Leadership Academy

AICPA Leadership Academy 

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The AICPA Leadership Academy exposes the next generation of CPAs to a strong ethic of leadership and service, providing them with strategies that empower candidates to become leaders within their organizations, communities and the CPA profession.

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What is the Leadership Academy?
The four-day leadership program for young accounting professionals engages candidates in a self-examination of leadership, what that means and how that impacts their personal life, career path, and the CPA profession.

The interactive dialogue with the profession’s thought leaders and other academy participants focuses on the issues that the profession is currently facing.

The academy exposes the next generation of CPAs to strong leadership ethics and service while providing them with the strategies to forge relationships, to expand their competencies and empower them to become a leader within their organization, community, and the CPA profession.

For questions or additional information, please email leadershipacademy@aicpa.org.

Why Attend?
  • Experiential learning 
  • Leadership development
  • Networking 
  • Impact the profession 
  • Personal development

Who should attend?
Leadership Academy class of 2015
CPAs who meet the following eligibility requirements at the time of application, are invited to apply:
  • AICPA voting member
  • Member of a state society or professional accounting organization 
  • 3+ years of experience within the CPA profession 
  • Between the ages of 25 and 35

How to apply?

The application process includes uploading:

  1. Professional photo (press release style head-shot)
  2. Current resume or vita 
  3. Two professional letters of reference (reference form
  4. Two essays:
    • Essay #1 (500-700 words): What leadership competencies and characteristics will be essential to successfully lead the CPA profession in 2025?
    • Essay #2 (250-500 words): Why do you want to attend the AICPA Leadership Academy?
Application Deadline May 31, 2017
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Travel, hotel and fees
Washington Duke Inn, Durham, NC
Dates: October 1 - October 5, 2017

The Washington Duke Inn, Durham, NC

 Accepted individuals or sponsors are responsible for a $925 program fee which includes:
  • Program Facilities
  • Learning Materials
  • Meals
  • Social Activities
  • 4 Nights’ Accommodations
  • Attendee CPE

What do past attendees have to say?

Read what AICPA Leadership Academy Alumni have to say about their experiences. Still want to learn more? Join the conversation on Twitter at #AICPA_LDR

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"My week at Leadership Academy was truly inspirational; the skills that were developed, along with the connections that were made, will last a lifetime."

Renee Bardenwerper


"The Leadership Academy was a fantastic experience that broadened my understanding of  what it means to be a leader, the program was life changing, it gave me the opportunity to network and learn from other emerging leaders and the tools to be a future leader."

Remi Omisore
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"Leadership Academy was profoundly transformational - it positively impacted the way I approach my life and my career while providing what I know will be life-long friendships developed in just a few days."

Tim Jipping

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