Firm Leaders

You've made it to the top, but work doesn't stop here. From developing your business to leading the company, you have significant influence at your firm. Dig into these topics to ensure you are at the top of your leadership game.

Business Leadership

There is much to consider as a leader at your firm. Remote work, COVID implications, new legislation, new technology, and always many more things to consider as you push forward.

Leading Your Finance Team into the Future 

Finance is on the precipice of drastic transformation. The major driver of this trend is rapid and rampant technology growth.

Returning to Work after the COVID Pandemic: A Strategic Framework

How should businesses think about intangible concerns? This article highlights four takeaways from the pandemic’s disruption that leaders should consider as a framework for forging a return-to-work strategy with long-term implications.

Managing the Risks of Remote Accounting Work

When managing a virtual workforce, building a remote-work policy is crucial. Following the implementation of this new policy, managers need to address operational concerns.


PICPA Study Reveals Public Accounting Firms, Corporate Finance Teams Unprepared for ESG Reporting

On March 21, 2022, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made a significant announcement that will greatly impact the “E” in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting for public companies. Read More

Pipeline Development

You've earned a leadership role within your firm. Now, you have the responsibility to influence the next generation of CPAs. 

When the CPA Pipeline Slows to a Drip How Do You Get the Flow Going

One of the top issues facing the accounting profession is talent – the acquisition and retention of those who will grow our future. Fewer graduates of accounting programs are becoming CPAs. Our CPA pipeline has slowed and needs to be addressed.

The Evolution of the CPA Exam

The CPA Exam provides assurance that newly licensed CPAs have demonstrated the relevant knowledge and skills necessary to protect the public interest. By reaching out and helping them understand the new exam format and testing goals, you will be helping them succeed in their professional pursuits and strengthening the CPA profession.

The PICPA has played an important role in my life as a professional within the accounting community. The Pennsylvania CPA Journal has been, and continues to be, an outstanding resource for industry-oriented subject matter, but for me it's been more than that. The Journal has been a terrific platform for connecting with others and maintaining a strong tie to the PICPA.


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Managing Change Within Your Firm

Change is inevitable for CPAs in any stage of their career. You have the power to positively impact the next generation of CPAs through unexpected challenges. These resources can help.

Building a Core Competency in Mergers and Acquisitions 

At many middle-market companies, mergers and acquisitions are few and far between. But if your company’s strategy includes growth by acquisition, M&A needs to be a core competency.

Don’t Just Weather the Storm, Build Firm Resilience

Your firm may have had a false sense of security about how easily and quickly you could shift operations to all staff working outside the office and all client service being conducted remotely. But the coronavirus pandemic presented a multitude of both health and economic challenges that forced firms to adapt quickly.

Business Challenges for CPAs Post-Pandemic

It’s been a little more than a year since the pandemic upended our lives and the economy. Firms changed where and how they perform their duties to get through, plus, as essential workers, CPAs pulled out the stops to help their clients respond to the financial losses that lockdowns precipitated.

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Succession Planning

It is never too early to start planning the next step for your company or firm. Learn more about valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and identifying new leaders.

Five Valuation Questions When Planning Your Succession

It is important to start the valuation process with a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts. Here are five questions to ask so you can start the process off on the right foot and develop a realistic valuation of your business. 

Have a Plan to Pass the Torch for Succession Planning Success

Having a well-thought-out succession plan is critical to the long-term viability of a business. Yet, according to PwC’s 2019 U.S. Family Business Survey, only 58% of family businesses have succession plans, and most of those are informal.

Business Succession and M&A in a COVID World

For many firms across the country, the coronavirus lockdown put the brakes on their respective succession planning strategies in addition to mergers. The odds of two firms agreeing to an affiliation after having met only via Zoom or Microsoft Teams are long indeed. 

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Thought Leadership Committees

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Business Development

Attend one of the many local networking events with professionals from several industries.

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Legislative Updates

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Next Steps

Now that you’ve made it to partner or beyond, you may be starting to think about what comes next.

Advocate for the Profession

The Certified Public Accountant Political Action Committee (CPA-PAC) is a nonpartisan, member-managed organization representing CPAs in public practice, industry, and government, as well as new and veteran members of the profession. CPA-PAC is the only PAC to specifically represent the interests of Pennsylvania CPAs. Consider getting involved with legislative committees or sign up for Legislative Update weekly emails.

Become a PICPA Leader

Represent the accounting profession at the local or state level. Nominate yourself for a PICPA leadership position.

Author Articles for the Pennsylvania CPA Journal

If you have expertise in a particular subject and a willingness to share your knowledge with others, consider writing for the Pennsylvania CPA Journal, PICPA's CPA Now blog, or appearing on the CPA Conversations podcast. All are a great way to share your technical expertise with colleagues and increase firm visibility in the profession. Learn more.

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