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2024 Accounting Thought Leader Think Tank Focused on Challenges Facing Profession

Dozens of firm leaders, educators, consultants and advisors to the profession are set to meet at the Accounting Leaders Think Tank Symposium.

Accounting, financial and tax professionals continue to face challenges related to talent, data security, regulations, and rapid changes in technology and firm culture.

As the annual AICPA ENGAGE conference was set to convene in Las Vegas, dozens of firm leaders, educators, consultants and advisors to the profession met on Sunday, June 2, 2024, for a day-long pre-conference Thought Leader Think Tank to discuss these and other issues. Attendees came from across the country, as well as India and Australia.

Hosted by CPA Practice Advisor, the in-person, invitation-only event was held at the Aria Resort and Casino, the day before the AICPA ENGAGE Conference. Symposium participants, all of whom are highly-regarded thought leaders, discussed a variety of factors impacting the profession, including generative AI, “fake AI,” machine learning, advisory services, staffing, education, firm culture, and leadership issues.

The Think Tank Symposium is sponsored by Avalara, Instead by Corvee, Sage, and Wolters Kluwer.

The 2024 Accounting Thought Leader Think Tank invitees are comprised of members of CPA Practice Advisor‘s Thought Leader Symposium, members of its 40 Under 40 Recognition Program, and selected guests. This year’s participants were:

  • Sona Akmakjian, CPA
  • Tosha Anderson, CPA
  • Andrew Argue, CPA
  • David Ciacchini, CPA
  • Aaron Berson, CPA
  • Jim Bourke, CPA
  • David Cieslak, CPA
  • Aaron Clayton, CPA
  • Kyle Deering
  • Kim Ellison-Taylor, CPA
  • Angie Grissom
  • Chris Hervochon, CPA
  • John Higgins, CPA
  • Kari Hipsak, CPA
  • Tom Hood, CPA
  • Kathryn Horton, CPA
  • W. Michael Hsu, CPA
  • Sripal Jain, CPA
  • Kacee Johnson
  • Randy Johnston
  • Shakor Jukes, CPA
  • Roman Kepczyk, CPA
  • Shahbaz Khan, CPA
  • Erin Leckie, CPA
  • Sandi Leyva
  • Jessica McClain, CPA
  • Mick Nijher, CPA
  • Clayton Oates
  • Isaac O’Bannon
  • Stephen Pelosi
  • Gail Perry, CPA
  • Olivia Rodi
  • Alexandria ROmero, CPA
  • Brian Tankersley, CPA
  • Rick Telberg
  • Kelly Ward, CPA
  • Shelly Weir
  • Sandra Wiley
  • Jennifer Wilson