OSCPA Leadership Academy - Leadership Excellence Advancing Professionals (LEAP) - 2 Days

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Oct 24, 2018 - Oct 25, 2018

Registration: 7:30 AM / Program: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM


Member Fee: $729.00
Nonmember Fee: $729.00

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AICPA Member: None
Full time Accounting Educator: None


Take the LEAP with OSCPA Leadership Academy - Leadership Excellence Advancing Professionals (LEAP)!

OSCPA Leadership Academy is developed for OSCPA Members. This two-day program will help rising stars take the next step in their careers. With several years of experience growing their technical skills in place, it’s now time for them to enhance their management and leadership skills. The program is designed to be very hands-on and development focused.

The OSCPA Leadership Academy will expose the next generation of CPAs to issues affecting the profession, the DISC® personal assessment tool, Strengths Based Leadership, and Crucial Conversations®.

Member Fee: $729

CPE Credit: 
16 hours (11 hours technical / 5 hours non-technical) / Level: 1 (Basic)

Registration closes September 21, 2018.

Attendance is limited* to 24 participants!

*Due to limited space, initial registration is for up to 3 OSCPA members per firm or business.

Designed For

OSCPA members with 3 to 10 years of experience.


You will develop your leadership skills and build confidence to take the next step in your career.

Major Subjects

Keynote Presentations:

  • DiSC® the Personal Assessment Tool
    People are different. Very different. One key fundamental concept in leadership is understanding how
    different personalities are motivated and how they interact. In this session, participants will be introduced
    to the DISC Personality Profiling System. Each participant will take a self assessment and the results
    will be discussed and evaluated

Donna W. Salter, Owner
Catalyst Leadership LLC, Saratoga Springs, UT

Joseph M. Rugger, CPA, CGMA
Dallas, TX

  • Strengths Based Leadership
    One common theme you've likely heard in your career is to "work on your weaknesses." What if, instead
    of working on our weaknesses, we instead, decide to focus on our strengths? In the second session
    geared towards our uniqueness and personality as leaders we will dive deep into Tom Rath's "Strengths
    Based Leadership" Bestselling Book. Participants will take a self assessment before the program. Once
    we identify our own strengths we can supplement our weaknesses with other team members.

Joseph M. Rugger, CPA, CGMA
Dallas, TX

  • Crucial Conversations®
    When stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong, casual conversations become crucial. Whether it's a problem with poor quality, employee challenges, declining customer satisfaction, or a strained relationship, if you can't talk honestly you can expect poor results. This workshop will provide skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of the organization.

Donna W. Salter, Owner
Catalyst Leadership LLC, Saratoga Springs, UT

Supporting Presentations:

  • A Look at Today's Issues Affecting the Profession

Jason R. Orme, CPA
OSCPA Past Chair and AICPA Past Council Member
Talbot Korvola & Warwick LLP, Lake Oswego, OR

  • Apps to Make You More Efficient or Boost Productivity

 Phyllis B. Barker, CAE
 Oregon Society of CPAs, Beaverton, OR

Questions? Contact Phyllis Barker; 503-597-5472 / 800-255-1470, ext. 127.


Phyllis Barker

Phyllis Barker is the Vice President/COO at the Oregon Society of CPAs (OSCPA). She conducts operational management of the Society's and affiliates' financial and business functions. Barker oversees member services, marketing & communicaitons, finance, technology, and peer review. She also serves as the HR administrator.

Phyllis serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of The OSCPA Educational Foundation and is on the Board of Trustees for the OSCPA Group Health Trust.

Phyllis graduated with honors from Averette University with a degree in Business Administraiton. She also received a Associate Degreee in Accounting from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

After spending 8 years as a paraprofessional for both a local and national firm, Phyllis moved to join the world of not-for-profits. She joined OSCPA in 2001.

Tonya Moffitt

Tonya Moffitt, CPA is a Partner of Merina & Company where she performs and manages governmental audits. Ms. Moffitt was on the Oregon Board of Accountancy CPE Committee, which reviews and makes recommendations to the Board on issues involving continuing education requirements, licensee reinstatements and licensing program for municipal auditors. She is also an OSCPA board member and committee member of the OSCPA Governmental Accounting and Auditing Strategic Committee and Leadership Development Strategic Committee. Tonya has also served as a reviewer for the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting awards program and is a former co-chair of the Accounting Standards Review Committee for the Oregon Government Finance Officers Association.

Jason Orme

Jason serves as Partner in Charge of Talbot Korvola & Warwick's Tax Department. He joined TKW in 2002 after fourteen years with a national accounting firm. As a licensed CPA and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA). Jason is a Past Chair of the OSCPA and participates as a coach in the Society’s Coaching Program. Over the years, he has presented for the OSCPA as well as numerous other organizations in local and national conferences. Jason’s expertise is in providing tax consulting and planning services to middle-market businesses, their owners, and tax exempt organizations. He also specializes in state and local compliance issues and Internal Revenue Service representations. Another of his strong suits is advising clients with regard to the tax aspects of business sales or purchases, business entity choice and business structure. Jason graduated from the University of Utah with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Accounting and Finance and a Master of Professional Accountancy with an emphasis in taxation. He and his wife are the proud parents of three children: one daughter and two sons. Jason enjoys fly fishing and other outdoor activities; volunteering for his church; spending time at the coast; and listening to his wife play her fiddle (she plays bluegrass, swing, jazz and Celtic music).

Joseph Rugger

Joeseph Rugger

Joseph Rugger, CPA, CGMA currently serves as the Director of Accounting for Jonesboro Prosthetic & Orthotic Lab / JP&O Prosthetic Labs. JP&O is a full service Orthotic & Prosthetic provider. Joseph previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of JP&O Labs. He serves as a discussion leader for the AICPA and many state CPA societies (15 and counting). This year he will speak in 5 states. He has been a guest speaker at numerous organizations talking on the topic of personal finance, time management, negotiation, leadership failure, and body language. In 2018 he will help with 3 state CPA Leadership Academies as an advisor and program facilitator.

Joseph also serves as an Account Manager for DentistMetrics, a CPA firm out of Little Rock Arkansas. DentistMetrics combines cloud based technology with the business savvy of CPAs to provide accounting, bookkeeping, and tax services to dentists across the country.

Joseph is a graduate of Lyon College in Batesville Arkansas. While at Lyon, Joseph completed majors in Accounting, Economics & Finance. He was a four year letterman for the Lyon College Scots’ baseball team and was named a Tran-South Conference Scholar Athlete. He completed a Master’s Degree in Professional Accountancy at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis.

Joseph recently completed a 3 year term as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Society of CPA’s. He has been nominated to serve as the Vice-Chair for the Arkansas Society beginning in 2019 and currently serves as the chair of the task force for the inaugural Arkansas Leadership Academy. Joseph served as the chair of the Emerging CPA’s Committee for the State of Arkansas for 2014-2015. He was named the 2011 Outstanding Emerging CPA by the Arkansas Society of CPA’s. Joseph was named the 2013 Lyon College Patterson Decade Award Winner. He recently completed a three year term as a member of the AICPA’s EDGE Conference Planning Committee and is serving a three year term on the AICPA’s Young Member Leadership Committee. Joseph is a 2013 AICPA Leadership Academy Graduate. Rev. 5/2018

Donna Salter

Donna Salter

Utilizing her knowledge of success-skills based content, Donna speaks at conferences and international leadership events. She holds numerous training certifications including, VitalSmarts programs, Crucial Conversations.

Donna spent 35 years as director of CPE for several state societies and most recently directed the operation of the AICPA’s Leadership Academy. In May 2018, she retired and launched a part-time business, Catalyst Leadership LLC, focused on speaking, facilitation, and coaching.

Donna earned a B.S. degree, with honors, majoring in Management and Organization Development with a minor in Human Resource Management from the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina.