Amid lockdowns and other challenges, IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) members in Europe had the opportunity to attend several highly anticipated virtual events.

February 18: CMA Self-Study: Everything You Need to Know

One of the strengths of the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) certification program is flexibility and the ability for candidates to develop a personalized study plan. That’s why a self-study option is one of the most popular ways to prepare for the CMA exam.

In this presentation, “CMA Self-Study: Everything You Need to Know,” sponsored by Gleim, attendees learned about best resources and study materials to help them prepare for the CMA exams at their own pace and from the comfort and safety of home.

The session featured opening remarks by Alain Mulder, IMA senior director, Europe operations, followed by a talk by Bernardin Generalao, IMA director, partner relations, on "Upskill with the CMA Certification.”

The event also featured Brigitte de Graaff, CMA, Ph.D. candidate, VU Amsterdam; member, IMA Global Board of Directors; and vice president of IMA’s Amsterdam Chapter, who was interviewed by Mulder on the topic of “Becoming a Leader through the CMA.”

February 25: Upskill for Success with CA controller akademie

On February 25, IMA hosted “Upskill for Success: Everything You Need to Know” with CA controller akademie. 

During this session, presenters from CA controller akademie shared valuable knowledge that will help candidates pass the CMA exam. 

Topics covered included exam content and study tips, features of CA controller akademie’s prerequisite knowledge pre-tutorial, and the structure and benefits of the tutorial. This event was the first hybrid tutorial that also allowed participants to meet their instructor. Presenters were Dietmar Pascher, partner, CA controller akademie; and David Fairchild, CMA, CPA, instructor, CA controller akademie.

Additionally, attendees were able to learn about the evolving role of the management accountant in the Digital Age and how earning the CMA can position accounting and finance professionals for more successful careers. That presentation was led by Bernardin Generalao, director regional partners relations, IMA.

March 4: IMA Benefits for Students: Everything You Need to Know!

On March 4, 2021, IMA hosted “IMA Benefits for Students: Everything You Need to Know!” 
During this one-hour free webinar, students (and interested professors as well), learned how to stand out as they graduate and how to dazzle their future employers with their management accounting skills.

The agenda included:

15:00 - 15:15 “CMA Benefits for Students” by Grete Buivydaite, IMA business development specialist

15:15 - 15:30 “The Process of Activating a CMA Scholarship” by Dawn Nicolosi, IMA CMA Scholarship administrator

15:30 - 15:45 Q&A with Natalia Menzel, CMA, head of finance and accounting at monta Klebebandwerk GmbH.


March 8: Women’s Leadership Summit

In conjunction with International Women’s Day, IMA hosted another successful Women’s Leadership Summit, this year in a virtual format. The event was organized by IMA and the Dutch Professional Organization of Accountants (NBA).

This year’s keynote presentation included a talk by Prof. Janka Stoker and an inspiring contribution from Petri Hofsté RA (No. 1 in the Management Scope top 100 supervisory directors). Attendees were able to gain insights into becoming a leader in their field, whether they are at the beginning of their career or in a more advanced stadium.

Other presentations included:

  • An interactive conversation on future leadership (with break out session)
  • Reflections on lessons learned from a male point of view (with James Michael Lafferty)
  • “I Did It My Way” (Petri Hofsté)
Women's day

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