The legal and accounting professions are leaking like sieves.
In law, there's an 85% attrition rate of professionals who are abandoning the entire profession in their first five years. The public accounting profession is not far behind (about 65-70%, we estimate).
Among those who stay in their firms, an alarming number express no desire to become owners or partners in the business.
VeraSage Institute operates as a non-profit organization that wants to stop this flow of great people out of what could be much more interesting and fulfilling professions. IF a few things are fixed. VeraSage, therefore, is offering its first ever program geared especially for those YOUNG PROFESSIONALS who are feeling discouraged about their choice of profession.
If you feel disenchanted and wonder whether you should leave accounting or law, you MUST go to this one-day session led by two amazing young leaders of Firms of the Future: Chris Marston and Brendon Harrex. (I've written about both guys before). A majority of other VeraSage fellows and founders--from all over the world--will be there as well including me.
VeraSage just posted registration details. Don't miss this OCT 22 event in easy-to-get-to Las Vegas.
The Future is Already Here...It's Just Unequally Distributed
For a profession to be truly innovative, it must not only do new things, it must stop doing old things. It is not possible to create tomorrow without first getting rid of yesterday.
You know there has to be a better way. And there is.
Attend THE event young professionals have been crying out for--given directly by the leaders of two REAL, practicing, thriving Firms of the Future--one law firm and one accounting firm.
Brendon Harrex, 33 year-old founder of the Harrex Group in Gore, New Zealand, and Chris Marston, 31 year-old founder of Exemplar Law Partners in Boston, MA, are revolutionizing the way professional knowledge firms are led.
Brendon and Chris are two of the professions' most visionary leaders because they understand they attract knowledge workers, and therefore treat their employees radically different than the average firm: No billable hour quotas, no timesheets required, investment in education quadruple the average firm, autonomy to set your own schedule, and time set aside to pursue to your passions. Each has a waiting list of people who want to join their organizations!
Brendon and Chris understand that professional knowledge workers sell intellectual capital, not time. They don't treat their people like union employees or children who have to account for every six minutes of their day. You are not galley slaves on the SS Billable Hour, but human capital investors who deserve to be treated with respect, autonomy, and dignity. They also know the partnership model is broken and they each have innovated new ways of running the businesses of their firms.
In addition to Brendon and Chris, many of the VeraSage Founders and Senior Fellows (from 30 to 65 years of age...all doing value pricing and ALL operating without timesheets) will be on hand to share their experiences and answer your questions.
Come hear, from the horses mouths, what the future of the accounting and legal professions looks like. If you're discouraged in your "traditional" firm or wondering why you chose your profession in the first place, this is the knowledge and inspiration you need in order to reinvigorate your career.
This high-energy event promises to be extraordinary because it's the first--and maybe ONLY--time VeraSage will simultaneously feature these young leaders of true Firms of the Future. Several other Senior Fellows of VeraSage comprise a panel to field audience questions about converting a traditional firm or starting their own Firm of the Future.
The future of the profession lies in firms led by innovative individuals. If you want a sneak preview of the improved and exciting future your profession, don't miss VeraSage Institute's Inaugural Young Professional Program.
- 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
- Lunch on your own from 12-1 p.m.
- October 22, 2007
- Rio All-Suite Casino Resort
- 3700 West Flamingo Road
- Las Vegas, NV 89103
Seating is limited to 100. Secure your spot and register now for only $129. (Priced low as possible so you can afford it even if your firm won't pay...)
Accounting and Legal News Media, you need to be there, too. This is truly ground-breaking and if you don't report it, you are going to be missing the boat. Media representatives (or anyone for that matter) can call me directly for more information about this program. Or ask your questions on VeraSage.com.