2022 Young Professionals Leadership Program

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What is the Young Professionals Leadership Program?

MSATP's Young Professionals Leadership Program is a year-long educational training that encourages emerging leaders to take charge in the new wave of the accounting and tax preparation professions.

Since its start in 2019, the Young Professionals Leadership Program affords young leaders a cost-effective option to further their development, strengthen their leadership capacity, and establish pathways to leadership within their practice.

We’re proud of the growth and accomplishments of our graduating classes. Apply today and begin the first chapter of your success story.

Program Description & Eligibility

If you are accepted into the program, you will:

  • Enjoy an all-expenses-paid conference on May 23-24, 2022 in Ocean City, Maryland. During this kickoff conference, you will get to know your fellow peers and enjoy seminars and activities that connect you to your vision and purpose. You will also enjoy activities and meals with MSATP’s Board members, YPLP graduates, and other professionals in the field.
  • Engage in monthly teleconferences and quarterly in-person meetings with peers and group leaders that cover curriculum areas such as: identifying your purpose, creating and living your vision, hiring, culture building, developing client relationships, negotiating, writing skills, marketing, social media, and more.
  • Develop and create a capstone project where you will present ideas on moving the accounting and tax preparation industry forward.

To be eligible for this program, applicants must:

  • Have either 5+ years of professional accounting/tax preparation experience or be in a graduate/post-baccalaureate program with a minimum of 1 year of professional accounting or tax preparation experience.
  • Be able to attend the Kickoff Event on May 23-24, 2022 at the Grand Hotel & Spa in Ocean City, MD.
  • Be available to attend all meetings, in-person or virtual, during the year.

Your Group Leaders

MSATP has engaged top leadership trainers to build a curriculum that specifically fosters a community of support and resources. Meet your group leaders below!

John Kennedy

For over two decades, John Kennedy has inspired well over 500,000 audience members throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean. John's success was galvanized in the hospitality & tourism industry as a restaurant & hotel executive with a strong sense of teamwork, sales, and leadership.

Jonathan Rivlin, CPA

Jonathan Rivlin, CPA, a Baltimore native now residing outside the beltway near the old Enchanted Forest in Howard County, was born for this profession. His father, David Rivlin, CPA took him to his office one day in 1986, and from there, it was only a matter of time. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1997 with a BS in Accounting – in 3 ½ years, becoming a CPA a few months later in 1998.

Ellen Silverstein, CPA

Ellen S Silverstein, CPA, works and lives in Clarksburg, MD (upper Montgomery County). As a lifelong Marylander, Ellen graduated from the University of Maryland in 1981. After working for a local MD CPA firm for two years, she then worked a two-year stint in the private sector. Another two years later, Ellen went back into public accounting and established her own firm in 1991.

William Feehley, CPA

William Feehley, CPA, is the Executive Director of MSATP. He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore with a B.S. degree in accounting and finance. He has worked in public accounting for nearly 35 years. Bill and his wife Donna are the owners of Accurate Business Services, LLC and have been serving their client’s needs for the past 25 years.

Christopher Williams, CPA

Christopher J. Williams has over 12 years of experience in public accounting specializing in financial services, cryptocurrencies, partnerships, high net worth individuals, and management companies. After graduating from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey - Newark with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2006 Chris worked in the New Jersey / New York Metropolitan area before moving to Maryland in 2018.

Sean Coggins, CPA

Sean is currently a Manager in the Assurance and Advisory department at Lombardo Ayers & Company, LLC in Annapolis, MD. Sean provides financial statement audit, review, and compilation services, as well as various forms of financial consulting to clients in many different industries, including construction, manufacturing and distributing, real estate, health care, and technology.  He enjoys adding value to his clients by helping them achieve their financial and operational goals. Sean currently resides in Severna Park, MD with his wife and two young children.

Program Graduate Testimonials


The Young Professionals Leadership Program provides wonderful opportunities to network with mentors and peers, participate in leadership seminars and learn cutting-edge marketing/branding tools. These experiences have helped me gain self-confidence to start my own practice. I am grateful for the YPLP program and hope more young tax professionals will benefit from this wonderful program in the future!

Abbey Poon

Class of 2021


The Young Professionals Leadership Program was instrumental in sharpening my management skills and gave me access to brilliant tax pros to brainstorm on best practices, billing, and training.

Burnice Cain

Class of 2021

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