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2021 Digital CPA Conference Gives Firms the Inside Track on Innovation and New Business Models

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Dec. 5-8 Event in Nashville Offers Insight on Technology Adoption and Practice Management

NEW YORK, August 05, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technology and new business models are reshaping the modern CPA firm, and the Digital CPA Conference gives practice leaders the tools and insight they need to succeed and grow.

The conference, hosted by and AICPA & CIMA, is now in its 10th year. It will be held onsite at the Grand Hyatt Nashville from Dec. 5-8 and attendees also have the option of joining virtually.

"The guiding philosophy of Digital CPA focuses on innovation, skill-building and business model transformation," said Erik Asgeirsson, president and CEO of "CPA firms that embraced this forward-looking approach over the past decade had a clear competitive advantage and offered great value to clients over the past 18 months, despite the challenges of workplace shutdowns. They really did lead the way for their clients’ businesses. We’re poised for even more change in the year ahead with the acceleration of technology adoption, and Digital CPA remains an essential road map for firms looking to grow and thrive."

This year’s agenda, organized under the theme "Leading the Way," includes sessions on practice management, disruptive technology and new service line opportunities. Featured keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Tasha Eurich, an organizational psychologist, researcher and New York Times bestselling author of "Bankable Leadership," among other books, will speak on becoming a future-ready leader.

  • George Blankenship, a former Tesla, Apple and GAP executive, will talk about removing barriers to reinvent the client experience.

  • Pascal Finette, chair of entrepreneurship at Singularity University and co-founder of b radical, will lead a hands-on exercise about the foundations of practical futurism.

  • Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, representing AICPA & CIMA, will provide a profession update.

  • Erik Asgeirsson, president and CEO of, will give his annual state-of-the-union for the Digital CPA community.

Practitioners who register before Aug. 31 can save $300 on the registration fee. Visit for more details on the event.

About brings innovative solutions to the accounting profession, either in partnership with leading providers or directly through its own development. The company has established itself as a thought leader on emerging technologies and as the trusted business advisor to practitioners in the United States, with a growing global focus.

Our company’s core mission is to drive the transformation of practice areas, advance the technology ecosystem for the profession, and lead technology research and innovation efforts for practitioners.

A subsidiary of the American Institute of CPAs, the company is also part of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the world’s most influential organization representing the profession. For more information, visit

About the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, and AICPA & CIMA

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), representing AICPA & CIMA, advances the global accounting and finance profession through its work on behalf of 696,000 AICPA and CIMA members, students and engaged professionals in 192 countries and territories. Together, we are the worldwide leader on public and management accounting issues through advocacy, support for the CPA license and specialized credentials, professional education and thought leadership. We build trust by empowering our members and engaged professionals with the knowledge and opportunities to be leaders in broadening prosperity for a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient future.

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and federal, state and local governments. It also develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination and builds the pipeline of future talent for the public accounting profession.

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is the world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants. CIMA works closely with employers and sponsors leading-edge research, constantly updating its professional qualification and professional experience requirements to ensure it remains the employer’s choice when recruiting financially trained business leaders.

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