Rutgers University Assistant Professor Dr. Sean Stein Smith Selected to AICPA’s 2017 Leadership Academy

 – July 19, 2017
Rutgers University Assistant Professor Dr. Sean Stein Smith Selected to AICPA’s 2017 Leadership Academy

ROSELAND, N.J. – Dr. Sean Stein Smith, CPA, CFE, CGMA, CMA, assistant professor at Rutgers University-Camden and member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs (NJCPA), was one of only 38 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the Leadership Academy’s ninth graduating class. Dr. Stein Smith was selected based on his exceptional leadership skills and professional experience for the four-day Leadership Academy program, which will be held October 1-5 in Durham, N.C.

A member of the NJCPA since 2013, Dr. Stein Smith serves on numerous committees and interest groups, including its Content Advisory Board, Student Programs & Scholarships Committee, Nonprofit Interest Group and Emerging Leaders Council. He was a winner of NJCPA’s “30 Under 30” award for 2015 and was an Institute of Management Accountants “Young Professional of the Year” winner for 2016.

Prior to Rutgers University, Dr. Stein Smith was a financial analyst at Hackensack University Medical Center and was an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Stein Smith received his doctorate of business administration from Capella University and his B.S. in accounting, M.S. in accounting and M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“Sean exhibits a strong commitment to growing the accounting profession and encouraging young professionals to become CPAs,” said Ralph Albert Thomas, CEO and executive director of NJCPA. “As an organization, we continue to benefit from his participation and input.”  

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 will feature career-development workshops and sessions with some of the accounting profession’s most prominent influencers, including Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA, chairman of the AICPA and the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants; Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, president and CEO of AICPA and CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants; and Mark Koziel, CPA, CGMA, executive vice president of firm services at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

Participants are selected from public accounting firms of all sizes, business and industry, education and government. The 2017 class contains a diverse range of ethnicities and is split evenly between females and males.

The 2017 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes which included work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service, awards and honors. Candidates also submitted a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally and wrote an essay on the topic “what leadership competencies and characteristics will be essential to successfully lead and advance the CPA profession in 2025?” 

To date, more than 270 CPAs have participated in the AICPA Leadership Academy, many of whom have gone on to assume leadership positions in their firms, businesses and volunteer organizations.

More information about the AICPA Leadership Academy is available online

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