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StudentCPT 2023 Goals

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NASBA Student Center for the Public Trust (StudentCPT) chapters are classified into three different levels: Developing Chapters, Star Chapters and Golden Star Chapters. Our goal is for all chapters to eventually reach the Golden Star Chapter status. The minimum expectations for each chapter level can be found here.

Spring Semester

The CPT provides a sample calendar that should be used as a planning tool to assist your chapter in having an effective year. Modification of the calendar to align with your university calendar is recommended.

Suggested Program Calendar

Meet with National Office Representative

The CPT National Office has staff available to answer questions, discuss ideas and provide support for student chapter planning and activities. The CPT staff is also available to travel and speak at student conferences and chapter meetings. CPT staff can be reached by email at

Chapter Meeting x2

Student chapter objectives include providing programs that help students develop ethical business practices and engage in ethical leadership, host meaningful meetings and activities to help students better understand the business and professional world, be a resource for campus and community projects in the way of ethical business practices and ethical leadership, establish contacts with professionals, business executives and managers, and promote local awareness of the StudentCPT chapter, its activities and members.

Virtual StudentCPT Chapter Meeting and Engagement Ideas

Complete Activity & End of Semester Reports 

StudentCPT chapters are expected to conduct multiple activities throughout the year. These activities should be designed to support and promote the principles of ethical leadership. To keep record of all activities, activity and end of semester reports must be submitted to the appropriate link below.

StudentCPT Chapter Performance Tracker/ Activity Report

StudentCPT Spring End of Semester Report

Submit Ethics in Action Video

The CPT is focused on helping individuals identify and respond to ethical dilemmas in their careers. To support this goal, we challenge students to create videos that demonstrate the types of challenging ethical dilemmas people could face in their careers.

Videos can end with a thought-provoking question that challenges viewers to think about the best solution –OR– videos can showcase the most appropriate solution to an ethical dilemma.

The 2023 Ethics in Action Video Competition is open from September 16, 2022 – March 27, 2023. Upload your video to YouTube and paste your video link into the official online entry form.

About the Competition

Nominate & Present Campus BADA

The StudentCPT provides an interactive environment where ethical business behaviors and ideas can flourish on college campuses.

Each school year, the StudentCPT will honor one student and one faculty member on each chapter’s campus who positively impact the school by displaying strong, ethical leadership.

A Campus Being a Difference Award recipient does not simply aspire to make a difference – they are Being a Difference on their campus and in other endeavors by embodying the very best in ethical behavior, integrity and leadership.

Campus Being a Difference Award Program

Submit Leaders for SLC

Each summer, leaders from across the country come together for the StudentCPT Leadership Conference (SLC). Chapter leaders are invited to hear from nationally recognized speakers focusing on topics like accountability, strengths-based leadership, emotional intelligence and more! Through keynote presentations, group projects and roundtable discussions, students develop critical leadership skills that allow them to be better leaders on campus and in the workplace.

Partial and full conference scholarships are available to our members. This conference is made possible because of our generous donors and sponsors. If you are interested in attending next year’s conference, please reach out to your StudentCPT chapter advisor or email

About the Leadership Conference

Annual Officer Elections

Each chapter should elect officers once per year. Although new chapters may elect officers during the fall semester, we encourage existing chapters to conduct elections during the spring semester. Chapters should also allow at least one month of transition time after the election, so current officers can help teach incoming officers more about their roles and responsibilities.

22-23 StudentCPT Chapter Manual

-Jasmine Jenkins, Student Programs Manager

Kindness at Work

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“Manners are the lubricating oil of an organization. It is a law of nature that two moving bodies in contact with each other create friction. Manners ─simple things like saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and knowing a person’s name or asking after someone’s family─ enable two people to work together whether they like each other or not.Peter Drucker, influential author, mentor, and consultant who is considered the father of modern business management.

Manners make us pleasant to work with and nice to be around. Manners are the grease in the wheels of the organization that keep people moving forward in groups, meetings and in departments. Organizations expect manners to be in place every day, and that members of the organization will utilize those skills when in the office and various work settings. Things like holding the door, not checking your phone when in meetings and cleaning up after yourself are some of the basic behaviors expected at work.

Being kind takes acts of good manners to a deeper level. Kindness is complex, layered and intentional. Above all, “kindness requires self-reflection,” says Houston Kraft, author of Deep Kindness: A Revolutionary Guide for the Way We Think, Talk, and Act in Kindness. 

Kindness relies on a lot of skills that we take for granted,” says Kraft, who spent seven years speaking at more than 600 schools about emotional intelligence, kindness, empathy, connection and leadership. “I realized that, ultimately, my ability to behave in kindness requires things like empathy, emotional regulation, perspective, vulnerability, and other related tools,” he shared.

In addition to using kindness to make deeper connections, kindness at work is good for your health, too. Kindness can increase productivity and satisfaction. Employees who are respectful and kind to each other have 26% more energy, 36% more satisfaction with their work, and 44% more commitment to their organization. Kindness can produce higher-quality work. When employees feel happy and satisfied at work, they are more creative. Kindness can lower stress levels and increase engagement. A culture of comfort and happiness can increase engagement levels.

Multiple studies have shown that when one person performs a kind act, the recipient of that kindness is more likely to perform a kind act for someone else. One act of kindness can have a cascading effect, as a person does a kind act for someone, then that person does another kind act for someone else, and so on and so on.

Having good manners in the office allows us to work together. Being kind causes us to use the emotional skills that we often take for granted. Whether you are engaging in common courtesy or interacting on a deeper level at the office, it is easy to transfer those skills and abilities outside of work to build meaningful relationships with the people around you.

-Deborah Lederman, Operations Manager

2022 Was a Great Year for The CPT!

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In a year that has seen a return to in- person meetings, events and activities and new hybrid in- person/virtual events, the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) continues to have a deep appreciation for our students, faculty, professional partners, and our community that we have worked so closely with in 2022. 

The CPT was thrilled that our flagship program for our college and university leaders – the StudentCPT Leadership Conference (SLC) was in person in 2022. In addition, the CPT visited campuses across the country and gave presentations at more than 20 colleges and universities. The CPT is proud to say that for the first time in our organization’s history, we had over 5,159 participants in the Ethical Leadership Certification Program.  This year found The CPT with another successful Ethics in Action Video Competition.  Winners in the categories were: short film, University of New Mexico; Viewers Choice award went to Texas State; and Judge’s Pick went to Maryville University.  Check out the winners on the Student CPT page.  
The CPT also achieved success with our professional programs. CPT representatives participated in more than 15 conferences and events throughout 2022. The CPT worked with State Boards of Accountancy to provide ethics training for CPAs through state disciplinary action programs. The CPT ethics training program is now used by 34% of the State Boards of Accountancy across the country.  After a 3 year programming hiatus due to the pandemic, The CPT was honored to again partner with the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College to host the Annual Audit Conference: Ensuring Integrity.  

2023 promises to be even more action packed! The CPT will host the Student Leadership Conference in June 2023; we will announce the Ethics In Action video competition winners in May and conduct many more in person visits to college and universities throughout the year. We are excited to rekindle relationships as we forge new ones and to build connections to more schools as we add ethics leadership training to an ever broadening range of students. 

The professional programs will continue to expand as more state boards add ethics trainings through their CPA remediation programs. We will be deepening our professional partnerships with other organizations as they continue to help support the CPT in the work we do. 

So much of what the CPT has accomplished has been through generous support and donations from CPT Board members, the greater NASBA community, professional partners, and friends of the CPT.  

If you wish to contribute to the vibrant, dynamic and meaningful work that is being done by the CPT, follow this link:  

Come and be a part of the impactful effort to bring ethical education to colleges, universities, and greater business community at large. Make ethics part of your everyday. 

 -Deborah Lederman, Operations Manager

Understanding Your Streaming Service to Not Violate Password Rules

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How lucky are we to be living in a time where streaming TV and movies couldn’t be easier? Nowadays, it feels like there are almost too many streaming services to choose from for your entertainment. From comedy to drama to docuseries, there’s something for everyone. And although you may be enjoying these options daily, do you know what you have agreed to for access to the service?

Below are the Terms of Use for some of the most popular streaming services in use. Continue to live and work ethically in your day-to-day life by knowing the rules wherever you go. Remember, as Alfonzo Alexander always says, “Live with Integrity.”

-Dina Barabash, NASBA Content Development & Web Specialist

Hocus Pocus Halloween Fundraising Event was a Magical Success!

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The CPT fundraiser and silent auction at the NASBA Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA was a great success, full of treats and no tricks. The CPT raised over $25,000 that will be used to continue to bring ethics training to colleges and university across the country.

Attendees at the fundraiser had the chance to stack giant Jenga, throw axes and play ring toss. Halloween isn’t complete without candy, and everyone went to the trick-or-treat bar and made their own take away bag of candy.

The silent auction prizes included amazing trips to places like Boston, Massachusetts, Palm Springs, California and Hilton Head, South Carolina. In addition, the CPT auctioned three 55-inch, flat screen smart TVs.


Participants were visited not by the three Sanderson sisters of Hocus Pocus – Winifred, Mary and Sarah but by three leaders of the CPT – Alfonzo Alexander, President, David Costello, Founder and Donny Burkett, Chair of The CPT. The CPT has grown to 52 StudentCPT chapters since 2019.

-Deborah Lederman, Operations Manager

2022 Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting: Creating What is Possible

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Ethics Matters

November/December 2022

The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) is a proud professional partner of Beta Alpha Psi and was honored to attend the 2022 Annual Meeting, the organization’s first in-person meeting in two years.

The meeting took place in Orlando, FL, July 28-30, and featured prominent student leaders, community service outings, and competitions. Representatives from NASBA and the CPT were in attendance to promote the Accountancy Licensing Library (ALL) and CPT student programs such as the Ethical Leadership Certification Program and StudentCPT Chapters. Student Programs Manager, Jasmine Jenkins, served as a judge on the Best Practices Competition panel, where students develop and execute programs that promote awareness and student involvement in projects exemplifying values on topics that include ethics, diversity, corporate responsibility and more. Jenkins and CPT President, Alfonzo Alexander, also participated in Community Impact Day: Operation Backpack, where they filled backpacks with supplies for local Orlando elementary schools.


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November/December 2022

Star Chapter Status Expectations

A Star Chapter meets the following criteria:

  • Elects officers annually
  • Has a minimum of five (5) student members
  • Conducts at least four (4) membership meetings and/or activities annually
  • Has chapter members participate in at least one (1) community service activity annually
  • Submits Chapter Information Form, Executive Council Roster and Annual Report annually
  • Communicates chapter updates to the CPT national office monthly (including photos and/or videos)
  • Assists the CPT national office in promoting the Ethics in Action Video Competition
  • Sends two (2) students to the StudentCPT Leadership Conference annually

Golden Star Chapter Status Expectations

A Golden Star Chapter must meet the Star Chapter criteria plus the following:

  • Conducts at least one (1) additional membership meeting and/or activity annually
  • Hosts or co-hosts a community service project
  • Presents a Campus Being a Difference Award for a deserving student and/or faculty member annually
  • Participates in the Ethics in Action Video Competition or outside ethics competition annually
  • Kent Nobel: Newest CPT Board Member

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    Ethics Matters

    November/December 2022

    The CPT is thrilled to have Kent Noble as the newest member of the CPT Board of Directors. As the Bill Daniels Chair of Ethics at the University of Wyoming (UW), Nobel brings principal-based leadership to all his endeavors. He was awarded the the StudentCPT Campus Being a Difference Award and served as the executive director of The Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership from 2013-2016.

    In 2018, Nobel received the Professor of the Year distinction at the UW College of Business. In 2019 and 2020, UW’s Mortar Board Honor Society recognized him as a “Top Prof,” and in 2021 it presented him with UW’s Outstanding Service and Dedication Award. In 2022, he received the UW College of Business’s Impact Award.

    Nobel was appointed by former Governor Matt Mead to the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics in 2018, and he was reappointed in 2021 by Governor Mark Gordon. He also serves on the board of directors of the John P. Ellbogen Foundation and the Better Business Bureau Foundation Board of Advisors for Northern Colorado and Wyoming.

    For his outreach efforts, he has developed ethics-based presentations, which he delivers to diverse audiences. Since 2013, he has conducted hundreds of sessions for business, government, and community organizations. In total, participants representing all 50 states have enjoyed his talks.

    This is Nobel’s second stint with the UW College of Business. Previously, he served as assistant dean for external relations. In this role, he teamed up with former Dean Brent Hathaway to raise approximately $25 million for the College of Business.

    Nobel’s first professional connection to UW was in the Athletics Department. As the senior associate athletics director, he secured a multi-million dollar agreement to outsource the department’s media rights; negotiated a seven-figure naming-rights commitment for its multi-use facility; increased gross revenue from corporate sales by more than 50%, while net revenue increased in excess of 100%; and chaired an effort to ensure compliance with the NCAA’s mandated attendance policy for Division IA football programs.

    He and his wife, Leslie, have three children – Lindsey, Tate, and Ella.

    Nobel’s Aspirational Code to Live By:

    Remember, at the end of the day, it’s all about God, family, and friends.

    Figure out why you’re here — then go get it done.

    Effort and attitude can trump intelligence, but nothing trumps integrity.

    Make the room better when you enter it.

    Find the humor and share it.

    Live each moment like your kids are watching.

    Don’t make it more difficult than it really is.

    Strive for win-win situations.

    Bet on those who buy into the “half-full” theory.

    Some things matter, some things don’t—don’t confuse the two.

    All it takes is all you’ve got.

    30% of the United States is using the Ethical Leadership Training Program

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    Ethics Matters

    November/December 2022

    The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) is excited to welcome Louisiana to its Ethical Leadership Training Program. With this addition, the CPT training program is successfully being used as a remediation tool by 15 State Boards of Accountancy as part of each of their settlement agreements with practitioners who have violated their state’s expectations. All states using the Ethical Leadership program realize ethical behavior is critical but can be difficult without the proper education and information. The states that are participating the CPT’s Ethical Leadership Training Program show that they have commitment to ethical leadership in their state.

    The Ethical Leadership Training Program is designed to help practitioners recognize ethical issues, resolve ethical dilemmas, and create an atmosphere that promotes positive ethical behavior in their state.

    Research & Behavioral Change Based Content

    The CPT has conducted research about the best methods for optimizing engagement during online training programs, and have combined these elements into a training that is informative, insightful and engaging. The behavior change focused content that is covered in each training module is grounded in research and case studies from past successes and failures of businesses.

    States are using the CPT’s 3-module program because it gives practitioners in their state the tools and resources to make ethical decisions in the future because:

    • This program shows the value of ethical leadership at personal and organizational levels
    • It illustrates the impact of an ethical culture on the behavior of stakeholders at all levels
    • This course also helps practitioners recognize opportunities to improve the ethical environment in which they operate

    Participating Boards of Accountancy benefit from the Ethical Leadership Training Program by:

    • Having an auditable course included in settlements
    • Passing reasonable course costs along to the professional
    • Easy enrollment, completed by the professional
    • 24/7 technical support

    To learn more about the training components, to schedule a demo of the Ethical Leadership Training,
    or ways to leverage the program in your state, contact to schedule an appointment.

    Lead With Integrity: A Powerful Three: Wisdom, Study and Prioritization

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    Ethics Matters

    November/December 2022

    Many times, we marvel at how certain leaders always seem to get things done. We are often impressed with the successes some leaders attain. At times, we are even surprised by how other leaders may pull a theoretical rabbit out of the hat to accomplish a great feat. As I continue to study leaders and leadership, I am reminded of the many traits and characteristics that make leaders great. Today, I am reflecting on wisdom, study and prioritization.

    Wisdom could arguably be considered the greatest asset any leader could possess. The ability to make sound decisions that are in the best interest of key stakeholders requires wisdom and integrity. Many of history’s best leaders are recognized for the smart, difficult and sometimes heroic decisions they have made. When you get a chance to hear or read their perspective, you will learn that many of them credit their own wisdom, or that of others, as the driving factors behind key decisions. Wisdom is essential.

    Every situation is different, but we can learn from studying success and failure of the past. We use a phrase in our society, “Experience is the best teacher.” I contend that experience can teach us and save us significant time, if we study our own past and that of others before us. Many great leaders site lessons they learned from study or consulting others who had the same or similar roles before them. At times, we reflect and study lessons we learned before and later understand why we went through certain experiences. For example, my best friend from college suffered through a bout with cancer many years ago. I was part of his village that supported him. Now, my mother suffers through a form of cancer. To help support her, I study the things my friend experienced. We are working together, partially by studying the past.

    Prioritization is extremely powerful. Great leaders have an ability to make the most impactful things the priority. Many tackle the urgent things first while some place top priority on the difficult things. Still, vast numbers of people choose the easy or fun things first. However, the best leaders prioritize the most impactful things first. If the desired result is to win the race, great leaders determine the most significant thing that needs to be done to win and focus on that thing first.

    If we, as leaders, seek wisdom first, study the past, and prioritize our future, we increase our chances for great success. As always, Lead with Integrity.