As an accounting professional, you’re committed to continuous training and development. One of the best ways to learn a lot in a short period is to attend a conference or event. But, due to the pandemic, large, in-person gatherings have mostly been put on hold. Besides, there’s something to be said for listening to the keynote address and networking from the comfort of your couch. Therefore, we present to you five top virtual conferences for accounting professionals in 2021.
Please note: As of this writing, some conferences have not yet decided to be live or virtual in 2021. Decision-makers are monitoring the pandemic and will make the call as we get closer to the conference date. So, we’ve grouped our listings into confirmed and possible virtual events.
Confirmed Virtual Events
Event put on by: The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA®) partnered with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA®)
Price: $1,695 for AICPA members; $2,095 for non-members
This 4-day event is all about changes in the accounting industry, so you’ll learn about the latest trends, standards, and regulations. With 166 sessions planned, the conference caters to every accounting pro. Focus areas include but aren’t limited to audit, personal finance planning, estate planning, tax strategies, diversity and inclusion, and more. You’ll have the opportunity to network with over 3,000 other professionals and interact with exhibitors. You can attend live in Las Vegas, NV, or virtually.
Note: The AICPA also offers a series of smaller virtual conferences and webcasts on various accounting topics. You can search through them here.
Event put on by: FinCon® Expo
Price: $250-$650 (depending on the level of pass you purchase)
FinCon is designed specifically for financial content creators. Sessions at this conference will teach you how to better create, promote, and profit from money-related content (think blog posts, podcast episodes, videos, etc.). The event features ample opportunities to network with the other 3,000+ attendees and interact with 100 exhibitors. You can attend live in Austin, TX, or remotely from home.
Event put on by: The Accounting Programs Leadership Group (APLG) partnered with the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA)
Price: $75 for FSA or American Accounting Association members; $150 for non-members
This event focuses on accounting professional education. The central theme for 2021 is getting accounting students ready for a virtual world. Other discussion topics include diversity and inclusion and the CPA exam. If you’re an accounting department faculty member or an industry thought leader, you should check this conference out.
Event put on by: The World Academy of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Price: €300-500 (depending on the type of registration you select)
At this all-digital event, scholars from around the world present finance and accounting-related academic research. Research focuses on industry trends, innovations, challenges, and solutions. If you’re a student or academic, this conference is ideal for you.
Note: Interested in other scholarly events? You can find and register for additional virtual presentations here.
Possible Virtual Event
Event put on by: Woodard™ Events, LLC
Price: $795 (10% discount available if you’re a member of the Woodard Alliance)
This event is tailor-made for accountants and bookkeepers that want to create thriving practices and network with each other. Sessions focus on things like brand development, service pricing, standardizing operating procedures, and more. You’ll also learn about industry challenges, developments, and new technology. Although currently slated to happen live in Fort Worth, TX, the pandemic could cause the conference to offer a virtual attendance option like it did in 2020.
Even though the way you learn and network has changed, there are still many options available to keep growing as an accounting professional. While not an exhaustive list, this article is a great starting point for planning your continued development in 2021 -- and beyond. Happy learning!