Cameron University accounting students Savoy King and Ann Patterson recently attended the National Leadership Training (NLT) in Washington D.C. The event is coordinated by the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), which selects only 10 students nationwide. During the training, King and Patterson met and connected with potential employers and were assigned a mentor.
For two days, the students networked with leaders who are passionate about public service and advancing government accountability. They learned from experts with real-world leadership experience in government and business, and heard from young professionals who have made public service their career choice. They were also assigned mentors.
“This experience allowed me to see government accounting in a different light,” says King. “The financial professionals are truly passionate about what they do and serving the American people. The opportunity to network with leaders from across the country was incredible.”
Patterson echoes that sentiment. “The networking was outstanding, and the leaders were encouraging.”
King was mentored by Tammie Johnson, Department of the Treasury, and Patterson was mentored by Gerry Boaz from the Tennessee State Auditor’s office. Both students are senior accounting majors from Lawton.
During the training, King and Patterson, as well as CU’s Bernadette Lonzanida, Instructor of Accounting, attended the Rotunda Red Carpet Reception. They also received a private tour of the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress, thanks to CU alumnus Rosario Torres, CIA, CGAP. Torres, Chief of Audit Programs and Administration at the National Guard Bureau, shared his experience of accounting work with the military sector.
“I am very proud of our accounting students being honored as future leaders in the field of government accounting,” says Lonzanida. “National event training like the NLT is a manifestation that our students can compete among the nation’s best. I am grateful to Riley Shaull, past president of the AGA- Oklahoma chapter, for his continued support to the Accounting Club of Cameron University.”
Both King and Patterson encourage their peers on campus to join the AGA, take on a leadership position, and apply for opportunities like NLT whenever possible.
“The career options in government accounting and financial management are endless,” King says.
Patterson concurs, indicating that learning about the wide variety of accounting jobs in the government sector was a great takeaway from the training.
March 28, 2019