July's Leadership Academy, a three-day event focusing on developing young professionals, may have come and gone, but it's not too late to read about participants' experiences on Accounting Tomorrow. Three CPAs under the age of 35 who attended the event put on by the American Institute of CPAs offered up what they learned and were inspired by. Craig Steinhoff, for instance, a CPA at Hill, Barth & King in Boardman, Ohio, wrote that he was floored when, participating in a peer consulting exercise, he realized he "had been attempting to change others around him, rather than working to change himself."
Go ahead, check it out on www.accountingtomorrow.com. You'll also see a plethora of other posts, including:
* Jennifer Estrella, a first-generation college student working as an audit associate at Ernst & Young, gave us a glimpse of her journey from Harlem to a double major in accounting and finance at Georgetown University.
* Social media is no doubt the most-talked-about topic for many these days, but sometimes you just need some direction on how and when to get started on using the right tools. Brian Swanson, a partner at Flashpoint Marketing, gave us a primer on how to do just that, with some handy advice thrown in.
* The young professionals' constituency of the North Carolina Association of CPAs set up a Twitter account and have begun tweeting to test the waters.
* And our favorite outspoken blogger, Kel, of Accounting Elf (www.accountingelf.com), talked about her process studying for the CPA Exam. We'll say this - as many of you know, it ain't easy.
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