By Ericka Harney, CFRE, GPC, CVA, AFWA Executive Director
All professionals, no matter what membership association they belong, generally have to justify the investment. Whether that’s to a supervisor, the company’s CFO, or your own businesses’ checkbook, showing the return on investment you get with AFWA can be vital to staying a valued member.
As many of you will be renewing in the upcoming months, you can take these top 5 values you get from AFWA as talking points to demonstrate ROI.
AFWA offers many ways in which CPE can be earned as part of your membership. Your national dues contribute to AFWA as a national NASBA provider. This saves each chapter $3,500 every year by being a part of the national organization. When you attend a chapter meeting for CPE, you’re taking advantage of something that could cost much more. We are also offering webinars at the national level and working on the final details with NASBA to offer CPE credit for these. We are also a sponsor for continuing education for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and if you hold a different credential, attend an AFWA event that you could receive credit for, just submit the paperwork to headquarters and we will assist in getting you credit.
AFWA has always prided itself as the organization for women to build Relationships Worth Counting On. Knowing fellow accounting and finance professionals you can turn to when you can’t take more clients or are looking to expand is priceless. Your AFWA sisters may know of other boards you should be on or are able to provide you referrals and LinkedIn references. All of which can translate to your bottom line.
Most supervisors have to admit their employees need ‘soft’ skills as much as they do technical, ‘hard’ skill. And those skills typically are a high priority to develop in the work place but employers acknowledge the need.
Being an AFWA member also gets you significant discounts with a variety of leading industry providers. The national website has discounts on software, review courses, business resources, and higher education programs.
When you share your expertise, your company gets the spotlight too. All members are encouraged to share their expertise at the local level, the AFWA National Conference, in the AFWA publications and our expanding continuing education webinars. When you do just one of those your name and your company are out there too. The exposure could bring a variety of things – clients, interns, web searches, social media increases, and much more – to your company’s brand.
While there are many more values to AFWA membership, which you can read more about here, membership in any association is only worth its value if you engage. When you have a need or question, see how AFWA can be the answer – take full advantage of your membership.