Press Release



James Schiavone    

Joel Allegretti

2010 AICPA Leadership Academy Prepares Young CPAs for Stewardship of the Profession 

Published October 04, 2010

DURHAM, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2010) – Thirty certified public accountants under the age of 36, representing the next generation that will guide the profession, are gathering in Durham this week for the second annual Leadership Academy of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

The young CPAs will spend three days in workshops and discussions with the profession’s current leaders and, following graduation from the academy, will receive either an appointment to an AICPA volunteer committee or a state CPA society committee in their home state.

“As the national voice of the profession, the AICPA believes it is vitally important to cultivate talented and committed young CPAs to lead the profession and help it meet its obligation to serve the public interest,” said AICPA Chairman Robert Harris, CPA/CFF, who will address the Leadership Academy.  “We are fortunate to help these ambitious, talented professionals develop the skills they’ll need to guide the profession in the coming decades.”

The AICPA selected the 30 participants from more than 120 candidates who were sponsored by their employers, state societies or both.  All applicants submitted resumes that included professional volunteer activities, community service and awards, in addition to employment history.  The participants are equally divided between men and women.  They represent all four of the Institute’s major membership segments: public accounting, business and industry, government, and academia.

“A record number of people are graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting,” said Barry Melancon, CPA, AICPA president and CEO, who will review professional issues and take part in roundtable discussions. “The profession needs young CPAs who can serve as role models for the influx of new talent.”

The following CPA profession leaders will also participate in the Leadership Academy:

  • J. Thomas Hood III, CPA.CITP, executive director – Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants,
  • Anthony Pugliese, CPA.CITP, AICPA senior vice president – finance, membership and operations,
  • Scott Spiegel, CPA.CITP, AICPA chief financial officer,

Professional trainer Gretchen Pisano of Sounding Board, Inc. will help lead the sessions.

The 2010 Leadership Academy runs Oct. 5 – 7 at the Washington Duke Inn near the Duke University campus.  The first academy took place last year in Chicago.

“The academy enhanced my understanding of leadership, provided an immediate avenue to meaningful involvement in the profession and introduced me to new lifelong relationships with like-minded professionals,” said Greg Bedard, CPA, a 2009 participant who is director of financial reporting and analysis for Prudential Financial in Newark, N.J., and a member of the AICPA Business and Industry Executive Committee. “I am most impressed with the AICPA’s investment in our development, as the Institute looks to us as the future leadership of the profession.”

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