Management and Business Advisers Conference

H Sessions

Friday, June 14,
9:10 - 10:25 a.m.

H1. The 13 Financial Shenanigans: Tools to Deceptive Financial Reporting
Room: L100C

Speaker(s): Leah Donti
NASBA field of study: Finance - Technical (1.5)

Financial reports exist to provide information about an organization’s operations, financial position and cash flows, and this data is key to making decisions about the business. If the information is fraudulent, however, how can you make sound decisions? Through case studies of companies who have misled investors, learn how to identify when numbers games are afoot. Dive into the 13 financial shenanigans that companies can use in areas such as earnings manipulation, cash flow and acquisitions. Understand how to spot accounting gimmicks to prevent and eliminate potential fraud.

Room: L100C, Lower Level | View map

H2. Airlines, Hotels, Car Rentals...and Taxes?
Room: M101

Speaker(s): Sarah Leopold
NASBA field of study: Taxes - Technical (1.5)

If you or your employees travel across state lines to conduct business, you need to be aware of the state and local tax implications. Different states have different requirements regarding tax and overlooking or under-reporting them could result in penalties. Make sure you and your business stay compliant by understanding withholding, unemployment and other registrations. Take a look at reciprocity agreements, income and sales tax nexus and know what exceptions may apply. Plus, dive into reporting requirements and see why they’re so vital.

Room: M101, Mezzanine Level | View map

H3. Robotic Process Automation: Great Power, Great Responsibility
Room: M100B

Speaker(s): Angela Bickett, Marc Morrison
NASBA field of study: Information Technology - Technical (1.5)

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is an emerging technology solution that creates opportunities for organizations to improve process quality, increase productivity and reduce costs. While these improvements can help manage existing risks, they can also change the organization’s risk profile as “bots” enter the workforce. Make sure you have the right information before embarking on an RPA journey. Learn about the RPA life cycle and when RPAs might be appropriate for your business. Using real world-examples, see what it takes to get started and understand operational risks associated with RPAs.

Room: M100B, Mezzanine Level | View map

H4. How Emerging Technologies Are Enhancing the Accounting Profession
Room: L100E

Speaker(s): Donny Shimamoto
NASBA field of study: Information Technology - Technical (1.5)

Artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and big data have been called the end of the accounting profession. This could not be further from the truth. These emerging technologies actually increase the value of services provided by accountants and remove the need to perform mundane or basic work. In this informative session, get the tools to develop an innovation strategy to prepare your staff for the impending changes. Discover what those changes are and how they will impact finance and accounting professionals. Identify key considerations for enhancing your service offerings and training your staff to ensure readiness for change.

Room: L100E, Lower Level | View map

H5. Conscious Inclusion: Maximizing the Return on Your People
Room: M100G

Speaker(s): Darcy Dickson, Sara Larson
NASBA field of study: Personnel/Human Resources - Non-Technical (1.5)

The future demands we re-imagine how work gets done and who can do it, so people and teams must collaborate in new and different ways. How can you build greater connections? How can you include? Find out in this interactive session. Understand the business case for inclusion and diversity. See how unconscious bias can negatively impact office culture, productivity, engagement, hiring and more, and how to combat the effects of bias using inclusive behaviors. Come away with the skills you need to recognize personal biases, understand your impact and develop an action plan to facilitate inclusiveness.

Room: M100G, Mezzanine Level | View map

H6. Help, They Just Don't Understand: Presenting Technical Information to Nontechnical People
Room: M100D

Speaker(s): Jennifer Elder
NASBA field of study: Communications and Marketing - Non-Technical (1.5)

Tired of sharing critical information to make improvements, only to have your audience make the same mistakes again and again? Have you ever looked up during a financial presentation to see nothing but vacant stares? Then this is the session for you. Whether you prepare reports or presentations, come away with practical and actionable tips to translate your data into understandable language. Learn how to connect with your audience so they pay attention, understand your information and – most importantly – act on your advice.

Room: M100D, Mezzanine Level | View map

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  • Happy Hour Food Station

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