About International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting
The International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting (ISFFA), formerly
known as The International Society of Young Filipino Accountants (ISYFA) is a California
nonprofit public benefit corporation whose primary goal is to assist, educate, train
and mentor emerging professionals, both domestically as well as globally.
It is a known fact that immigrants who arrive in the United States have an extremely
difficult time assimilating into the American way of life – both professionally
as well as socially. Common difficulties experienced are: speech, business development,
medical and dental, the U.S. banking system, lifestyle, personal practices, and cultural
differences. These obstacles often times prove overwhelming to an individual with
no help or mentor there to assist them. Personal experiences from many such individuals
– including many of the founding group members, demonstrated how such initial barriers
left deep scars of insecurity and uncertainty thus providing effective roadblocks
to development and integration into their new home and preventing them from developing
Most newly arrived individuals find themselves stretched financially, due to the
big gap in the currency exchange and the comparatively very high cost of living.
Such individuals often have extreme difficulty in finding jobs – not only in their
chosen field of study or experience, but in virtually all professions. This creates
additional difficulties in providing immediate support for their families.
ISFFA will assist both domestic and immigrating professionals in several important
Provide Assistance and Support for New Immigrants:
Understanding the great need to provide information and financial resources for
the newly arrived individuals, ISFFA intends to:
1. Devise an Orientation package that will inform and assist newly arrived Filipinos
and other immigrants in the U.S. For example, new arrivals require assistance in
establishing themselves in the community. ISFFA may provide language translation
in getting social security cards, leasing apartments, medical and dental assistance
requirements, drivers licenses, as well as other state required documentation, suggestions
for good schools, other basic social and cultural needs.
2. Promote a socially friendly and responsive environment among the Filipinos, minority
groups and Americans in their respective communities.
3. Assist in providing professional continuing education and mentoring when needed
– not only to the professional him or herself, but also to the community at large.
Provide Assistance and Support to Professionals:
ISFFA employs a somewhat unique approach to foster success of the Filipino and other
professionals through the use of the following:
1. An interactive Adviser/Mentor program. This mechanism provides members with both
professional and emotional support. Many members will struggle as they attempt to
advance their professional careers. They are often challenged by the rapidly-changing
world economies, by living in a new country, dealing with new language issues, confronted
by cultural issues or perhaps faced with seemingly insurmountable professional and
technical issues. Capitalizing on the extensive knowledge and experiences of the
Mentors - mature professionals already having made that successful integration into
American society - will prove to be the absolute difference to many of our members
and the community at large.
2. Continuing Professional Education (CPE). ISFFA will host CPE programs, seminars
and workshops to its members and to the public at large. A minimal fee will be charged
to offset the costs of the programs, discounted fees or possibly no charge to those
who wish to attend but have little or no means of support. The CPE program will
reinforce the high ideals of technical competence, ethical conduct, and integrity
and will elevate our members stature in the accounting profession and boardrooms,
marking them more clearly than ever as integral members of management. ISFFA expects
to conduct three to four such programs each fiscal year.
3. Periodic Newsletters. ISFFA’s quarterly newsletter will provide an avenue whereby
its programs are disseminated to the Filipino and other communities and professional
organizations. It will allow for immediate feedback and reciprocity: a process of
providing technical, social, cultural, and general information to the membership
and public as well as receiving and understanding the ongoing needs of its constituents.
Provide Scholarships to Deserving Students:
ISFFA plans to set up a fund to be able to provide scholarships to deserving students and leaders. The Board will assign a Scholarship Committee to develop the criteria for the award recipients and oversee its implementation.
Provide Financial Support to Victims of Calamities:
We live in a world exposed daily to natural as well as man-made calamities. ISFFA’s Board and members share in the belief of helping those who are in need and giving back to the communities. ISFFA plans to set up a fund to be able to help victims of calamities.
Resource for Out of Job professionals:
ISFFA founders and members are from some of the world’s largest professional firms as well as from mid-size and smaller professional firms. ISFFA aims to attract professionals on a global basis, primarily throughout North America and the Philippines. ISFFA’s global network will provide a resource of various employment opportunities to any and all members or individuals outside the organization.
Participate in Social and Business Networking Activities:
Social and business networking is important to cultivate our relationship with one
another as well as with other international organizations in the furtherance of
ISFFA interests. Activities include a Bowling Night and a Career Fair.
Community Service activities are also being currently organized.
Today’s generation of young Filipino accountants and finance professionals are quickly
becoming a global model for education, creativity, ambition, and loyalty – and the
accounting world is beginning to take notice. Both older and newer emerging world
markets continue to thrust rapidly onto the global economic stage. This dramatic
transformation of world economies and markets calls for the “modern breed” of professionals.
It is exactly for these reasons that a new dynamic organization called the “International
Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting” (“ISFFA”) was formed.
The International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting Chicago Chapter
are led by
dedicated Filipino accounting and finance professionals, most of whom are also Certified Public Accountants” in the United States.
Below are the current officers of the ISFFA Chicago Chapter.
Supervisor, Adelfia LLC
Audit Senior, Adelfia LLC
Staff Auditor, Adelfia LLC
Senior Accountant, Adelfia LLC
VP – Leadership
Senior Manager of SOX Compliance, Anixter
VP - Membership
Accountant, Adelfia LLC
VP – Advertising & Promotion
IT Senior Audit, HUB Group
VP – Mentorship
CEO, T Capital Management LLC
VP – Outreach & Community Service
Finance Manager, Assure Home Health Care, Inc.
VP – External Affairs
Tax Senior, Deloitte LLP