My Experience at AICPA’s Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop

Sienny Yuwono

Hello everyone! Let me introduce myself – my name is Sienny Yuwono and I’ll be a senior majoring in accounting at The University of Texas at San Antonio this fall. I’m originally from Indonesia and moved to the U.S. in 2015. I would like to share my recent experience with an AICPA program called the Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop (ASLW). It was such a pleasure to participate in this program.

This year, ASLW picked 105 students and professionals throughout the nation. During this program, I also met and connected with lots of professionals from Big Four companies, smaller public and industry companies, state CPA staff, and even professors!

ASLW is a three-day program sponsored by AICPA to help minority students like me who want to be a licensed CPA. The program helped me learn more about the world of accounting, especially the CPA certificate, through lots of incredible workshops and amazing speakers. For example, there were sessions on dinner etiquette, confidence mode, networking, how to study for the CPA Exam, DISC personality and more.

The application for ASLW is available through ThisWaytoCPA and it was easy to apply. An essay, three-minute video, and two letters of recommendations brought me to Atlanta at no cost, and I brought home more knowledge about becoming a CPA.

There were a lot of workshops that I liked, but the one that I enjoyed the the most was Confidence Mode. It talked about how to boost your confidence to help you in a work environment. Confidence is important, and before ASLW I felt like I didn’t really have confidence. But after attending the workshop, I feel like I have more confidence. I learned that you don’t need to be the main person talking to have confidence. You can participate in one-on-one conversation to show that you have confidence!

Through ASLW, I also learned more about myself through the DISC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance) Personality session. I learned about other people’s personality and how to connect it to the real world so we know how to handle people with all different personality traits.

ASLW also emphasized getting our CPA certificate. After the workshop I became more enthusiastic to get my CPA as soon as I can!

There were a lot of lessons that I learned through this three-day program, and I really feel like AICPA needs to make more time for this program because it provides so much good information in so little time. I would highly suggest students apply for ASLW! They packed some great information into the program, and it’s just worth it. I can’t express enough how grateful I feel that I was able to participate in ASLW 2018!

If you have any questions about the program or want more information, feel free to contact me at

Here are some pictures that I took at ASLW:

Group activity with fellow ASLW attendees

Diana Solash, Global and Americas Diversity & Inclusiveness Director at EY (right) and myself

From left: Florence Holland, Lead Manager of Pipeline Initatives at AICPA, and myself

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The Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) is a nonprofit, voluntary, professional organization representing Texas CPAs. TSCPA has 20 local chapters statewide and has 27,000 members. The Society is committed to serving the public interest with programs that advance the highest standards of ethics and practice within the CPA profession. TXCPA2B is a blog written by Texas students in pursuit of the CPA certificate. The views expressed here are those of the authors and not necessarily held by TSCPA or our members.
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4 Responses to My Experience at AICPA’s Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop

  1. Bryan Morgan Jr, CPA says:

    Wow Sienny! So proud of how far you’ve come in such a short time!

  2. Rachel McKenna says:

    Sienny, it was great to meet you at ASLW! I’m so glad you took the time to write about your experience and bring awareness to the program to other Texans!

  3. Florence Holland says:

    Yay!!!! So proud to be apart of your experience!!!

  4. Sara Vargas-Flores says:

    As your UTSA mentor, it fills me with joy and pride to see you accomplish your goals!

    I’m so glad you are taking advantage of every opportunity!

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