Inaugural Leadership Growth Academy Program Recognizes 19 Graduates

Moore Stephens North America’s (MSNA) Dynamic Growth Academy, formerly the Leadership Growth Academy, has completed its first program, graduating 19 participants from nine North American member firms.

Nine of the graduates are from Creve Coeur, Mo.-based Brown Smith Wallace (FY17 net revenue of $46.3 million): Kevin Boeving, Scott Brandt, Todd Goldenhersh, Amy Ribick, Anne Ritter, Dan Schoenleber, Greg Smith, Jen Vacha and Debbie Vandeven.

Two graduates are from Demers Beaulne of Quebec, Montreal: Francys Brown and Isabelle Lemieux. Two are from Itasca, Ill.-based CDH (FY18 net revenue of $12.7 million): Phil Lampugnano and Yoko Yamamoto.

Additional graduates are: Chris Leikert, Beene Garter of Grand Rapids, Mich., (FY18 net revenue of $14.5 million); Daniel Gaudet, Woburn, Mass.-based DiCicco Gulman & Company (FY17 net revenue of $26.4 million); Chris Tull, Troy, Mich.-based Doeren Mayhew (FY17 net revenue of $72.6 million); Pete Jones, Frazer LLP (FY17 net revenue of $15.4 million); Stephen Rollins, G.T. Reilly & Company of Milton, Mass., and Eli Gembom, Segal LLP of Toronto, Ontario (FY17 net revenue of $15.8 million).

The program features leadership and business development training from The Center for Character-based Leadership and LVG Advisors. The program includes four two-day sessions, alternating leadership and business development sessions, as well as individual coaching, peer coaching and mentor support.

“The question on my mind was are we able to connect?” says participant Francys Brown. “The end result was that we really connected…and the reason was that we were all on the same journey to partnership. We share the same amount of challenges, the same goals, and it was clear when we were talking together that we were in the same boat.”

The program included participants from nine member firms. The sessions were held at several different member firms in Minneapolis, St. Louis and Chicago, providing members with the opportunity to visit other firms and make new connections.

“I haven’t really had a voice,” said participant Anne Ritter. “And that was figurative voice. I wasn’t outspoken with my peers, and that was something I learned in my leadership group. We spent a lot of quality time together, made a lot of great connections…and I highly recommend every bit of this program.”

The Center for Character-based Leadership provides coaching focused on the complexity of leading in the top two to three levels of organizations and the talents needed. LVG Advisors provides business development training, business development coaching and SAM-Pro services for professional service firms. These services are aimed at building firm revenue, strengthening practice professional confidence and maintaining client loyalty.

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