LIVESTREAM - New and Young Professionals Leadership Conference

Tuesday, November 16 8:20am - Wednesday, November 17 12:00pm

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7.00 Credits

Member Price $150.00

Price will increase by $20 on 11/9

Non-Member Price $275.00

Price will increase by $20 on 11/9


This virtual conference will be broken up into two 3.5-hour days (8:20 am - 12:00 pm on November 16 and 17).

Please note that when you register for this conference you are automatically registering for both days.

This popular CTCPA conference addresses the skills that new and young professionals need to become successful leaders in their professional life. Topics will include leading through change, communication skills, emotional intelligence in the workplace, leading diverse teams and more!

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New and young professionals.


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Tuesday, November 16

General Session

8:30am - 9:30am Projecting a Professional Virtual Presence

Anne Bonney Speaker and Author

Anne Bonney

Anne Bonney is a fun, energetic international motivational keynote speaker and trainer. She is also an authority on Change Management, best-selling author of GET OVER IT!, podcast host of Igniting Courage Podcast, and an experienced leadership workshop facilitator. After 20 years in highly successful corporate and non-profit leadership positions, Anne, now uses her experience, education, and expertise to ignite YOUR courage and empowerment skills to embrace the challenges that transition brings.

Presented by: Anne Bonney - Speaker and Author

We've been launched into a virtual working world and new skills are required that we may not have needed in the past.  How do we present effectively on a virtual platform?  How do we keep people's attention?  How is leading meetings and presentations different virtually than in person?  How can I show up with confidence and competence?  And how do I get used to talking to a camera rather than a real human?  These questions and more are answered in this interactive and confidence boosting presentation by double certified virtual presenter and professional motivational speaker Anne Bonney.  Come learn the skills, tips and tricks to be engaging in a virtual setting and walk away with the expertise to achieve your goals during your next virtual gathering.

• Skills to keep people's attention on the virtual platform
• Tactical tips for showing up as the confident and competent professional that you are
• Strategies for engaging your attendees and effectively leading interactions

General Session

9:45am - 10:45am Effective Communication: Conquering Those Challenging Conversations

Anne Bonney Speaker and Author

Anne Bonney

Anne Bonney is a fun, energetic international motivational keynote speaker and trainer. She is also an authority on Change Management, best-selling author of GET OVER IT!, podcast host of Igniting Courage Podcast, and an experienced leadership workshop facilitator. After 20 years in highly successful corporate and non-profit leadership positions, Anne, now uses her experience, education, and expertise to ignite YOUR courage and empowerment skills to embrace the challenges that transition brings.

Presented by: Anne Bonney - Speaker and Author

Having tough conversations isn't fun for anyone, and when they go wrong, relationships are damaged, and the problem that’s being addressed doesn’t get solved. This makes many leaders avoid these conversations, reducing their team’s effectiveness and their own success. Fortunately, you can quickly learn to rise in these challenging interactions so the problem will be solved, while trust and respect increase. This workshop will help you get there!

During this rapid-fire skill building (and fun!) virtual or live presentation, Change Management Authority and Communication aficionado Anne Bonney will ignite your courage for these conversations so you can have productive difficult dialogue when you need to. Empowered with the spark to start the dialogue on the right foot, you’ll also learn a structure to keep the exchange moving in a constructive direction, and she will teach you an approach for rescuing the conversation before it turns into a towering inferno! Once you put these techniques into play, motivation will crackle, collaboration will sizzle and a culture of positive accountability will blaze hot within your organization.

• Immediately impact your culture to one of accountability and engagement, increasing productivity and ultimately results
• Reduce problem behaviors and conflict while improving individual attitudes and team motivation
• Leadership that entices people to listen and follow through

General Session

11:00am - 12:00pm Professional Issues Update for the YP

Bonnie Stewart Executive Director, Connecticut Society of CPAs

Bonnie Stewart

Bonnie Stewart is the executive director of the Connecticut Society of CPAs (CTCPA). She came to CTCPA from the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), where she served as vice president of government and public affairs and general counsel.

As CTCPA executive director, Bonnie serves as the society’s Chief Executive Officer, reporting to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the overall management and progress of the organization. As CEO, she leads a dynamic team of talented professionals dedicated to the success of Connecticut’s certified public accounting profession, its individual members, and their organizations, employers, and clients.

Since joining the staff, Bonnie has worked with the board and membership to deliver a number of new initiatives enhancing the advocacy, community, and professional development the CTCPA provides. These initiatives fall under the aegis of “CTCPA Vision 2025”, a comprehensive strategic plan addressing membership expansion; broadening of professional development programming; improved branding and communication; technological advances; and improved advocacy.

Initiatives now in place include “CTCPA Connect”, the society’s online community; livestreaming of professional development programming; a robust schedule of regional and special interest group meetings across various member occupational and geographic demographic dimensions; a vibrant diversity and inclusion program; and expanded communications reflecting a focus on members’ broad and particular needs and interests, from a newsletter for firm leadership to a regular advocacy update.

A registered lobbyist, Bonnie represents the CTCPA before our elected state officials and regulatory bodies. She also represents the profession nationally before such organizations as the American Institute of CPAs, where she serves as a member of the AICPA Peer Review Board, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

Bonnie serves on numerous legislative task forces studying healthcare, paid family and medical leave, and medical privacy and noncompete agreements. She has been a member and continues to serve on numerous boards and councils including the NAM/AFL-CIO Labor Management Discussion Group on Workers’ Compensation, the Employment Security Advisory Board, the Connecticut Child Day Care Council, and the executive committee for the Connecticut Bar Association’s labor and employment law section. Bonnie chairs the state’s Second Injury Fund Advisory Board, and previously chaired the board of directors of UWC, an advocacy group addressing unemployment and workers’ compensation matters.

Before joining CBIA in 1988, Stewart worked for the office of the Connecticut Attorney General. She received her Juris Doctor from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire, and her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut.

Presented by: Bonnie Stewart - Executive Director & CEO, Connecticut Society of CPAs

Session details coming soon

Wednesday, November 17

General Session

8:30am - 9:30am 6 Steps for Leading Through Change

Gary Decker President, Win Moves Coaching

Gary Decker

Gary K. Decker is a Certified Professional Leadership Coach and the President of Win Moves Coaching. He has empowered business teams and leaders throughout his accomplished career across Finance, IT, HR, Legal, Communications, R&D, Supply Chain, Sales, and Marketing. Gary helps business owners, leaders, teams, and team members navigate opportunities that allow them to thrive. He helps good leaders be great! Win Moves Coaching offers one-on-one, team, and peer group coaching programs in four primary focus areas: leadership, success, agility, and purpose.

Presented by: Gary K. Decker - President, Win Moves Coaching

The only constant is change and the last 18 months have made that clearer than ever!  Automation changes leapt us forward faster than we expected.  Flexible work arrangements are reality.  SPACs got hot then not so much.  Walking into a mall is an ever-changed experience!

We all react to changes differently based on our experiences and our backgrounds.  We have thoughts that drive our feelings and actions.  Some of these are helpful and progressing thoughts, some of them push us backward.

In this session we will examine the most common reactions to change and reflect together on how each of us currently manages our reaction to the change around us.  We will review 6 steps for leading through change in a powerful and positive way.

General Session

9:45am - 10:45am Emotional Intelligence: From Theory to Practice at Work

Marc Brackett Ph.D. Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Marc Brackett Ph.D.

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He has published over 150 scholarly articles, received numerous awards, and is featured regularly in popular media outlets such as the New York Times, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and The Today Show. Marc serves on a number of boards, including the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the nonprofit that founded the field of social and emotional learning (SEL).

Marc is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to SEL that has been adopted by over 2,500 public, private, and charter schools across the United States and in other countries, including Australia, China, England, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. Research shows that RULER boosts academic performance, decreases school problems like bullying, enriches classroom climates, reduces teacher stress and burnout, and enhances teacher instructional practices.

Marc also consults regularly with corporations including Facebook, General Electric, Google, Microsoft, and Pinterest on integrating emotional intelligence principles into employee training and product design, and is co-founder of Oji Life Lab, a digital emotional intelligence learning system for businesses.

Marc is the author of Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help our Kids, Ourselves, and our Society Thrive, published by Celadon (Macmillan), which is being translated into 15 languages.

Presented by: Marc A. Brackett, Ph.D. - Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Emotions influence learning, decision making, relationships, physical and mental health, creativity, and performance. But it’s our wise use of emotion that’s especially important, especially during these uncertain and stressful times. In my presentation, I will share our Center’s model of emotional intelligence, describe our evidence-based approach to developing emotional intelligence, and teach participants strategies and tools to develop their emotional intelligence to enhance personal and professional success.

General Session

11:00am - 12:00pm The Inclusive Leader

Jina Etienne Founder & Principal Consultant, Etienne Consulting

Jina Etienne

Jina is a consultant and speaker on diversity, inclusion, culture and belonging. She creates training programs and workshops on inclusive leadership, leadership development, unconscious bias, self-awareness and conscious communications, cultural sensitivity and inclusivity, understanding authenticity, and fostering belonging. She also provides executive coaching for business leaders, managers and entrepreneurs to help them improve workplace relationships, team performance and interpersonal effectiveness to lead an increasingly diverse workforce by improving self-awareness, building mindfulness and speaking comfortably and effectively on equity, inclusion and diversity.

She is a story-teller and speaks candidly about her experiences, hard lessons and ‘aha’ moments that helped her understand the importance individuality, the value of curiosity and the courage it takes to “just” be yourself. Often described as “approachable” and “relatable” by her clients, she works with purpose and the intention of being engaging, practical, and immediately applicable to real-world situations. Jina draws from her unique background and mix of work experiences to offer examples and share insights designed to benefit everyone across the workplace ecosystem – executives, management, employees and customers.

Previously, she was Principal Consultant at EtiennePartners (EP) , a boutique consulting firm that offered a unique strategy development, workshops & coaching to leaders, executives and entrepreneurs. Co-founded with her husband, EP was a full-time partnership in both work and life. Although in different professions, their work often intersected around the importance of self-awareness in leadership and navigating conflict within teams. Combining their experiences, backgrounds and work led to the development of their unique approach to D&I, which she continues to use in her practice today.

Presented by: Jina Etienne, CPA, CGMA - Principal, Etienne Consulting

As organizations become more diverse, so does the complexity of leadership.  Leading diverse teams requires managers, executives and other business leaders to understand the evolving dynamics of their team.  It also requires leaders to become more self-aware and engage in new and different ways with their teams.  Leaders today need to understand how they are perceived (what others expect), received (how others react to them), and what their teams expect from a leader (how they behave, speak and interact). We will explore different types of leadership bias and how those biases can undermine their intentions with respect to D&I, as well as their overall leadership effectiveness. We will talk about actions leaders can take to identify then interrupt those biases, as well as communication strategies for talking about D&I that demonstrate their understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Learning Objectives:
• Learn traits of inclusive leaders
• The role of bias and stereotypes in inter-personal team management and communication
• Understand principles of conscious communication

Non-Member Price $275.00

Member Price $150.00