AICPA accepting 2019 'Leadership Workshop' applicants

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The American Institute of CPAs announced on Monday that the application period for its 2019 Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop is now open.

The annual three-day workshop invites minority college accounting students intent on becoming CPAs to bolster their professional skills and explore career possibilities. This year’s program will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Denver from May 15 to May 17, 2019.

“The ASLW has a well-established history of helping minority students understand the various career paths available in the accounting profession,” stated Kim Drumgo, director of diversity and inclusion for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and vice chair of the AICPA National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. “Participants will learn what it takes to pass the CPA exam and the steps necessary to make it happen. The workshop is also an opportunity for students to interact with accomplished CPAs and get honest answers to their most pressing career questions. And each year students leave the program inspired to start their journey to an accounting career, while the speakers and volunteers who attend are motivated to continue working towards their goals.”

The ASLW is an all-expenses paid event, with transportation to and from the workshop location, hotel accommodations, training experience and meals all covered by the AICPA Foundation. Sessions focus on the daily life of a CPA, as well as team building, leadership skills and change management. Additional sessions will also help bolster interviewing and networking skills.

To be considered for the Leadership Workshop, applicants must be a sophomore, junior, senior, fifth year or graduate student for the 2018-19 academic year with a major in accounting, finance or a related field. Applicants must also be Student Affiliate AICPA members who have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and are actively involved in their campuses and communities. The Leadership Workshop is open to ethnic minorities who are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents.

Interested students must submit their application along with a video essay, two letters of recommendation (with at least one by either a faculty member or a licensed CPA), an unofficial transcript and a motivational quote.

The application deadline is Jan. 21, 2019. For more information, head to the AICPA's site here.

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