Lauren Ursaki, CPA, CFE was one of only 30 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the Leadership Academy’s 12th graduating class. Lauren, a manager at global advisory firm StoneTurn, was selected based on her exceptional leadership skills and professional experience for the four-day Leadership Academy program, which will be held from October 5-8.

As a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner at StoneTurn, Lauren has assessed the corporate compliance programs and internal controls of complex multinational organizations and advised clients on the remediation and enhancement of their compliance programs as part of corporate monitorships. Lauren has also assisted clients and counsel with forensic accounting investigations focused on uncovering misconduct. Prior to joining StoneTurn, she was with the forensic services practice of a large public accounting firm. Lauren is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the state of New York, and a Certified Fraud Examiner. She earned both a master’s degree in Forensic Accounting and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University at Albany.

The AICPA Leadership Academy was designed to strengthen and expand the leadership skills of promising young professionals while they network with a peer group of talented and motivated CPAs. The Leadership Academy features career-development workshops and sessions with some of the accounting profession’s most prominent influencers, including Tracey Golden, CPA, CGMA, chairman of the American Institute of CPAs and Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, American Institute of CPAs president and CEO, Association of Certified Professional Accountants CEO.

Participants were selected from public accounting firms of all sizes, business and industry, academia and consulting firms.

The 2020 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies and/or volunteer organizations. Candidates submitted resumes and a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally. They also wrote an essay on the topic “The future will bring significant changes to the accounting profession. What do leaders have to get right in order to successfully lead?”

To date, more than 385 CPAs have participated in the AICPA Leadership Academy — including StoneTurn’s Ryan LaRue (2019 Leadership Academy Graduate) and Toby Ralston (2013 Leadership Academy Graduate) — many of whom have gone on to take on leadership positions in their firms, businesses and volunteer organizations.

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Meet Lauren

Lauren Ursaki

Lauren Ursaki, a Manager with StoneTurn, has experience in compliance and monitoring and forensic accounting investigations. She has had extensive involvement in the assessment of corporate compliance programs and internal […]