The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) recently selected five exceptional students from across the country to participate in a Leadership Experience program held in conjunction with the IMA Global Board Meeting. One of those five students was Athens State’s Accounting Club Ambassador, Martha Anderson.
“Martha is an exceptional student and I am excited that she was chosen for this opportunity and very proud to have her represent Athens State in this global venue,” said Athens State Professor Stacie Hughes. “The IMA is so supportive of academic institutions and committed to helping students develop strong foundations in leadership, ethics, and professionalism. This program is just another example of their dedication to the long-term career success of students.”
Anderson, and the other students chosen for the program, received an all-expenses paid trip to Dallas, Texas for three days in February. She had the opportunity to meet with leaders in all facets of the IMA and to attend IMA Global Board committee meetings, an IMA Dallas Forth Worth Chapter meeting, and network with everyone from fellow students to IMA Global Board members to IMA Chairs to the President of IMA. The program is designed to expose top students to governance and leadership skills.
Jodi Ryan, IMA Director of Student and Academic Relations, stated, “We hope this first-hand look at IMA governance and leadership inspired the group. The Board members expressed their appreciation of having the students participate and said it added to the enthusiasm and energy of the meeting.” According to Ryan, “Martha brings a breath of fresh air and energy to the group and we hope she stays involved for many years to come.”
Hughes plans to present at an Accounting Club meeting to share her experiences and encourage students to apply for the program next year. “I greatly appreciated the opportunity to get to know so many prominent IMA leaders,” she said. “They are all so accomplished and successful, and I was truly impressed with how they took the time to speak with us and express interest in our lives and future careers. I must have come away with 20 business cards, with numerous people saying to me, ‘If you need anything, let me know.'”