Professional Development Plans for Long Term Success Webcast | 4204573A


Date :
December 3, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location :
Virtual Learning+
Facility :
Webcast Event
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CPE Credits :
CPE 2.00
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In today’s rapidly changing and unpredictable climate, accounting professionals at all levels of their career are often focused on maintaining strong technical skills or meeting short-term career demands. Taking the time to reflect and create a professional development plan for the short, mid-term and long-term can add strength to one’s career platform and escalate opportunities for leadership growth and career advancement.

In this session, attendees will discuss impactful components of a short, mid and long term professional development plans. In addition, several elements of professional development plans of advanced leaders and their potential benefits will be discussed.

Through discussion and interactive engagement, attendees will gain perspective into ways that the following elements of professional development can elevate their careers:

  • Pros and cons of graduate studies/advanced degrees/micro-credentialing
  • Certification beyond the CPA – opportunities and incremental benefit
  • Leadership development – approaches based on current or prospective workplace
  • Board service – potential opportunities for leadership and strategic growth
  • Mentorship – power of being a mentor, finding mentors, intergenerational mentoring
  • Professional networks – building and nurturing
  • Thought leadership – sharing knowledge, speaking, blogging, authoring, providing feedback


  • Identify elements of a multi-faceted career plan
  • Determine how to assess short-term, mid-term and long terms plans
  • Recognize the impact various types of initiatives have to enhance career potential such as: graduate studies, micro-credentialing, certification beyond CPA, leadership development, board service, mentorship, professional networks, thought leadership

Major Subjects:

  • Career assessment and planning
  • Leadership preparation
  • Skills assessment
  • Personal continuous improvement

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Business Management and Organization
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Sandra Richtermeyer
Sandra Richtermeyer is dean of the Manning School of Business. She brings more than 25 years of higher education experience to UMass Lowell, including more than 12 years in academic leadership roles ranging from global professor-in-residence of the Institute of Management Accountants to department chair and associate dean of the Williams College of Business at Xavier University in Cincinnati. She works actively with a variety of professional organizations and is a frequent speaker on topics related professional development and leadership. Richtermeyer's teaching and research interests are in the areas of corporate governance, accounting information systems, and nonprofit and governmental accounting. Her research interests include technology enablement and enterprise systems, non-profit accounting, and corporate governance. Richtermeyer has authored many articles in academic and practitioner publications and has more than 20 years of experience on boards as well as technology and accounting related advisory committees. In addition to her academic background, she worked as a CPA for many years in Denver with a practice focus on compliance, assurance and systems implementation. Richtermeyer served as the Global Chair of the Institute of Management Accountants from 2010-2011. She is the 2013-2014 Ohio Accounting Educator of the Year and the 2011 American Women’s Society of CPAs Educator of the Year. She is the 2013-2014 President of the American Accounting Association (AAA) Ohio Region and a Vice President on the board of the AAA Accounting Program Leaders Group. She has also served a member of the Executive Board of the Ohio Society of CPAs, a board member on the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) of the Treadway Commission, in addition to service on the U.S. Comptroller General’s Green Book Advisory Council. Richtermeyer holds both her Ph.D. in accounting and her M.S. and MBA from the University of Colorado.


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