December 2019 Newsletter Print

Upcoming Events

See you tonight! AFWA Annual Holiday Charity Dinner!

Purpose of the AFWA Dinner:

Every year, the AFWA Buffalo Chapter hosts a Charity Dinner to raise money for a local women’s charity. The past five years, we raised between $1,500-3,500 for Dress for Success (2014), Hope for Two (2015), Gerard Place (2016), and Haven House (2017), and Child Advocacy Center (2018)!  

This year, we will be supporting Little Portion Friary! The Mission of Little Portion Friary is to journey with the homeless, providing temporary shelter, meals and counseling during their struggle to acquire permanent housing and jobs. With over 35 years, the Little Portion Friary continues to bring together workers, donors and guests in an effort to meet the basic needs for food, shelter and clothing, but also to see that each guest takes his or her own steps toward a more stable life.  Little Portion Friary depends entirely on the efforts of volunteer workers and remains in awe of the generosity that has sustained them!  Guests, who have come from most of the 50 states, as well as foreign countries, have given themselves, by offering comfort and encouragement to one another in their struggles. 

Night of the Dinner:

At the Charity Dinner, we will have a Basket Raffle, Networking, and the opportunity to donate to a great cause during the Holiday Season.  The event will start at 6pm, which will give you plenty of time to socialize and strategize on which of the amazing baskets you would like to put your tickets into for a chance to win!  There will be plenty of appetizers and Dinner will be served at 6:45pm with a quick presentation from the Charity. 

Parking: There will be free valet parking for the event!

Bar, Baskets, and Raffles: There will be a cash bar and plenty of Baskets, Raffles, and a Gift Card Tree, so please bring cash or checks, if you would like to participate!

This event is open to everyone - Please invite spouses, family, and friends – the more the merrier!

Please Consider a Basket Donation:

Please consider donating a basket or soliciting a basket donation from companies, family, friends, or colleagues.  In addition to any profits earned from the dinner, the gift baskets help us donate even more to this great cause!

If you are interested in making a difference by means of a monetary donation or auction item, please contact Becky Lankes.  The Buffalo Chapter of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance appreciates all that you can do to help make this year’s event even more successful.

Tickets: $45.00 Register Now


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Volunteer Opportunities!

The Board of Directors of Child Care Resource Network (CCRN) is looking for new members to join the Board in January 2020, specifically a CPA/accountant to serve on their Finance Committee. The Finance Committee oversees the work of the CFO, meets with the external auditors and reviews the annual budget as well as other related tasks. I am President of the Board and my term is over at the end of 2020.

The Child Care Resource Network’s mission is to promote quality, affordable, accessible care and learning for all children by supporting and empowering families, caregivers, education professionals, and
employers. Their vision is for all children to have high-quality care and learning experiences, helping them to reach their full potential.

Please consider joining me to help this organization that is critical to our community here in Western New York and contact Mary Ellen Mitchell, if you are interested!


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Do you have an Accounting/Finance job to post?

Our AFWA Members now have the opportunity to post jobs on the AFWA website for free!  These job postings stay posted for 3 months and they will reach the entire AFWA email list in the monthly e-Newsletters, in addition to, being posted on the website here for 3 months!  To start, click here, and sign in with your username and password!

Not a member? That's ok!  A non-member can post a job here for $50 for 3 months or you can become a member today!


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About AFWA

The mission of the Accounting and Financial Women's Alliance is to enable women in accounting, financial, and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional, and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession.  Founded in 1938 to increase the opportunities for women in all fields of accounting and finance, members of the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) and their companies benefit from resources that accelerate their professional growth. The industry has evolved enormously for women in the past 75 years, with our organization smartly and passionately evolving with it, ahead of the curve, so that all women in accounting and finance can excel.

Learn More Here!

 Questions? Email our Membership Chair!


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AFWA National News


AFWA LEAP Advisory Council is now accepting applications from AFWA members 35 years old and under. LEAP provides a great opportunity for young professionals to get involved at a national level - and represent the voice of all emerging leaders in AFWA. Learn more

AFWA Discounts

AFWA partners with businesses and organizations to bring you added benefit to your AFWA membership through discounts on products and services.  Check out the discounts here!

AFWA Chapter Coach Program

The role of chapter coach will provide our experienced AFWA members an easy way to connect and share their experiences. This program will also provide our Chapters with important mentoring and support at a local level that has been missing without Regional Directors. We are now seeking volunteer members to become Chapter Coaches!  Learn more about Chapter Coaches

Women of Influence

Do you know of a Woman of Influence within AFWA’s membership? Our goal is to expand the Women of Influence community to include even more distinguished professional women. Download the application here.


As a benefit to your membership in AFWA, we offer free webinars to inspire you in your career and fast-pace your professional development. You can participate in any live webinar (most deliver 1 hour of CPE to live attendees) or you can view the webinar on demand at your convenience. Vsit the AFWA Events page to find out about upcoming webinars and events.


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