Some things have been happening this week politically in Indiana. I don’t know if you’ve heard about it, but even in the midst of busy season for our members who do taxes, it sure would be hard to miss. All of the news reports, discussions on social media, talk amongst friends and coworkers – it’s all weighing heavily on me and frankly becoming a little emotional. And I’m sure I’m not alone. I am not, however, going to wade into the debate that’s happening among Hoosiers (and the country for that matter) related to RFRA even though I personally have very strong opinions. I bring it up because here at the Society we are talking more and more about how we, as an organization, discuss and share points of view about issues other than just CPA licensure.

bright-future-aheadWe are strong advocates for Indiana CPAs and we are very proud of our history of advocacy. But, we also feel we need to ask ourselves some tough questions about the future and where the organization that represents the ‘most trusted business advisors’ fits into conversations that impact business. We aren’t trying to shy away from those tough questions; in fact, we’re embracing the discussion and trying to move forward in a thoughtful and meaningful way. As this organization honors and celebrates our 100 years in Indiana, we are making a commitment to ask ourselves how we maintain our role and continuously serve the CPA profession to the best of our collective abilities. In this effort we have three board task forces that will commence work in the next couple of months on the issues of:

  • Key Results
  • Public Relations
  • Advocacy

Our committed and hard-working board of directors spent much time last year and early this year creating INCPAS 2025, which outlines our bold challenges to reach our vision as an organization – that vision is to be “The home of the most trusted professionals. Locally…globally.” The 2015 task forces were designed some time ago, and not as a reaction to recent events. However, recent events do reinforce that these are important areas to explore in a changing world. I don’t need to blather on about how we’re in a global economy or about how technology has changed what we know, what we do and how we do it.

You all know the speed of change is dizzying. But, I will say that when you look at the world from the perspective of a young person graduating from high school today, someone like my stepdaughter Maggie, you have to ask yourself – what will she expect from her profession? How narrow a role will she and her friends expect their professional organization to take? Or how broad? And if we make changes to how we advocate, or what we say and to whom we say it, do we alienate the very people we’re trying to help? And the hard questions go on and on from there.

I won’t speak for our entire staff or our board of directors, but from my point of view I see extremely dedicated staff and professionals who truly believe in the strength and integrity of the CPA profession. I see people who are willing to do the work it takes – even as it gets more challenging all the time – to keep the profession vibrant and important for the next 100 years.