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Group on Talent Shortage Formed

 The American Institute of CPAs has formed an advisory group to address the profession’s talent shortage. The National Pipeline Advisory Group is part of a multi-pronged approach that includes use of technology, surveys and in-person forums.

The group, which began meeting in July, will make a progress report at the AICPA’s Fall Council meeting in October.

Chaired by Lexy Kessler, CPA, CGMA, mid-Atlantic regional leader for Aprio, it includes members representing a range of perspectives, experiences, and constituencies, including state CPA societies, different size accounting firms, state boards of accountancy, educators and business and industry.

Jennifer Wilson of ConvergenceCoaching, is a national leadership and management consulting firm, will be the group’s lead facilitator and will be supported by or members of her team. 

Other members of the advisory group are:  Jeannine Birmingham, CPA, CAE, CEO, Alabama Society of CPAs; Ken Bouyer, CIA, EY Americas DEI recruiting leader and member of the AICPA National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion; Susan Coffey, CPA, CGMA, CEO of public accounting, AICPA; Daniel J. Dustin, CPA, VP of state relations, National Association of State Boards of Accountancy; Joe Falbo, CPA, CGMA, partner at Szymkowiak & Associates CPAs, past president of the New York State Society of CPAs; Jonathan Hauser, CPA, partner at KPMG and chair of the Illinois CPA Society; Angela Ho, CPA, CGMA, chief compliance officer, OceanFirst Bank;  Kathy Johnson, CPA, CFF, CGMA, VP, JS Held, adjunct professor, California State University, San Bernadino and past chair, California Society of CPAs; Lori Kaiser, CPA, CGMA, Founder and CEO of Kaiser Consulting, LLC and past chair, Ohio Society of CPAs.

Also serving are Elizabeth (Betsy) Krisher, CPA, CEO/Chairman, Maher Duessel CPAs and president of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs board; Allen Lloyd, CAE, executive director, Montana Society of CPAs; Tom Neill, CPA (retired), Uniform Accountancy Act committee chair; Michelle F. Randall, CPA, CGMA, accounting professor, Schoolcraft College and chair of the Michigan Association of CPAs; Jodi Ann Ray, CAE, president and CEO, Texas Society of CPAs; Marcus Rayner, managing director, U.S. Public Policy at PwC; Rick Reisig, CPA, principal, Pinion, and board chairman, NASBA; Kimberly Scott, CAE, president and CEO, Washington Society of CPAs; Lindsay Stevenson, CPA, CGMA, chief transformation officer, BPM and board member, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants; Mark Taylor, CPA, director, University of South Florida’s Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy and 2023-24 president, American Accounting Association; Emily Walker, CAE, VP Advocacy, Virginia Society of CPAs; and Shelly Weir, president and CEO, Florida Institute of CPAs.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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