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 12 current and future leaders of the accounting or other business professions

2019 Fall schedule:

The fall schedule will be release soon. 


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 TXCPA Houston. 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 TXCPA Houston 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.

Accelerate Application will be available soon. 

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