2020 Accounting Programs Leadership Group & the Federation of Schools of Accountancy Annual Joint Seminar

Friday, February 7, 2020
6:45 am - 7:55 am Networking Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:05 am Meeting Welcome
Jennifer Mueller-Phillips, Auburn University
Greg Sommers, Southern Methodist University
8:05 am - 8:55 am Industry Leadership
Stefanie Kane, PwC
9:00 am - 10:15 am Diversity Efforts of Firms and Schools - What measures are firms and schools taking to improve diversity in the newest generation of accounting professionals? How can we leverage one another’s efforts to generate interest in accounting amongst a diverse group of students?
Personnel/Human Resources
Moderator: Jennifer Mueller-Phillips, Auburn

Panelists: Ken Bouyer, EY
Michael Clement, The University of Texas at Austin
Michele Meyer-Shipp, KPMG
Cynthia Turner, Ohio State University
10:15 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 11:35 am Accounting Accreditation Standards – Bane or Boon?
AACSB adopted supplemental accreditation standards for accounting programs almost 40 years ago to address the special needs of the accounting profession. How has the value proposition of supplemental accreditation evolved to today, particularly with the newest 2018 standards?
Business Management & Organization
Moderator: JK Aier, George Mason

Panelists: Jim Benjamin, Texas A&M
John Grice, Troy University
Gary McGill, University of Florida

Program Culture
How programs are successfully building a “culture” in their cohorts through admissions processes, orientation activities, and continued engagement with alumni. Trends and best practices.
Business Management & Organization
Moderator: Scott Collins, Penn State

Panelists: Gretchen Handlos, Indiana
Shannon Mulally, Michigan State
Steven Smith, UT Austin
11:40 am - 12:30 am Expanding Visions of Where an Accounting Degree Can Take Your Students
Roadtrip Nation, fueled by the CAQ, has produced a documentary about the wide range of paths in accounting and auditing.  This session, which will feature a viewing of the documentary trailer, will provide insights into how business schools can message the vast opportunities that await students who major in accounting – and appeal to their desire to enter into a purpose driven career.
Moderator: Liz Barentzen, Center for Audit Quality

Panelists: Michael Clement, The University of Texas at Austin
Ellen Glazerman, EY
Leilani Wei, Documentary Interviewer/Subject: Graduate, Cal State Long Beach
12:30 pm-1:45 pm Lunch and Award Presentations

APLG Award Presentations: Jeff Wilks, BYU

FSA Award Presentations: Antoinette Smith, Florida International University

Keynote Speaker: Lara Sweet, Snap Inc. “From Chief Accounting Officer to Chief People Officer: A conversation with Lara Sweet about Snap, tech firms, and the future of accounting”
1:50 pm - 2:40 pm Fresh on the Job
Figuring out your new leadership role.
Business Management & Organization
Moderator: Drew Reffett, Miami University

Panelists: Scott Hobson, BYU
Sharon Lassar, Univ of Denver
Sandra Vera-Munoz, University of Notre Dame

Seasoned Leader
How do you keep it fresh and not burn out?
Business Management & Organization
Moderator: Jennifer Mueller-Phillips, Auburn University

Panelists: Aaron Crabtree, University of Nebraska
Shannon Mulally, Michigan State University
Gary Peters, University of Arkansas
Marc Rubin, Miami University
2:45 pm - 3:35 pm Preparing Students for the Real World
Students struggle with the stress of school. How can we prepare these students for going out into the real world? What are the implications for us, our programs, and our profession?
Personnel/Human Resources
Moderator: Greg Sommers, SMU

Panelists: Len Pepe, Bentley
Ananth Seetharaman, University of North Texas
Keith Urtel, University of Notre Dame

3:35 pm - 4:00 pm Break

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm Keeping Curriculum Innovative and Relevant
There are many moving parts to ensuring accounting curricula are dynamic, fresh, and relevant. Join us in a panel discussion to think about the various stakeholder demands placed on departments and programs.
Moderator: Gretchen Handlos, Indiana University

Panelists: Kathleen Davisson, University of Denver
Andee Hodo, Auburn University
Jim Franklin, Western Governors University
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Reception

Saturday, February 8, 2020
7:00 am - 8:10 am Interest Group Breakfast
8:15 am - 9:05 am Ensuring the Value and Sustainability of Accountancy Graduate Programs
Discussion of the strategies and tactics for ensuring that accountancy graduate programs provide valuable educational experiences, and are perceived by students, faculty and employers as doing so.
Moderator/Panelist: Drew Reffett, Miami University

Panelists: Andy Call, Arizona State University
Brooke Elliott, University of Illinois
Chelie Marton, Grant Thornton, National Director of University Recruiting
9:10 am - 10:00 am Engagement and Fundraising
Fundraising and development is now an expectation of my leadership role. What are successful approaches used by others?
Business Management & Organization
Moderator: Ananth Seetharaman

Panelists: Duane Brandon, Auburn University
Jeff Wilks, Brigham Young University

Effects of Student Mix
How can the ever-changing composition (or "mix") of students in program cohorts impact the program’s culture, reputation, employment outcomes, and/or other factors.
Personnel/Human Resources
Moderator: Scott Collins, Penn State University

Panelists:Andee Hodo, Auburn University
Benjamin Lansford, Rice University
Scott McQuillan, Deloitte
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:20 am Update on CPA Evolution
Where does this joint effort between NASBA and the AICPA to explore modifying the requirements for initial CPA licensure now stand?
Facilitator: Jeff Wilks, BYU

Speaker: Colleen Conrad, NASBA
Carl Mayes, AICPA
11:25 am - 12:15 pm Integration in Accounting Curriculum: Leading by Example

Spotlight on the 2019 Mark Chain/FSA Award for educational innovation in graduate teaching.
Speaker: Mahendra Gujarathi, Bentley University
12:20 pm - 1:35 pm Lunch: CPA Evolution Discussion
Jeff Wilks, Brigham Young University

1:40 pm – 2:30 pm Storytelling in Business: Learn how to 'Show and not tell'
Personal Development
Speaker: Dave Lieber of Dallas Morning News, Master Storyteller




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