NWOSU's Jana Walker to attend AICPA's 2019 Leadership Academy

 

Jana Walker

Jana Walker, CPA, was one of only 38 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the Leadership Academy's 11th graduating class. Walker was selected based on her exceptional leadership skills and professional experience for the four-day Leadership Academy program, which will be held from Oct. 6-10 in Durham, North Carolina.

Walker is a 2012 graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) with a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a master of science degree in agricultural economics. Walker is a member of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants where she was awarded the 2016 Trailblazer Award for accountant innovation, professional deduction, and community commitment. Since 2017, Walker has been an accounting instructor for the Division of Business at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She is also the sole owner of her public accounting firm Jana A. Walker, CPA, PLLC.


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) Reeb CPA, CITP, CGMA, chair of the American Institute of CPAs, Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, American Institute of CPAs president and CEO, Association of Certified Professional Accountants CEO, and Mark Koziel, CPA, CGMA, Executive Vice President – Firm Services, Association of Certified Professional Accountants.

The 2019 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. 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, 351 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.

 

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