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Young CPAs

Announcing the CPA Leadership Institute:
Developing Leaders for the Profession and the Association

The South Carolina Association of CPAs launched the CPA Leadership Institute in May 2014, recognizing the critical need to develop future leaders in the profession. The CPA Leadership Institute is a six month intensive training program that combines live classes and webinars, and is the only local program designed specifically for accounting professionals. The curriculum is engineered to enable young CPAs to develop the necessary skill sets to become the next generation of successful leaders.

Members who participate in the program wind up networking heavily with classmates. The Institute has established an alumni program, to make fostering those valuable connections simple, so the network established through the experience continues to thrive. View the 2017 CPA Leadership Institute brochure.


Program Requirements

  • Licensed CPA
  • Member of the S.C. Association of CPAs
  • Age 36 or under at the time of application
  • Completed application (or nomination) form
  • Submission of resume
  • Letter of recommendation from current employer
  • Essay explaining why you want to participate in the CPA Leadership Institute
    (500 words or less)

Application deadline

Applications for the 2017 CLI class are due Dec. 2, 2016. Submit your application today!


The cost of the program is $1200 (excluding travel and hotel). However, the S.C. Association of CPAs is subsidizing $500 per participant for 2017.


The CPA Leadership Institute is a certificate program and attendance is required in order to successfully complete the program.

How to Apply

Download the application and send your the completed form to the membership team at

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Meet Your Future Leaders!

Angela Allard, CPA
Hubbard Davis CPAs, LLP

Laura E. Amick, CPA
SC Electric & Gas/SCANA

Erin Long Bergeson, CPA
Erin Long Accounting & Consulting (ELAC)

Hazel Brazell, CPA
Moore Beauston & Woodham, LLP, CPAs & Consultants

Michelle Z. Chapman, CPA
Derrick Stubbs and Stith, LLP

Elizabeth A. (Bethanne) Chapman, CPA
Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP

Megan A. Duffy, CPA
The Hobbs Group, PA

Christopher W. Gibbons, CPA
Schmoyer and Company, LLC

Brett B. Hancock, CPA
Suggs Johnson, LLC

William D/ Hardaway, CPA
WebsterRogers LLP

Lindsay R. Lesesne, CPA
Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, PA

Eric Llorey, CPA, CGMA
Technetics Group

Benjamin M. Lynch, CPA
Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, PA

Erin B. Newberry, CPA
SC Coastal Accounting and Consulting LLC

Ashley E. Tate, CPA
SwaimBrown, PA