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The Explorers Conference

  • 10/08/2020
  • 9:30 AM
  • 10/09/2020
  • 5:30 PM
  • Virtual Conference


  • Select the sessions on the day you are attending.
  • Select the session that you want to attend.
  • Session 2 includes the afternoon sessions on October 8.
  • Session 4 includes the afternoon sessions on October 9.

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The Explorers Conference

The Explorers Conference is a two-day, virtual conference comprised of four half-day “themes”. Explorer’s 2020 features a cross-disciplinary collaboration of speakers and organizations celebrating independent thinking and diversity. The Explorer’s Conference features innovative format of interview-style sessions and panel discussions where thought leaders challenge us to think in new and different ways.

*There are three ways to register by theme (sessions), one day, or the entire two-day conference.*

Conference Schedule

Session 1 - Day 1

October 8, 2020, 9:30 AM - 1:10 PM CT

4 CPE "Imagine"  

9:30 - 10:20a      Foresight & Futurethink: Making Intelligent Predictions by Futurist Dr. Amy Zalman & Dr. Toby Groves                

10:25-11:15a       Panel Discussion: Advanced Foresight Strategies for Governance, Audit, and Accounting by Dr. Amy Zalman and Special Guests         

11:25-12:15p      Ethics and Equality: Uncomfortable Conversations and Inconvenient Truths by Ozo Nnamadim and Dr. Toby Groves      

12:20 - 1:10p      Panel Discussion: Uncomfortable Conversations on Ethics, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Ozo Nnamadim and Guests 


Session 2 - Day 1

October 8, 2020 1:50-5:30 PM CT

4 CPE "Expand"

1:50- 2:40p          The Intersection of Technology and Wellness by Amy Vetter & Dr. Toby Groves  

2:45 - 3:35p        Panel Discussion: The Intersection of Technology and Wellness by Amy Vetter and Guests             

3:45 - 4:35p        Leveraging Change: Five Decisions that Accelerate Growth & Inspire Innovation by Nick Tasler     

4:40 - 5:30p        Panel Discussion: Change, Innovation & Disruption by Nick Tasler, Tammy Daughetry and Dr. Toby Groves


Session 3 - Day 2

October 9, 2020 9:30 AM - 1:10 PM CT

4 CPE "Pioneer"

9:30 -10:20a       The Future is Now! by Kimberly Ellison Taylor & Dr. Toby Groves

10:25 - 11:15      Blazing a Digital Trail: Making Friends with Robots by Jody Padar & Byron Patrick

11:25 - 12:15p    Panel Discussion: Engaging with Automation by Byron Patrick and Special Guests              

12:20 - 1:10p      Authentic Leadership: How To Be a Trailblazer by Dr. Jen Welter & Dr. Toby Groves          


Session 4 - Day 2

October 9, 2020 1:50 - 5:30 PM CT

4 CPE "Scout"

1: 50 - 2:40p       Fraud Recon: A New Look at Fraud, Data Analytics and Behavioral Analysis by John Hall & Dr. Toby Groves      

2:45 - 3: 35p       Person of Interest: How to Read Body Language (Including Virtual) by Jan Hangrave

3:45 - 5:30p        Fraud Recon: A New Look at Fraud, Data Analytics and Behavioral Analysis (continued) by Steve Biskie, John Hal and Toby Groves

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