For the last 19 years, NCACPA has been dedicated to providing a voice for YPs in North Carolina. Formerly known as the Young CPA Cabinet, this group transitioned in May 2021 to encompass a broader reach for all young accounting professionals. The Young Professionals Cabinet focuses on initiatives and events for its demographic and has diverse state-wide representation with 24 members (three classes of 8), 40 years of age and under.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CABINET DESCRIPTION & ROLE
The Cabinet’s description and role is to provide young professionals in the accounting profession with networking, community outreach, leadership development, and diverse opportunities. The Cabinet also seeks ways to enhance the value of Association membership for young members, increase membership and connections within the Association, and inform the leadership of topics relevant to young members.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CABINET MISSION
The Cabinet’s mission is to personally engage young professionals by promoting and aiding their involvement and development in the accounting profession.
TERM OF OFFICE
Each member will serve a three-year term beginning May 1.
- Four full-day meetings a year (approximately 8:30 am–3:30 pm, excluding travel).*
- In some cases, there will be a Cabinet-sponsored networking event the night before a Cabinet meeting. Attendance at these and other social events is expected.
- Meeting locations vary across the state and overnight accommodations are provided by NCACPA for those traveling.
*Attendance at three of the four meetings is mandatory. Missing more than one meeting per year will result in a request to step down from the Cabinet. Due to COVID-19, the cabinet has been operating virtually since March 2020. We continue to monitor and evaluate the situation, and hope to host meetings and events in-person again during the next fiscal year (May 1-April 30.) We ask applicants for flexibility and grace regarding the meeting schedule as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times.
The Cabinet creates and adheres to an annual action plan which details activities for the year. The action plan is discussed and agreed upon in the January meeting prior to the beginning of the next fiscal year. All Cabinet activities must relate to the Cabinet mission. The action plan is evergreen and can be adjusted throughout the year as needs arise.
Chair: One-year term
Vice-Chair: One-year term
Succession Planning Subcommittee Chair: One-year term
NC CPA Foundation Inc. Liaison: One-year term
THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CABINET…
ADVOCATES for the profession by building and maintaining relationships with legislators through NCACPA’s Key Person Program.
PROMOTES the profession through activities and events including involvement with the NC CPA Foundation Inc. and Newly Licensed CPA Celebration.
ENGAGES and collaborates with other young professionals within NCACPA, and other diverse organizations across the state, in an effort to serve both the community and the accounting profession.
SUPPORTS diversity and inclusion in the profession by collaborating with young professionals within NCACPA and other organizations across the state.
LEADS within their firms, the profession, and North Carolina’s business community by representing young professionals on behalf of NCACPA.
APPLYING TO THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CABINET
Applications are accepted annually for the 8 open positions. 2021 applications are now open through October 22.
NOTE: Each applicant must have support from their employer during their Cabinet term. This is due to the full-day meetings and time commitments required to complete Cabinet action items.
The Young Professionals Cabinet Succession Planning Subcommittee will review all applications.
Each applicant will complete two phone interviews with Young Professionals Cabinet Succession Planning Subcommittee Members (each call with last approximately 30 minutes). Calls will be hosted separately and structure identically with the same questions to ensure each applicant receives fair and unbiased reviews.
Applicants will be notified by the end of December 2021 of their application status.
Those selected for the 2022-25 Young Professionals Cabinet class will begin onboarding in spring 2021 and provided more information on what to expect beginning May 1.
Due to the high volume of applicants, unfortunately not all interested individuals will be selected to serve in the new class. We encourage you to continue your involvement in Cabinet activities and reapply next year.