It's not about climbing the ladder.It's about serving your team, your organization, and yourself.It's about being a CPA who can lead well.
What happens at a BLI Leadership Academy?
In the fast-approaching future, successful CPAs must be leaders. Leadership Academy is the starting point for unlocking the full potential in the profession's best and brightest young CPAs. This three-day event is cited by past participants as an invaluable boost to their careers.
WHAT TO EXPECT THE I2A LEADERSHIP ACADEMY IS DESIGNED AROUND A 3 STAGE PROCESS THAT INCLUDES:
INSTRUCTIONNew learning, new ideas, new perspectives
INTEGRATIONCombining new learning with what you already know to develop insights in your current context
ACTIONDevelopment of personal action plans
Participants will be actively engaged in dialog throughout the workshop and will be making presentations of their insights and action plans throughout the three days. Consistent with BLI's approach to learning we will support the learning with active
dialog and graphic facilitation techniques. Each young leader will leave with a set of tangible tools that they can use in their own organizations and as future volunteer leaders.
AGENDA Nearly each segment of the agenda is a combination of presentation/introduction and collaborative work. Leadership Academy is work. It's participative. Participants will be learning from their own experiences and their peers' insight. Everyone is a learner. Everyone is a teacher.
PRE-EVENT WORK - Values in Action (VIA) Inventory of Strengths Assessment - Gallup Strengths Based Leadership Assessment
DAY 1: August 24
REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Insights from History: Learning from Your Past Experiences with Leadership
360 World View: Finding Your Innovation Edge Today
Reframing: The Powerful Leadership Skill to Engage the Creative Mind
Your Line of Site for High-Leverage Opportunities
Welcome Reception & Leadership Perspectives: BLI Leaders share their insight and experiences
DAY 2: August 25
Reflections from Day 1
Strat Houses - Introduction
The Power of 'Why' & Writing of the Roofs
Strat Houses - Build Out
WORKING LUNCH: PREPARING YOUR STRAT HOUSE STORY & ACTION PLAN
Reflections on the i2a: Insights to Action Thinking System
Developing Positive Executive Presence Part 1
Day 2 Wrap Up
DINNER OUT ON THE TOWN
DAY 3: August 26
Reflections from Day 2
Developing Positive Executive Presence Part 2
Putting It All Together: Leadership Crests
Closing Exercise & Evaluations
The BLI Leadership Academy is built around teaching participants the i2a: Insights to Action Strategic Thinking System framework. The i2a system was co-authored by Tom Hood, CEO of The Business Learning Institute, and Gretchen Pisano, President of Sounding Board Ink.
Tom Hood, CPACEO, Maryland Association of CPAs & Business Learning Institute"CAN WE BE AS BRIGHT AS OUR BRIGHT FUTURE? THE FUTURE OF HOW CPAs WILL LEARN"
Tom is the founding CEO of The Business Learning Institute, co-developer of the i2a: Insights to Action Strategic Planning Process, and i2a Leadership Academy. A nationally recognized author, speaker, and consultant, Tom is committed to helping
individuals and companies shape their future. Tom has been recognized by Accounting Today Magazine as the second most influential leader in the CPA profession.
Gretchen PisanoPresident of Sounding Board Ink
Ms. Pisano has 18 years of experience developing sound business strategy, and specializes in the development of human potential across the personal/professional spectrum of life. Ms. Pisano brings significant consulting, teaching and coaching
experience in the areas of strategic planning and insight, accelerated leadership skills, executive presence, heightened self-awareness, social intelligence, pro-active well-being, and resiliency. Ms. Pisano's clients learn how to leave their
mark on the world, in the process finding the "sweet spot" overlap of their strengths, their passions, and what others value. Whether entrepreneurs or leaders of an executive team of a multi-national organization, her clients are left with
a deep sense of self and a personalized, compelling, vision in common.
Firms and Organizations Who Have Had Staff at BLI's Leadership Academy