Conferences, workshops, and special events provide a unique and exciting opportunity to network with your target market, promote your name and interests, and explain your products and services face to face. Sponsoring and exhibiting is a great way to connect with CPAs and explain how you can make their life easier and the thousands of businesses they influence more profitable.
For a quick view, see our calendar of events below. For more detailed information, view our Marketing Guide that includes specifics on pricing and attendee demographics for each event. For any questions, please contact Misean Reed, 504/904.1133.
May 12-13 • DoubleTree by Hilton, Lafayette • Average Attendance: 184
LCPA partners with K2 Enterprises to bring the latest technology tips tricks and techniques for accounting professionals and information that business leaders need to stay abreast of the newest technologies and their implications for business. K2 instructors are nationally acclaimed tech trainers who specialize in applying the latest tools to business and accounting processes to make life easier and more productive for the user. This conference attracts CPAs and accountants from a variety of industries with an interest in technological developments in both hardware and software.
Jul 15 • LCPA Kenner Training Center • Average Attendance: 92
One of our largest niche events, this workshop focuses on trends and issues impacting the financial management of not-for-profits. It’s ideal for CFOs of nonprofits as well as CPAs in public practice who have not-for-profit clients, so if you support, consult, or in any way do business with nonprofits, this is a great spot to connect with key influencers.
Summer Education Conference
Jul 25-29 • Sandestin, FL
LCPA and the Alabama Society of CPAs are joining forces to double the fun of the annual beach conference experience. Attendees get a full week of sun and CPE in beautiful Sandestin, while enjoying a perfectly mixed cocktail of information and beach activities. Sponsors get to mingle with a diverse audience of decision-makers from both public accounting and industry, in both a formal educational setting AND during social activities. It’s a unique opportunity to forge lasting business relationships AND potentially life-long friendships.
*This event is being combined with the Alabama Society of CPAs’ Summer Conference in 2016. Expected attendance is 85 – 100.
State & Local Tax Workshop
Aug 5 • Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge • Average Attendance: 131
CPAs in all areas of the profession, local taxing authorities, and tax attorneys attend this event, which is normally scheduled shortly after the close of the legislative session, so it covers any relevant changes and developments in state and local income tax, tax litigation, and the Louisiana legislature.
Business & Industry Conference
Aug 11-12 • Ritz-Carlton New Orleans • Average Attendance: 429
Our second-largest event — and the largest annual gathering of CFOs and controllers in the state — this conference addresses key trends and regulatory issues impacting the industry CPA and the companies they serve.
Accounting & Auditing Conference
Aug 18-19 • Ritz-Carlton New Orleans • Average Attendance: 331
Our third-largest event, this conference attracts CPAs in public practice, industry and government to learn about the most recent trends and developments in accounting and auditing.
Estate & Financial Planning Workshop
Aug 26 • Wyndham Shreveport • Average Attendance: 66
This workshop attracts CPAs in public practice involved in estate and financial planning for their clients or CPAs in industry who may be involved in managing investments or forecasting for their organization. Topics center around tax, the economy, and recent legislation.
Small Business Workshop
Sep 16 • LCPA Kenner Training Center • Average Attendance: 51
This event tackles the top tax, finance, management, and technology issues faced by small businesses. The audience is primarily CPAs who serve as CEO, CFO, or controller for a small business or businesses, but also a handful of CPAs in public practice who advise or consult small business clients.
Accounting & Auditing Symposium
Sep 19 • Holiday Inn Convention Center, Alexandria • Average Attendance: 54
Taught by A&A dynamic duo Kurt and Anne Oestriecher, this event attracts CPAs in public practice, industry and government from mostly central and north Louisiana who want to get up to date on the most recent developments in accounting and auditing. (Note: Many Louisiana CPAs are required to take a certain number of credits in accounting and auditing so this event fills that need for our members in the upper half of the state.)
Financial Institutions Conference
Sep 23 • Renaissance Baton Rouge • Average Attendance: 176
This one-day event attracts CPAs in mid- to upper-level management in the banking industry, as well as CFOs and CEOs of non-public companies, and public firms who have financial institution clients.
Medical & Healthcare Services Workshop
Oct 21 • Renaissance Baton Rouge • Average Attendance: 91
One of our fastest-growing niche workshops, this event has kept practitioners on top of the ever-changing healthcare landscape of late. It regularly attracts the state’s leading authorities in the healthcare field and covers trends in policy, insurance, technology, compliance, and delivery of care. Ideal for the CPA who works in the healthcare industry or advises healthcare clients, this annual event focuses on financial and compliance issues.
Business Valuation Workshop
Oct 27 • Renaissance Baton Rouge • Average Attendance: 81
Valuations are a growing niche with CPAs and firms alike — and with the mergers & acquisitions market as busy as it is, the need for qualified valuation practitioners is likely to continue to grow. But the skills needed and regulations that govern the calculations are highly technical and often difficult to master. This event focuses mostly on the advanced needs of experienced valuators, but recently added a track for less experienced practitioners to get more information in this field. This workshop attracts CPAs in public practice who are involved in business valuations for their clients or who are interested in adding to the services offered by their firms, and also CPAs in industry who may be charged with navigating a sale, purchase, or merger of a business.
Forensic & Litigation Services Workshop
Oct 28 • Renaissance Baton Rouge • Average Attendance: 61
CPAs are often called on to serve as expert witnesses in legal cases where there are significant assets involved. Many of these suits involve valuation so we pair this workshop with the Business Valuation Workshop to accommodate some overlap in audience. The audience is primarily CPAs in public practice who either already provide litigation support for their clients or who are interested in adding it to the services offered by their firms.
Human Resources Workshop
Nov 4 • LCPA Kenner Training Center • Average Attendance: 57
Many CPAs in industry find themselves wearing many hats — often including HR duties. This event covers hot topics and important updates on legal and compliance issues. The audience is mostly CFOs and controllers from small to medium-sized businesses around the state – organizations that are likely too small for large, well-defined HR departments.
Government Accounting & Auditing Conference
Nov 9-10 • DoubleTree by Hilton, Lafayette • Average Attendance: 263
Governmental accounting and auditing is a specialized area with its own rules and requirements, making it imperative for anyone working with governmental entities to keep up with the constant tweaking of those rules. This conference agenda often includes the foremost authorities on these issues, making it a must for CPAs and their staff who perform government audits, those who provide management services for or advise governmental entities, government managers, and non-profit accountants and auditors.
Winter Tech Fest
Nov 14 • LCPA Kenner Training Center • Average Attendance: 48
This one-day program is where CPAs come for the hottest and most important tech-related topics impacting business and accounting professionals. A nice complement to our Technology Conference, it provides the practical direction needed to leverage new and emerging technology trends and tools.
Winter CPE Cluster
Nov 17-18 • Beau Rivage, Biloxi, MS • Average Attendance: 58
Set at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, the Cluster is a general mish-mash of hot topics delivered by our cream-of-the-crop speakers. The attendees — mostly CEOs, CFOs, and CPA firm partners — come as much for the location as they do the sessions. It’s a unique opportunity to network with decision-makers in a slightly more casual setting.
Dec 2 • Wyndham Shreveport • Average Attendance: 86
We pick and choose the best topics and speakers from the Tax Conference and send them to Shreveport for our tax practitioners in the northern half of the state. This event is relatively new, but quickly establishing a loyal and growing audience.
Oil & Gas Conference
Dec 8-9 • DoubleTree by Hilton, Lafayette • Average Attendance: 57
For better or for worse, Louisiana’s economy is somewhat tied to the oil and gas industry. Our goal with this conference is to give the CPAs working in and for the industry all the information they need to keep their business engines rolling. The agenda addresses industry-specific needs and challenges to help CPAs help their oil and gas companies and clients stay competitive and compliant.
Louisiana Tax Conference
Dec 15-16 • Hilton New Orleans Riverside • Average Attendance: 677
By far, LCPA’s biggest CPE event of the year — and the largest annual gathering of CPAs in the state — this conference updates Louisiana tax practitioners and attorneys on federal and state tax law changes. Because it’s our premier event, we pull out all the stops for sessions and speakers, getting the best presenters on hot topics, as well as perennial favorites. Many of our attendees have been coming for decades, so while it’s a large crowd, it also has a friendly reunion-esque feel to it.
Accounting Educators Workshop
March 2017 • Baton Rouge • Average Attendance: 41
A pipeline full of confident, capable accountants is dependent on educators who embrace the value of lifelong learning. The Accounting Educators Workshop assembles accounting educators from Louisiana’s colleges and universities for a one-day update on the profession’s top issues, classroom strategies, and best practices for preparing students to succeed. This event provides excellent opportunities for instructors to build strong relationships and idea-sharing networks.
March 2017 • Baton Rouge • Average Attendance: 132
A smaller, one-day version of our Business & Industry Conference, this event is all business! The lineup includes strategic and management topics, plus technology and regulatory updates to keep organizations moving forward. It’s a highly concentrated audience of CEOs, CFOs, and controllers from businesses of all sizes from around the state. It’s one of our fastest growing conferences and a great place to connect with decision-makers.
May 2017 • Renaissance Baton Rouge • Average Attendance: 65
This event addresses issues unique to women in the CPA profession and highlights accomplished female leaders and best practices for career advancement. It draws women from various industries and experience levels. Compared to other conferences, this event has significantly more interaction between speakers and attendees, more free-flow of ideas and conversation, and many of the attendees say it’s their favorite event of the year.
*The Summer Education Conference is a new joint event with the Alabama Society of CPAs. The attendance shown is from the 2015 Summer Summit. Anticipated attendance for the SEC is 180.
**The last time the Oil & Gas Conference was in Lafayette, the attendance was 59. The number shown is from the 2015 Oil & Gas Conference in Shreveport.