Lauren Williams, Principal Graduates AICPA Leadership Academy
AICPA Leadership Academy held in October 2018 in Durham, North Carolina
Lauren Williams, Principal, is one of only 41 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the Leadership Academy’s tenth graduating class. Lauren was selected based on her exceptional leadership skills and professional experience for the program, which was held from October 7-11 in Durham, North Carolina.
Lauren graduated from North Carolina State University with a Master’s in Accounting and has worked in Johnson Lambert’s North Carolina office for more than 10 years. She specializes in audit and consulting services for clients in the insurance industry. Lauren currently represents the firm at National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) meetings and is appointed to the AICPA/NAIC Task Force. She is a frequent author and speaker on technical accounting topics and internal control matters.
The AICPA Leadership Academy is designed to strengthen and expand the leadership skills of promising young professionals while they network with a peer group of talented and motivated CPAs.
In addition to discussing key issues surrounding the accounting profession, this year’s class participated in leadership and personal development sessions with influential leaders such as AICPA Chair Eric L. Hansen, CPA, CGMA, AICPA President and CEO Accountants Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, and AICPA Executive Vice President of Firm Services Mark Koziel, CPA, CGMA.
During her week in Durham, Lauren’s key takeaways were as follows:
- The importance of utilizing natural strengths in order to increase your effectiveness as a leader.
- Second, the ability to adapt is a necessary trait given the lightning-fast pace of changes in today’s society.
- Adaptability is cultivated through continuous learning and setting aside time to think strategically about the direction of your industry more broadly and your organization. It involves being open to new ideas and ways of doing things and taking calculated risks.
- Finally, prioritize activities and people that feed your soul.
The 2018 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes and a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally. They also wrote an essay on the topic “The future will bring significant changes to the accounting profession. What do leaders have to get right in order to successfully lead?”
Learn more about the AICPA Leadership Academy online.