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Dr. Sean Stein Smith, Ph.D, CPA, CMA, CFE, CGMA – 2021 40 Under 40 Honoree


Dr. Sean Stein Smith, Ph.D, CPA, CMA, CFE, CGMA – 2021 40 Under 40 Honoree

Assistant Professor
City University of New York (Lehman College)

Career highlights: 

Sean is a professor at the City University of New York – Lehman College. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, where he chairs the Accounting Work Group. Sean sits on the Advisory Board of Gilded, a TechStars ’19 company and startup accelerator participant, and serves as a Strategic Advisor to the Central Bank Digital Currency Think Tank. Sean’s award winning research have been recognized and honored by the AICPA. AAA. NJCPA, NYSSCPA, IMA, and CPA Practice Advisor as a thought leader in the profession. Sean is the immediate past chairperson of the NJCPA’s Emerging Technologies Interest Group (#NJCPATech), where he hosts the NJCPA TechTalk Podcast, and is the President-Elect of the NYSSCPA Manhattan-Bronx Chapter.  He has served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research during 2019, with a book due for AIER publication in Q4 2021.

What are you doing to make a difference in the profession, your community, the world?

The best way that I have found myself able to give back to the profession and community is by volunteering my time at national, regional, and state level organizations. My volunteer activities include my service on the Board of Governors at FDU, developing and presenting dozens of continuing education sessions across the country, and by serving as a volunteer leader at the NJCPA, NYSSCPA, and IMA. These endeavors are in addition to my volunteers at the AICPA and CAW, focusing around financial literacy and sustainability efforts respectively.

What do you like best about the accounting profession? The ability to work with, learn from, and collaborate with people from all types of backgrounds with all kinds of expertise. 

See all of the 2021 “40 Under 40” honorees.