Young Professionals 2018-01-09T20:15:06+00:00

Young Professional Members

The LEAP Advisory Council was created to ensure the voice of emerging leaders is heard and utilized within the national organization. Members of LEAP are working to grow young professional membership within AFWA by developing programs and initiatives specifically designed to meet the needs of the modern accounting and finance professional.

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Applications for the LEAP Advisory Council are now open. New council members will serve a 2-year term beginning in July 2018.

Please use the form on this page to submit your LEAP Application – Download the application now.

All applications must be received by April 30, 2018.

For questions regarding the LEAP Council or the application submission process, please contact Susan Adams.

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When you work hard, and if you have the passion, motivation and drive, you may find your self excelling beyond your peers, and having to manage Millennials and being one. 

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As you start your career, you will hear everywhere and from almost everyone that you should have a mentor. The LEAP Council shares how having a mentor can be a benefit to your career.

Meet the ’17-’18 LEAP Advisory Council

Alanna Abreu
Alanna AbreuAudit Senior, Dannible & McKee, LLP (Syracuse, NY)
Chaille Brown, CMA
Chaille Brown, CMAFinance Manager, 22Squared (Atlanta, GA)
Katherine Eastham
Katherine EasthamSenior Accountant, Rightside (Seattle, WA)
Jennifer Hughes, CPA, CGFM, CISA
Jennifer Hughes, CPA, CGFM, CISASenior Manager, KPMG (Washington DC)
Sara Page, CPA
Sara Page, CPAFinancial Reporting Analyst, Virginia Department of Accounts (Richmond, VA)
Khrystyn Lutz, CBAP
Khrystyn Lutz, CBAPGrooms & Harkins, PC (Casper, WY)
Sarah Militello
Sarah MilitelloReal Estate Development Accountant (Grand Rapids, MI)
Amy Sexton
Amy SextonStaff Accountant, Health Management Services (Billings, MT)

How can I join LEAP?


LEAP Members each serve a 2 year term. Every year, 5 members will be nominated to the Council. Applications open annually in the spring.