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AICPA’s Second Annual Leadership Academy Builds on Last Year’s Success

Now accepting applications for 2010 AICPA Leadership Academy.

April 22, 2010
Sponsored by AICPA Communications

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has released the application for its 2010 Leadership Academy program, which prepares young CPAs to become the next leaders in their organizations, communities and the CPA profession. The Academy is a three-day workshop of learning and applying core leadership concepts to both individual challenges as well as those facing the AICPA and the profession as a whole.

Last July, the AICPA launched the Leadership Academy program in Chicago, providing intensive workshop training to 28 high-potential CPAs under the age of 35. The program left a lasting impression on its attendees and created a solid foundation for future leadership and active engagement in the profession.  

“The Leadership Academy was an amazing experience. I was able to sharpen leadership and networking skills and apply them in real time. The opportunity to share knowledge with more than 25 other young motivated CPAs has reignited my excitement for profession. I’m ready to make a difference!” said Noel Abdur Rahim, CPA.

Another attendee of the Academy, April Gunn, CPA, said, “If I had to sum up my experience at the AICPA Leadership Academy, it would be as follows: amazing professionals — thought provoking — life changing.”

The 2010 Leadership Academy will provide leadership opportunities for a new group of promising CPA leaders who can benefit from professional mentorship and guidance. It will be held at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham, N.C., October 5-7, with a meet and greet at the AICPA on the evening of the 4th.

The Leadership Academy also provides attendees a greater capacity and familiarity with the managerial aspects of their work and offers strategies for building relationships and networking. Upon graduation from the Academy, each participant is assigned to either an AICPA volunteer committee or a state society volunteer committee.

Overall, the Leadership Academy’s goal is to provide personal development and leadership training, while instilling a commitment to involvement in the CPA profession’s volunteer committees. Academy participants learn the importance of being an active and positive force within their organizations and the CPA profession.

“Our hope is that we can develop future leaders not just for the AICPA, but for state societies, firms, companies and other organizations. The Leadership Academy creates the opportunity for young people from all backgrounds to learn concepts that will help them develop into future leaders,” said Robert R. Harris, CPA/CFF, chairman of the AICPA Board of Directors.

The AICPA will select two dozen candidates who represent a diverse cross-section of the profession — public accounting, business and industry, government and academia—to participate in this year’s Leadership Academy. The application deadline is May 1, 2010.

For more information on the AICPA Leadership Academy and access to the online application, visit www.aicpa.org/leadershipacademy.