Emerging Leaders

conference 2019

One Oxford Centre
301 Grant St., 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Nov. 14-15, 2019
CPE Credits: 13-Other
Free for those selected

You've earned your CPA and proven yourself a valuable asset to your company. You've mastered the technical skills, but want to refine your soft skills or take your career to the next level. This conference features thought leadership and personal and professional development, including inspiring speakers and networking.

Complimentary registration includes 13 CPE credits, lunch, a certificate of completion, and a happy hour celebration.

Nominate yourself or someone at your firm now. 

Due to limited space, attendees must be nominated to be considered for this conference. Nominees must be:

  • A PICPA Pittsburgh Chapter member
  • A licensed CPA
  • Have worked in the accounting profession for five to 10 years

Pittsburgh Emerging Leader Conference

Day One | Nov. 14, 2019

7:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Check-in
8:00 a.m.
Leading up: Partnering with your Boss  
  • Become a leader by partnering with your supervisor
  • Explore the importance of insight, direction, and efforts to improve the overall effectiveness of the organization
  • Examine strategic thinking and communicating persuasively


Jennifer Elder, CSP, CPA, CMA
9:40 a.m.
Take a Breather
10:00 a.m.
Emotional Intelligence
  • Explore how emotional intelligence is a driver of individual and organizational success
  • Navigate the key elements of applying emotional intelligence to client and team member interactions
  • Create a personal development plan to achieve positive results in the workplace


John Park
John Park, DEd
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
11:40 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
 Culturally Conscious Communication
  • How to speak with ethos
  • How to look out for, adapt to, and recognize one’s own culture in communication
  • How to understand culture as an influential piece in developing rhetorically effective communication
  • How to speak with sympathy, empathy, or both, and know when to use which form of communication


Mary Jeanette Eberhardinger, MA
Ph.D. Candidate 
Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University
1:50 p.m.
Ethical Leadership: The True Sustainable Leadership
  • Explore an effective ethical decision-making model
  • Engage with each other and learn how to identify ethical issues in the workplace
  • Define tips to lead with ethics and integrity


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Alfonzo Alexander
Chief Ethics and Diversity Officer
President of the Center of the Public Trust

2:40 p.m.
Take a Breather
3:00 p.m.
Goal Setting
  • Implement goals using the SMART criteria - specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based


Sara C. Albert
Sara Albert
Member Services Manager
4:00 p.m.
See You Tomorrow

Day Two | Nov. 15, 2019

7:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Check-in
8:00 a.m.
Generation Communication
  • Learn how to communicate across generations to ensure engagement and productivity in the workplace
  • Explore the difference between the different generations in the workplace
  • Identify different communication perspectives to impact performance
  • Discover what various age groups expect from their leaders


Albert Ciuksza Jr. 
Director of Leadership Programs
Solutions 21
8:50 a.m.
Professionalism and Business Etiquette for Success
  • Focus on professional development competencies that can be applied to interviewing, networking, communication, and overall career development
  • Validate subjective skill-sets necessary for career growth and success


Anna Voelker, MHA
Executive Administrator of Specialty and Primary Care Practices for Community Medicine Inc.
Health Services Division of UPMC
9:40 a.m.
Take a Breather
10:00 a.m.
Listening with Intent 
  • Explore how to elevate your ability to listen and connect with others
  • Review and experiment with how we inherently listen in an ever-increasingly noisy world
  • Learn where your own listening strengths shine, and where you can build new skills to improve the conversations and relationships you have at work every day


Lowell Aplebaum, CAE
CEO and Strategy Catalyst
Vista Cova
10:50 a.m.
CPA Showcase
  • Show off what you learned! In this session, participants will present elevator pitches on their leadership brand and goals.
11:45 a.m.
12:50 p.m.
Professional Issues Update
  • Topics facing the profession and the members of the PICPA
  • The talent war on recruitment and retention, CPA pipeline, and the CPA Exam
  • Legislative priorities, ethical standards, and the Pennsylvania CPA Foundation


Michael Colgan
CEO and Executive Director
Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants
1:40 p.m.
Pittsburgh Round Table with Chapter Officers and Executive Committee Members
  • Discuss the committees, activities, and programs available in the Pittsburgh Chapter
  • Share suggestions and ideas to improve the chapter
2:30 p.m.
Presentation of Certificates
3:00 p.m.
Happy Hour Celebration



Nominate a rising star in your organization who demonstrates exceptional technical proficiency and a strong desire to develop as a leader. Attendees of this no-cost, special CPE event must be:
  • Nominated (self-nominations are acceptable and encouraged)
  • A PICPA Pittsburgh Chapter member
  • A licensed CPA
  • An accounting professional with five to 10 years of experience
Nominations are due by Oct. 25.

Has this nominee already participated in any leadership training courses?
Is this nominee already on a leadership track at the company?

[100 words or less]

Nominator (if applicable)