Elizabeth Watkins Selected to Attend AICPA's Leadership Academy

August 16, 2017

Elizabeth Watkins, CPA, was one of only 38 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the Leadership Academy’s ninth graduating class. Watkins was selected based on her exceptional leadership skills and professional experience for the four-day Leadership Academy program, which will be held from October 1-5 in Durham, N.C.

Watkins is a tax accountant at Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc. She is a graduate of Benedictine College with an M.A. in Accounting and Finance. She is a member of the Tennessee Society of CPAs and serves on the Young CPA Workgroup.

“We are extremely proud of Elizabeth and not at all surprised that she would be selected for this honor,” said Trey Dunaway, vice president at Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc. “She exemplifies the traits of a good leader - not just knowledge and skill, but also integrity and charisma.  I know she will play a significant role in the future of our profession in Nashville and across the state.”

The Leadership Academy will feature career-development workshops and sessions with some of the accounting profession’s most prominent influencers, including Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA, chairman of the American Institute of CPAs and Association of Certified Professional Accountants; Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, American Institute of CPAs president and CEO, Association of Certified Professional Accountants CEO; and Mark Koziel, CPA, CGMA,  Executive Vice President - Firm Services, Association of Certified Professional Accountants.

Participants are selected from public accounting firms of all sizes, business and industry, education and government. The 2017 class contains a diverse range of ethnicities and is split evenly between females and males.

“I'm very honored to be selected and excited to attend,” said Watkins. “I know the leadership training and resources received will be invaluable tools to use throughout my career. I look forward to sharing the insights gained with my co-workers and peers to continue building a better CPA profession. The AICPA Leadership Academy was designed to strengthen and expand the leadership skills of promising young professionals while they network with a peer group of talented and motivated CPAs.”

The 2017 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes which included work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service and awards and honors. Candidates also submitted a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally and wrote an essay on the topic “what leadership competencies and characteristics will be essential to successfully lead and advance the CPA profession in 2025?” 

To date, more than 270 CPAs have participated in the AICPA Leadership Academy, many of whom have gone on to take on leadership positions in their firms, businesses and volunteer organizations.

More information about the AICPA Leadership Academy is available online.

About TSCPA:
TSCPA (www.tscpa.com) is the state professional association representing more than 10,000 certified public accountants from all areas of public accounting, education, government, business and industry.  TSCPA is headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn.