A certified CPD accredited programme for ambitious career orientated young accounting professionals

The Rising Star Roundtable is the progression from founder of USP Martin Bissett’s original ‘Passport to Partnership’ curriculum which was developed in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Institute of Public Accountants in 2013 and ran as a regular elite programme in the PICPA schedule through to 2018.

Taking that content and building a community structure around it, The Rising Star Roundtable is targeted towards senior managers, partner designates and first year salaried partners in the 25-40 age range and has been designed to provide a speakeasy or a confidential environment for Rising Stars to get peer and expert-level feedback.

Its mission is to combine a proven research-based curriculum with a platform for airing and sharing experiences, rather than Rising Stars keeping issues under the radar and their firms risking an unexpected resignation.

In the Passport to Partnership Programme PICPA and international consulting firm USP helped to create 17 partners (raising them from senior managers during the programme) out of an intake of 45 over the years. However, they were aware that the partnership model is not necessarily the future of 21st-century accountancy and therefore it is ‘leadership development’ they focussed on, which now continues across the Upward Spiral Professionals (USP) community. https://www.upwardspiralpro.online/courses/rising-star-roundtable

Whether the ambition of the individual is to become a partner, an owner, a director, an associate, a departmental head, our aim is to have a vehicle to accelerate that process for you and the firm you are part of.

For the young accounting professional who is ambitious and serious about their future career progression, and with the full support of the firms they work for, Martin is pleased to be able to offer the Rising Star Roundtable as a monthly programme.

Rising Star Roundtable 3-way win

  1. It’s a Win for The Rising Star

Win number one is for the participating Rising Star. This demonstrates that you, as the firm, are investing in The Rising Star’s future, that you, the firm, are willing for them to put time into this project and that you see them, as Leadership material.

       2. It’s a Win for The Accounting Firm

The second win, is for the firm, especially considering how difficult it is to recruit in the profession currently. Most firms report that they find it easy to recruit people but very hard to recruit quality people and given that these are quality people nominated to access The Rising Star resources or The Rising Star Roundtable programme, we are bringing benefits to the firm to avoid any unnecessary attrition from the headcount.

      3. It’s a Win for The Clients You Serve

Thirdly, it’s a win for the clients you serve. Much of the Rising Star content focuses its gaze on commercial awareness. (Having technically trained professionals act like business owners, deal creators and value creators.) We are looking to turn what are sometimes cost centres, into profit centres.

This, of course, improves the perception in the marketplace of your firm and your people and therefore creates opportunities for a greater level of value to be delivered to those clients, over time.


What will young accounting professionals achieve?

The Rising Star Roundtable programme is THE community for rising stars of accounting firms which includes a twelve-lesson, research-based curriculum taught by Martin about practice leadership in the accounting profession.

Martin and his teaching team will sail you through The Seven Cs of practice leadership in the accounting profession, and much more, in both self-study and group formats.


How Do I Measure the Success of the Programme?

A combination of observed performance improvement in the firm and the passing of the programme’s end-of-year exam provides demonstrable metrics of how much improvement has been created by those participating in the programme.

What Outcomes have been Produced from The Rising Star Roundtable to Date?

  1. At a US CPA Society The Rising Star Roundtable programme has so far delivered 17 new partners from an intake of 45 future leaders.
  2. At an international association of accountants, an earlier version of the programme is in its 4th consecutive year of roll-out to its entire Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
  3. At a UK Institute of further education, a section of The Rising Star Roundtable course content, now forms part of the AAT level 3 and 4 curricula.


What’s Included in The Rising Star Roundtable?

The Rising Star Roundtable employs the accelerated learning model and caters for audio, visual and tactile learning styles. The programme includes:

  • A 90-minute monthly meeting with international delegates and Martin
  • 10 x monthly self-study lessons delivered direct to the inboxes of all participants in video and pdf formats
  • The Future Leader’s exam, as developed by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Certification upon course completion


Meet Martin Bissett

Martin Bissett is the founder of the Upward Spiral Partnership (USP), the international consulting firm that specialises in enabling the accounting profession to create leaders from their ranks.

Learn more about Martin Bissett: www.martinbissett.com

 Registration is now open for expressions of interest ONLY at https://www.upwardspiralpro.online/courses/rising-star-roundtable