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Inaugural Leadership Growth Academy Program Acknowledges Nineteen Graduates

The Moore Stephens North America (MSNA) Dynamic Growth Academy (DGA) (formerly Leadership Growth Academy) has completed its first program, graduating 19 participants from nine North American member firms.


Graduates include:
  • Kevin Boeving, Brown Smith Wallace LLP
  • Scott Brandt, Brown Smith Wallace LLP
  • Todd Goldenhersh, Brown Smith Wallace LLP
  • Amy Ribick Brown Smith Wallace LLP
  • Anne Ritter, Brown Smith Wallace LLP
  • Dan Schoenleber, Brown Smith Wallace LLP
  • Greg Smith, Brown Smith Wallace LLP
  • Jen Vacha, Brown Smith Wallace LLP
  • Debbie Vandeven, Brown Smith Wallace LLP
  • Chris Leikert, Beene Garter
  • Phil Lampugnano, CDH
  • Yoko Yamamoto, CDH
  • Francys Brown, Demers Beaulne
  • Isabelle Lemieux, Demers Beaulne
  • Daniel Gaudet, DiCicco, Gulman & Co.
  • Chris Tull, Doeren Mayhew
  • Pete Jones, Frazer LLP
  • Stephen Rollins, G.T. Reilly & Company
  • Eli Gembom, Segal LLP
The program features leadership and business development training from The Center for Character-based Leadership and LVG Advisors. The first session kicked off in November 2017, expanding to include four two-day sessions, alternating leadership and business development sessions, as well as individual coaching, peer coaching and mentor support.

“The question on my mind was are we able to connect?” said Francys Brown, program participant from Demers Beaulne. “The end result was that we really connected…and the reason was that we were all on the same journey to partnership. We share the same amount of challenges, the same goals, and it was clear when we were talking together that we were in the same boat.”

The program garnered interest from firms across the United States and Canada, including participants from nine different member firms. The sessions were held at several different member firms in Minneapolis, St. Louis and Chicago, providing members with the opportunity to visit other firms and make new connections.

“I haven’t really had a voice,” said Anne Ritter, program participant from Brown Smith Wallace. “And that was figurative voice. I wasn’t outspoken with my peers, and that was something I learned in my leadership group. We spent a lot of quality time together, made a lot of great connections…and I highly recommend every bit of this program.”

The Center for Character-based Leadership provides coaching focused on the complexity of leading in the top two to three levels of organizations and the talent they are developing to step into that space.

LVG Advisors provides business development training, business development coaching and SAM-Pro services for professional service firms. These services are aimed at building firm revenue, strengthening practice professional confidence and maintaining client loyalty.

To learn more about this program, or to send your upcoming named partners to the next program, contact Laura Metz at