College Leadership Institute

College Leadership Institute - June 1-2, 2018

Location: Gratzer Education Center, Louisville

A free, two-day program for college accounting majors designed to:

  • Enhance professional skills
  • Develop leadership skills desired by prospective employers
  • Master interviewing techniques to help edge out the competition for internships and jobs
  • Perfect networking and communication skills
  • Learn about career opportunities
  • Get the inside scoop on hiring practices

2018 Program Overview:

Scheduled Sessions:

  • Mock Interviews
  • Excel Fundamentals
  • Practicing and Improving Communication
  • Body Language: a Networking Tool
  • CPA Exam Experience & Intern Panel
  • CPA...3 Letters, a Million Possibilities: Speed Networking 
  • Lead from the Start
  • Steps to Success Discussion Panel
  • And more!

Program includes complimentary hotel accommodations for out of town attendees, ample CPA networking opportunities through guest-invited lunches and dinner, and a Meet the Firms reception.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time student at an accredited college or university in Kentucky or southern Indiana with the intent to (or already declared) major in accounting
  • Must be at least a sophomore, have completed two accounting courses, and be enrolled in the 2018 academic year for at least one semester
  • Recommendation by educator who has taught student applicant
  • Maintained a 2.75 GPA. If less than 2.75, recommending educator must provide a short explanation
  • Demonstrated leadership potential

Application Process:

This is a two-step process; both forms take just minutes to complete‚Äč.
  1. Student completes online Student Application, prints a copy and submits to the recommending educator
  2. Educator completes online Recommendation Form

Here's what a few 2017 CLI Alumni have said:

"I am so happy I took advantage of this opportunity. The information received on all topics from career options, ethics, exam prep and experience, interviewing and body language were incredibly valuable. I have been at my job for 5 years so the mock interview was great! It was insightful to get to pick the brains of professionals across the different professions in the accounting field. I would highly recommend this Leadership Institute to anyone going into the accounting field. You won't regret it!"

"At the institute, I gained valuable knowledge and insight into the CPA profession. This was an invaluable experience that I would highly recommend to any accounting major."

"This event provides a great overview of information for different accounting topics then turns the focus on how to become leaders in an accounting career or in life. The event is very thought out and beneficial to learning more information on accounting."

"As someone from a smaller school, the Institute helped me network with my peers, as well as accounting professionals, and exposed me to ideas and experiences I wouldn't otherwise have access to."

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities:

You have an opportunity to be part of this exceptional program! One of the key benefits of the College Leadership Institute is that is is FREE for students to attend. In order to make this possible, the Society is offering several sponsorship opportunities. While there are different levels of involvement available, all sponsorship's provide a chance for your company to meet some of Kentucky and southern Indiana's most promising accounting majors. The program will conclude with a Meet the Firms Networking Reception from 4:00-5:00 pm EDT.

Download a Sponsorship/Exhibitor Information Form for the details of each sponsorship level. Not in a position to sponsor this year? You and representatives from your firm will still be welcome at the reception! All sponsors will be recognized during the program, in the student manual, on signage, in The Kentucky CPA Journal and on the KyCPA Website.
For additional information about the College Leadership Institute contact Samantha Soutar at or 502-266-5272 (800-292-1754 in Ky.)

CPA...3 letters, a million possibilities.