TXCPA and Thomson Reuters present:

Practice Ready for Tax & Accounting Students

Join us for the Virtual Launch!
Monday, Nov. 11
Noon - 12: 15 p.m. (CT)

This free virtual launch will introduce and explain how the new "Practice Ready" program can give accounting students an edge by preparing them for their first accounting job. 

Register today

Accounting Students Can Prepare for a first accounting job with this program.

Employers want to hire new accountants who can "hit the ground running" at their first job.

To help accounting grads become more hirable, TXCPA and Thomson Reuters have partnered to create the perfect solution – Practice Ready for Tax & Accounting Students. It consists of a series of webcasts that infuses traditional academic programs with experiential learning to provide the tools, insights and experience you need to work at a firm or corporation. As an added bonus, completing the program makes a valuable addition to your resume by showing future employers you have real-world training and hands-on experience!

This online learning program, offered exclusively to members of the Texas Society of CPAs, will provide the skills needed to succeed in the accounting world. The launch event and the Practice Ready program are offered exclusively to TXCPA student members at no charge!


Virtual launch speakers:

Jodi Ann Ray, TXCPA president and CEO

Jodi Ann Ray

Texas Society of CPAs

Jodi Ann Ray began her tenure as president & CEO of the Texas Society of CPAs in 2017. She has over 24 years of experience in association management and served as a vice president for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) prior to joining TXCPA.

Prior to her work with MPI, she served as the CEO of several chambers of commerce in Connecticut, North Carolina and Texas where much of her work focused on government affairs, economic development, community development and member services.

Ray is a graduate of Fairfield University and received her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She is a member of ASAE, the CPA Society of Executives Association (CPA/SEA) and the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE). She currently serves on the board for TSAE and on the National Accreditation Commission for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).



Keith Nichols
Keith Nichols

Thomson Reuters

Keith Nichols is general manager of small-mid firms with Thomson Reuters. He is responsible for driving sales and retention, leading cross-functional outcomes across customer engagement and product development; developing value propositions for the customer segment; and management of the Thomson Reuters sales force in for small-mid accounting firms.

Prior to that, he was appointed in early 2017 as the managing director - government for the global strategy and business operations of the government practice within the tax & accounting business of Thomson Reuters.

In 2015, he was appointed to office of the president, Thomson Reuters tax & accounting and worked closely with other members of the tax & accounting executive leadership team to develop strategy and execute business operations. Nichols was also responsible for all of the Thomson Reuters businesses in sub-Saharan Africa as managing director, Africa from 2012 to 2015 and was based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Earlier in his career, Nichols was an officer in the United States Army and saw active service in Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a B.S. in Systems Engineering as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.



Debi Casey

Debra Casey

Thomson Reuters

Debra Casey is an executive editor with Thomson Reuters. She is responsible for editing continuing professional educational material for CPAs in the accounting and auditing field through:  updating and editing accounting and auditing texts; developing content for video and DVD products; writing audio and announcers' scripts for online, video, and DVD products; editing and generating transcripts for a video-based monthly accounting and auditing newsletter, as well as a quarterly governmental and nonprofit newsletter. 

Prior to joining Thomson Reuters she worked with Bisk Education, Inc., as a senior editor in accounting and auditing.  Previously, she worked in public accounting for local CPA firms in Florida performing both audits and tax work, including nonresident Canadian filings.  She worked as the controller and director of internal audit for a start-up prepaid Medicaid health plan and in the tax department of a Fortune 500 subsidiary managing fixed assets and capital budgeting, as well as state and local tax filings. 

She obtained her Master's and Bachelor's in Accounting from the University of Florida, and a second Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida.



Mary Cole

Mary Cole

Thomson Reuters

Mary Cole has experience in the oil and gas industry, manufacturing, and spent 10 years as an accounting manager for a major southern real estate investment trust.  She is currently the learning content lead, editorial, for Thomson Reuters Tax and Accounting, where she manages a large library of self-study learning content. Cole is a graduate with a BBA in Accounting from Angelo State University.