Richard H. Austin Lecture for Accounting Excellence

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Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business will host its Richard H. Austin Lecture Series for Accounting Excellence in McGregor Memorial Conference Center on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Workshops begin at 10 a.m. and the keynote and luncheon start at noon. The event honors the legacy of Richard Austin, Michigan’s first black CPA and the first African American in the U.S. to be elected to the statewide post of Secretary of State.

Keynote lecture

This year’s keynote speaker is Alan C. Young, CPA, chair of the board of directors of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) and founder of Detroit accounting firm Alan C. Young & Associates P.C. His full-service, minority-owned firm specializes in audit, accounting, tax and management consulting. 

Young’s public accounting experience began in January 1977 with Deloitte & Touche (formerly Haskins and Sells). In 1993, he was acknowledged by the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce through its Detroiter Magazine as one of Detroit’s five emerging black leaders. He appeared on television as a guest tax consultant on various occasions with Mort Crim and Kathy Adams (WDIV) and has also been featured as a financial consultant and business owner on such talk shows as Detroit Black Journal, Financially Speaking, Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce’s Business Page program and Polaris Communication’s Color of Money.


Beginning at 10 a.m. is a series of workshops designed to help students obtain and succeed in accounting careers. The workshops will be led by representatives from Comerica, Quicken Loans, EY Assurance, Deloitte, Plante Moran and more.

Workshops include:

  • Why Global Mindset and Inclusive Leadership Matter
  • Panel: Overcoming Challenges as a Minority or Non-Traditional Student in Accounting
  • How to Be a Star Employee: 10 Key Tips to a Successful Career in Accounting
  • The Recruiting Process and Why Internships are Important
  • The Art of Networking


The event is open to all students, alumni and friends of the Mike Ilitch School of Business. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

McGregor Memorial Conference Center
495 Gilmour Mall
Detroit, MI 48202

For more information about this event, please contact the Department of Accounting at 313-577-4530 or

Submissions for this form have closed on February 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm.