Now that busy season is over, it's a good time to consider attending a conference.
A conference is perfect for touching base with your peers and colleagues, building connections, and doing some networking. You never know where the next good idea will come from or who might be in a position to help you in your career. Likewise, you might find yourself in a position to help someone else.
Conferences are a great way to earn your CPE credits. In addition, many people combine work and pleasure by traveling to a summer conference and taking their family along.
Following is a list of conferences you might be interested in attending. Just click on the conference title to link to conference details or to register. You can also check your state society's conference offerings via our State CPA Societies
Accounting Conferences and Seminars (ACS)
Boston, MA: June 11-12
Irvine, CA: September 24-25
Washington, DC: November 8-9
Chicago, IL: November 15-16
Philadelphia, PA: December 13-14
There's an unprecedented level of major accounting changes from US and international standard-setters. This conference will address the latest developments in key areas. The format of pairing panelists from industry and public accounting is designed to give a fuller perspective.
Washington, DC: October 24-25
SOX and internal control best practices continue to evolve. Led by national accounting firm technical experts and complemented by industry panelists, the program includes a combination of lectures and real-life case discussions for a deeper understanding of the topics.
Parsippany, NJ: November 19-20
From health care reform implications to collaboration accounting to valuing R&D, this conference will address the latest developments in key areas. You'll hear from experts at Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PwC, KPMG, life science analysts, and your industry counterparts.
Santa Clara, CA: June 21-22
From the latest developments in revenue recognition, leasing, and regulatory reform to industry comment letter trends, this conference will address the latest developments in key areas. You'll hear from experts at Deloitte, PwC, Ernst & Young, KPMG Latham & Watkins, analysts, and your industry counterparts.
Chicago, IL: September 12-13
Santa Clara: December 4-5
The objective of the revenue recognition project would be to replace all existing US GAAP and IFRS guidance. This conference will review existing guidance and address the latest developments in key areas, significant changes, scope, disclosure, and possible impacts.
Washington, DC: October 22-23
This two-day training conference is designed for accountants in industry. It will address key changes in tax laws and legislation and the potential impact of economic and political developments.
American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Conferences
Washington, DC: June 11-12
The AICPA International Business Conference reveals information on a number of important topics that affect your international business. This program will address today's economic issues and the fundamentals and fine points of international business, including how to do business in particular regions of the world.
Washington, DC: June 21-22
The 2012 AICPA National Not-For-Profit Industry Conference brings together the industry's top experts and thought leaders to offer their perspectives on the most crucial issues facing not-for-profits and those who serve them.
Washington, DC: August 20-21
Las Vegas, NV: September 19-21
As regulatory changes occur, so too does the need to understand the ramifications of these changes. This premier governmental accounting and auditing conference provides in-depth training specific to your government area – federal (Washington, DC, location only), state, or local. Hear from influential policymakers and government officials who will provide insight and guidance on recent issues and new and pending standards. This must-attend event also features unprecedented opportunities to network with peers and interact with these governmental experts.
Las Vegas, NV: November 15-16
The Healthcare Industry Conference is an unparalleled opportunity to gain the information and techniques you need to know to stay on top of trends to benefit your practice and your client offerings. With access to some of the nation's top healthcare specialists, you'll get up-to-the-minute information on the latest developments in healthcare issues.
Washington, DC: December 3-5
Obtain the latest and most comprehensive SEC and PCAOB updates directly from the regulators at the AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments. Don't miss the latest accounting and reporting issues that affect SEC reporting entities and their auditors. You'll also benefit at the conference from interactive learning experiences and numerous networking opportunities.
Las Vegas, NV: October 22- 24
Gain insights from standard setters and industry leaders on a broad range of topics, including developments in governmental accounting and auditing; advances in financial statement reporting and the latest in proposed regulations; future issues impacting nonprofit organizations; and laws on the local, state, and federal government levels.
Denver, CO: July 30-31
The Emerging Partner Training Forum was designed to identify and develop new leadership and to ensure a firm's growth and future. With managers on the firm partner track, practice leaders seeking partnership skills, and new partners or owners with five or less years of partnership or ownership experience in mind, this forum addresses the issues and skills emerging practice leaders need to know today.
Washington, DC: October 28-30
Cloud technology is playing a transformative role in the way firms operate today. This first-ever, information-packed conference will help you embrace cloud technology as a strategic opportunity to start or evolve your client accounting services practice into the digital firm of today. You'll learn how to provide value-added business process outsourcing and outsourced CFO services, including bill management, financial reporting analysis, cash flow management, payroll services, and more via a cloud-based platform. You'll also hear from tax practitioners who have realized significant benefits via tax workflow management and tax document automation solutions at their firms.
New York, NY: July 16-17; August 13-14; December 3-4
Cloud technology is playing a transformative role in the way accounting firms and small businesses operate today, enabling firms to revitalize their client accounting services line and provide value-added bundled services that may include bill management, financial reporting, payroll, and more via a cloud-based accounting platform.
Washington, DC: November 7-8
The conference will highlight prominent speakers and tax experts who will discuss changes in federal tax laws and legislation as well as the potential impact of the presidential election. It will offer a full day of presentations by key IRS officials. Networking opportunities occur throughout the conference.
Las Vegas, NV: June 11-13
Gain knowledge on the most current business management and practice management topics. Explore the emerging technologies and how the dramatic shift toward mobile and cloud-based solutions have changed the way business is being conducted. Uncover new marketing and business development techniques that can help you better focus on where you want to go, and how you're going to get there.
Visit the AICPA website for a listing of all upcoming conferences.
Boston, MA: August 1-3
The NCCPAP Conference, established in 1979, is a voice for the practicing CPA. The NCCPAP is an association of member firms in public practice.
Salt Lake City, UT: June 21-22
The National Women's Accounting & Leadership Conference is a program that offers a myriad of opportunities to help professionals meet their continued education goals as well as an opportunity to network with other women of similar backgrounds and gain leadership training while sharing best practices.
Los Angeles, CA: June 4-5
The free show will focus on new computer-savvy systems for CPA practices and client operations. A leading CPA last year said, "It's all about growing our CPA and client business. We have to be there." See new products for the first time in California. The low-cost conference offers CPE sessions at $45 per day.
San Diego, CA: November 4-7
The focus of the conference is all about connections ‒ connecting with colleagues, industry experts, technology, CCH's best in process solutions, and more. At CCH Connections: User Conference 2012, you'll acquire new knowledge, insights, and ideas on how to provide higher-value service to your clients and advance your business.
Baltimore, MD: June 27
The MACPA is bringing you the best information on the most important ideas from inspiring leaders in the CPA profession. The 2012 Innovation Summit will expose CPAs to the latest trends and issues facing the Profession with a showcase of fresh ideas and new technologies to equip CPAs to thrive in their profession. There are three tracks this year: Tax and Accounting, Government and Healthcare, and Industry and Innovation.
Rosemont, IL: August 28-29
The 2012 Midwest Accounting & Finance Showcase is the largest state CPA show in the United States, attracting over 2,100 CPAs and finance professionals from Illinois and surrounding states and 100 exhibiting companies. Exhibiting at the showcase provides an opportunity to meet with and sell your products/services to accounting and finance professionals in Illinois and the Midwest.
Nashville, TN: June 17-20
Scaling New Heights is a unique, Intuit-centric training experience that provides practical and in-depth professional education, networking opportunities among the nation's most successful QuickBooks consultants and resources.
Anaheim, CA: October 22-24
The Sleeter Group's Ninth Annual Accounting Solutions Conference is the place where consultants, partners, developers, and accountants from around the country gather for three days of collaboration, networking, inspiration, and, of course, the latest in accounting and technology innovations. Learn how connected mobile and cloud solutions can dramatically improve business processes for the small business market.
Nashville, TN: August 12-17
Sage Summit is the premier conference for Sage customers and partners. It's the destination for learning better ways to leverage the software you already own and know, and for discovering new technologies. Plus, you'll hear what's working for other people in your industry and gain insight on how to overcome the challenges your organization faces.
Grapevine, TX: November 7-10
This year's information-packed agenda includes: Inspiring keynotes by nationally acclaimed leaders in the tax and accounting profession, more than sevety unique workshops designed to help you grow and manage your practice, networking opportunities with hundreds of your peers from across the country, and in-depth training for diverse proficiency levels on your CS Professional Suite and Enterprise Suite software.