2021 Leadership Development Program

2022 Leadership Development Retreat

TXCPA Fort Worth’s 2022 Leadership Development Program is a small group transformative educational experience. Hone skills required for successful volunteer leadership, whether to serve this organization or elsewhere in our community.  The 2022 program is led by Stephanie Shaner, TXCPA Fort Worth president-elect, and Alex MacMartin.

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

Registration is closed.

Program Dates

Thursday and Friday
July 21 and 22, 2022
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Friday, August 19, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday, November 17, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Participation Requirements
  • apply by June 29, 2022 
  • be a CPA
  • be a TXCPA Fort Worth member, and
  • commit to use your best efforts to fulfill program requirements, which are:
    • attend July 21 and 22, 2022 program
    • attend August 19 Kimbell Art Museum tour 
    • participate in a 2022 Chapter community service campaign
    • attend one meeting of a governance body of the Chapter September 20, 2022

Fee: Waived (The Board of Directors has waived this program fee for 2022)

Delivery method: group live

CPE: 12 credits awarded

Level: update

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

Contact: Jennifer Davis jldavis@fortworthcpa.org

*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.

More about Dede


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.

Connect with Sandra


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.

Connect with Kim


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.

Connect with Stephanie

Alex MacMartin

Alex MacMartin| Dare to Disagree

How to disagree and voice your concerns in the workplace without being a Karen. This is a deep dive discussion on how to discuss disagreements in the workplace effectively while remaining professional Alex MacMartin leads this discussion on communicating differing opinions.

Connect with Alex


Amanda Lockhart | Extending Your Circle of Influence

A title does not make a leader. How can you influence both your teams and superiors to align strategy to accomplish various goals? Amanda Lockhart shares tips and tricks to get what you want at any level – without being a bully.

Connect with Amanda

Brad Stewart

Brad Stewart | CliftonStrengths

Brad will help you make the most of your strongest CliftonStrengths, understand your full CliftonStrengths profile, and manage potential weaknesses. Use your results to maximize your potential at work and everywhere else.

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Networking in Nature

Enjoy an exclusive after-hours evening tour of the region's premier non-profit conservation center and a scenic dinner at the Overlook Cafe.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center


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 19, 2022.

Connect with Mark