The word I hear most often from accounting leaders

Letter from the Executive Director

Did you know that employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 11 percent from 2014 to 2024? The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that’s faster than the average for all occupations. And according to the AICPA, 75 percent of today’s CPAs will be retiring within the next 15 years.

It’s no wonder that ‘talent’ is the word I hear most often when talking with firm leaders, industry officers, campus recruiters and HR professionals about their challenges. That’s exactly why The Ohio CPA Foundation is investing in the profession through student outreach initiatives in high schools and colleges around the state.

Last fall, hundreds of students were reached through our High School Accounting Career Day events. The Foundation’s Student Ambassadors are doing great work on 18 college campuses to reach undecided students and to promote the importance of the CPA credential among their peers. And planning is well underway for ACAP-Ohio 2017 – the accounting ‘summer camp’ designed to encourage minority high school students to consider a profession that is likely not even on their radar.

In this issue of IMPACT, you can read more about the work we’re doing to attract talented students to the profession. I hope you’ll take time to read about Candice Hayes-McInnis and Desirae Villarreal, individuals who were impacted by the programs you support with your generous contributions.

Thank you for making all we do possible – and for investing in the future of the CPA profession!

As always, please contact me if you have any questions or if you’d like to learn more. You can reach me at or 800.686.2727 ext. 2235. 


Karen West, CAE
Executive Director

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