90th IMA Conference: Day 4 and Out--Leaders in Government and in Business
The final IMA conference session was on developing leadership. Peter Brewer and a panel of three: young professional Paula R., mid-career accountant Audra (sp?) M. and "seasoned" financial manager Paul C. Paula emphasized development of "soft skills" such as interpersonal relationships and teaching/mentoring as a great aid to her career. Audra, the middle panelist, focused on determining and prioritizing responsibilities and on being perserverant in a hectic workplace while Paul focused on being a "change agent" and having and articulating a vision. There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions of the panelists, but I waited until after the session to ask Paula about the lack of blogging in managerial accounting. She said that the Young Professionals in Chicago (her hometown) had developed a Linked Up (similar to Linked In) page and provided that as evidence that young managerial accountants were taking electronic communication outside of their business responsibilities seriously.
In my opinion, best sessions of the conference were:  Why Smart People Do Really Dumb and Unethical Things by Marianne Jennings,  Cowboby Ethics by James Owen and  Economic Outlook: Foundations for Recovery by Lindsey Piegza. The CMA and its value (Monday) wins a close three-way battle for best concurrent session. Biggest strength of the conference were the general sessions (with the brown bag lunch close behind); biggest frustration was no direct notification that tickets to the U. S. Mint Tour ran out before I came up. Good luck to the IMA next year in Baltimore.