Training Tomorrow's Leaders Today: Student Members Are a Vital Asset to IMA [R] Because They Will Be Leading the Organization and Businesses in the Future. We Need to Make Sure They Have All the Skills and Knowledge to Do That
McGuire, Brian L., Strategic Finance
Many of us can probably recall our first IMA meeting: where we were, when it was, maybe even the people we met. My introduction to IMA was as a student: My father, an active and long-time member, more than gently encouraged me to attend a chapter meeting in the city where I was completing my undergraduate degree. I joined IMA soon afterwards, and I've proudly been a member ever since.
Recently, I got to reexperience the energy and enthusiasm of IMA student membership at the 12th Annual Student Leadership Conference, which was held in Cincinnati in mid-November. Although I'm a professional educator and interact frequently with students, it was a special privilege to attend the Conference as IMA Chair and to address the students about the role IMA can play in shaping their future careers.
The Conference was a resounding success, attended by a record-shattering nearly 500 students and their advisors. Speakers at the event covered some of the most popular topics in the profession today, many of which students don't often hear about in their classroom studies: International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), forensic accounting, and ethics, plus useful information on job-search techniques, business etiquette, leadership (including IMA's Leadership Academy), and the value of the CMA[R] (Certified Management Accountant) certification.
The Student Leadership Conference is just one way that IMA supports its student members. We also sponsor many annual scholarships, awards, and competitions. Scholarships, including those of the IMA Memorial Education Fund and the Stuart Cameron McLeod Society's Memorial Fund, offer generous financial assistance to those pursuing management accounting studies and who have demonstrated leadership abilities. Awards and competitions, such as our National Student Case Competition and our Student Manuscript Award, provide an opportunity for students to exercise skills they are learning in school and apply them to a real-world situation.
In addition, the IMA Research Foundation offers a research grant program for doctoral students who are pursuing research in accounting. IMA also sponsors an annual IMA Doctral Colloquium, in collaboration with the American Accounting Association (AAA), for accounting doctoral students. …