Melisa Galasso

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Melisa Galasso, CPA, is the founder of Galasso Learning Solutions LLC. With over 15 years of experience in the accounting profession, Melisa designs and facilitates courses in advanced technical accounting and auditing topics, including not for profit and governmental accounting. She also supports essential professional development, public speaking, and business skills. Melisa closely monitors regulatory bodies for changes in auditing and accounting guidance and serves as a subject matter expert in implementing the updated guidance.

Melisa earned the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Master Trainer™ designation. She is a member of and frequent instructor for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA), and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA).

Melisa was appointed in 2016 to the AICPA’s Technical Issues Committee (TIC), which is responsible for monitoring the activities of the various accounting and attestation standard-setting boards and submitting comments and recommendations during the due process phase. Melisa is also currently serving on the Board of Directors for the VSCPA. Previously, she served as President of the Board of NCACPA’s Charlotte Chapter, Chair of the A&A Committee for the NCACPA, and held several leadership positions with the VSCPA.


Course Descriptions

Emotional Intelligence & Leadership 


CPE Credit:      1 hour for CPAs, ABAs

 

CPAs and accountants are so much more than number crunchers! Whether you work in public accounting, industry, or education, the ability to self-regulate (internal) and build meaningful relationships (external) is incredibly important. Current research shows that Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the critical factor, more important than IQ, that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The good news is unlike IQ, EQ can be improved through effort and practice! In addition to covering various EQ theories, participants will identify personal areas of focus and design activities that can help them to further develop the skills needed to lead with empathy and self-awareness.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
  • Identify and apply various EQ theories
  • Identify personal areas of focus and design activities that can help them to further develop the skills needed to lead with empathy and self-awareness


Level
Basic Instructional Method In Person NASBA Field of Study Personal Development (1 hour) Program Prerequisites None Advance Preparation None


Developing a Coaching Culture 


CPE Credit:      1 hour for CPAs, ABAs

This course will discuss how companies and firms can focus on using the concepts of coaching to improve engagement. In lieu of focusing on the establishment of formal coaching programs, this course will help your organization to incorporate the best practices in coaching (proactive listening, powerful questions, building trust, and holding space) into their day-to-day culture to create a powerful coaching environment where your team members will thrive.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how companies and firms can focus on using the concepts of coaching to improve engagement
  • Identify how your organization can incorporate the best practices in coaching


Level
Basic Instructional Method In Person NASBA Field of Study Business Management & Organization (1 hour) Program Prerequisites None Advance Preparation None



Innovation & Change: The Future of the CPA Profession


CPE Credit:      1 hour for CPAs, ABAs

 

This course will take a look at the future of the profession. Words like innovation and disruption are all around us. Well look at trends impacting the profession as well as the AICPAs response to insure a profession that is ready for what the future holds. Well focus on new engagements the AICPA is considering and the skills CPAs will need to be successful!

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and apply new engagement types proposed by the AICPA
  • Describe skills that will be needed by CPAs to be future ready

Level Basic Instructional Method In Person NASBA Field of Study Accounting (1 hour) Program Prerequisites None Advance Preparation None

Saturday CPE Sessions


 
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Charlotte F/G/H

Emotional Intelligence & Leadership
1 hour CPE  for CPAs, ABAs

 

2:15 pm - 3:05 pm Charlotte F/G/H

Developing a Coaching Culture
1 hour CPE  for CPAs, ABAs



3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Innovation & Change: The Future of the CPA Profession
1 hour CPE for CPAs, ABAs