Accounting Professionals: Don’t Miss These Upcoming Conferences

Thanks to the technological revolutions over the recent years, the accounting industry has witnessed a paradigm shift in processes and practices. Whether you’re a professional bookkeeper, accountant, CPA executive or business finance professional, you should upgrade your professional skills throughout your career to sustain growth and avoid stagnation. These days, that often includes keeping your accounting technology relevant and effective.

Attending popular accounting conferences is not only a great way to network and get the latest scoop on industry developments, but also a chance to strengthen specific core skillsets and discover new tools to help you save time and money.

We have put together a list of some of the most awaited accounting conferences in the US that are worth your time.

AICPA Financial Planning & Analysis Conference

Hosting Organization: AICPA

Date: July 19-21, 2017

Location: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

RegistrationClick here for registration information

What’s in it for me?

The 2017 AICPA Financial Planning & Analysis Conference is a must-go event for controllers, CFOs, finance managers, and FP&A professionals. Featuring prominent FP&A experts, the conference will help you boost financial and analytical skills, learn key strategies and advanced techniques required to succeed in your profession. Learn about cutting-edge tools, techniques, and strategic frameworks to excel at FP&A.

Accountex USA, 2017

Hosting Organization: Accountex USA

Date: September 6-8, 2017

Location: Hynes Convention Center, Boston

RegistrationClick here for registration information

What’s in it for me?

  • Over 100+ technology solutions for you to explore.
  • Excellent keynotes and 50+ breakout sessions for you to take full advantage of.
  • Network to your heart’s content with peer-to-peer lunch & learns, networking receptions and parties.

QuickBooks Connect, 2017

Hosting Organization: Intuit

Date: November 15-17, 2017

Location: San Jose Convention Center, Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA

RegistrationClick here for registration information

What’s in it for me?

Over 90% of accountants who attended a QuickBooks Connect event said it helped them serve their clients better. We at Bento love our friends at Intuit, and had fun meeting them at this conference last year. In fact, you can now sync all your data on Bento to QuickBooks!

Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit, at QuickBooks Connect 2016

Here’s what you will get at QuickBooks Connect Event:

  • Learn first-hand advice from industry experts and influential advisors.
  • Meet and hear inspiring stories from peers, the who’s who of the accounting industry, and high-profile entrepreneurs.
  • Explore potential business opportunities and collaborate with mentors in an intimate environment.


Hosting Organization: Grants Management Systems (GMS)

Date: May 20-23, 2018

Location:  Kansas City, Missouri

RegistrationClick here to get in touch with GMS about registration

What’s in it for me?

GMS Summit 2018 is the 33rd annual financial management conference for nonprofits, joined by hundreds of GMS clients from across the United States. The summit will feature an in-depth training workshop, and share insights into both the GMS Accounting System and the GMS Revolving Loan System. The seminar is a great opportunity for accounting professionals to meet, learn from mentors and grow their network.

AICPA Engage 2018

Hosting Organization:  AICPA

Date: June 11-14, 2018

Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV

RegistrationClick here for registration information

What’s in it for me?

AICPA Engage is a premier event for accountants, professional bookkeepers, CPAs, which brings together five of AICPA’s popular conferences. Here’s what you will get at AICPA Engage event:

  • Access to top-quality content, leading speakers, experts, and thought-leaders.
  • Interact with the best minds in the accounting industry and leave more confident, prepared and armed with knowledge to enhance client service.
  • Take your pick from six conferences with one individual registration.
  • Choose from your area of specializations – accounting, auditing, financial planning, law, marketing, practice management, tax or technology.

ACE 2018

Hosting Organization: Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

Date: June 16-20, 2018

Location: Indianapolis

RegistrationClick here for registration information

What’s in it for me?

The ACE 2018 is IMA’s annual conference and expo which features renowned speakers and well-known industry leaders. Here are some compelling reasons for you to attend the event.

  • ACE 2018 is the only conference that offers eight specialty tracks.
  • Take your pick from over 65 job-relevant sessions to customize your learning experience.
  • Earn 25+ NASBA approved-CPE credits and attend over fifteen networking events.
  • Connect with more than eight hundred peers and industry leaders and share best practices with them.

2018 Scaling New Heights Conference

Hosting Organization: WOODARD Events LLC

Date: June 17-20, 2018

Location: Hyatt Regency, Atlanta

RegistrationClick here for registration information

What’s in it for me?

The 2018 Scaling New Heights Conference will focus and address the technological shift in the accounting industry and how it’s impacting accounting professionals.  New technologies such as data automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are increasingly reducing the manual processes by as much as 80%. The conference attendees will:

  • Learn how to grow your practice leveraging the cutting-edge accounting industry developments and online techniques.
  • Get networking opportunities with 1000 ProAdvisors as well as over 100 Intuit executives, program leaders, and technical support experts.
  • Hear keynote presentations from industry leaders within accounting technology.

Final Thoughts

Accounting conferences offer precious opportunities to hone your professional skills and connect with industry professionals. With the rapidly shifting accounting practices driven by technological developments, keeping yourself current is not just an option – it’s a must to stay afloat in your accounting career.