MNCPA Leadership Academy 

Be the confident, capable leader you know you can be.
You got this.


When you land a leadership role, it's easy to feel like you're in over your head. You've always excelled at your job. You know the technical stuff, you meet your deadlines and clients really like you. 

But being in charge of others? Making important firm decisions? Suddenly, you second-guess everything. The choices are harder and the stakes are higher. 

Relax. You got this. 

At the MNCPA Leadership Academy, you'll develop a personalized leadership development plan that sharpens your skills, optimizes your strengths and morphs you into a more confident, capable CPA firm leader. 

Become the leader you know you can be with the MNCPA Leadership Academy

At the Leadership Academy, you'll:

  • Develop the critical skills you need to be a successful leader: strategic thinking, innovation, people development, entrepreneurism, business development, communication, navigating challenges and more.
  • Maximize the impact of your training with a personalized leadership plan, one-on-one coaching sessions and peer accountability throughout the program.
  • Enhance your career growth as you equip yourself to take on more challenging client work, prepare for leadership roles and expand your network.
  • Be the best version of yourself -- the confident, capable leader you know you can be.
  • Celebrate your achievements at the end of the program with a special closing session attended by your firm's sponsoring partner, plus a press release you and your firm can share with clients, prospects and colleagues.

The ideal candidates for this program are CPAs in public practice, ages 25-35, with at least three years of professional experience. 

Ready to transform into a more confident, capable leader? 

Register now

View the schedule

Leadership Academy overview:

  • Time commitment:
    • Four full-day workshops at the MNCPA Education Center in Bloomington, MN
    • Two 75-minute online webinars
    • Two 50-minute one-on-one coaching sessions (via phone or online conference)
    • Some pre-work required between sessions

  • CPE: 37 credits available
  • NASBA Field of Study: Personal Development - Non-technical
  • Instructor: Jon Lokhorst, CPA, a leadership coach and veteran CPA
  • Investment: $1,495 for MNCPA members and $1,795 for nonmembers

2018 Leadership Academy Schedule

Workshop 1: Foundations of Leadership and Idiosyncrasies of Professional Service Firms
Wednesday, June 27 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | MNCPA, Bloomington

Catalyst Coaching Session 1
July date to be scheduled by participants | Via Zoom or phone

Workshop 2: 360-Degree Leadership: Lead Well in All Directions (Including Yourself)
Monday, Aug. 27 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | MNCPA, Bloomington

Webinar 1: The Importance of Planning and Productivity to Leadership
Wednesday, Sept. 26 | Noon - 1:15 p.m. | Online

Workshop 3: Fill Your Leadership Toolbox: Delegation, Feedback, Meetings, Difficult Conversations and More
Friday, Nov. 2 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | MNCPA, Bloomington

Webinar 2: How to Become a More Strategic Leader
Wednesday, Dec. 12 | Noon - 1:15 p.m. | Online

Workshop 4: The Next Leadership Frontier: Enhance Your Professional Image and Deliver Exceptional Value
Monday, Jan. 14 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | MNCPA, Bloomington
Plus: Closing session with participants' sponsoring partners

Catalyst Coaching Session 2
January date to be scheduled by participants | Via Zoom or phone

Registration is now open!

Register today

Space is limited -- secure your seat today.

Leadership resources

Articles by Jon Lokhorst

Leading up: 5 ways to build this essential superpower

Show up as your best self in every situation

See what fellow CPAs have said about Jon Lokhorst's past CPE presentations:

"Best session yet. Loved the real-life examples of strategy."

"Bring this speaker back in the future! One of the best presenters here."

"Excellent presenter and content."

"Good speaker, big ideas."

"Did a great job -- kept everyone engaged." 


Contact the MNCPA at 952-831-2707 or via email.