November 10 2017 Sessions

6:00AM-6:45AM

6:30AM-12:55PM

7:00AM-8:00AM

10

Friday
7:00AM-7:50AM

With an increasing number of leading companies advancing people/talent initiatives as a key component of their competitive strategy, accounting firms need to consider how diversity & inclusion strategies, or the lack thereof, impact their ability to compete for new business.

This session will review the results of a new market study completed by Bloomberg BNA to understand the perception and reality of diversion & inclusion in the tax and accounting market from both sides of the equation – within Accounting Firms as well from the perspective of their corporate clients. Join this session to learn:

  • Do enterprise corporate decision-makers consider diversity & inclusion a priority when hiring an accounting firm?
  • The potential negative impact of the lack of diversity & inclusion initiatives in attracting top talent, in acquiring business from leading corporations, and more.
  • How Bloomberg BNA has benefited from developing a culture of diversity & inclusion and the impact it’s had on the organization and its extended ecosystem.

Join us to hear real-life examples and share best practices in this interactive session.

10

Friday
7:00AM-7:50AM

302. Women in Business: Gender Differences in Interpreting and Responding to Risk

Instructor: Nicole Blythe
Experience Level: Beginner

This session will explore the findings from Grant Thornton International’s 2017 Women in business (WiB) report. This report builds on previous WiB work that has explored: the performance advantages of mixed gender leadership teams; the routes to the top for women; and the motivations for men and women seeking senior positions. This year’s report takes a closer look at effective risk management as vital to future growth. We are now living through unpredictable times and many risks are becoming a reality. The need to see and seize the opportunity presented by uncertainty has never been greater. During the session, we will examine how men and women interpret and respond to risk, and how this affects the business decisions they make.

10

Friday
8:00AM-9:15AM

24. AICPA Women Past Chairs

Instructor: Barry Melancon, Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, Kathy Eddy, Tommye Barie, Leslie Murphy, Olivia Kirtley
Experience Level: Beginner
Track: SKA

Kathy Eddy, Tommye Barie, Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, Olivia Kirtley and Leslie Murphy, moderated by AICPA CEO Barry Melancon will host a panel on how they achieved success, overcame challenges and how together, we can make an impact on the profession.

Join women leaders, aspiring leaders and male colleagues interested in a more inclusive and successful workplace to focus on leadership topics, boardroom diversity and best practices to enhance the skills and potential of women leaders within the financial community.

10

Friday
9:20AM-10:10AM

25. The State of the Profession

Instructor: Barry Melancon
Experience Level: Beginner
Track: SKA

10:10AM-10:40AM

10

Friday
10:40AM-11:30AM

Today’s increasingly competitive marketplace paired with the low unemployment rate has made attracting, retaining and developing talent a top priority for all organizations. Workforce demographics, competitive pressures and a desire for growth are causing organizations to think holistically about their talent – and how to leverage diverse perspectives to solve complex business challenges. Workforce data can offer key trends that you can use to understand your own perceived value to the business, as well as build opportunities in consulting with your clients, and can offer insights for women in the accounting profession who are looking to advance their career.

In this session, a panel of experts will evaluate and dissect recent employment data that has shown to have disruptive trends in the workforce. Attendees will learn how they are stacking up in comparison to their counterparts, how big data can help you navigate the evolving demands of your career, firm and business leaders to better understand employee engagement, and how to identify critical changes needed in an organization to retain valuable employees. Additionally, you will learn how to assess, design and implement actionable plans that move the needle on diversity and inclusion for all levels in an organizations’ hierarchy.

10

Friday
11:40AM-12:55PM

27. What They Say When You’re Not There: Managing Your Professional Reputation

Instructor: Shari Harley
Experience Level: Beginner
Track: SKA

You’re only as good as people say you are. What are your internal and external customers saying? Do they want to work with you or do they feel that they have to? Take control of your reputation by knowing how you are perceived and managing what you put in front of others. Improve your and your department’s reputation. Get more feedback enabling you to take control of the impressions you create. Build long lasting business relationships that outlast economic downturns, miscommunication and conflict. Take charge of your business and your future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover and improve your professional reputation.
  • Become more fluid in talking about and supporting your organization’s business needs.
  • Get closer to business leaders and be seen and called upon as a necessary asset.