Young Professionals

LEAP (Leaders Emerging in the Accounting Profession) is for ISCPA members 40 and under. Founded in 2013, LEAP provides education, networking and development programs for the next generation of leaders in the profession. These Iowa CPAs will sustain the profession’s reputation and value, and keep Iowa’s businesses and communities strong.

Have questions about LEAP? Contact Katie Shields at or 515-223-8161.

Upcoming events

Applications now open for 2022-2023 Regional CPA Leadership Accelerator Program - APPLY TODAY!

This full year, multi-faceted regional leadership program is designed for CPAs ready to make their mark in the profession. Enhance leadership skills and experiences, broaden ideas of what is possible and expand your network of industry peers. This elite program includes three in-person sessions (Chicago and Des Moines) and two virtual sessions. 

Applications are now open. Learn more about how the program and how to apply.

2022 Emerging Leaders Conference - Save the date!

Be sure to mark your calendar for Thursday, July 28, 2022, for ISCPA's unique conference designed exclusively for CPAs 40 and under. This is your opportunity to connect with peers, learn strategies, and gain a greater awareness of your leadership style and its impact on your organization and professional performance. 

Held at the beautiful River Center in downtown Des Moines. More details to be released soon. Check the conference event listing for updates.  

Lunch with Leaders

Make the most of your lunch break! Lunch with Leaders are 60-minute inspirational sessions over the lunch hour. One hour nontechnical CPE credit is included with the registration fee. Open to all members and guests (pre-registration required).

Now scheduling for 2022! Send your speaker and topic recommendations to Katie Shields at

Leadership Book Club Reading List

LEAP in and find a new favorite!

Explore books that other ISCPA young professionals recommend for your reading list. These titles will inspire thinking, impart wisdom, promote self-awareness, foster creativity and help guide personal and professional growth. Check back often for new additions.
  • Get Over It: 47 Tips for Embracing the Discomfort of Change by Anne Bonney
  • The Happy Hour Effect: Twelve Secrets to Minimize Stress and Maximize Life by Kristen Brown
  • True Professionalism by David H. Maister
  • The Vision Driven Leader by Michael Hyatt
  • How will you measure your life? by Clayton Christensen
  • Willful Blindness by Margaret Heffernan
  • Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
(Last updated 9/22/2021)


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