GGC student selected for accounting Leadership Institute

Walton County resident Valerie Allen has been selected to attend the Leadership Institute for Accounting Students. Allen is the first Georgia Gwinnett College student chosen for the program.

Walton County resident Valerie Allen has been selected to attend the Leadership Institute for Accounting Students. Allen is the first Georgia Gwinnett College student chosen for the program.

The institute is a multi-day event for students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and a keen interest in business and professional services. Participants are selected from a pool of applicants from southeastern colleges and universities. The program is sponsored by the prominent Georgia accounting firms of Smith & Howard and Tarpley & Underwood.

Sessions during the program include team building, goal setting, time management, transitioning from academics to work experience, leadership attributes and how to differentiate oneself in an interview. Students also have the opportunity to network with professionals from both sponsoring firms.

“Valerie is an excellent student,” said James Weisel, professor of accounting. “She also is president of the newly formed Accountancy Student Organization, having taken the initiative to gather other interested students and create the student group.”

Weisel encouraged Allen to apply for the institute, and he was the first person Allen contacted with the news that she had been accepted.

“Being a non-traditional student, I really didn’t expect to be accepted into the program,” Allen said. “I’m so excited about participating. It’s an honor to be invited to attend, and I’m sure it will give me more insight about what goes on in a big CPA firm.”

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