2021 Leadership Development Program

2023 Leadership Development Retreat

TXCPA Fort Worth’s 2023 Leadership Development Program is a small group transformative educational experience. Whether for TXCPA or for another organization in our community, develop skills needed for effective leadership. The 2023 program is led by Stephanie Shaner, TXCPA Fort Worth president, and  Gary Tonniges Jr. president-elect.

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 2023 Leadership Development Program is full.  Applications are no longer being accepted. 

Program Dates

Thursday and Friday
July 20 and 21, 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday, August 18, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 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 20 and 21, 2023 program
    • attend August 18 Kimbell Art Museum tour 
    • participate in a 2023-2024 Chapter community service campaign
    • attend one meeting of a governance body of the Chapter on November 14, 2023

Fee: Waived (The Board of Directors has waived this program fee for 2023)

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

Captain Kirk's Tiki Cruise

Networking in Nature

Enjoy a delicious dinner on the shores of Lake Granbury, then board Captain Kirk's pontoon boat for a sunset cruise.

Captain Kirk's Tiki Cruise on Lake Granbury

Gary Tonniges Jr

Gary Tonniges Jr | The Art of Negotiation

Learn how you can improve your negotiating skills, confidence, and strategy with Gary's key tips and techniques. Identify steps for success and learn skills to obtain desired outcomes.

Connect with Gary


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 18, 2023.

Connect with Mark

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!

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
The Art of Negotiation
1. Learn how you can improve your negotiating skills, confidence, and strategy 
2. Identify steps for success 
3. Learn skills to obtain desired outcomes
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