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Illinois CPA Society Seeks Minority Interns, Appoints Strategy Academy First Class

The Illinois CPA Society is seeking applicants for its tenth annual Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program, open to racial and ethnic minority students pursuing careers in accounting and finance.

Funded by the CPA Endowment Fund of the Illinois Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund, the Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program is named after the first African American female CPA in the United States. The internship program honors its heritage by fostering diversity in the accounting profession.

Accounting firms hosting sessions and interviewing students for paid accounting internships will include: Abbott, Crowe, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, KPMG, PwC, Sikich and Wipfli.

“We are very proud to welcome our 10th batch of academics to this remarkable three-day program which has proven to prepare participants for a successful transition from student to young professional,” said Kari Natale, Senior Director of CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, in a report. “Watching these deserving students become more motivated, confident and better prepared not only to succeed in the accounting and finance profession, but also to help change the face of it is incredibly rewarding. “

Candidates will hear speeches and participate in team building exercises, rework workshops and interview coaching. Program participants will also receive professional portraits and a $ 500 scholarship to help cover their education costs. A partnership with the University of Illinois will give students the opportunity to sit an interview for free tuition and a scholarship for the master’s degree program in accounting.

The program will run virtually from January 5 to 7, 2022, with the application deadline being November 8, 2021. More information is available on ICPAS site here.

Separately, the Illinois CPA Society announced its first batch of Strategy Academy graduates. Launched in 2021, the invitation-only Strategy Academy seeks to develop the strategic thinking and communication skills of CPAs in order to better prepare them for advisory roles in the profession.

Led by Todd Shapiro, President and CEO of ICPAS, and Mark Frigo, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University, the Strategy Academy is a four-day program consisting of hands-on interactive sessions in team designed for potential and promising accounting and finance professionals with seven or more years of experience.

“Relevant strategic thinking skills, especially among CPAs working in auditing, tax and accounting departments, are essential to successfully bring new value and strategic insight to the services CPAs provide in corporate finance firms. ‘accountants and businesses,’ Shapiro said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing the results as this first batch of Strategy Academy graduates commit to helping their clients and businesses achieve greater success and profitability. “

The 2021 cohort of Strategy Academy graduates, in alphabetical order, is:

  • Scott Anderson (PKF Mueller)
  • Emily Bartlett (PC CDH)
  • Stefan Beal (Mowery and Schoenfeld)
  • Cliff Bumgarner (KEB)
  • Craig Fiorito (Sikich)
  • Jim Pellino (ORBA)
  • Tom Pierce (ORBA)
  • Bill Rothmann (Brown Gate)
  • Brooks Walker (Sikich)
  • Janell Wilson (Michael Silver)