Simply Tax® Episode 61: The State of the Profession with Eric Hansen

Thoughtware Podcast Published: Apr 24, 2019
Simply Tax Episode 61

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Will robots replace accountants? Listen and learn the changes in store for the accounting profession as host Damien Martin sits down with guest Eric Hansen—chair of the AICPA Board of Directors and chief operating officer at BKD—to discuss the profession, leadership and integrating life inside and outside the office.


Giving Back to the Profession & Growing in Leadership

  • How Eric came to give back to the profession and serve as chair of the AICPA Board of Directors @02:31
  • What it’s like to serve as chair @04:12
  • Eric’s mindset for leadership success in the accounting profession @05:24
  • How Eric found his personal niche @06:56
  • Advice for achieving goals @08:37

The Future of Accounting

  • Insights from recent AICPA Governing Council meetings @10:29
  • A threat to the CPA license @11:37
  • Upcoming changes for the accounting profession @15:00
  • The skill sets necessary for success depend on your career stage @16:21
  • How leaders can successfully navigate the change ahead @20:11
  • It’s an exciting time for the accounting profession @21:20

Life Outside the Office

  • Eric’s approach to work-life balance @23:59
  • Balancing professional and personal responsibilities @26:17
  • Parenting advice @28:01
  • What Eric loves to do outside the office @29:58
  • Live outside your comfort zone! @32:04


Eric Hansen serves as chief operating officer of BKD CPAs & Advisors and chairman of the AICPA Board of Directors. He has been an active volunteer with the AICPA, including serving as chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Compensation and Audit Committees. Eric was part of the AICPA Future of Learning Task Force and served as a member of AICPA Major Firms Group. He has been a member of the AICPA Board of Directors and Governing Council. Eric also participates in various trade organizations and has served in a variety of leadership and teaching positions.

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More about Eric: "We Have to Be Bold" (Journal of Accountancy)

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