The people in your firm are your most valuable asset, and as your firm grows it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain your firm culture and consistently hire the right people.

This 12 week, 6 lecture series builds on the organization structure and cultural leadership established in Management MGT-101. You will learn how to find, evaluate, onboard, motivate, upskill, and retain top quality people in your office and dispersed across the globe.

Lead by Steph Hinds and Ian Vacin, with guest lectures from firm-culture experts Carla Caldwell and Sharon McClafferty, this course will leave you with the skills you need to grow your team sustainably.

Lectures commence the week of April 30th and run weekly for 12 weeks (time for you). Spaces are limited.

Primary lecturers

Steph Hinds

Founder, Growthwise and Industry Speaker


Steph decided to become an accountant because she wanted to change the future of small businesses in Australia ("I was young, it’s now the world!"). She believes accountants hold the cards, the knowledge and the ability to make an enormous difference in their clients lives. Steph has spent the past 2 years working with accountants and bookkeepers in setting business strategies, implementing technology and becoming the best leaders and managers they can be.

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Sara Goepel

VP Product, Karbon


Sara is a product management and development executive with 15 years of experience managing large, global projects/products. She’s taken many new products from research through to successful market launches. This included owning the strategy, roadmap, and leading strong multi-functional teams. Having managed a team of 45 people across 4 locations, she is passionate about communication and ensuring staff have the right tools and support to succeed in their roles. Sara has been working with accountants around the globe for the last 10 years, understanding their pain points and needs in order to build products to run their practices in an efficient and successful way.

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Guest lecturers

Business builder, consultant, and Business Development Director at Slipstream Coaching, Sharon's passion is helping accounting firms develop multidisciplinary businesses and find their niche.

Carla Caldwell, founder of Caldwell Consulting & Training, strategically guides accounting teams to become a modern practice.

A successful entrepreneur, Stuart is on a mission to positively change the accounting industry, helping accountants run efficient, high growth firms and deliver outstanding service to their clients.

With 25 years experience in tech & processes, 15 years of leadership experience in the accounting industry & a prior UC Berkeley lecturer, Ian is an expert in practice efficiency and growth.


This course is part of the Lecture+ plan and includes the following activities and materials:

  • Pre-work exercise
  • On-demand lecture
  • Lecture slides (PDF)
  • Firmwork exercise

If interested, you can also choose from the Lecture Only or Group Live plans.



After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the seven keys to successful firm management.
  • Understand the foundation of organizational design.
  • List the differing traits between leaders and managers.
  • Identify the 3 key frameworks for ownership & accountability.
  • Know which additional Management 101 lecture is right for you and your firm.

Additional lectures

"Overview of Practice Management" is the first lecture of the Management (MGT-101) course. In this six part lecture series, you will learn key leadership techniques to promote a culture of collaboration, accountability and respect, and how to determine the best organization structure for your firm. The full course curriculum includes:

  • Lecture 1: Overview of practice management
  • Lecture 2: Organizational design
  • Lecture 3: Leadership & emotional intelligence
  • Lecture 4: Ownership & accountability
  • Lecture 5: Team collaboration
  • Lecture 6: Change management


Classes are self-paced and available on-demand.
Enroll today to start your learning journey.

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If you are not satisfied with Karbon Academy for any reason, simply contact us at  academy@karbonhq.com or +1 (510) 517-6267 within 30 days of purchase to receive a full refund, no questions asked.

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Need help choosing? Take a free, 5 minute practice excellence assessment to pinpoint the exact course and lecture that will make the most impact for you and your firm

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