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AICPA Leadership Academy

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.

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-cima.com.

Why Attend?

  • Experiential learning
  • Leadership development
  • Networking
  • Impact the profession
  • Personal development

Who should attend?

CPAs who meet the following eligibility requirements at the time of application, are invited to apply:

  • Regular AICPA 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

Dates and fees

Dates: October 24-28, 2021

Cost: Accepted individuals or sponsors are responsible for a $1,750 program fee

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): The future will bring significant changes to the accounting profession. What do leaders have to get right in order to successfully lead?
    • Essay #2 (250-500 words): Why do you want to attend the AICPA Leadership Academy?

Application for 2021 will open this summer.

Leadership Academy Facilitators