Young Professionals 2017-11-03T15:46:28+00:00

Young Professional Members

The LEAP Advisory Council was created to ensure the voice of emerging leaders is heard and utilized within the national organization. Members of LEAP are working to grow young professional membership within AFWA by developing programs and initiatives specifically designed to meet the needs of the modern accounting and finance professional.

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The Latest from LEAP

5 Reasons to Seek Out a Mentor

As you start your career, you will hear everywhere and from almost everyone that you should have a mentor. The LEAP Council shares how having a mentor can be a benefit to your career.

LEAP Spotlight: Edronda Guiriba

There were many times while studying that I was frustrated and burnt out. I could have easily given up. In the end I am so glad I didn’t. Obtaining my CPA license has been one of my best achievements!

Q&A: Navigating the Job Search

Q: I normally look for job openings through the typical channels. However, I recently heard some interesting advice encouraging a job-seeker to essentially cold-call firms in their area by sending out resumes and cover letters [...]

Meet the ’17-’18 LEAP Advisory Council

Alanna Abreu
Alanna AbreuAudit Senior, Dannible & McKee, LLP (Syracuse, NY)
Chaille Brown, CMA
Chaille Brown, CMAFinance Manager, 22Squared (Atlanta, GA)
Katherine Eastham
Katherine EasthamSenior Accountant, Rightside (Seattle, WA)
Jennifer Hughes, CPA, CGFM, CISA
Jennifer Hughes, CPA, CGFM, CISASenior Manager, KPMG (Washington DC)
Sara Page, CPA
Sara Page, CPAFinancial Reporting Analyst, Virginia Department of Accounts (Richmond, VA)
Khrystyn Lutz, CBAP
Khrystyn Lutz, CBAPGrooms & Harkins, PC (Casper, WY)
Sarah Militello
Sarah MilitelloReal Estate Development Accountant (Grand Rapids, MI)
Amy Sexton
Amy SextonStaff Accountant, Health Management Services (Billings, MT)

How can I join LEAP?


LEAP Members each serve a 2 year term. Every year, 5 members will be nominated to the Council. Applications open annually in the spring.