Accelerate introduces and exposes emerging leaders to various mentoring, networking and leadership opportunities within the profession and community through a professional development and networking program designed to enhance effective and necessary critical skills.

In 2018, the Houston CPA Society will continue this four-week professional development and networking program to enhance the critical skills necessary to be effective within your professions and communities.

“Connecting Future Leaders” Professional Development & Networking Program
CPE Credit: 12 Hours (three hours per classroom instruction)
Class Size: Limited to 12 current and future leaders of the accounting or other business professions

2018 Fall schedule:
10/25/18: Chuck Cummings presents "So You're the Boss Now!"
11/01/18: David Cook presents "Personal and Corporate Branding"
11/08/18: Meresa Morgan "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People(R)"
11/15/18: Christine Spray presents "Strategic Planning and Goal Setting"

Who may participate:
An applicant should be a current Certified Public Accountant, with at least six years of post-graduate, full-time work experience. CPA applicant should be a current member in good standing of the Houston CPA Society. Applicants may be from public accounting or industry. Non-CPAs with a minimum of six years of post-graduate, full-time work experience may also apply.

Program format:
The one-month program consists of one session each week. A different group of 12 participants commit to each of the operating classes in the spring or fall. The evening prior to program’s initial session, enjoy a private happy hour with the other members of the class and Houston CPA Society leadership. You will begin each weekly morning session (7:30 – 10:30 a.m.) on Thursday with continental breakfast and networking time before discussions.

Previous speakers include:  Chuck Cummings, CPA, CFE So You’re the Boss Now; Todd Dewett, PhD Taking Your Team to the Next Level; Christine Spray Developing Your Strategic Plan; Jim Langsdale The Art of the Consultative Conversation; Joe Heller Personal Branding; and a panel discussion What it Takes to Be a Leader and Managing in a Crisis.

For more detailed information on this program, or if you or someone in your organization is interested in participating, email Carol Spencer or call 713-622-7733, ext. 320, or 832-831-9232.

Program Graduate Feedback

Content was very relevant; speakers were awesome; helped to expand my knowledge in areas other than accounting; small group format was perfect; this is a great program; I enjoyed the group discuss at the end of each session; the presentations provide leadership knowledge or reinforcement of previously learned concepts; I believe this is a worthwhile endeavor the Society has taken on and I am looking forward to seeing it grow and being a part of it; very insightful – thank you!

Program Alumni Benefits

  • Inclusion in an alumni directory that all alumni members will receive after each session (listing to include name, company, phone, and email address)
  • Access to a private, alumni-only LinkedIn sub-group
  • Invitation to periodic, alumni-only events (Next event: July 13, 2018 includes CPE and networking)
  • Enhanced exposure to leadership opportunities at area not-for-profits