Friday, March 19, 2021
Virtual attendance
Theme: Invest in the Future

For 2021, Beta Alpha Psi will conduct three virtual Mid-Year Meetings on February 19th, March 5th and March 19th. Each meeting will include a different keynote speaker, professional sessions, a networking session and a virtual exhibit hall. The planning committee is made up of the Executive Office, Professional Partners and Chapter Advocates who have worked hard to make sure the virtual event will be informational, fun and engaging! Chapter Operations and Best Practices will be conducted separately and virtually. Please make sure to review the Best Pactices submission requirements here and note the guidelines for Chapter Operations below.

Chapter Operations Topics:

  • Member engagement tactics for these unprecedented times
  • Officer transition techniques
  • Creative fundraising
  • How do you complete service projects virtually or social distanced?
  • Wild card


Friday, March 19, 2021

1:30-5:30PM Eastern Time

Registration Fees

Early bird Registration: $45 until Friday, January 29, 2021

Regular Registration (after January 29): $60

Approximately one week before the virtual event, you will receive an email with a link to access the event (this email will be sent to the email used for registration).

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made prior to meeting date will be refunded, minus a $10 administration fee. Refund requests made after the event will not be honored. If you have any questions, please contact the conference planner at

Friday, March 19

Time (Eastern Time) Agenda
12:30PM - 1:30PM Exhibit Hall Open
1:30PM - 1:45PM Welcome and Introductions
1:45PM - 2:30PM Keynote + Q&A
2:30PM - 2:50PM Break + Exhibit Hall Open
2:55PM - 3:25PM Concurrent Zoom Sessions
3:30PM - 4:00PM Concurrent Zoom Sessions
4:00PM - 4:30PM Exhibit Hall Open
4:30PM - 5:30PM Ultimate Trivia! Networking with Professionals

Submit your Best Practices submission (video, PPT presentation, completed form) here. Submissions are due Friday, March 5, 2021, by 11:59PM ET. No exceptions.

The following are options to record your Best Practices presentations:

  • Have a single team member deliver the presentation with PowerPoint.
  • Have each team member record their portion separately, then combine the video files.
  • If the students have access to Zoom, create a Zoom meeting and record a presentation that way.

Additional requirements:

  • Videos should be uploaded to YouTube under the submitting BAP chapter's YouTube account or the account of someone participating in the video.
  • The video should be made public or unlisted on YouTube. Do NOT make the video private. 
  • Videos must be able to be embedded in order to be posted to judges’ webpage.

Winning teams will be announced separately from the Mid-Year Meetings.

If you have any questions, please contact the Executive Office.

Please check back soon for more information.

2:55PM - 3:25PM Concurrent Session 3:30PM - 4:00PM Concurrent Session


Differing Career Paths: Internal vs. External Audit [presented by Christine Hovious]


Take Charge of Your Professional Development! [presented by Tyler Skelton and Mary Patterson]


Leading in a Digital World: The Impact of Technology on the Profession [presented by Amy Kraft and Joe Reville]   

UWorld Roger CPA Review

Goal Setting for the CPA Exam [presented by Toni Williams]

Moss Adams

Imposter Syndrome [presented by Terry Pierce]


What's Up With Washington? [presented by Ryan Abraham]

Alumni Panel

Maryland Association of CPAs (MACPA)

Building Resilience: The Upside of Stress [presented by Rebekah Brown]

Jeffrey Thomson

Jeffrey C. Thomson, CMA, CSCA, CAE, is president and CEO of IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants). Since assuming this position in 2008, Thomson has led the development of a strategy resulting in IMA becoming one of the fastest-growing accounting associations in the world, with double-digit growth in its CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program over the past five years. In January 2018, IMA crossed the 100,000-member mark for the first time in the organization’s history.

During his previous position as IMA’s vice president of research, Thomson conducted research studies, authored numerous articles and a book, delivered dozens of presentations, and provided testimony to the U.S. Congress in the areas of risk management, internal controls, and corporate governance. He served as a COSO board member from 2006 to December 2011, during a period when COSO experienced growth in influential thought-leader pieces and launched the internal controls refresh initiative. In 2019 Thomson was named Lead Director of the COSO Board.

Prior to joining IMA, Thomson worked at AT&T for more than two decades, where he served in various financial, strategic, and operational roles. One of these roles included serving as the strategic CFO for an $18 billion business unit.

Thomson was honored by Accounting Today by being included in the publication’s annual “Top 100 Most Influential People List” for the last 11 years. He was also named by Trust Across America as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” for eight straight years and was honored with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin recognized Thomson in its Global Accountancy Power 50 list of leading influencers and named IMA “Professional Body of the Year” in 2017 and 2018.

Session description:

Adapting to the New Normal of Disruption and Chaos 

Turbulence, disruption, and even chaos – from COVID-19, to non-traditional competition, to rapid-fire technology transformation, the finance and accounting profession is facing enormous challenges in the “new normal”.  How do students entering the profession, along with current professionals, cope with these enormous challenges and actually increase influence and relevance to their organizations and society?  Jeff Thomson will share his real world vision from the lens of both a CEO and a CFO in this experiential session.

All chapters that submitted a presentation for Chapter Operations are featured here.

Chapter Operations topics:

  • Member engagement tactics for these unprecedented times
  • Officer transition techniques
  • Creative fundraising
  • How do you complete service projects virtually or social distanced?
  • Wild card

Contact the Event Organizer

Hear what our Professional Partners think about BAP!

Robert Half is committed, as a Beta Alpha Psi Professional Partner, to the continuous learning and workplace training of the next generation of financial and business information professionals. We value the support among peers within the accounting industry, and the relationship we’ve built with students over the years.

Paul McDonald and Dan DeNisco
Robert Half