Embracing Diversity or the fifth consecutive year, the Educational Trust Fund (ETF) presented a Diversity Scholarship. This year’s $1,000 award was presented to Jaleesa Carter at the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Hartford chapter “Night of Stars” gala on May 1. CTCPA Past President and CohnReznick Director of Human Capital John Turgeon addresses the crowd at NABA’s Night of Stars. F dency. Turgeon was honored when NABA asked him to be one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Night of Stars event, held at Aetna’s Rogers Auditorium. Turgeon’s keynote address, entitled “Building Your Competitive Advantage,” focused on networking, putting yourself out there, and building trust. “Embracing the diversity of our people and our thoughts is perhaps the single greatest competitive advantage we can build for ourselves and as organizations,” Turgeon said. “It is about every one of us taking the time to truly learn about each other – who we are, what we believe in, what is important to us – and doing so in an open and inclusive manner. From there, diversity becomes less of the programmatic activity it once was and simply becomes woven into the culture of who we are today.” Carter, a junior at the University of Saint Joseph, is heavily involved in her school, serving as president of Diversity in Action, treasurer of the Student Government Association, and vice president of the accounting and business societies. Following her May 2014 graduation, she plans to obtain her master’s degree and become a CPA. CTCPA Past President and CohnReznick Director of Human Capital John Turgeon is delighted to see the CTCPA’s continued focus on diversity – a tenet he championed during his 2008-2009 presi- CTCPA Advisory Council member, NABA Greater Hartford Secretary, and CohnReznick Manager Tobias Freeman presents the Diversity Scholarship to Jaleesa Carter. a Applications for the next CTCPA ETF Diversity Scholarship will be available at www.ctcpas.org/scholarships after August 15. 12 www.ctcpas.org paid advertisement