Leadership Academy 2021 Fostering CPAs' leadership and strategic skills to move careers forward, faster


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.

Specifically designed for emerging leaders with 5+ years of experience to help them navigate from an individual contributor to a leader in their organization, this  three-day event is cited by past participants as an invaluable boost to their careers.



  • Strengths Based Leadership
  • Professional Branding
  • Feedback


  • Collaboration & Facilitation
  • Delegation
  • Leading Hybrid teams


  • Anticipation
  • Strategic & Critical Thinking
  • Inclusive Leadership


The BLI Leadership Academy is built around teaching participants to gather information and turn it into an actionable plan.

Executive Vice President, Business Growth and Engagement, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Tom is the founding CEO of The Business Learning Institute and co-developer of Leadership Academy. Prior to and during his leadership at BLI, he served as President and CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs, and was instrumental in a national effort to identify key future-ready skillsets as part of the CPA Vision Project. Tom is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and consultant, and has been recognized by Accounting Today magazine as the second most influential leader in the accounting profession.

Rebekah J. Brown, CPA
Director of Development, MACPA

As a Director at the Maryland Association of CPAs, Rebekah Brown is a CPA who is passionate about the bright future of the accounting profession. From 5th grade classrooms to the Standing Advisory Group and Board of the PCAOB, Rebekah frequently presents on the accounting profession and it’s future. She is a certified facilitator, having guided firms, non-profits and accounting professionals in the United States and Canada in the strategic planning process. In 2017, 2019 and 2020 Rebekah was recognized by CPA Practice Advisor as a top thought leader under 40 in the profession. In 2020, Rebekah was a Maryland Daily Record Leading Women Honoree.

Bill Sheridan, CAE
Chief Communications Officer, EOS Implementer, MACPA

Bill Sheridan is a knowledge hunter, content curator, lifelong learner, and EOS implementer. As chief communications officer for the Maryland Association of CPAs, he created and co-authors the association’s acclaimed blog; he created and hosts the MACPA’s weekly “Future-Proof” podcast; and he manages the association’s member communications and numerous social networks. He was named one of Accounting Today’s “100 Most Influential People in Accounting” for 2016.


This program is brought to you by the MACPA Foundation. Scholarships are available, please contact Lauren@macpa.org

Tom Hood Rebekah Brown Bill Sheridan
MACPA Headquarters
Event Information
August 18 - 20, 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
MACPA Headquarters


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