Press Release



James Schiavone

AICPA’s EDGE Experience Returns Bigger and Bolder in 2017 

AICPA’s seventh annual career development event returns to New Orleans 
Published June 21, 2017

NEW YORK (June 21, 2017) – The AICPA is pleased to announce the agenda and speakers for the seventh annual EDGE Experience. The accounting profession’s premier emerging leader conference for career development and networking, EDGE will be held at the New Orleans Ritz-Carlton, August 2-4. This year’s event, themed “Fortune Favors the Bold,” is designed to help emerging CPAs and accounting professionals with three to 15 years of experience refine their skills and chart their unique paths to success.

The three-day gathering boasts 35 sessions, four pre-conference workshops and an impressive slate of speakers including prominent thought leaders in the profession– many of whom are rising leaders. With early riser-sessions and two evening receptions, EDGE is an immersive all-day experience.

Attendees will participate in hands-on sessions that address topics such as leadership skills, confidence building and career planning. They will be challenged to assess their own career ambitions and the skills required to achieve them, while networking with peers who have experienced similar challenges. Attendees will learn about trends and changes in the profession and how to apply what they learn to help their firm or business succeed.

The EDGE Experience is the premier professional development event for emerging accounting professionals, allowing them to build essential career skills and learn more about advancement in the accounting profession from peers and established leaders. The conference will serve to sharpen the skills and reignite the career focus of attendees. 

The 2017 EDGE Experience is sponsored by the AICPA’s Young CPA Network.

The Ritz-Carlton, 921 Canal St., New Orleans, LA

Wednesday Aug. 2 – Friday Aug. 4
(Note – advance registration required)

Keynote Presentations from:

  • Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, President and CEO, American Institute of CPAs, CEO, Association of Certified Professional Accountants
  • Sarah Elliott, CPA and Brian Kush, CPA, Principals and Co-founders, Intend2Lead LLC
  • John Engels, Founder and President, Leadership Coaching, Inc.
  • Holly. G Green, Author and Behavior Scientist, The Human Factor
  • Tom Hood, CPA/CITP, CGMA, President and CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs

A full agenda and conference brochure are available online.

Reporters interested in attending the EDGE Experience should contact James Schiavone at james.schiavone@aicpa-cima.com or 212-596-6119.

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