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VSCPA Launches Center for Innovation

November 29, 2018

For Immediate Release
David Bass
(804) 612-9440
[email protected]

Richmond (Nov. 26, 2018) — As part of the VSCPA2025 strategic vision to guide the CPA profession toward a successful, vibrant future, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) has launched its Center for Innovation.

The VSCPA Center for Innovation is designed to be a go-to resource that empowers its membership to drive CPA relevance through innovative and visionary leadership. The Center offers future-forward resources, learning and engagement programs to help CPAs find solutions for problems in two focus areas:

  • Technology: Help members adapt to, embrace and leverage rapidly changing technologies
  • Talent: Help members build leadership skills and grow knowledge of global trends to develop talent and build a thriving workplace of the future

“This is a pivotal moment for the CPA profession, as technology advancements, shifting demographics and the rapid pace of change create unprecedented opportunities," said VSCPA President & CEO Stephanie Peters, CAE. "The Society is committed to helping our members be future-ready by driving innovation in technology and talent development. Through the Center, we aim to provide a roadmap and resources CPAs need to make themselves indispensable in the business climate of the future.”

The Center for Innovation’s strategic direction is led by an advisory council of CPAs and other leaders in technology, talent, innovation, change management, and the accounting profession.

Members of the Center for Innovation Advisory Council are: Chair George Forsythe, CPA, of WellsColeman in Richmond; April Cassada, CPA, of the Virginia Auditor of Public Accountants in Richmond; Anita Collins, CPA, of PBMares in Fredericksburg; Dan Hudgens, CPA, of Deloitte in Richmond; Brian Kush, PCC, CPA, of Intend2Lead, LLC in Austin, Texas; Thad Panik, CPA, of Aronson, LLC in Rockville, Md.; Byron Patrick, CPA, of Network Alliance in Reston; Louise Reed, CPA, of Louise Reed, CPA, PC in Richmond; Lauren Soles, CPA, of BDO in Richmond; J.J. White of Dale Carnegie in Richmond; and Aditya Yerramilli, CPA, of Google in Mountain View, Calif. 

Some of the Center’s initial activities include a new Cybersecurity Summit, two new awards celebrating innovation and diversity in the CPA profession, a new peer-to-peer learning program called XChange and rolling out featured technology and talent partnerships such as a Dale Carnegie leadership development certificate and a MindBridge learning program on artificial intelligence and data analytics. Visit the Center’s website, vscpa.com/Innovation, for more information on these and future offerings.

The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) is the leading professional association in the Commonwealth dedicated to empowering CPAs to thrive. Founded in 1909, the VSCPA has more than 13,500 members who work in public accounting, industry, government and education. For more information, please visit the Press Room on the VSCPA website at vscpa.com, email [email protected] or call (804) 612-9440.