Thanks to the AICPA, we have a vision for the CPA profession that was created in 1998 (looking ahead to 2011) and is now being updated for 2025. (Pictured at right are AICPA past Chair Bob Mednick, current Chair Paul Stahlin, and yours truly.)
You heard it right — a vision for the entire CPA profession. AICPA past Chairman Bob Mednick commissioned the first “vision” in 1998, and this year's chair, Paul Stahlin, revisited it this year.
The project involved research with several leading futurists that was used as background for CPAs to identify trends and implications as they look over the horizon out to 2025. The AICPA then used electronic surveys, market research and a grassroots engagement process we developed and ran to get in-depth feedback in 16 sessions held across the U.S. over the spring and summer. (You can see the results from our work in Maryland here.)
More than 75,000 electronic comments were received, 16 in-depth future forums were conducted with over 600 CPAs, other focus groups were done with regulators and stakeholders, and a massive analysis and synthesis was led by the AICPA Office of Strategy Management.
The CPA Horizons 2025 report from the AICPA will be released today at the AICPA Fall Council meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.
Here is a brief clip of what these future forums were all about:
Stay tuned as we post the final report and talk about how you can use this exciting research to think about your own vision for you, your company, firm, or department.
See the post, Perspectives on Business and the CPA Profession: Revisiting the CPA Vision, when Paul Stahlin came to Maryland's CPA Summit in 2010.