Leadership Development

Advance Toward LEADERSHIP is a Leadership Development Program that we created especially for up-and-coming, mid-level CPA professionals.

Advance Toward LEADERSHIP is a leadership development program for mid and senior level managers who have been identified as being ready, willing and able to take their careers to the next level.  Delivered via webinar or in-person, this interactive, fully participatory program will assist high-level managerial staff to effectively support the shareholders of their firms and contribute to the longevity and success of their practice in a meaningful way.  Some of the important features of this program are:

  • 8 month program (to accommodate the seasonal demands of professionals)
  • Group hourly sessions (6, 12, 18 participants) meeting bi-weekly
  • Reinforcement/accountability enforced via a Buddy System between sessions
  • Proven Methodologies using 5 practices of Exemplary Leadership
  • Small Class Sizes Maximizes Learning and Individual Growth
  • Kick-off Event & Completion Celebration Available (in-house, at additional cost)

Some of the benefits that you can expect to receive from Advance Toward Leadership are:

  • Team Strengthening
  • Creating the Next Generation of Leaders
  • Authentic and Adaptive Leaders who can Respond to the Ever-Changing Climate of the Accounting Profession
  • The Ability to Act Decisively toward Achieving Identified Goals
  • Creating Intrinsically Motivated, Invested Leaders
  • Inspiring others through Actions and Empowering Others to Lead
  • Creating a Culture of Excellence
  • Lead on Purpose
  • Each Participant will Complete a Work-Related Leadership Project

We have tweaked a 20-year winning program that builds in all our own rich learning material within the framework of a valuable curriculum for accountants.  This curriculum is unique, powerful and proprietary.  Our workbook provides structure and continuity and we offer a lot of experiential / hands-on learning.

Overview of the 5 Practices

MODEL the Way – Leaders establish principles concerning the way people (peers, colleagues, and clients alike) should be treated and the way goals should be pursued. They create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow.  Because the prospect of complex change can overwhelm people and stifle action, they set interim goals so that people can achieve small wins as they work toward larger objectives.  They unravel bureaucracy when it impedes action; they put up signposts when people are unsure of where to go or how to get there; and they create opportunities for victory.

INSPIRE a Shared Vision – 
Leaders passionately believe that they can make a difference. They envision the future, creating an ideal and unique image of what the organization can become. Through their magnetism and quiet persuasion, leaders enlist others in their dreams. They breathe life into their visions and get people to see exciting possibilities for the future.

CHALLENGE the Process

Leaders search for opportunities to change the status quo. They look for innovative ways to improve the organization. In doing so, they experiment and take risks. And because leaders know that risk-taking involves mistakes and failures, they accept the inevitable disappointments as learning opportunities.

ENABLE Others to Act – 
Leaders foster collaboration and build spirited teams. They actively involve others. Leaders understand that mutual respect is what sustains extraordinary efforts; they strive to create an atmosphere of trust and human dignity. They strengthen others, making each person feel capable and powerful.

the Heart – Accomplishing extraordinary things in organizations is hard work. To keep hope and determination alive, leaders recognize contributions that individuals make. In every winning team, the members need to share in the rewards of their efforts, so leaders celebrate accomplishments. They make people feel like heroes.

Pricing, Add-Ons & Packages

Advance Toward Leadership costs $2,800 per individual per 8-month cycle.  Variations are available that can affect the pricing include class sizes, number of facilitators and frequency of meetings (sessions can be staggered monthly for a 16-month program).   In-house kick-off events and closing ceremonies (where testimonies of the program can be shared firm-wide) are offered at an additional cost and exclude T&E expenses of the facilitators.

TIERNEY Coaches are Your Experienced Facilitators

Advance Toward LEADERSHIP’s Facilitators are certified life coaches with vast experience and success in the area of leadership:

Rosy Elliott, PCC, MSed is a certified professional coach through the International Coach Federation and has 10 years of experience in providing leadership coaching for professional service providers, government agencies, and the performing arts. Rosy is best-known for coaching leaders and organizations to identify their unique spark, align with their purpose and commit to their potential. Her style is engaging, fun, challenging and inspiring.  She is passionate about human potential and the magic that can happen when groups of people are firing on all cylinders.

“Adaptation, innovation, collaboration and embodied leadership are the pillars of success. Collaboration is at the core of great leadership and it’s at the core of the work we do. We work closely with accounting professionals to create an effective program that meets the CPA firm where it is and launches it to the next level.” – Rosy Elliott


Kay Furman, MA, LPC, CPCC is a licensed psychotherapist and a certified life coach. Kay specializes in leadership trainings with teams and individuals to cultivate emotional intelligence, clear communication, and greater alignment among team members. She brings an enthusiasm and compelling vision to her work and her energy and collaborative approach brings fresh and innovative perspectives.

Kay’s leadership and team training has spanned many arenas over 15 years including education, where she has trained faculty to incorporate social and emotional intelligence into mainstream academic curricula.  She has brought personal leadership development training to large and small professional services firms including Naropa University where she has served as Adjunct Faculty.

“I am passionate about developing leadership within.” – Kay Furman