MHP Manager to Present at AICPA EDGE Experience

April 18, 2016

McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP has always prided itself for being cutting edge in the industry, but we now have a staff member who is literally cutting "edge"!  In August, Stephanie Pickering, CPA, will present at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) 2016 EDGE Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada. EDGE, which stands for Evolve, Distinguish, Grow, and Engage, was started in 2010 by AICPA Leadership Academy alumni who recognized the need for non-technical training for motivated young CPAs. In the six years since its inception, the EDGE Experience has developed into the premier conference for young accounting professionals.

In 2014, Stephanie was selected as one of 32 CPAs under the age of 35 nationally to attend the 2014 AICPA Leadership Academy, and was invited to co-facilitate a session of the EDGE Experience this year.  This national exposure and recognition is well deserved. Stephanie is a natural leader and mentor, and it is exciting that a national organization has recognized what we have known for years.

The 2016 EDGE Experience will take place at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa August 3rd-5th.  The Experience is a veritable "choose your own adventure," allowing participants to select from several concurrent sessions that best fit their needs and goals. Session topics include professional issues updates, leadership techniques, goal setting, and practice development. In addition, participants have the opportunity to listen to several keynote speakers each day. Prior keynote speakers have included Barry Melancon, the AICPA President and CEO, and Tom Hood, the CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs and the Business Learning Institute. In addition, attendees come from all across the 50 states, as well as U.S. Territories, allowing EDGE participants to network with peers in both public practice and industry.

Stephanie will co-facilitate a session entitled, "Defining Your EDGE:  What Happens in Vegas Can't Stay in Vegas."  As a past attendee, Stephanie knows firsthand how excited and motivated attendees feel when they leave EDGE. Life often gets in the way, though, leaving it hard to implement the positive tools and practices learned at the Experience.  Her "Defining Your Edge" session is designed to help EDGE participants set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Relevant, and Trackable) and remain committed and accountable to those goals.

Stephanie joined MHP in August of 2007.  She is currently a Manager in the Audit Department, specializing in Government and Employee Benefit Plan auditing. She attended the University of Wyoming for both her undergraduate and Master's degrees in Accounting. We are exceptionally proud of her and have told her that she must practice what she preaches and not stay in Vegas!