Emerging CPA Leaders Meet to Share ‘Big Ideas in the Big Easy’ at 2014 AICPA E.D.G.E. Conference in New Orleans 

Published May 27, 2014

Contact: James Schiavone, 212-596-6119, jschiavone@aicpa.org

New York (May 27, 2014)
- Strong technical skills are the hallmark of the accounting profession. However, many emerging CPAs find the fastest way to advance their careers and boost their personal brand is by demonstrating “success skills,” including leadership and communication.

The 2014 E.D.G.E. (Evolve, Distinguish, Grow, Engage) Conference, Advancing Your Career: Big Ideas in the Big Easy, offers emerging professionals a unique opportunity to develop the skills they need to help them take the next step in their careers.

The three day conference is aimed at CPAs and practitioners with three to fifteen years of experience working in public accounting and business and industry. To create the E.D.G.E. experience, conference organizers designed highly engaging, interactive sessions led by experienced leadership and communications professionals. Technical sessions on hot topics in the profession will be led by CPAs who have embarked upon their own E.D.G.E. journey. A welcome reception and early riser fitness sessions offer additional opportunities for attendees and presenters to network and share takeaways and best practices.

The 2014 E.D.G.E. Conference is sponsored by the AICPA’s Private Company Practice Section and the Society of Louisiana CPAs.

Where: The Ritz Carlton, New Orleans (Please note: advanced registration is required).

When: Wednesday Aug. 6 – Friday Aug. 8, 2014

Who: Keynote Presentations from:

William Balhoff – Chairman of the AICPA

Tom Hood – CEO, Maryland Association of CPAs Inc. and Business Learning Institute

Mike Goodfriend – Senior Birkman Consultant and President of Goodfriend & Associates

Gretchen Pisano –Founder and CEO, P.link Coaching Center for Excellence

Agenda: The conference includes 35 sessions, including “7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders,” “The Bounce: Maximizing Your Career Trajectory,” “The CPAs Role in Innovation; Making Feedback Effective,” “Getting Yourself Ready for Succession Planning,” and “Self Awareness: The Secret to Effective Leadership.”

Topic highlights include team building and skills assessment, essential communication skills for career success, how to boost your personal brand, and diversity and inclusivity in the CPA profession.

A full agenda and conference brochure is available online.

Registration: To obtain press credentials to attend on-site, please contact Shirley Twillman at stwillman@aicpa.org.


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