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Leadership Column: Savoring the Summer, Flying Into Fall (July/August 2014)

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Ethics Matters

July/August 2014

This summer has already been an exciting one for us at the CPT with our 4th Annual Student Leadership Conference being the capstone of the season. We’re pleased to report growth in both attendance and quality of this program.

This year’s invitation-only event hosted 52 students from universities across the country, up from 40 last year. Like in years past, one of the highlights was the interaction between those students and the professionals attending NASBA’s Western Regional Meeting. As one NASBA member shared with me, this event was a “perfect example of the young and old learning together.” I was pleased to hear that comment, but disappointed to realize I was part of the latter group!

While we’re still savoring the opportunity we had to impact young and old leaders through our Leadership Conference, we’re also planning and gearing up for what we believe to be our most active fall season in our history.

We are working with the Center for Audit Quality, a non-profit policy group affiliated with the AICPA, on a couple projects that will be announced later in the year. These projects will help further the development of ethical thinking across all levels of business. We are also excited about opening eight new StudentCPT chapters this fall. Also beginning in the fall, we will partner with the Missouri Society of CPAs to establish student programs for business majors throughout their state. Finally, before the year’s end, we plan to launch a professional version of our Ethical Leadership Certification Program (ELCP).

Additionally, we are rolling out the ELCP on more campuses. Since its launch in January, there’s been a good response from hundreds of students. This fall we expect to double our enrollment, and have made improvements to the program for the upcoming semester.

Thank you for your support as we prepare to take flight. Remember, Ethics DO Matter!

 – As Always, Lead With Integrity!

Alfonzo Alexander
President, CPT

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