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Emerging Leaders Conference

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West48 Conference Center

1601 48th St Ste 100
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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7.00 Credits

Member Price $285.00

Price will increase by $50 on 7/25

Non-Member Price $345.00

Price will increase by $50 on 7/25

Overview

Are you looking to take your career to the next level? 

The ISCPA Emerging Leaders Conference is the premier opportunity to explore key skills and strategies needed to succeed in the constantly evolving, fast-paced work environment. Network with other CPAs and connect with industry leaders on valuable insights and guidance. Whether you're just starting out in your career or looking to take the next step, this conference is the perfect opportunity to gain new knowledge and discover tangible tactics on what it takes to lead.

Highlights

See agenda tab above for the full conference agenda.

Designed For

Emerging CPAs and accounting professionals 

Objectives

Connect with peers, learn strategies, and gain a greater awareness of your leadership style and its impact on your organization and professional performance.

Wednesday, August 7

Optional Session

- Yes, I would like a professional headshot

Whether you're updating your LinkedIn profile, creating a new business card, or just want to invest in your personal brand, be sure to take advantage of this valuable opportunity. Receive a high-quality professional headshot from Cherry Chiles Photography to make a lasting impression. Headshots are optional, but included in your registration fee. Available from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

 

This session is available to registrants only.

General Session

- Welcome comments

This session is available to registrants only.

General Session

- Leading By Influence - Part 1

Strong, effective leaders are different in many ways. They vary in their DiSC styles, management styles, communication styles, and overall approach to leadership. Similarly, members of a team are also all different in their styles and what they bring to make the team effective. Each member adds value, but not all members equally value the team. So, what makes the difference between an individual on a team and the ideal team player? 

Effective leaders with influence have discovered the key: Positive working relationships and consistent modeling of expectations are powerful. In this two part session, we will explore the value of moving past role power and into relationship power, the kind of power that actually works, because team members are engaged by mutual respect. We will also discuss interview questions, techniques to develop others, and ways to develop self. Walk away with actionable ways to embody these virtues, and guide team members to exemplify them.

Speaker: Alan Feirer | Group Dynamic

This session is available to registrants only.

General Session

- Leading By Influence - Part 2

The dynnamic conversation continues in part 2 with Alan Feirer.

Speaker: Alan Feirer | Group Dynamic

This session is available to registrants only.

General Session

- Navigating Generational Dynamics: Insights from Diverse Leaders

In today's rapidly evolving workplace, understanding and navigating generational dynamics is more crucial than ever. This session brings together a panel of leaders from different generations and diverse backgrounds to provide a comprehensive exploration of intergenerational collaboration and communication.

Key takeaways:

  • Understanding generational perspectives:  Gain insights into the values, motivations, and communication styles of different generations.
  • Bridging the gap: Learn strategies to bridge generational divides and foster a culture of respect and collaboration.
  • Leadership insights: Hear firsthand experiences and advice from diverse leaders on managing multi-generational teams effectively.
    Enhancing workplace harmony: Discover practical tips for creating a harmonious and productive work environment that leverages the strengths of each generation.
  • Future trends: Explore emerging trends and how generational dynamics will shape the future of work.

Panelists:

  • Hunter Moore, Principal (moderator)
  • Devin Neitzel, Eide Bailly
  • Monica Steckel, Ernst & Young
  • Rick Tiwald, Deloitte
  • Rachel Wollschlager, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines

This session is available to registrants only.

General Session

- Professional Issues Update

Hear the latest and greatest updates in the profession you know and love, tailored just for you. Learn about state-wide and national initiatives ISCPA is exploring to position the profession for the future and address the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Speaker: Dawn Latham | ISCPA CEO

This session is available to registrants only.

General Session

- Striving & Thriving: Leading Up, Out, and Across Your Organization

Leadership is about influence. In this interactive end of day session we'll examine your best ways to make an impact from the role you are in with your communication and relationship building while navigating ongoing change. Lead stronger and with more confidence, understanding and navigating your team's landscape, with tools and "words-to-say" for your next conversation.

Speaker: Dr. Celina Peerman, Ph.D.

This session is available to registrants only.

Leader(s):

Leader Bios

Alan Feirer, Owner, Group Dynamic

Alan Feirer is a leadership trainer, Everything DiSC® Authorized Partner, Five Behaviors™ Authorized Partner, Franklin Covey Certified Facilitator, and organizational development consultant. Alan is the author of The Group Dynamic Field Guide: 51 Ideas You Can Use Today and co-host of the Music Ed Insights podcast. For 22 years, he has done business as Group Dynamic, helping people embrace challenging work with less stress while getting more done. Alan works with managers, directors, leadership teams, staffs, and team members through leadership training, team building, and communication training.

Alan lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with his wife Julie. They have an adult daughter Mara in college. He holds membership in many professional organizations, including the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Association for Talent Development (previous Central Iowa chapter President), the Downtown Des Moines Chamber, and FuseDSM.  Feirer's other interests include competitive Scrabble, exercise, travel, dining, and anything Disney.   

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Celina Peerman

Dr. Celina Peerman serves as an organizational psychologist through training, coaching and instructional design activities that focus on creating sustainable learning cultures at work. For over twenty four years she has specialized in organizational behavior and human resource management-related issues. Her experience includes senior leadership roles in human resource, organizational development and operations positions in both profit and non-profit organizations where she was accountable for quality service, effective processes, diverse staff and achieving results. Her work in Southeast Asia, Canada and Central America gave additional business operations experience, further developing her strong international interests. Celina has led successful workshops and designed training for a variety of industries. She has also presented at numerous conferences for local, state and national audiences. As an organizational behavior specialist, she has worked one-on-one and in small group settings with a range of difficult topics sensitive to the workplace and all those involved. Her work has led to the creation of The Peerman Group, a performance-training solutions company that provides full service organizational development consulting services. This team’s focus is to provide quality training and services that directly contributes to better service for all stakeholders and in particular the retention of front-line staff and strength of first-line supervisors. Her passion is for how people behave at work; the good, the bad and the worst. Celina’s style has been described as dynamic noting the ability to draw in even the most resistant attendees through real life examples and humor.

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Devin Neitzel, Tax Associate, Eide Bailly LLP

Devin Neitzel, CPA, is a Tax Associate at Eide Bailly LLP in Des Moines, Iowa, where he prepares tax returns and assists in planning for a diverse range of clients and entity types. His specialization involves Individual 1040s, Trust/Estate 1041s, Gift Tax 709s, and Estate 706s.
Devin is an alumnus of the University of Northern Iowa, graduating with both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Accounting in May 2023. Despite his relatively short tenure in the post-graduate workforce, he has quickly immersed himself in the accounting profession. He contributes to the ISCPA LEAP, Taxation, and Legislation committees, demonstrating a commitment to both his own professional growth as well as dedication to necessary industry change.
In addition to his CPA, Devin is pursuing the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) certification to complement his specialization in individual and estate tax preparation and planning, enhancing his ability to provide holistic financial advice to clients.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Devin enjoys connecting with nature, gaming with friends, and staying up-to-date with the latest TV shows during his downtime from busy seasons.

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Hunter Moore, Accounting Leadership Dev. Program, Principal

 

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Rachel Wollschlager, Lead Analyst, Financial Controls, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines

Rachel graduated from Simpson College with a double major in Accounting and Business Management. After college she began her career as an auditor at EY. Rachel joined the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines in 2017 and has held several roles in Accounting Policy, Financial Reporting and Financial Controls since. Most recently, she works as a SOX Program Manager on the Financial Controls team partnering with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd lines to ensure controls and processes are designed appropriately to set our Financial Control owners and performers up for success.

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Richard Tiwald, Des Moines Marketplace Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Rick has over 30 years of public accounting experience serving clients in the energy, manufacturing, transportation, real estate and technology/media/telecommunications industries. Rick serves as Marketplace Leader for the Des Moines office and leads Deloitte’s Tax practice in Iowa (Des Moines and Davenport).
He leads several client engagement teams and plays an Energy industry advisory role on several others throughout the country as well as provides Energy industry support to Deloitte’s M&A Transaction Services Group. He has significant experience in a variety of tax matters including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; entity structuring; tax accounting methods; capital recovery; accounting for income taxes; consolidated returns and international tax. He is a member of Deloitte’s Energy & Resources Tax Group and the Central Region Sub C Competency Team.

Rick earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) from Creighton University. 

Current Professional Affiliations and Civic Involvement
 • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Tax Division)
 • Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants (Vice Chair)
 • Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants
 • Greater Des Moines Partnership (Treasurer, Executive Committee Member & Finance Committee Member)
 • Greater Des Moines Committee
 • Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa Audit & Finance Committee
 • Drake School of Accounting Advisory Board
 • Iowa CPA Education Foundation Advisory Committee
 • Iowa Society of CPAs Insurance Industry Committee

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Non-Member Price $345.00

Member Price $285.00