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10 Reasons Why You Can’t Miss the NextGen 2015 Conference

Jason Wong
Published Date:
Jul 30, 2015

nextgentrainiconYou’ve got your eye on a managerial role and big plans to take over the C-suite. Or maybe you’re an entrepreneur at heart with dreams of starting your own firm. Whatever the goal, you’ll need resources and a real, workable plan for getting there—and that’s where NextGen 2015 comes in. Focused on the critical aspects of career ascension, the conference is a must for young CPAs who want to get, and stay, on the fast track. Here are 10 reasons why you should register, but the clock’s ticking—the conference takes place on July 31, which means there are less than 24 hours left to sign up.

  1. You’ll meet all the right people.

    Access to the conference means access to some of the best and brightest in the profession, and we don’t mean just the speakers (although the roster is pretty awesome—it includes a CEO, managing partners, and an award-winning business development expert). Other rising stars—people you’ll want to know throughout your career—will be there too. Plus, you’ll get helpful advice on building professional relationships with attendees and speakers through our session on networking.
  2. You’ll learn how to be a better communicator.

    Shy? Awkward? Not sure where to put your hands when you’re speaking? The truth is that communication skills matter for CPAs, even at the lowest rungs of the ladder. According to the financial recruitment firm Robert Half, 30 percent of CFOs it surveyed blamed weak interpersonal skills, such as poor communication, for sluggish career advancement. Check out our session “Keeping People In-the-Know” for more on communicating results, documenting services and following up with clients, and bone up on business etiquette with a presentation led by etiquette educator Robert A. Shutt.
  3. You’ll get to rub elbows with the president.

    No, not that one.  NYSSCPA President, Joseph M. Falbo. He’s a partner at Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP, in Williamsville, and, besides sharing his own experiences, he’ll help you figure out how to use the Society’s resources to further your career in the profession.
  4. You’ll learn how to land a mentor.

    Falbo will also clue you in on what qualities firm leaders are looking for in prospective protégés and what motivates them to take staff accountants under their wings. Because, while everyone’s heard the phrase, It’s who you know,” five additional words are just as important: “It’s the impression you leave.”
  5. You’ll get a road map for entrepreneurship.

    Is the thought of one day starting your own firm a much wanted but daunting prospect? Put your doubts aside and discover how a successful CPA firm operates in a session led by Eisner Amper head Charles Weinstein, CPA, CGMA.
  6. You’ll learn to manage your time.

    Everything in life worth doing takes time, but sometimes, there’s just not enough of that to go around. Head for our “Time Management Booster: Balance and Productivity” session for tips on prioritizing and improving your work-life balance with speaker Somya R. Munjal, a young CPA who runs not one, but two companies. It’s a win-win!
  7. You’ll learn strategies for boosting team productivity.

    Bone up on team building skills and learn how to make your department the CPA equivalent of the Avengers in a session led by Scott Hosler, a manager at Bonadio & Company LLP.
  8. You’ll Learn How to Manage Your Boss.

    No, that’s not a typo. Find out how “managing up,” or working for your boss’s benefit as well as your own, can send your career skyrocketing and give you an edge on your competition with the “How to Succeed with Your Boss: Do’s and Don’ts for ‘Managing Up” workshop.
  9. You’ll earn sweet, sweet, CPE:

    That’s right. You get to learn from some of the profession’s best and get eight credits for it.  
  10. You’ll be fed.

    Breakfast and lunch are included, not to mention the booze and finger foods at Thursday night’s cocktail hour. (Heck, sign me up!)

Time is running out!