Two OSCPA members selected to attend national leadership event

July 18, 2019

AFoustTwo Oklahoma CPAs were selected as part of a class of 38 to participate in a nationwide event that grooms young professionals for leadership success. 

Austin Foust, CPA, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, (pictured top right) and Jana Walker, CPA, from Freedom, Oklahoma, (pictured bottom right) were two of the 38 specialists honored by the AICPA as members of the Leadership Academy’s 11th class. Foust and Walker were selected based on their skills and experience for the four-day Leadership Academy program, October 6-10 in Durham, North Carolina.

Foust, an OSCPA member for four years, is a tax manager with Hogan Taylor LLP. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with degrees in finance and accounting. Foust serves on the OSCPA’s Young Accounting Professionals Committee and is a 2018 OSCPA Trailblazer.


Walker is a sole practitioner and full-time accounting instructor seeking her Ph.D. at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She has been an OSCPA member for three years, has served on its Young Accounting Professionals and Governmental Accounting & Auditing Committees and currently serves on the OSCPA’s Liaison with Educational Institutions Committee. Walker is a 2016 OSCPA Trailblazer.

The AICPA Leadership Academy was designed to strengthen and expand the leadership skills of promising young professionals while they network with a peer group of talented and motivated CPAs.

The Leadership Academy features career-development workshops and sessions with some of the accounting profession’s most prominent influencers, including William (Bill) Reeb CPA, CITP, CGMA, chair of the AICPA; Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, AICPA president and CEO; and Mark Koziel, CPA, CGMA, Executive Vice President – Firm Services, Association of Certified Professional Accountants.

Participants were selected from public accounting firms of all sizes, various business and industry fields, academia and consulting firms.

The 2019 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes and a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally. They also wrote essays on the topic “The future will bring significant changes to the accounting profession. What do leaders have to get right in order to successfully lead?”

To date, 351 CPAs have participated in the AICPA Leadership Academy, many of whom have gone on to take on leadership positions in their firms, businesses and volunteer organizations.

More information about the AICPA Leadership Academy is available online.