This fall, IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) continued its successful IMA Student Series: Accounting and Finance panel and its Faculty Friday webinars.

IMA Student Series

On September 27, IMA hosted its Student Series: Accounting and Finance Panel featuring four young professionals from a range of exciting industries:

  • Tom Biggs, CMA, CSCA, CPA, Dell
  • Pamela Boles, CMA, Lyft
  • Ashley Griesshammer, CMA, CSCA, CPA, Lovevery
  • Ugo Uduchukwu, CMA, CSCA, DoorDash

In this session, moderated by IMA staff members Mary Patterson and Tyler Skelton, the panelists discussed their career journeys, their experience taking the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) exam, and tips for new graduates and young professionals. More than 1,200 students registered for the webinar; several professors made listening to it part of their classroom assignments.

A recorded version of the session is available on YouTube.

You can view the entire archive of IMA Student Series events in this Accounting College Student Toolkit, along with other valuable resources for students.

The next IMA Student Series webinar will be held on February 28, 2023. For more information about this webinar series, please contact Mary Patterson at

Faculty Friday

The latest Faculty Friday was held on November 4, titled “STEM: The Future of Accounting Programs.” It featured a discussion by Kofi Appiah Okyere, Ph.D., CPA, director of graduate accounting programs at Syracuse University; and J. Donald Warren, Jr. Ph.D., CPA, director, School of Accounting and Information Systems, Lamar University.

In their talk, Warren and Okyere discussed how the accounting profession expects that students have strong knowledge and skills in data analytics, information technology, cybersecurity, blockchain, and other related technology topics. As a result, colleges and universities are trending towards STEM-designated degrees for their accounting programs. These two faculty members discussed their experiences with the STEM certification process as well as the benefits gained and the resources available.

Watch your email for details about upcoming Faculty Friday webinars. You can also view past Faculty Friday webinars on IMA’s Campus Resource Center.