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Agenda (Virtual Conference)

Date: May 1, 2020

9-10 A.M. General Session

A Status Update on the Uniform CPA Examination

Mike Decker, Vice President of Examinations – AICPA

This session will guide participants through the results of the Practice Analysis research efforts, feedback from the Invitation to Comment, status of the CPA Candidate pipeline and planned and projected updates to the CPA Exam for the next few years.

10-10:45 A.M. General Session

Future Finance: Upskilling & Evolution for 2020 & Beyond

Chris Ortega, Emarsys North America

With the evolution of technology, focus on business partnership and data driven decision making it is becoming even more important for future finance and accounting professionals to develop the skills, talents and passion to be future ready. In this session, we will explore many areas affecting this shift and how prepare and enable accounting students.

10:45-11 A.M. Break

Walk around, stretch, get a coffee refill.

11-11:45 A.M. General Session

Technology In (and Out) of the Accounting Classroom

Dan Schrag, CPA, Assistant Professor – Baldwin Wallace University

Schrag will cover practical examples of using technology within accounting course curriculum. By utilizing software, available freely to Universities, students are given the opportunity to explore and learn current technologies used in the workplace. Students also develop a data driven mindset; where accounting data, enabled by technology, can be used to perform audit tests, solve problems, and make processes more efficient.

11:45-12:45 P.M. Lunch

It's time for lunch at home.

12:45-1 P.M. Sponsor Message from Becker

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1-2 P.M. General Session

Trends in Accounting

Jennifer Briggs, CAE, MBA, President & CEO – Indiana CPA Society

The world is increasingly more complex and accounting educators are faced with preparing students for the CPA profession. Briggs will discuss many of the important issues facing the profession in coming years and provide insight into issues and trends that will be important for students to be prepared to address in the coming years.

2-2:45 P.M. General Session

Panel Discussion: What Students Need to Know Before Entering the CPA Profession

Kyle Simmerrman, CPA – BGBC, Terry Bush – Kruggel Lawton CPAs, and Lisa Tressler, RBSK

The always popular practitioner panel discussion will allow educators the opportunity to interact with CPAs and better understand what employers are looking for when hiring interns and new hires. Educators are invited to send questions in advance.

2:45-3 P.M. Break

Walk around, stretch, get a snack and beverage refill.

3-3:45 P.M. Closing General Session

Group Discussion: Lessons Learned Amid COVID-19

This group discussion will feature several educators sharing best practices and the lessons they’ve learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the conference, educators will be encouraged to use the Educators Learning Network to share ideas for the remainder of the semester.

Don't forget to turn in your CPE form at the registration desk. Look for an event survey; please give us your feedback so we can create another great conference next year!