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Our Professional Journey. Evelyn A. Brown AGA National President Elect-designate. Our Professional Journey. Introductions Background Evelyn A. Brown Association of Government Accountants. Our Professional Journey. Paths to success Vision Mission Goals Objectives.

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Our professional journey

Our Professional Journey

Evelyn A. Brown

AGA National President Elect-designate

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Our Professional Journey

  • Introductions

  • Background

    • Evelyn A. Brown

    • Association of Government Accountants

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Our Professional Journey

Paths to success

  • Vision

  • Mission

  • Goals

  • Objectives

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Our Professional Journey

What are some of the avenues to success?

  • Education

  • Training through job rotation or details to other organizations

  • Professional designations

  • Networking

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Our Professional Journey

  • Affiliations, executive search, and job opportunities

  • Periodic evaluation

  • External assessment

    • Peer review

    • Supervisory review

    • Mentoring benefits

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Our Professional Journey

  • External interactions

    • Learn enough to volunteer for central financial agencies’ task forces

    • Become familiar with

      • Federal: FASAB, Treasury, OMB, GSA, OPM standards for core competencies

      • State and Local: GASB, state and local laws and regulations, state and local standards for core competencies

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Our Professional Journey

  • External interactions continued

    • Find opportunities and exposure for learning and knowledge sharing outside your normal realm

    • Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.

      • Certifications

    • Don’t be afraid to ask questions

      • The more your know and understand, the better the questions you ask and the more respect you receive.

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Our Professional Journey

  • Extracurricular activities

    • Speaking

    • Writing

    • Serving on committees and boards

    • Community service

    • Mentoring and cross-training

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Our Professional Journey

How do you tell your story?

  • Using a biography

  • Using a resume

  • Using a Curriculum Vitae

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Our Professional Journey


  • Webster’s Dictionary defines Ethics as “Discipline dealing with what is good and bad, with moral duty and obligation”.

  • What is the impact on you?

  • Ethical considerations

  • Where do you go for help

    • All: Supervisor, Employer’s ethics office

    • Federal: Inspector General, GAO, Office of Government Ethics (OGE)

    • State and Local:

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Our Professional Journey

Ethics continued

  • The problems we have had in the profession have not been due to a lack of technical knowledge.

  • Inadequate emphasis on ethics; it is personal.

  • Ethics apply both on the job and off.

    • Be careful where you go.

    • Choose your venues and your associates carefully

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Our Professional Journey

In conclusion,

  • Respect, trust, partnership building, realistic expectations and time investment will help you along the way.

  • Forget the notion of “instant gratification” and short cuts to nowhere.

  • Hard work, determination and perseverance will pay off.

  • Seize the moment; opportunity may only knock once.