American Accounting Association

American Accounting Association

2011 Auditing Section
Midyear Conference

January 13–15, 2011

Albuquerque Marriott ● Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Seventeenth Annual Midyear Auditing Section Conference

Please make plans to attend the Seventeenth Annual Auditing Midyear Conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 13-15, 2011. The Conference will be held at the Albuquerque Marriott, an AAA 3 Diamond property, located in the heart of Albuquerque's restaurant and shopping district. The hotel is just minutes from the Albuquerque Sunport, Historic Old Town, and the Sandia Peak Tram. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the special conference rate of $139 per night inclusive of internet access, single or double. Please make your reservations before December 13, 2010 to take advantage of this special room rate.

The KPMG Foundation is generously sponsoring the Midyear Conference. Similar to previous years, the meeting will include two keynote plenary speakers and concurrent sessions dealing with a wide variety of contemporary topics related to audit and assurance research, practice, and education.

The Friday morning plenary session will feature a presentation by Roderick Winters, General Manager, Finance Operations of Microsoft Corporation and Past Chairman of the IIA Global Board of Directors. Until recently, Winters led Microsoft's Internal Audit group which is widely viewed as an innovative audit organization and as a leader in leveraging technology and employee empowerment to optimize audit productivity, impact, and value contribution. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1994, Winters spent 11 years with Deloitte & Touche, most recently as the director of marketing and communications for the Seattle office. Winters has been an active member of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) since 1994, and is currently a member of the IIA's Global Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and is Chairman of the Global Nominating Committee. He served as the 2009-2010 Global Chairman of the Board, during which time he challenged internal auditors worldwide to “Achieve Our Potential”. Winters has also served in the roles of Senior Vice Chairman of the Board, Vice Chairman of the Board for Research and President of the IIA Research Foundation (IIARF), and Chairman of the Internal Auditing Academic Advancement Fund (IAAAF), among other roles.

The Saturday morning plenary session will feature a presentation by Bill Gradison. Bill Gradison was appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission as a founding member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which was created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. He was unanimously reappointed to a full five-year term in August 2004, and served as Acting Chairman from December 2005 to July 2006. Before joining the PCAOB, Mr. Gradison was senior public policy counselor with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Patton Boggs from 1999 to 2002. He previously served as president of the Health Insurance Association of America for six years. Mr. Gradison held elective office for more than 30 years. Before being elected to the U.S. Congress from his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, he was a member of the Cincinnati City Council for 13 years, serving as Vice Mayor and Mayor. During his 18 years in Congress, from 1975 to 1993, Mr. Gradison was the ranking member of the House Budget Committee and the Health Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means. Following a brief stint on the finance faculty of the Harvard Business School, Mr. Gradison began his career in public service in 1953, as Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Treasury in Washington, D.C. He subsequently was Assistant to the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare before returning to Cincinnati as a general partner of a New York Stock Exchange listed firm. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. Mr. Gradison received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. and a doctorate from the Harvard Business School.

This year's program will again include a pre-conference Audit Education Workshop on on Thursday afternoon beginning at 1:00 PM. The purpose of this Workshop is to bring together audit educators and leaders from the accounting profession to discuss emerging issues related to audit education. This year's topic involves what may be the single most important theme of your personal effectiveness and the very cornerstone of the auditing profession—Integrity. Kari Granger, a Performance Consultant at SUNERGOS and formerly Assistant Professor at the United States Air Force Academy, will lead the Workshop, drawing on materials that she developed with Michael Jensen, Professor Emeritus at Harvard Business School. Kari provides an actionable pathway that participants can utilize in raising their personal levels of integrity and in reaping the many performance and quality-of-life benefits. These developmental aids are readily adaptable to the auditing classroom as well as post-graduate training. Additional classroom case materials for exploring integrity with students in the auditing classroom will be provided and discussed by both practitioners and audit educators. Accordingly, in addition to leaving participants with actionable steps to enhance their personal integrity, a key goal of the Workshop is to provide the means for educators to positively impact the next generation of entrants to the auditing profession. There is a $40 registration charge for this Workshop and pre-registration is required. If you have questions regarding the workshop you may contact Jack Krogstad (e-mail: or the Mid-Year meeting Co-Chairs (e-mail:

Thanks to the generous support of KPMG LLP, the 12th Annual Auditing Section Doctoral Consortium will be held on January 13th, preceding the Midyear meeting. The chair of this year's Consortium is Kathryn Kadous. The purpose of the Consortium is to stimulate students' research by exposing them to the latest ideas from leading researchers in auditing, and by providing opportunities for networking with other Ph.D. students, established auditing researchers, and journal editors. The Consortium is open to all Ph.D. students who have an interest in auditing research.Students may be at any stage in their program. There is a limit on the total number of students who can attend the Consortium, and a maximum of four students from any one university may attend. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis via the registration forms on the Section's website. Students are advised to register early. For further information on the application process, please contact Kathryn Kadous via phone (404-727-4967) or email (

Make plans now to join us in Albuquerque next January!

Scott Vandervelde and Mike Wilkins
2011 Auditing Midyear Conference Co-Chairs

Steve Glover
Auditing Section President

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