Dr. Ali M.
Sedaghat

CMA

Associate Professor of Accounting
Sellinger School of Business and Management, Loyola University

“IMA helps build financial management skills and ethical values.”

I've served as a faculty member at Loyola University for more than 27 years, including three years as Chair of the Accounting Department. My involvement with IMA goes back even further, to my days as a doctoral candidate at George Washington University. In my opinion, IMA is a great resource for professionals, academics, or students who want to focus on management accounting, cost accounting, internal control, and financial/strategic decision making.

I emigrated to the U.S. from Iran after working for Coopers and Lybrand Consulting for two years. I then enrolled at George Washington University as a Ph.D. candidate, and my mentor recommended that I get involved in IMA. From the start, IMA has provided me with wonderful opportunities, allowing me to network and share ideas with like-minded colleagues, boosting my confidence and professional development.

Many of my professional achievements and relationships are the result of my activity in IMA. Over the years, I've been active with IMA student chapter activities. I started one of the first student chapters at Shepherd College in the early 1980s and the Loyola Student Chapter in the late 1980s. I was awarded my CMA certification in 1984 and consider it a valuable addition to my credentials. I'm also proud to have an article published in Management Accounting that was awarded the Coopers and Lybrand Silver Medallion. I have also received national recognition as a faculty mentor for the Loyola Student Chapter.

The value of IMA is immeasurable for students who want to pursue a career in management accounting. Although a typical accounting program emphasizes the public accounting track, many students will eventually leave the accounting firms to take responsibility in industry. IMA plays a critical role in facilitating this transition. IMA helps professionals build financial management skills and ethical values to help companies grow and thrive.

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