Sept. 24, 2018

Best Western Premier
Harrisburg - Map It

CPE Credits
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Registration Closed

This event is complimentary for PICPA leadership and committee members. Promo code needed at checkout.

PICPA’s annual leadership conference features professional issues, thought leadership, personal and professional development, and more.

Join fellow members from around Pennsylvania for a day of hot topics, inspiring speakers, and networking. 


  • Professional issues update from AICPA President Barry Melancon
  • Popular past speaker, Don Yaeger, on what makes a great teammate
  • Communication styles and how to adapt and adjust
  • New technologies and their impact on the profession
  • Recognition of the 2018 PICPA Young Leader Award winners

Thank you to our sponsors.



Not a Committee Member?
Member: $329 | Nonmember: $429
Eligible for ClassPass and Flex Account.

Conference Features Recognition of the
2018 Young Leaders
 Young Leaders 2017

Conference Agenda

7:30 a.m.
Breakfast and registration 
8:00 a.m.
Welcome & opening remarks
Steve Christian, CPA
2018-2019 PICPA President and Director, Kreischer Miller
8:10 a.m.
What's Your Communication Style?
Erica Mahady
Illumination Consulting Partners

Understanding and leveraging one’s communication style can have a profound impact on overall personal and professional success and well-being. This interactive session will guide you through four different communication styles and about the potential strengths and weakness areas of each one. A self-assessment exercise will help you learn about your own personality and communication style, and how to identify the styles of others as well as how to flex your own style to better communicate with others.

10:10 a.m.
Networking and Snack Break
10:20 a.m.
The State of the Profession 
Barry Melancon

Barry Melancon, CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, will provide a professional issues update including an overview of the major forces driving change for the accounting profession. Of course, there will also be time for Q&A, because we know you have questions.

11:50 a.m.
Young Leaders Awards Ceremony

PICPA CEO Mike Colgan and PICPA President Steve Christian will introduce you to some of PICPA’s best and brightest young leaders from around the state. Once you learn about this group you’ll know the future of the profession is in good hands.

12:10 p.m.
1:10 p.m.
Best Places to Work Panel Discussion

Ryan Unger
President & CEO, Team Pennsylvania

Stacy Vernier
Firm Administrator, Maher Duessel

Joel Valentine
Managing Partner, Wessel & Company

Kathy Gutierrez
HR Director, RKL LLP

David J. Byrne CPA
Vice President of Finance, East Penn Manufacturing Co.

Ever wonder what it takes to be one of the best places to work? This panel discussion, led by the leader of Team Pennsylvania, will feature some of the companies and firms that were recognized on their 2017 Best Places to Work list. They’ll discuss the award criteria, how winners are chosen, why companies participate, and most importantly what really makes a company a best place to work. 

Team Pennsylvania is a public-private partnership that initiates and supports innovative programs to improve Pennsylvania’s competitiveness and economic prosperity.

2:20 p.m.
Brown Sugar: Rockin' the Economic Data 
Anirban Basu
Sage Policy Group

Anirban is a study in contradictions. He has been called an economist with a personality, or alternatively, one with a sense of humor. He is the leader of one of the mid-Atlantic region’s leading economic consultants and frequent speaker to many business organizations and associations. This session will provide an insightful look at the performance of global, national and regional economies, with emphasis on the dynamics in Pennsylvania, including analysis and data on all things impacting business such as financial, real estate, labor, and energy.

3:20 p.m.
Networking and Snack Break 
3:30 p.m.
What Makes Great Teammates Great 
Don Yaeger
Author & Speaker

Back by popular demand! Author and world class story teller, Don Yaeger, returns to the conference with more inspiring and dramatic stories about some of the greatest teams and teammates in recent times. Tissues are optional, but full disclosure - the last time Don was with us there were lots of tears. And plenty of laughter, too.

4:30 p.m.
Hugs, high fives, and good byes!


Staying Over?

Best Western Premier 
The Central Hotel & Conference Center

Traveling a long distance?
Call to reserve your room: (717) 735-9397.

The 2018 Speaker Lineup

Anirban Basu
Anirban Basu

Kathy Gutierrez

Erica Mahady

Barry Melancon
Barry Melancon

Ryan Unger

Joel Valentine

Stacy Vernier

Don Yeager_2
Don Yaeger

View Speaker Bios


Contact the Member Relations Team at membership@picpa.org or (215) 496-9272.