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AICPA’s Leadership Workshop Helps Minority College Students Build Professional Skills

The American Institute of CPAs® (AICPA®) encourages qualified students to apply for the 2022 Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop (ASLW), to be held October 12-14 in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

The annual workshop gives minority college students who are majoring in accounting or who want to major in accounting the opportunity to build their professional and networking skills. They also improve their understanding of career options and the benefits of earning an accounting-related degree.

“The Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop provides ethnic minority students with the opportunity to learn the skills they will need as they enter the accounting profession,” said Chris Mitchell, Senior Director of Pipeline Initiatives at the ‘AICPA. “Participants will also be able to engage with other diverse professionals who are like themselves and who they can resonate with. Because we know that at this stage it is important for students to learn how to build working relationships and to develop their professional network.

The US Census projects that minority populations will make up more than 50% of the total population by 2045, with the greatest growth among multiracial individuals. Businesses will need to better reflect the ethnic and racial makeup of their communities and customers.

During the three-day program, students will learn how their unique background and experience add value to the accounting profession. They will participate in sessions and panel discussions covering a range of topics, including mentorship, building your brand, and what to expect from becoming a CPA licensure and CGMA® designation. Additionally, the event is being held in conjunction with the AICPA Professional Accountant Diversity Symposium, which focuses on the pipeline. This will expose students to countless networking and relationship building opportunities.

Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2022.

“For 27 years, the ASLW has been one of the ways the AICPA has supported diversity in the accountancy profession’s pipeline,” said Crystal Cooke, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the AICPA. “Students who take this program gain invaluable tools and resources as well as many networking and mentorship opportunities that help them navigate the profession. It is often a unique experience.

The AICPA Foundation funds ASLW and covers the cost of the participants’ experience.

More information about the program, as well as instructions for applying, can be found at

ASLW is one of many AICPA programs and resources that help promote diversity and inclusion in the profession. The George Willie Scholarship and Internship Program provides students with a scholarship and internship during peak season with one of the member companies of the AICPA Private Business Practice Section. The AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students, part of the AICPA Legacy Scholars Program, provides funding to outstanding minority students studying accounting.