Sessions For November 6, 2019

7:00AM-5:30PM

06

Wednesday
8:00AM-9:15AM

WOM19101. Your Brain on Goals

Instructor: Jane Moran
Knowledge Level & Prerequisite: Beginner (1-2 years in the profession)
Field of Study: Personal Development
CPE Credit: 1.5

**Additional fee**

Neuroscientists tell us our brain is a social organ. Before anything else. And the more we understand this highly sensitive operating system, the more likely we are to reach our biggest goals. This session addresses the highly unpopular finding that the more time we spend analyzing details, the harder it is to successfully engage and communicate with others. It’s quite the dilemma for many of us who are highly analytical but also want to achieve strategic goals, build relationships and successfully lead change. We just need to give the brain what it needs each day.

In this session you will discover the 6 core conditions that your brain, and everyone else’s, needs in order to operate at its best each day. You’ll then learn how to create a significant goal for yourself that is brain friendly, increasing your likelihood of achieving it. This compelling and practical learning experience dips into neuroscience to understand how our environment and daily interactions affect our brain, and what it needs to perform at its best and get the most out of those we interact with. We explore recent brain facts and useful communication approaches to transform how you move through each day. You will leave the session with a goal your brain loves, and a level of inspiration and focus to get the most out of the conference.
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the impact our daily interactions have on our effectiveness and discover the effect that change and complexity has on our brain
  • Identify common stressors in your role and workplace environment and learn the 6 core conditions for optimum engagement and high performance
  • Develop simple ways to build better relationships
  • Understand how to set goals your brain loves and reate one goal that primes your brain to achieve it.

06

Wednesday
9:30AM-10:45AM

WOM19102. Demystifying CyberSecurity: Why it’s not a Technology Problem?

Instructor: Amber Welch
Knowledge Level & Prerequisite: Intermediate (3-5 years in the profession)
Field of Study: Information Technology
CPE Credit: 1.5

**Additional fee**

Join this interactive workshop to hear and discuss the top 10 cybersecurity issues that you should know/think about in both the workplace and at home. Whether it's clients asking you about the latest cyber trends or you wanting to make sure your children are safe on the internet - you'll come away from this session knowing the latest and most crucial cybersecurity issues and what you can do to mitigate the risks to both your clients and your family.

06

Wednesday
12:30PM-12:40PM

WOM1900. Chair Welcome and Introductions

Instructor: Tracey Golden, Jacquelyn Tracy
Knowledge Level & Prerequisite: None
Field of Study: None
CPE Credit: 0.0

06

Wednesday
12:40PM-1:30PM

WOM1901. Breaking Through: My Journey to Becoming the First Female NFL Official

Instructor: Sarah Thomas
Track: Specialized Knowledge Track
Knowledge Level & Prerequisite: Beginner (1-2 years in the profession)
Field of Study: Personal Development
CPE Credit: 1.0

Sarah Thomas is a woman of many firsts – she was the first female official to ever work a major college football game, the first woman to officiate a bowl game, and the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium. She is also the first permanent female NFL official and made post-season history during the Patriots/Chargers 2019 AFC Divisional championship by being the first woman to officiate a playoff game. Now she’s sharing essential leadership lessons from her journey to the top of a male-dominated industry and vital insights on shattering the glass ceiling in the world of professional sports that can be applied to any field or industry. As an exemplar of what’s possible if you believe, Sarah brings audiences takeaways on breaking through in your own career, from staying focused under pressure and creating change to managing work-life balance and being the best you can be.

1:30PM-1:35PM

06

Wednesday
1:35PM-2:50PM

WOM1902. Leading the Digital Finance Technology Revolution - presented by Oracle

Instructor: Kimberly Ellison-Taylor (Moderator), Christina Kite, Tina Mashiko, Shannon Castellanos
Track: Specialized Knowledge Track
Knowledge Level & Prerequisite: Overview (1-2 years in the profession)
Field of Study: Personal Development, Business Management & Organization
CPE Credit: 1.5

Women are increasingly taking the helm of finance organizations leading disruption in their industries. Hear from women finance leaders who are investing in digital technologies and data-savvy talent to create highly-efficient, effective finance functions able to lead their companies with confidence into the digital future.
Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the key elements of the new, agile operating model for modern finance, and how to apply them to your organization
  • Learn specific use cases for emerging technologies to accelerate finance transformation and create data-savvy finance teams

2:50PM-2:55PM

06

Wednesday
2:55PM-3:45PM

WOM1903. The Power of One: How One Attitude, One action, And One Person Can Change the World

Instructor: John O'Leary
Track: Specialized Knowledge Track
Knowledge Level & Prerequisite: Beginner (1-2 years in the profession)
Field of Study: Personal Development
CPE Credit: 1.0

Expected to die after being burned on 100 percent of his body as a child, John O’Leary now teaches others how to truly live. He reveals that how we view, hear and internalize the world has everything to do with the professional, relational and personal outcomes we receive. Through emotional storytelling and with great humor, O’Leary will share the insights he gained from his experience, and he will empower you to shift your perspective and overcome adversity. He will provide the tools to transform challenges, strengthen relationships and stretch boldly toward possibility.
Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to change the way you ask questions to transform the answers you receive—and the life you lead.
  • Improve personal accountability for actions, attitudes and outcomes.
  • Better understand your impact within your organization and re-ignite your professional passion.
  • Discover the two greatest motivators in life and their powerful effects.

06

Wednesday
4:15PM-5:30PM

WOM1904. Thanks for the Feedback – Lessons in Giving and Receiving Feedback

Instructor: Rebekah Brown
Track: Experienced Leader Track
Knowledge Level & Prerequisite: Overview (1-2 years in the profession)
Field of Study: Personal Development
CPE Credit: 1.5

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly both giving and receiving feedback. We know that feedback is essential to our personal development, but we so often dread and even dismiss it. Feedback can be ill timed, unfair and downright mean, but that doesn’t have to dictate our ability to use it for our own growth. Using lessons from the best-selling book, “Thanks for the Feedback” by Douglas Stone and Shelia Heen, learn the three types of feedback, the barriers to receiving feedback well and how you can create a feedback culture at your organization.
Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the three types of feedback and the degree to which you need each one
  • Recognize the barriers and blind spots that can get in the way of receiving feedback well
  • Create an action plan for getting the feedback you need and creating a feedback culture at your organization

06

Wednesday
4:15PM-5:30PM

WOM1905. Core Confidence

Instructor: Kate Boorer, Fiona Pearman
Track: Emerging Leader Track
Knowledge Level & Prerequisite: Intermediate (3-5 years in the profession)
Field of Study: Personal Development
CPE Credit: 1.5

What is standing in the way of creating the career and life you’re aiming for? Research has found there’s a common thread for men and women as they move through their career, particularly as they head into their late twenties and beyond. Confidence impacts many aspects of our careers and lives including our ability to:
• Negotiate a pay raise or more flexible work arrangements
• Ask for a promotion or apply for a progression opportunity
• Challenge a stakeholder or call out unacceptable behavior
But what is confidence? How does a lack of confidence play out in the workplace and what can you do to start to better understand your internal sources of confidence?

Research continually confirms that many young professionals blame confidence as the reason they are not achieving their goals in career and life and it's time to do something about it. This 75-minute session will explore both the external and internal dimensions of confidence and share strategies to proactively and sustainably connect with your core confidence to enhance performance both personally and professionally.
Learning Objectives:

  • Defined and explored their relationship with confidence
  • Understand where a lack of confidence may be holding them back
  • Identify strategies and tools to support them reconnect and commit to an ACT of confidence

06

Wednesday
4:15PM-5:30PM

WOM1906. Creating a Sustainable Work+Life Balance

Instructor: Lauren Baptiste, Sarah Elliott
Track: Specialized Knowledge Track
Knowledge Level & Prerequisite: Beginner (1-2 years in the profession)
Field of Study: Personal Development
CPE Credit: 1.5

As CPAs, Sarah and Lauren personally witnessed and experienced the harsh realities of burnout on the body, mind and heart. Burnout isn’t a one-off; it is interwoven in the tapestry of hard-working, 24/7, revenue-generating, passionate individuals and organizations that want to excel.

There’s a lot of chatter about the lack of women in leadership positions, and while boards are taking notice and implementing “band-aid solutions”, we’re still not addressing the root cause of the problem: sustaining positive mental health and well-being. Burnout ranks as the highest concern for companies when it comes to issues facing employees and we’re not trending towards a solution; we’re running towards the problem, especially for us CPAs. It’s time for an action plan that gets to the heart of the matter.

In this session, we’ll discuss how you can pursue a career filled with meaning and fulfillment. We’ll share successful stress management techniques and help you define clear next steps. You'll walk away from this session feeling inspired and ready to take back the reins of your life.
Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the impact of stress and burnout in the workplace.
  • Create tangible next steps to ignite immediate positive change in your well-being.