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Leadership Columbus kicks off with the class of 2021

Written on Oct 8, 2020

By Nicole Fracasso, OSCPA communications intern 

Two OSCPA members and a Society staff member have been selected to participate in the 2021 class of Leadership Columbus. 

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Selected were Bill Miller, CPA, and Brad Miller, CPA, as well as Amber McAuliffe, CPA, OSCPA’s senior learning manager. Leadership Columbus is an annual 10-month program that aims to develop, connect and inspire diverse talent within the city. “Once I got selected, I felt really proud and happy that they were willing to take a leap with me being so young in my career,” said McAuliffe, who is 31. “And I was thrilled that they saw I had potential and that they wanted me to be a part of the 2021 class.” 

She also said she was inspired to apply so she could give back to the city and make an impact. “Columbus as a city has been so great to me,” said McAuliffe, who is a native of New Bremen. “I started my career here eight years ago and the opportunities I’ve been provided with have been amazing. It’s inspired me to want to give back and to learn even more about the city to make sure it is growing in an inclusive and successful way.” 

In addition, McAuliffe said her favorite part of the program so far has been working with a diverse group of individuals and hearing their thoughts and opinions. 

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Bill Miller, a partner at KPMG, was intrigued by the program through his colleague’s participation. 

“It was exciting. I had a colleague at KPMG that went through the program last year,” he said. “So, I watched from afar and was interested in the things the program was doing.” 

So far, Bill Miller said he is most impressed with the diversity of organizations and perspectives in this year’s program. 

“It’s so refreshing to hear how other disciplines outside of the accounting profession think through things and what challenges they have,” he said. “I think it’s an incredible opportunity to open your mind. My view of the world is not the only view of the world.” 

Brad Miller, who is a senior manager at Brixey & Meyer, an Ohio CPA Proud organization, said he was also inspired to apply by a colleague's participation. 

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“My boss went through it in 2017 and had nothing but positive things to say about it,” he said. 

He also said his favorite aspect of the program so far is being able to meet new people. 

“I think the best part so far is being able to meet all the folks from it,” he said. “The representatives from all the major companies in Columbus, everyone sharing the same mission statement, wanting to give back to the community and make Columbus a better place.” 

In addition, there is a community project part of the program, which all three said they were most looking forward to. During this time, they will split into groups to work with different nonprofits in Columbus, which will give them the opportunity to learn about the history of the city. 

“Learning about the city from all those different perspectives is going to be eye-opening and I’m hopeful to bring some of this information back to the society as we continue to navigate and create our strategic plan,” McAuliffe said.

Pictured, top to bottom, are Bill Miller, CPA; Brad Miller, CPA; and Amber McAuliffe, CPA.