA is considering and the skills CPAs will need to be successful!

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and apply new engagement types proposed by the AICPA
  • Describe skills that will be needed by CPAs to be future ready

Level Basic Instructional Method In Person NASBA Field of Study Accounting (1 hour) Program Prerequisites None Advance Preparation None

Saturday CPE Sessions


 
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Charlotte F/G/H

Emotional Intelligence & Leadership
1 hour CPE  for CPAs, ABAs

 

2:15 pm - 3:05 pm Charlotte F/G/H

Developing a Coaching Culture
1 hour CPE  for CPAs, ABAs



3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Innovation & Change: The Future of the CPA Profession
1 hour CPE for CPAs, ABAs