Accounting Influencers Roundtable


Panel: Accounting Influencers on the Profession’s Future

Rob Brown discusses the future of accounting with special guests Davis Bell, Geni Whitehouse, Geoffrey Brown and Jason Blumer. The panel provides insights into the key challenges and opportunities facing accountants, from talent retention and technology adoption to redefining the role of the modern accountant.

The conversation delves into the accounting profession’s image problem, with the panel highlighting the need to better communicate the diverse career paths and meaningful work available to aspiring accountants. They also explore the shifts in firm ownership models, the rise of entrepreneurial mindsets, and the importance of accountants embracing a more advisory and future-focused role.

The guests share their predictions for the profession, including the changing talent pool, the commoditization of certain services, and the critical need for firms to integrate technology and business analysis skills. Overall, the episode paints a picture of an industry in flux, but one that holds immense potential for those willing to adapt and lead the charge towards a more dynamic and impactful future for the accounting profession.

Key Takeaways:

1. The accounting profession is facing a talent pipeline challenge, with a need to better retain and attract the next generation of accountants.

2. Embracing a more advisory and insight-driven approach is crucial for accountants to remain relevant and add value to clients.

3. Firms must adapt their ownership models and business structures to meet the needs and expectations of the incoming generation of leaders.

4. Technology and automation will continue to disrupt the profession, presenting both threats and opportunities for accountants.

5. Accounting firms should actively seek to integrate business analysis and technology skills into their teams to stay ahead of the curve.


“We need to start talking about what it means to be a finance and accounting professional much earlier, high school, junior high even, because there’s a lot of opportunity there.” – Geoffrey Brown

“If we can convince some people to keep coming into the profession, I mean, we’re going to kill it. We’re going to kill it over the next 30 years, I think.” – Jason Blumer


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