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How NPAG members are inspiring the next generation of CPAs 

At the AICPA Fall Council Meeting, members from across the profession gathered in Pasadena, California, to explore the latest industry trends. During the meeting, attendees heard updates from the National Pipeline Advisory Group (NPAG) and participated in brainstorming sessions about the talent shortage. Insights from these focus groups, as well as data from future surveys, will help identify root causes of attrition, prioritize key areas for improvement, and ultimately shape solutions.  

NPAG members represent firms of all sizes, academia, CPA state societies, regulatory bodies, professional associations, and various career stages, among many other viewpoints. For a glimpse into some of the topics being explored by NPAG, watch members discuss everything from telling the profession’s story to helping accounting students succeed.  

Kathy Johnson, CPA, CFF, CGMA, vice president at J.S. Held, explains how earning a CPA license can open doors to a multifaceted career. 

Mark Taylor, CPA, director of University of South Florida’s Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, shares how small changes can alter student perceptions and set the next generation up for success. 

Michelle F. Randall, CPA, CGMA, accounting professor at Schoolcraft College, explores how CPAs can inspire the next generation to pursue a career in accounting. 

Joe Falbo, CPA, CGMA, partner at Cohen & Company, encourages the profession to “put aside what you know” and consider new strategies to strengthen the talent pool.  

By working together, we can boost awareness of the profession’s vital role, drive innovative pipeline strategies, and ensure the next generation of accountants is prepared for tomorrow’s challenges.