For students and young professionals looking to gain a competitive edge in landing their dream accounting or finance job, the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) is here to help. Registration is now open for IMA’s 15th Annual Student Leadership Conference, to be held Nov. 6-8, 2014 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis, Ind.

Leading experts will be on hand to discuss career opportunities, business ethics, the value of CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) certification, and more.

“Each year, IMA’s Student Leadership Conference brings together business leaders and career experts who are sure to inspire and motivate students,” said Jodi Ryan, IMA director of student/academic relations, in a statement. “This year’s conference features a great line-up of presenters and plenty of opportunities for participants to meet valuable networking contacts. Also on hand this year will be recruiters from various companies, so students are encouraged to bring copies of their résumé.”

This year's keynote presentations include:

  • “Race Car Driver, CEO and Mom: Building a Winning Team Both On and Off the Track,” an inspirational talk by Sarah Fisher, professional racecar driver and owner, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.
  • “Power a Path to the Top,” by Karen Battin, CPA, Cummins, Inc., vice president and controller, engine business.
  • “Leading from Any Seat,” presented by Jeffrey Q. Jardine, vice president of finance, Focal Point Homes.

Additional sessions will be held by industry and IMA leaders, including Ben Mulling, IMA chair-elect for 2014-2015. Mulling is an IMA Young Professional of the Year Award recipient and CFO of TENTE Casters, Inc. in Hebron, Ky.
The full conference schedule is available here. Highlights from last year's conference are also available to view on YouTube