Education & Certification


Payroll Leaders Conference

Payroll Leaders Conference

Payroll Leaders Conference
September 12-14, 2022
Philadelphia, PA

This conference presents next-generation training through four different transformational certificate programs. Ideal for U.S. and global payroll professionals in a management role and want to increase their leadership skills, or professionals who aspire to be leaders within their organization.

ATTENTION: Effective April 1, APA requires all attendees at its in-person events to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. See our current Health and Safety Procedures for more information.

2022 Pricing


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2022 Program Descriptions

Winning Collaborations – Be the strategic MVP in your third-party relationships
Stephanie Salavejus, CPP, Vice President and COO, PenSoft
Encourage long-term partnerships with your vendors using the knowledge learned from in-depth discussions on building the proper team, relationship management, contract negotiations, vendor scorecard, service level agreements, advisory boards, and much more!

Strategic Payroll Practices
Abbey Moran, CPP, Senior Leader of Global Payroll and Labor Accounting, Booze Allen Hamilton
This course provides insightful perspectives on complex payroll taxation topics, operational effectiveness, employee development, emerging technologies, and other issues when developing a successful strategy to guide a payroll department.

Payroll System Selection and Implementation
Karen Ward, CPP, Director of Payroll Training, American Payroll Association
This course will lead you though the multiple steps organizations use to select the correct system or technology. You will learn the steps required to successfully implement the system, such as developing the project plan, installing the technology, analyzing the gaps in procedures and the systems features, mapping the old systems data to the new system's data elements, testing the new system, developing training materials and documentation, and supporting the system after go-live.

Advanced Global Payroll Management Certificate Program
Mary Holland, CPP, Chief Customer Officer, Payslip
This certificate program will dive deep into the comprehensive approach to the global payroll delivery model, the role culture plays, and the development of global payroll teams and career opportunities.

Opening General Session

Create a "Yes, And" Experience!
We all know that having happy employees is a key to lower stress and other benefits. We also know that employees may – GASP! – come to us with requests, demands, and objections that are unexpected or unreasonable. While there are obvious barriers in the way of meeting these expectations, the real problem can be summed up in two simple words: "Yes, but."

In this high-energy, hilarious, and content-packed presentation, Avish will share ideas you can use to think differently. Learn to create a "Yes, And" experience to lead and communicate change, improve engagement and relationships, and unlock your own "inner improviser."

Avish Parashar
Motivational Improviser & Keynote Speaker
Avish Parashar Productions, Inc.

Closing General Session

Mergers and Acquisitions – Surviving and Thriving in a New World
When you find out your company is getting bought, you likely will have many initial questions. "Will I have a job? Do I have to move? Should I update my resume?" Learn how to grow your mindset with different messages. "What a great opportunity! I will be trying something new. This will be a resume builder." An experienced payroll professional will share her journey through mergers and acquisitions and how she changed her narrative when her company was being purchased by a competitor. She will share tips and tricks on how to thrive in the face of uncertainty during a merger or acquisition.

Stephanie (Steph) Ernsting, CPP, CPA, CMA
Director - HR Shared Services
Amcor Flexibles North America

What Others Are Saying

“Attending the conference gave me the opportunity to have an open dialogue with my new supervisor about the complexities of payroll. I learned that I am not alone in my struggles and most of the people I talked to encounter most of the same problems.”

Shannon Molden
Staff Accountant – Payroll

“I learned about tools I could use to evaluate my organizations processes. I also walked away with ideas to market the value of my payroll department.”

Pamela Roggow
Director, Payroll & HRIS
New Mexico State University

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Hotel Accommodations

The Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-0200

Reservations: (215) 222-0200 (ask for In-House Reservations) | Online
When calling in, attendees should request the group rate for American Payroll Association’s Payroll Leaders Conference (PLC).
Cut-Off Date: August 28, 2022
Room Rate: $229.00 plus applicable taxes* and fees**
*Room rate shown does not include 15.5% tax (subject to change, without notice).
**Fee: A  .75% Philadelphia Investment Levy will be charged daily in addition to the room rate.
Offered three days pre and post the conference dates based on room type availability.
Please note: Hotel room reservations are the sole responsibility of the individual. The APA is not responsible for any issues related to reservations that the individual makes directly with the hotel. This includes final payments or adjustments. To guarantee the hotel reservation a credit card must be provided at the time of booking the hotel reservation. Hotel has a 72-hour cancellation policy prior to arrival. It is highly recommended to use a credit card versus a debit card at check-in.

Credit Information

Earn up to 15 Recertification Credit Hours (RCHs), 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or 17.5 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits when attending this course. Delivery Method: Group-Live, No prerequisites or advance preparation required. See individual programs for CPE Fields of Study.

Event Policies and Health and Safety Procedures

Please read our Event Policies regarding registration, transfers, substitutions, cancellations, refunds, travel arrangements, and consent to use your photograph and contact information, and our Health and Safety Procedures, which require attendees to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test for upcoming 2022 in-person events.

Please be sure to verify your session before purchasing.
A $55 administrative fee will be assessed for each transfer/substitution.