Bridge The Gap: Essential Skills to Build a Successful Career

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Friday, June 10, 2022 - Saturday, June 11, 2022
Disney's Contemporary Resort - 4600 N World Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-8413
8:00AM - 4:50PM (opens at 7:45AM) EST
9Credits
Behavioral and Technical Business

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$275.00 Regular Price
Non-Members
$400.00 Regular Price
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Course Type: CPE Conferences
Course Code: 22/GAP
Vendor: Florida Institute of CPAs
Field of Study: Communications and Marketing, Personal Development, Specialized Knowledge

Overview:

Bridge The Gap: Essential Skills To Build A Successful Career

Meet. Engage. Grow. Achieve.

Your professional development and personal growth on important skills needed to successfully navigate the professional world are more important now than ever. Join us for networking and social activities.  

Mingle. Network. Socialize.  Have Fun!

Join us on Friday for our Free family-friendly Networking Dinner and Dueling Pianos!  From networking reception and chair's program to dueling pianos and fireworks.  Indulge in great food and drink, and outstanding company.
**The closing night celebration is complimentary with registration. Additional individual registrations (for guests or family) are available online.

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Group Discounts (Call Member Services at (800) 342-3197)
15% Discount for Groups of 5-7
20% for groups of 8 or more

Contact
If you have any questions, please email emergpro@ficpa.org.

  

Schedule:

Friday, June 10, 2022

Keynote Presentation - The Future of the Profession

Time: Friday 8:30am - 9:20am Credits: 1 TB

Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA, President and CEO, American Institute of CPAs and CEO, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Join AICPA President and CEO, Barry Melancon, as he explores the future of the profession, including future proofing the profession; federal regulatory issues; firm trends; talent pipelines and more.

Presenters:

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

Time: Friday 9:20am - 9:45am

Communication

Time: Friday 9:45am - 10:35am Credits: 1 BE

Erin Buss, Executive Vice President of Development, SouthEast Trust Company

In this session, attendees will learn about the different styles of communication, how to navigating difficult conversations, different types of listening, new client conversations. Verbal and written/email channels of communication.

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Time Management Skills

Time: Friday 10:35am - 11:25am Credits: 1 BE

Erin Buss, Executive Vice President of Development, SouthEast Trust Company

In this session, attendees will learn about time management skills including balancing time, how to prepare for time away, delegating effectively.

 

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Networking Lunch

Time: Friday 11:30am - 12:55pm

Networking/Client Meetings/Feedback - Panel Discussion

Time: Friday 12:55pm - 1:45pm Credits: 1 BE

TBD

In this session, attendees will work with seasoned professionals to network, discuss client meetings and answer questions.

First Class Customer Service

Time: Friday 1:45pm - 2:35pm Credits: 1 BE

Erin Buss, Executive Vice President of Development, SouthEast Trust Company

In this session, attendees will learn about first class customer service including speaking tone, listening, and owning your customer.

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Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

Time: Friday 2:35pm - 3:00pm

Making Uncomfortable Comfortable

Time: Friday 3:00pm - 3:50pm Credits: 1 BE

Erin Buss, Executive Vice President of Development, SouthEast Trust Company

In this session, attendees will learn to improve their interactions with clients and team members, and open up your perspective on participating in your community and beyond.

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Keynote Presentation: We Are Living Proof: You Are Built for Something More

Time: Friday 4:00pm - 4:50pm Credits: 1 BE

Lucas Boyce, Motivational Speaker and Former Executive Orlando Magic

This  keynote presentation that details Lucas' journey to overcome significant obstacles to achieve three once-in-a-lifetime goals. Personal history or external conditions outside of our control don’t have to determine our future trajectory, success and/or fulfillment. While some may view past and present conditions as an eternal harness and cause for inaction or paralysis, Lucas shares why our obstacles and limitations become irrelevant when we understand our life purpose and are willing to reach for something more. It doesn’t matter at what station of life we find ourselves, we are built for something more. We are meant to succeed.

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Newly Certified Ceremony

Time: Friday 5:00pm - 6:00pm

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Chair’s Closing Night Celebration and Dueling Pianos! (Free - included with your registration)

Time: Friday 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Closing Night Networking Dinner, Dueling Pianos, and Fireworks!

From networking reception and chair's program to dueling pianos and fireworks, what better way to wrap up 4 great days of CPE?  Indulge in great food and drink, and outstanding company. A special guest star or two may even make an appearance!  Bridge the Gap registrants may attend for free with guest/family passes available for purchase.  See below.  Firm/company tables are also available.  Contact FICPA Sales Manager Drew Miller for more details (Drew@ficpa.org

6:00pm     Networking Reception
6:15pm     Dinner
7:00pm     Entertainment: Dueling Pianos
9:00pm     Cordials and Fireworks - outside on the portico

1 - Adult Guest - Chair’s Closing Night Celebration

Time: Friday 6:01pm - 9:30pm


Closing Night Networking Dinner, Dueling Pianos, and Fireworks!
Adult Guest Ticket

From networking reception and chair's program to dueling pianos and fireworks, what better way to wrap up 4 great days of CPE?  Indulge in great food and drink, and outstanding company. A special guest star or two may even make an appearance!  Individual registration and group tables available. 

1 - Adult Guest - Chair’s Closing Night Celebration

Time: Friday 6:02pm - 9:30pm


Closing Night Networking Dinner, Dueling Pianos, and Fireworks!
Adult Guest Ticket

From networking reception and chair's program to dueling pianos and fireworks, what better way to wrap up 4 great days of CPE?  Indulge in great food and drink, and outstanding company. A special guest star or two may even make an appearance!  Individual registration and group tables available. 

1 - Child Guest (12 & under) - Chair’s Closing Night Celebration

Time: Friday 6:03pm - 9:30pm


Closing Night Networking Dinner, Dueling Pianos, and Fireworks!
Child Guest Ticket

From networking reception and chair's program to dueling pianos and fireworks, what better way to wrap up 4 great days of CPE?  Indulge in great food and drink, and outstanding company. A special guest star or two may even make an appearance!  Individual registration and group tables available. 

1 - Child Guest (12 & under) - Chair’s Closing Night Celebration

Time: Friday 6:04pm - 9:30pm

Closing Night Networking Dinner, Dueling Pianos, and Fireworks!
Child Guest Ticket

From networking reception and chair's program to dueling pianos and fireworks, what better way to wrap up 4 great days of CPE?  Indulge in great food and drink, and outstanding company. A special guest star or two may even make an appearance!  Individual registration and group tables available. 

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Growing Your Presentation Skills

Time: Saturday 8:00am - 10:00am Credits: 2 BE

Erin Buss, Executive Vice President of Development, SouthEast Trust Company

In this session, attendees will discuss growing your presentation skills including how to create compelling PowerPoint presentations as well as presenting in person and virtually.

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Objectives:

Our Bridge the Gap: Essential Skills to Build a Successful Career is being hosted alongside the 2022 MEGA Conference at the Walt Disney Contemporary Conference Center, June 10 and 11.  Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other CPAs, and meet with FICPA leadership, and talk with vendors at our exhibit hall to learn the most up to date products and services for the CPA community.  

The future leaders training will focus on communication in the workplace and learning about the different styles of communication along with how to navigate difficult conversations both verbally and written. The conference will also host a session on time management which is critical for having work balance of your time and delegating effectively.  Not to be missed is our session on first class customer service and how to speak to others with an effective tone and being a good listener and being comfortable with being uncomfortable with your interactions with clients and community and growing your presentation skills.

In addition, attendees on Friday will get to hear from Keynote speaker, AICPA President & CEO, Barry Melancon discuss the Future of the Profession and Lucas Boyce author of “Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White and the NBA”.  These speakers will inspire, empower and leave you with learning to overcome obstacles and build leadership and teamwork.

 

Presenters:

  • Barry C Melancon, CPA, CGMA

    Barry C. Melancon is the CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the most influential body of professional accountants in the world with 650,000 members and students. Formed in 2017, it combines the strengths of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), which Melancon also leads as President & CEO....

    Read more about Barry C Melancon here
  • Erin Buss

    Erin is currently the Executive Vice President of Development and Strategy at SouthEast Trust Company in Ocala, Florida.  She works to build both client and community relationships while focusing on the growth of the team through continued education and training.  Additionally, she develops and executes strategies for expansion of the trust company across the state of Florida.  Prior to joining...

    Read more about Erin Buss here
  • Lucas Boyce

    Read more about Lucas Boyce here
  • Melanie S. Griffin

    Melanie declared her love of the law and passion for serving others as a lawyer at the age of eight, when she dressed as an attorney for Halloween, complete with fake glasses and a leather briefcase. After building her business and legal toolkit as a triple-graduate of The Florida State University (Business Finance, 2003; MBA, 2006; JD, 2006), Melanie served a prestigious statewide Florida law...

    Read more about Melanie S. Griffin here

Presenters:

Barry C Melancon, CPA, CGMA

Barry C. Melancon is the CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the most influential body of professional accountants in the world with 650,000 members and students. Formed in 2017, it combines the strengths of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), which Melancon also leads as President & CEO....Read more about Barry C Melancon here

Erin Buss

Erin is currently the Executive Vice President of Development and Strategy at SouthEast Trust Company in Ocala, Florida.  She works to build both client and community relationships while focusing on the growth of the team through continued education and training.  Additionally, she develops and executes strategies for expansion of the trust company across the state of Florida.  Prior to joining...Read more about Erin Buss here

Lucas Boyce

Read more about Lucas Boyce here

Melanie S. Griffin

Melanie declared her love of the law and passion for serving others as a lawyer at the age of eight, when she dressed as an attorney for Halloween, complete with fake glasses and a leather briefcase. After building her business and legal toolkit as a triple-graduate of The Florida State University (Business Finance, 2003; MBA, 2006; JD, 2006), Melanie served a prestigious statewide Florida law...Read more about Melanie S. Griffin here

Major Topics:

  • Future of the Profession
  • Communication
  • Time Management
  • First Class Customer Service
  • Being Comfortable, Being Uncomfortable
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Growing your presentation skills

 

Major Topics:

  • Future of the Profession
  • Communication
  • Time Management
  • First Class Customer Service
  • Being Comfortable, Being Uncomfortable
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Growing your presentation skills

 

Designed For:

CPAs, accountants, and other finance professionals

Prerequisties:

None

Accommodations:

Conference Site
Disney's Contemporary Resort
4600 World Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836
407-939-5277

Accommodations:

Disney's Contemporary Resort
4600 World Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836
407-939-5277

Room Rate: $312.00++ Single/Double

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
4401 Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836
407-939-5277

Room Rate: $312.00++ Single/Double

Hotel Cutoff Deadline: Friday, May 6, 2022

*** Upon completion of your registration for the conference, you will receive an email confirmation with the passcode to book your accommodations***


(Reservations made after the cutoff date will be subject to availability and current room rate. Please note that the conference accommodation rate is subject to sell out prior to the advertised reservation cut off date.)