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Session Descriptions

Guardian of the Economy?: Unraveling the Mystery Behind America's Central Bank | Tyler Schipper

In this session, we will embark on a journey through the historical roots and organizational intricacies of the Federal Reserve System. As a fundamental pillar of the U.S. economy, it shapes the nation's financial landscape and, hopefully, its stability. Delving into its structure, mechanisms, and responsibilities, we'll explore how the Federal Reserve conducts monetary policy in pursuit of its dual mandates of maximum employment and low, steady, inflation. Join us to understand its response to the most recent inflationary period and the challenges it faces in responding to a constantly evolving economic landscape. Gain valuable insights into the critical role of the Federal Reserve System as the guardian of the economy and its influence on our nation's economic well-being. You’ll leave with the knowledge to understand what the Fed is doing to shape the economy and question whether they are getting it right.

Employment Law: Updates, Trends, and What's New for 2024 | MacKenzie Hertz

In this session, attorney MacKenzie Hertz with the Vogel Law Firm will present on 2023 legislative and judicial updates in the employment law realm, as well as additional updates expected in 2024. She will highlight major updates at the federal and state level, with a special focus on new wage-and-hour laws, regulations, and cases. This session will deliver valuable knowledge, of which all organizations, businesses, and employers should be aware as they enter 2024.

Anti-Fraud and Internal Controls | Vincent Walden

Vincent Walden, a co-author of the COSO Fraud Risk Management Guide released in April, will provide an exclusive view of the key data analytics considerations within the guide. Vincent will shed light on the evolving landscape of fraud risk management and share how data analytics plays a pivotal role in identifying and mitigating fraud risks. Discover practical insights and learn about simple yet highly effective anti-fraud tests and controls that can be easily implemented in your organization. This session promises to deliver valuable knowledge and actionable strategies that will empower you to enhance your fraud risk management practices. Equip yourself with the tools needed to protect your organization from fraud risks in an ever-changing business landscape.

Calculating Profits and Combatting Hackers: Cyber Resillience for CPAs | Michael Fink

In today's hyperconnected world, cybersecurity is no longer an option; it's an imperative. Join us for an informative and action-packed cybersecurity session designed to help you navigate the ever-evolving landscape of digital threats and safeguard your organization's critical assets. This session is designed to empower CPAs with the knowledge and skills necessary to fortify their practices against cyber threats, enhance client trust, and uphold the highest standards of data security and confidentiality.

What you will learn:

  1. How to Identify and Analyze Cyber Risks.
  2. Learn Best Practices for Digital Protection.
  3. Develop a Robust Response Strategy for Potential Threats.

CFO & Controller Update | Jim Lindell

Buckle up as we dive headfirst into the economic rollercoaster, exploring innovative strategies to navigate its twists and turns. Discover the latest trends in staffing and managing accounting departments, unlocking the secrets to creating high-performance teams. Brace yourselves for an  exploration of AI technology and its real-world applications, unleashing the power of automation like never before. We'll delve into the  realm of data and predictive analytics, revealing how to harness its power for smarter decision-making. And last but not least, master the art of financial storytelling, weaving numbers into compelling narratives that captivate your board, management team and stakeholders. This session will help you get to the next level of being a business partner to your organization!