IMA’s “MyCMA” series spotlights valued members of the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) community. Learn about their journey with the certification—and get tips on advancing your own. This issue’s featured CMA is:

 MyCMA: Jennifer McBride  Name:  Jennifer McBride, CMA
Company:  Alaska Native Heritage Center
Title:  Finance Director
Location:  Anchorage, Alaska


  1. How did you first come across the CMA and what made you decide to go for it?

    Several years ago, I came across IMA when searching for a professional organization to affiliate with for the purpose of networking and ongoing education. I participated in a couple of online trainings and the REST educational seminar sponsored by the Golden West Region. I was very impressed with the content of the educational seminar. [Council President] Patt Mayer really encouraged me to study for and obtain my CMA. I set about to do that a couple of years ago.

  2. In what ways has CMA made an impact on your career or professional journey?

    Personally, studying for the CMA was an excellent test of my discipline and focus. I was very comfortable with the material, but being able to recall the precise points of information or the precise formula to solve a problem was a bigger challenge than I originally thought. I really enjoyed studying for the test. I feel that it was a great workout for my intellect.

    Professionally, I work for nonprofits that have large boards of directors from a variety of professions and disciplines. Having the CMA has provided me with additional credibility and respect from some very educated, highly trained, and intelligent people.

  3. What is your proudest career moment or milestone as a CMA?

    Passing Parts 1 and 2 on the first try!

  4. What’s the best piece of advice you would give to CMA hopefuls?

    Count the cost. It will take at least one year from start to finish, if not longer. Join your local IMA chapter and get to know some people who have gone through the process.

  5. For those taking the exam, what study tip(s) can you share?

    Do not utilize the strategy of relaxing after work with a glass of wine to study. Set up a rigorous schedule and stick to it. Don’t worry about the score, just pass. This was hard for me to get comfortable with, as I am internally competitive, always wanting to score A’s.

  6. If you could have one superpower in the world, what would it be?


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