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 2019, TXCPA Houston 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 20 current and future leaders of the accounting or other business professions


2019 Fall schedule:

October 235:30 - 7:00 p.m.Networking Reception  
October 247:30 - 10:30 a.m.Session 1Mike GoodfriendPersonality and Self Awareness: Review of Birkman Assessment
October 317:30 - 10:30 a.m.Session 2Deanna Sullivan
Effective Communications
November 77:30 - 10:30 a.m.Session 3Jamie BellineConflict Management
November 147:30 - 10:30 a.m.Session 4Donny ShimamotoTeam Performance
November 216:30 - 8:30 p.m.DinnerRoundtable Discussion 


Who may participate:

  • Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), with at least six years of post-graduate, full-time work experience in public accounting or industry.
  • CPA participants should be a current member in good standing of TXCPA Houston
  • Non-CPAs with a minimum of six years of post-graduate, full-time work experience may also apply.

Program format:
Each session will build upon the prior session, beginning with an individualized personality assessment from The Birkman Method and self-awareness, followed by conflict management and interpersonal communications.

The one month program consists of one session each week of the operating month. Enjoy a private happy hour to network with Society leadership and other members of the session the evening prior to the program's initial session. Begin each weekly morning session with breakfast and networking time before discussions. The program concludes with a dinner and roundtable discussion. Applicants may attend TXCPA Houston's Leadership Webinar series later in the year.

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
  • Enhanced exposure to leadership opportunities at area not-for-profits