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Dawn Laborie, CPA

DIRECTOR, AUDIT AND ASSURANCE SERVICES

ABOUT DAWN

Dawn began her professional career with LaPorte in 2000. In addition to performing and reviewing financial and compliance audits for her clients, she provides consulting services related to operational reviews, board governance, implementation of new standards, and industry benchmarking. Dawn serves entities primarily in the nonprofit, public sector, and financial services industries, and she has extensive training in these industries. Dawn serves a number of the firm’s most high-profile clients, including the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, Audubon Nature Institute, Greater New Orleans Foundation, and South Louisiana Bank, among others.

NONPROFIT

As co-leader of the LaPorte Nonprofit Industry Group, Dawn’s clients include foundations, charities, trade associations, and quasi-governmental organizations. She has extensive experience providing statewide agreed-upon procedures services required in Louisiana and single audits to these clients when needed.

To enhance her nonprofit practice and commitment to the nonprofit community, Dawn received board member training from the former Louisiana Center for Nonprofit Resources. A strong proponent of volunteerism and giving back, she volunteers on the national editorial board of Thomson Reuters’ Profitable Solutions for Nonprofits newsletter and served as a peer reviewer for the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) former Standards for Excellence Program, which certified nonprofit organizations that were deemed well managed and responsibly governed. Dawn has completed the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Certificate I Program.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Dawn manages and is involved in all aspects of her financial services client engagements, from planning to concurring reviews for SEC-registered entities, mortgage lenders, and community-based financial institutions. She is a member of the Financial Services Industry Group.

PUBLIC SECTOR

As a founding member of LaPorte’s Public Sector Industry Group, Dawn maintains ongoing training in governmental accounting and compliance auditing. She provides a variety of consulting services for her governmental clients.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of New Orleans

Certified Public Accountant
AICPA Not-for-Profit Certificate I Program

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants
Louisiana Association for Nonprofit Organizations, Former Peer Reviewer,
     Standards for Excellence Program
Louisiana Bankers Association
Louisiana Government Finance Officers Association
Women in Public Finance 

East Jefferson YMCA, Former Board of Trustees Member
Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Board Member and Treasurer
Leadership Jefferson, Graduate and Former Advisory Committee Member
New Orleans Catholic Engaged Encounter, Volunteer and Former Treasurer
The Catholic Community Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Jefferson Performing Arts Society, 2008/2009 Board Member of the Year 
New Orleans CityBusiness
, 2012 Women of the Year Honoree

RSM, “Panel Discussion: Leading and Growing in a Virtual World.” October 27, 2021
RSM, “FW: BLI Session at Leaders Conference.” May 18, 2021
Webinar, LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors, “Lessons in Resilience: Learning to Survive – and Thrive – in a Pandemic,” Co-presenter: Jack Wiles, CPA, MS. February 2021
Louisiana Association of School Business Officials Spring Conference, “Uniform Grants Guidance Internal Control Policies.” March 2018
Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants Conference, “Financial Reporting Changes for Nonprofits: Are you Ready?” August 2017
LaPorte Nonprofit Lunch and Learn Seminar Series, “New FASB Standards for Nonprofits: Are You Ready?” July 2017
Alliance of Community Ministries, Inc., “How to Measure and Maximize Liquidity for Not-for-Profit Organizations.” July 2016
United Way of Greater Houston, “Not-for-Profit: Proposed Accounting Standards Update (Financial Reporting Model Changes).” November 2015
Jewish Federation of North America Annual Finance and Technology Professional Institute Conference, “Accounting and Auditing Standards Update.” October 2015
LaPorte Nonprofit Lunch and Learn Seminar Series, “Not-for-Profit: Proposed Accounting Standards Update (Financial Reporting Model Changes).” June 2015
Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants/Houston Certified Public Accountants Society, “Nonprofit Accounting and Audit Update.” June 2014
Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants, “Not-for-Profit Workshop: Accounting and Auditing Update.” July 2012

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

Nonprofit
Financial Services
Public Sector

504.838.4839
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