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Who’s Who Wednesday: Maria Lisa Caldwell, Esq.

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Throughout 2014, we want to give the blogosphere the opportunity to get to know the Fonteva team and our clients better. To that end, we've introduced a new monthly feature, Who’s Who Wednesday.

This month we’re pleased to introduce you to Maria-Lisa Caldwell, Esq., chief legal officer and director of compliance services for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in Nashville. NASBA serves as a forum for the nation’s Boards of Accountancy, which administer the Uniform CPA Examination, license more than 700,000 certified public accountants and regulate the practice of public accountancy in the United States.

In this role, some of Caldwell’s responsibilities include overseeing the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, the Annual Registry Summit, the Accountancy Licensee Database and NASBA’s CPE Audit Service.

A graduate of Duke University School of Law, Caldwell is a member of the Bar in both California and Tennessee. She and her husband, Billy Ray, live in Nashville and are the proud parents of three children.

Read on to learn more about her.

1 - What’s on your desk right now?
One of our big initiatives right now involves the future of learning and how that will and should impact continuing education, so I have a lot of research and information about that topic scattered about.

But my favorite thing on my desk right now is the vase of fresh flowers that my two sons arranged to have sent to me twice a month. It’s one of my favorite birthday presents ever!

2 - Who are you following on LinkedIn?
Richard Branson, Deepak Chopra, Bill Gates, Gretchen Rubin

3 - What's the best advice you ever got?
Someone once told me about former professional ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky’s response to the question of why he was so successful at scoring, and it is great advice. He said, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not [to] where it has been.”

4 - What's the most played song on your iPod or iPhone?
“Alone” by Armin Van Buuren

5 - What do you do when you're not at work?
I love to hike, cook and travel. And if I get an opportunity to do any of those with my husband or my kids (two of which are now in college), it is a perfect day!

6 - If you weren't working for NASBA, what would you be doing?
I would run a charitable foundation focused on making micro loans to women in developing countries. It would be a perfect match of issues that are close to my heart and the varied work experience I have accumulated over my career.

7 - What are your favorite blogs? apps?

    • Yelp
    • Uber
    • TED
    • Two Fingers One Brain (You need to try this game...it is so addicting)

8 - What is your favorite MemberNation feature?
The capacity to see the whole picture and having the ability to view all aspects of a particular member’s interactions with our company is so vital. Before moving to MemberNation, this information was housed in various silos.

Now we can see the donations made, committee participation, events attended and relation to our member boards and other members, all in one single view. From an event standpoint, the ability to print badges, member itineraries and various other reports has been invaluable.

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