2021 Leadership Development Program

2024 Leadership Development Retreat

Embark on a transformative educational journey with TXCPA Fort Worth's 2024 Leadership Development Program—a unique and intimate experience designed to cultivate essential leadership skills. Whether you aspire to lead within TXCPA or contribute to another organization in our community, this program is tailored to enhance your effectiveness as a leader. Guided by Kim Knox Lewis, our president-elect, along with board members Stephanie Buduhan, Sandra Bembenek, and Stephanie Shaner, the 2024 program promises a dynamic and enriching leadership development opportunity. Elevate your leadership potential and make a lasting impact within and beyond our community.

This program is for:


  • Connection to fellow CPAs
  • Connection to chapter’s resources and leadership
  • Overview of the structure of the profession and TXCPA governance
  • How member resources can be used to develop skills and knowledge
  • Soft skill training in public speaking, networking, and knowledge of personal strengths
  • Individual skill development
  • Incubator for TXCPA Fort Worth leaders

The 2024 Leadership Development application is due June 24, 2024.

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Program Dates

Thursday and Friday
July 25 and 26, 2024
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday, August 16, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, November 20, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Participation Requirements
  • be a CPA
  • be a TXCPA Fort Worth member, and
  • commit to use your best efforts to fulfill program requirements, which are:
    • attend July 25 and 26, 2024 program retreat
    • attend August 16 Kimbell Art Museum tour 
    • participate in a 2024-2025 Chapter community service campaign and/or speak at a school as part of November's CPA month
    • attend one meeting of the governance body of the Chapter on November 20, 2024

Fee: Waived (The Board of Directors has waived this program fee for 2024)

Delivery method: group live

CPE: 12 credits awarded

Level: update

Prerequisites/advance preparation: no prerequisites and no advance preparation required

Contact: Jennifer Davis jdavis@tx.cpa

*Lodging and meals are included

Speakers and Topics

Dede Williams Vann

Dede Williams Vann | CliftonStrengths

CliftonStrengths focuses on your greatest opportunities for development and success, rather than only on your weaknesses. Learn how to use your CliftonStrengths report and learning resources to tackle your work using your talents.

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Sandra Bembenek | Networking Workshop

Work through some key networking issues such as identifying viable prospects; what to do after meeting someone at an event; how much time and energy should be spent on networking; how to turn a prospect into a client; how to “close the deal" and more.

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Kim Knox Lewis | Public Speaking

Polish your presentation skills with Kim’s tips for success. Even introverts must sometimes speak at company meetings or present with confidence to clients. Participants are qualified to join the Chapter’s Speakers Bureau.

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Stephanie Shaner| How the Profession is Organized

Knowing how the CPA profession is structured can help you identify personal growth and leadership opportunities. Chapter president elect Stephanie Shaner and the Executive Committee will show you where to match your interests and your commitment level.

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Stephanie Buduhan | Boosting Success, Banishing Stress, and Mastering Work/Life Bliss!

By celebrating your success and avoiding stress, you can enhance your productivity and work/life balance. Health is the key to financial and professional success. Participants of this course will also learn effective ways to cope with workplace stress by describing stress triggers and coping mechanisms.

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Leader vs Boss

Leadership without Authority

How to communicate persuasively and influence others in the workplace without a title. Chapter leaders facilitate deep-dive discussion on how to manage projects and teams to effectively boss!


Mark Rich | A Museum Tour From An Accountant’s Perspective

CPAs often look at the world through a different lens. This session delivers insight into one of Fort Worth's most notable institutions, the Kimbell Art Museum. Event date is Friday, August 16, 2024.

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Learning Objectives

Clifton Strengths
1. Learn what makes you unique
2. Create strength based goals
3. Reframe your weaknesses
4. Use strengths focused resources
Public Speaking
1. Identify ways to assess your audience
2. Recognize the importance of practice and preparation
3. Identify some tips and hints
Leading Without Authority
1. Gain insight into your personal leadership style 
2. Define leadership characteristics and qualities that encourage people to respond
3. Discuss ways to establish and maintain personal credibility
4. Describe personal accountability and why it’s essential to leadership
Boosting Success, Banishing Stress, and Mastering Work/Life Bliss!
1. Describe stress triggers
2. Review science behind stress reduction
3. Identify coping mechanisms
How the Profession is Organized
1. Learn about organizations that support the accounting profession
2. Identify factors to consider when choosing a volunteer opportunity
Networking: Mingle Like You Mean It
1. Learn how to set your goals for success
2. Identify questions for better conversations
3. Understand the importance of a follow up system