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MNCPA Leadership Academy

Immersive learning for future CPA leaders

Burnout. Turnover. Hiring shortages.
There’s no secret solution to the challenges facing CPAs today. But there is one key area that plays a major role in employee retention and satisfaction — leadership development.

Strong leaders must be cultivated. And that's what the MNCPA Leadership Academy does.


This immersive program:

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    Tackles the unique challenges of leading effectively in public accounting.

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    Equips emerging leaders to contribute in a valuable way, bring actionable insights to the workplace and drive future success for the entire firm.

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    Meets four times, allowing attendees to sharpen skills and make progress on leadership development plans between sessions.

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    Includes a personalized training session tailored to the individual.

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    Provides regular feedback to your firm's sponsoring partner to maximize follow-through, progress and accountability.

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    Supports your firm’s pipeline of future leaders and employee retention efforts.

Program overview

Designed for: CPAs in public practice, ages 25-35, with at least three years of professional experience, between the senior/manager level or on that track for advancement

Time commitment: Four full-day workshops and one 50-minute, personalized training session

CPE: 33 credits (1 ethics)

Instructor: Jon Lokhorst, CPA, PCC

Location: MNCPA Education Center, Bloomington, MN

Investment: $1,795 for nonmembers / $1,495 for MNCPA members

Registration deadline: Friday, June 10, 2022

Space is limited.

Schedule and workshop details
All courses are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2022
Leadership Foundations

What is leadership?

Leadership in a professional service firm.

Your unique style and how it shapes your leadership.

Building a strong personal foundation.

Your personalized RightPath leadership profile.

MONDAY, JULY 25, 2022
How to Lead Well in All Directions

Leading yourself, leadership challenges and work-life tensions.

Leading across, down and up.

The critical role of emotional intelligence.

360-degree feedback.

MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2022
Essential Leadership Skills

Coaching skills and the anatomy of a coaching session.

Enhancing communication and tips for difficult conversations.

Effective delegation.

Making meetings engaging and productive.

Leading in a remote or hybrid environment.

MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2022
The Innovative and Strategic Leader

Strategic thinking and innovation skills.

Building high-performance teams.

Adaptive and situational leadership.

Leading change.


The 2022 MNCPA Leadership Academy has concluded. Check back later for future opportunities!

Space is limited.

Registration deadline: Friday, June 10, 2022

Jon Lokhorst, CPA, PCC

Jon Lokhorst, CPA, PCC

Past graduates

Leadership Academy graduates

Why leadership training?

  • Employees with access to development opportunities have 34% higher retention and are 15% more engaged.1
  • 92% of employees think having access to professional development is important or very important.1
  • “Promoting from within provides a clear path to greater compensation and responsibility and helps employees feel that they are valued and a part of the company’s success.”2
  • Top reasons employees leave include feeling overworked and/or unsupported, limited opportunities for career advancement and lack of recognition.3

1. Impact of Professional Development Survey, Better Buys
2. 5 Strategies to Improve Employee Retention, Forbes
3. 14 Effective Employee Retention Strategies, Robert Half

The 2022 MNCPA Leadership Academy has concluded. Check back later for future opportunities!

Space is limited.

Registration deadline: Friday, June 10, 2022


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