MNCPA Leadership Academy 

Immersive, local leadership training designed for CPAs. 


It's an all-too-common story in accounting firms: Just as staff members start delivering their best value, they walk out the door. But when you invest in your people and provide a clear path for them to meet their career goals, they're more likely to commit to your firm — and drive its success.
You must cultivate strong leaders. And that's what the MNCPA Leadership Academy does for your firm.

The MNCPA Leadership Academy:

  • Equips emerging leaders to deliver their best value and drive future success. It's not just about the attendee — it's about your entire firm.
  • Tackles the unique challenges of leading effectively in public accounting.
  • Provides regular feedback to the firm's sponsoring partner to maximize follow-through, progress and accountability at the firm.
  • Meets four times throughout the year, allowing time to sharpen skills between sessions.
  • Includes a one-on-one, individualized leadership coaching session.
  • Builds your firm's pipeline of future leaders.

Program details:

  • Designed for: Public accounting seniors on the path to manager roles and beyond.
  • Schedule: 
    • Wednesday, ‚ÄčJuly 29, 2020
      • Leadership Foundations and Development Plans
    • Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020
      • 360-Degree Leadership: Lead Well in All Directions
    • Friday, Nov. 6, 2020
      • Fill Your Toolbox: Essential Leadership Skills
    • Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
      • The Next Frontier: Become a Strategic Leader
      • Sponsoring partners are invited to this closing reception
  • Time commitment: Four full-day workshops, one 50-minute coaching session and one extra involvement activity.
  • CPE: 33 credits.
  • Instructor: Jon Lokhorst, CPA, ACC
  • Investment: $1,795 for nonmembers, $1,495 for MNCPA members.
Enrollment is limited to one person per firm. This allows attendees the chance to speak freely and gain more from this program.

Who will you send to the Leadership Academy?

Contact Chandany McDermott at 952-885-5506 or to secure a spot. Online registration will open in January 2020.

Leadership resources

Articles by Jon Lokhorst:



Leadership Academy 2018 graduatesFeedback from 2018 participants:

"Jon is well-educated on the topic and does an exceptional job leading the discussion."

"Jon used various effective leadership coaching methods and techniques to guide us participants in figuring out solutions to issues commonly faced by upcoming leaders. The Leadership Development Plan we created during the Leadership Academy has been helpful and is something I still review and modify regularly."

"I really liked that the Leadership Academy helped me clarify my vision and values so I could strengthen my personal foundation and gain more confidence in my work and my progress as a leader."


Contact Chandany McDermott at 952-885-5506 or