79th Annual Symposium

Event: 79th Annual Symposium

Date: November 12–14, 2018

 Location: Grandover Resort and Conference Center, Greensboro

Symposium is like the “all of the above” answer on a multiple-choice test. The various topics, speakers, and attendees make this single accounting event one that comprises the most recent updates discussed across a multitude of different conferences.

With more than 800 CPAs, 30 vendors, and 45 sessions, Symposium is the conference to attend. Celebrating its 79th year, this annual gathering is NCACPA’s longest-running conference and is a tradition honored by CPAs across the state.

Whether you attend all three days or simply catch the first day via the live webcast, you don’t want to miss out on this renowned event.

Why attend Symposium?

  1. Value & Convenience

Receive one to three full days of comprehensive CPE covering a broad range of topics. Customize your schedule to best match your individual interests.

  1. Go Beyond Networking

Networking often results in a quick conversation and an exchange of business cards—but not at Symposium. With more than 800 CPAs and three days to connect with like individuals, you’ll have the opportunity to not only shake hands and exchange salutations, but really get to know and build lasting relationships with other CPAs.

  1. Earn up to 24 CPE Credits

Fulfill more than half your annual CPE requirements—and complete your two-hour ethics CPE requirement—in a single conference!

  1. Learn Hot CPA Topics

Receive updates from subject-matter experts across many areas of practice, including state and federal tax, technology issues, NC economic trends, healthcare, key management and regulatory issues, and more! Browse the schedule.

“Sessions are geared to real issues that you face in the workplace. It’s a venue where you can be heard. It’s a high-level update across many areas of practice.” – Alex Lehmann, Symposium Chair.

Meet Some of the Speakers

Ms. Sharon H. Bryson, M.Ed

In her “Focus on the Profession” session, NCACPA’s CEO, Sharon will share insights regarding the most major issues affecting the profession and the business climate on state, national, and global levels.

Deborah Phillips

Deborah commences Symposium in her opening session, “Corporate Federal Tax Update.” Don’t miss out on this corporate tax update focused on the tax reform, specifically Section 199A 20% deduction and recent IRS guidance.

Dr. Gary Kohut, PhD

An award-winning speaker and current professor, Gary will be leading three sessions at Symposium. His sessions will focus on leadership (providing practical strategies) and managing a diverse workforce to foster a more inclusive environment.

Mr. Jonathan Cory Kraftchick, CPA

Meet Jonathan, a managing director with Cherry Bekaert LLP and a proud skeptic. Join Jonathan in his session, “Trust Me, I’m a Skeptic” to discover the importance of professional skepticism and tips to maintain a skeptical outlook.

Mr. Jonathan R. Lokhorst, CPA

Jonathan is a leadership expert. He’s successfully discovered how to provide exceptional value to firms who don’t have the resources for both a CFO and Controller. Learn tips to navigate the tensions of wearing multiple CFO/Controller hats at his session, “CFO, Controller, or Both: How to Wear Multiple Hats & Deliver Exceptional Value.”




5 Hot-Topic Sessions to Attend

  1. Cybersecurity Full Frontal Assault: Threats, Vulnerabilities & Countermeasures

Determine some best practices for electronic devices as well as your physical facilities to protect against fraud. Learn how to recognize different methods of on-site social engineering that are used to penetrate an organization.

  1. Social Storytelling: Sharing Your Brand Through Social Media

Your brand is your story. This session explores strategies for understanding your brand and how to best communicate your story to your ideal audience using the most effective social media platforms.

  1. The Leadership Challenges of Succession and Exit

This is a fast-paced, engaging session that dives into the complex leadership components of succession planning and exit in privately held or medium-sized businesses.

  1. Leading Successful Change

Large or small, change occurs continually. In this session, participants will develop insight into an employee’s uniqueness and how to coach “potential” into increased gains within change efforts.

  1. Fringe or Frontier: How Blockchain Technology will Transform Every Business and Why Crypto-Assets are Not Just for Lambo Owners

This session provides an overview of blockchain technology and how a blockchain works, differentiates crypto assets from cryptocurrencies, discusses use cases for blockchain, and so much more.

There’s a reason Symposium has been around nearly as long as the Association itself. This outstanding conference provides a unique CPE and networking opportunity for NC CPAs. Where else can you receive CPE for such a broad range of topics?


NCACPA’s 79th Annual Symposium Conference offers an early bird rate expiring October 29th and a room block for the Grandover Resort ending October 22nd.

Register today!