Stephen P. Borgatti, University of Kentucky
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Technical Session: Social Networks Analysis: The Flow of Information Through Connections

Dr. Borgatti holds the Paul Chellgren Chair in Management at the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. His current research focuses on the perception and ontological status of network ties. His past work has been concerned with what flows through social networks, particularly knowledge, and with mathematical models of position and role in networks. Dr. Borgatti has published over 100 articles and two books Analyzing Social Networks, a practical book on network analysis (2013 & 2018) and Egocentric Network Analysis: Foundations, Methods and Models (2018). According to Google Scholar, his work has been cited more than 55,000 times. Dr. Borgatti is the author of UCINET, the leading software package for social network analysis in the social sciences and is past President of the International Network for Social Network Analysis and former senior editor of Organization Science.

He is a former instructor and director of the NSF Summer Institute for Ethnographic Research Methods in Anthropology. Dr. Borgatti earned his B.A. in Anthropology from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Mathematical Social Science from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to getting his Ph.D., Dr. Borgatti worked for several years as a marketing researcher. His research interests include social networks and knowledge management. Much of his work is mathematical and methodological, reflecting a strong interest in creating tools for solving problems in both applied and pure research settings.




Christine Ann Botosan, Financial Accounting Standards Board
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
FASB Update

Christine Ann Botosan joined the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on July 1, 2016. Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Botosan was the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Presidential Chair in Ethical Financial Reporting at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. In addition to her tenure as a professor, she spent a year in the office of the vice president as a leadership fellow and was previously the associate dean of graduate affairs. Prior to joining the University of Utah in 1999, Ms. Botosan was an assistant professor of accounting at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

An award-winning professor and researcher, Ms. Botosan has a broad knowledge of accounting issues, with particular expertise in the areas of financial statement analysis and valuation. A certified valuation analyst and a
chartered professional accountant of Canada, Ms. Botosan received her Ph.D. in business administration from the 
University of Michigan and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University
in Ontario, Canada.

Ms. Botosan has served the academic community in numerous ways, including as president of the American Accounting Association (2014-2015).


Michael Durney, Financial Accounting Standards Board
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
FASB Update

Michael Durney joined the FASB as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in June 2019. At the FASB, Mike supports the Board by facilitating connections with academic research and the academic community, working as a team member on the segment reporting, financial performance reporting, and conceptual framework projects, and consulting with other FASB project teams on an ad hoc basis.  

Prior to starting his fellowship, Mike graduated with a PhD in accounting from Cornell University and worked as an auditor with Ernst & Young in the Atlanta office. Mike also graduated from Brigham Young University with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in accountancy. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Georgia.

Following his fellowship at the FASB in the Summer of 2020, Mike will commence a tenure-track faculty appointment at the University of Iowa.


Jeffrey Hales, University of Texas at Austin
Friday, January 24, 2020 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Sustainability and Financial Reporting

Jeffrey Hales teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the Charles T. Zlatkovich Centennial Professor of Accounting. He is a graduate of the accounting program at Brigham Young University and received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

His research interests center on accounting standard setting and regulation, individual decision making, and behavioral finance, using techniques from applied game theory, experimental economics, and psychology. His research has appeared in The Accounting ReviewJournal of Accounting ResearchJournal of Accounting and EconomicsReview of Accounting Studies, and the Journal of Financial Economics, among other journals. He currently serves as an editor for Contemporary Accounting Research and sits on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review and Accounting Organizations and Society.

Since 2018, he has served as the Chair of the 9-person Standards Board at Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). In his role as Chair, he oversees the agenda setting and due process associated with the SASB standards development and maintenance. Before serving on the Standards Board, he chaired the Standards Council for the SASB.

During the 2009-10 academic year, Dr. Hales was a Research Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in Norwalk, CT. In addition, he served as a member of the FASB’s Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council from 2016-2019. He currently sits on the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and the Financial Reporting Council’s Future of Corporate Reporting Advisory Group.


James Hawley, TruValue Labs
Friday, January 24, 2020 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Sustainability and Financial Reporting


James Hawley is Head of Applied Research, at TruValue Labs, San Francisco, California, a start-up which provides advanced artificial intelligence-based analytics to create sustainability/ESG metrics using real-time, web and other non-company sourced ESG data. He is also Professor Emeritus School of Economics and Business, Saint Mary College of California.

He received his BA at the University of Wisconsin (Madison); his MA at the University of California (Berkeley); and his Ph.D. at McGill University (Montreal).

He is the author of two books, the first on international banks and the global monetary system, and also of the influential The Rise of Fiduciary Capitalism (2001). He is co-editor of Corporate Governance Failures: The role of institutional investors in the global financial crisis. (2011), as well as co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Institutional Investment and Fiduciary Duty (2014,) and The Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment (2015). He is currently working on a book (with Jon Lukumnik) the working title of which is Modernizing Modern Portfolio Theory (Routledge, 2020 forthcoming).

He is the author (or co-author) of numerous scholarly articles and papers on a variety of topics, including corporate governance, responsible investment, the international monetary and financial system, and environmental issues.



Leah Moehlig, Calvert Research and Management
Friday, January 24, 2020 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Sustainability and Financial Reporting

Leah  Moehlig is a vice  president and  ESG senior  research analyst  for  Calvert  Research  and  Management, a  wholly  owned subsidiary of  Eaton  Vance  Management  that  specializes in  responsible and  sustainable investing across  global capital markets. She is responsible for  environmental, social  and  governance (ESG) research  coverage of societally impactful company performance factors, specializing in the consumer staples sector  and restaurant industry. She joined  Calvert  Research and Management in 2018.

Leah began  her career  in the  investment management industry in 2008. Before  joining Calvert  Research and Management, she was a vice president- consumer discretionary equity research analyst at Citibank. Previously, she held roles at GE Asset Management as a U.S. equity research analyst  and a financial analyst.

Leah earned  a B.A. from  Michigan State  University. She is a CFA charterholder.




Douglas J. Skinner, The University of Chicago, Ph.D. Mentoring Award
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Douglas J. Skinner is Deputy Dean for Faculty at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting.  He is a leading expert in corporate disclosure practices, corporate financial reporting, and corporate payout policy.

Skinner joined the Booth faculty in 2005 and was appointed Deputy Dean for Faculty in 2015. He served as Interim Dean at Booth in 2016-17.  Prior to his appointment at Chicago, he was KPMG Professor of Accounting at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, where he had been on the faculty since 1989.

Skinner holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics with first class honors in Accounting and Finance from Macquarie University in Sydney and a master’s degree and PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Rochester.

Skinner’s research addresses a variety of topics related to how managers of public companies interact with the capital markets, which includes the causes and effects of managers’ corporate disclosure and financial reporting choices, with a focus on earnings guidance, as well as firm payout policies (dividend and share repurchase decisions).  He has also done research on the economics of auditing. He has a special interest in Japanese financial reporting and corporate governance practices.

Dean Skinner is co-editor of the Journal of Accounting Research, and was previously co-editor of the Journal of Accounting and Economics, which are the two most prominent academic accounting journals in the world.  His research is published in academic journals that include the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, and the Journal of Financial Economics.  Skinner’s research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Economist, The New York Times, and BusinessWeek.

In 2010, Skinner was named one of the top business school professors in the world in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings. He has taught undergraduate upper-classmen, full-time and part-time MBA students, executive MBA students, executives, consultants, and Ph.D. students. His teaching covers topics that include introductory and intermediate financial accounting, corporate financial reporting and analysis, financial statement analysis, corporate finance, and empirical methods in accounting research.