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Aug 26, 2021

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants provides the world’s most highly skilled accountants with knowledge, insight and foresight to meet the demands of a disruptive world. It is a driving force in a dynamic profession that powers trust, opportunity and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide.


But the Association can’t do its work without the dedicated group of volunteers behind the scenes. Approximately 2,500 volunteers serving across nearly 200 official groups work and are committed to protecting the public interest, speaking with the power of more than 650,000 professional accountants and students around the world. In addition, all AICPA conferences have volunteer committees that work diligently on the logistics and content creation to help plan the spectacular events held year-round.


In this Tax Section Odyssey episode, April Walker, CPA, CGMA, Lead Manager — Tax Practice & Ethics, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, representing AICPA & CIMA, and Brandon LaGarde, CPA, JD, LLM, Director — Postlethwaite & Nettervile, chat about what it means to volunteer with the Association on official groups and with conference planning committees.


What you’ll learn in this episode

  • Tips on making the most of a conference experience (1.07)
  • An important tidbit Brandon learned at the recent ENGAGE 2021 conferences (7.05)
  • Brandon’s experience volunteering with the AICPA and advice for others (8.49)
  • How and where to submit a volunteer application in Volunteer Central (12.31)
  • How to express interest in speaking at a conference (13.04)
  • Overarching thoughts about volunteering at the AICPA (15.58)

AICPA resources

  • Volunteer Central – Repository of the official AICPA volunteer groups and hub for the volunteer application process.
  • Webcasts & Conferences – Explore all the upcoming conferences and filter by such categories as topic, content type and CPE credits to find your next event.
  • Email the Tax Section – Let us know if you’re interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities in tax.


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