OKLAHOMA CITY – Amanda Halverson, CPA, was one of only 30 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the Leadership Academy’s 13th graduating class. Halverson was selected based on her exceptional leadership skills and professional experience for the four-day Leadership Academy program, which will be held October 25-28.
Halverson is a tax senior manager for Eide Bailly and has been with the firm for more than six years. She’s worked in public accounting since 2012 and graduated from Dickinson State University in 2014. Halverson was nominated for the 2018 Oklahoma City Young Professionals Horizon Award, received the 2019 Oklahoma Society of CPAs Trailblazer Award and was named 2019 Eide Bailly Rising Star for the OKC-Norman office.
The AICPA Leadership Academy was designed to strengthen and expand the leadership skills of promising young professionals while they network with a peer group of talented and motivated CPAs.
The Leadership Academy features career-development workshops and sessions with some of the accounting profession’s most prominent influencers, including William (Bill) Pirolli, CPA/CFF/PFS, CGMA, chairman of the American Institute of CPAs and Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, American Institute of CPAs president and CEO, Association of Certified Professional Accountants CEO.
Participants were selected from public accounting firms of all sizes, business and industry, government, and consulting firms.
The 2021 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies, and/or volunteer organizations. Candidates submitted resumes and a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally. They also wrote an essay on the topic “The future will bring significant changes to the accounting profession. What do leaders have to get right in order to successfully lead?”
To date, more than 415 CPAs have participated in the AICPA Leadership Academy, many of whom have gone on to take on leadership positions in their firms, businesses and volunteer organizations.
For more information about the AICPA Leadership Academy, visit AICPA.org/Leadership.