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2020 Leadership Development Program

TXCPA Fort Worth’s 2020 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 2020 program is chaired by Sandra Bembenek, TXCPA Fort Worth president-elect; with Chapter Board Members Katelyn Woods and Kim Knox-Lewis.

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

Thursday, November 12, 2020
12:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Friday, November 13, 2020
10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Candidates selected for participation in the program will be notified and invoiced October 28, 2020.

Fee: $200 

Delivery method: Zoom

CPE: 10 credits awarded

Level: update

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

Included in your registration:  digital materials, swag

Contact: Jennifer Davis

Participation Requirements
  • apply by October 23, 2020
  • be a CPA
  • be a TXCPA Fort Worth member, and
  • commit to use your best efforts to fulfill program requirements, which are:
    • attend all sessions November 12 and 13
    • participate in a 2020 Chapter community service campaign
    • attend one meeting of a governance body of the Chapter
      • board of directors November 17, noon, or,
      • executive committee December 16, 8:30 am
Program Sponsor

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 | How the Profession is Organized

Knowing how the CPA profession is structured can help you identify personal growth and leadership opportunities. Sandra will show you where to match your interests and where you can plug in based on your commitment level.

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

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.


Katelyn Woods | Fun and Games

Taking her role as keeper of the group vibe seriously, Katelyn will facilitate activities and interactions to ensure we meet the primary goal of developing connections with CPAs in Fort Worth.

Connect with Katelyn


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.

Connect with Mark