AICPA Forms Advisory Group to Address CPA Talent Shortage

The AICPA has formed an advisory group to help form a national strategy to address the profession’s talent shortage, including accounting students who go on to obtain a CPA license.

The National Pipeline Advisory Group’s work is part of a multi-pronged approach that includes an intensive effort to use technology, surveys and in-person forums to solicit insights and input from a diverse array of groups around the country.

The advisory group includes members who represent a range of perspectives, experiences and constituencies and a blend of small, medium and large states from across the nation.

The advisory group will be chaired by Lexy Kessler, mid-Atlantic regional leader for Atlanta-based Aprio (FY22 net revenue of $368.4 million) and an AICPA board member. Jennifer Wilson of ConvergenceCoaching will be the group’s lead facilitator and will be supported by other members of her team.

“The slowdown in young adults choosing accounting as a career is a collective problem for the CPA profession and requires a collective and inclusive solution,” says Susan Coffey, the AICPA’s CEO of public accounting and executive sponsor of the initiative. “We want to make sure we have a broad range of viewpoints and perspectives to help define the profession’s pipeline strategy moving forward.”

The advisory group began meeting this month and will report on its progress at the AICPA’s Fall Council meeting in October.

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