Letter from the CEO: Have you explored our learning programs lately?

Written on Mar 28, 2018

Spring is in the air and in addition to helping members celebrate the end of another tax season, we’re working hard to develop a 2018 program line up that will help CPAs and their teams better address some of their thorniest business challenges.

We know the business environment isn’t getting any easier and that’s why our goal is providing you with targeted education for the challenges you’re facing today, whether that’s understanding the implications of tax reform or dealing with new regulatory requirements and competitive pressures from increased M&A activity.

New demands, new opportunities

CPAs also need to understand the opportunities that emerging technology can create. With those opportunities come an increased demand for higher level skills around data analytics, artificial intelligence and increasing automation of routine business functions.

In the Fall Advance series, 25% of members said they were starting to understand the impact of blockchain on the future of business while 75% had no clue. We also discussed how members expect technology to change their businesses over the next five years. While many were excited by the efficiencies and greater ability to analyze data, they also identified the need for more training and without it—how some might get left behind in the groundswell of progress.

The pace of change in our world can be mind boggling and OSCPA is working to help you interpret and leverage it to up your game in the coming year.

In our Member Value survey last year, learning new skills outside a current area of expertise was the third biggest challenge of members. In addition, 42% of you wanted more advanced courses on topics that are most relevant to you. I encourage you to look closely at some of the changes we’ve made in our programming as a result.

Learning becomes more targeted

The recent Strategic Accounting and Finance Summit helps financial professionals, especially those in corporate finance roles, move beyond delivering data to become strategic partners who drive business at a higher level.

The Spring CPE Conference digs deeper into evolving issues like data analytics, fraud risk assessment and management, and how to keep your company sustainable and relevant in the future.

We’ve also added technology tracks at each of our regional accounting shows and will once again present our annual technology conference for CPAs in management accounting as we partner with experts to map out how these new tools are playing an increasing role across the full spectrum of finance and accounting functions.

The spring Advance tour kicks off April 24 in Columbus. This complimentary event for members explores a wide range of topics that cover where the growth areas are in Ohio, how business disruption is increasing threats to infrastructure and the supply chain and how technology is breaking new ground. We’ll also review the CPA outlook for business, and walk you through a skills assessment to identify where you might need additional training to reach your personal best. When you attend Advance live in the spring and fall, you earn eight hours of complimentary CPE and benefit from unique information not available anywhere else. If you haven’t explored our learning offerings lately, I encourage you to do so. Our team is working hard to be a valuable partner in your business success.

Scott Wiley, CAE
President & CEO
The Ohio Society of CPAs
(614) 764-2727, ext. 2218 (office)
(614) 546-9430 (cell)
Twitter: @ScottDWiley
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/scottwileycae

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