Jannies BarlingameJannies Burlingame, CPA, CRMA, Aptera Motors
Plenary Speaker, Friday, April 28, 9:10 am – 10:00 am
Emotional Resilience for Accounting Professionals

Jannies is the CFO of Aptera Motors Corp. Prior to Aptera, she served as the Executive Director of Internal Audit for Polaris Pharmaceutical Inc. and played a key role in achieving their Asia IPO by building the risk management framework from the ground up. Her contributions resulted in reaching a successful level of regulatory compliance both domestically and internationally.

Jannies is also the founder and Principal Consultant of SS&B Global Consulting Corporation, which specializes in delivering business solutions to Fortune 1000 Companies in the areas of risk and audit advisory. Throughout her collective 20+ year tenure in audit which started with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jannies worked in a variety of industries including Bio-Pharmaceutical, Banking, Tech., Tele-communications, and Entertainment, either as a leader or key member of audit engagement team.

A National James Burn Scholar from the University of Southern California Leventhal School of Accounting, as well as a proud Wolverine from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Business School, Jannies has a perpetual and insatiable desire for knowledge.

As a trilingual finance professional, Jannies has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, spearheading multilingual audits. With 900+ hours of speaking experience, she has trained numerous global corporations on flowcharts, audit methodology, risk management, Sarbanes-Oxley/J-SOX, and Emotional/Cultural Intelligence (EI/CI). She is most passionate about educating her fellow auditors on how to develop their EQ skills to become more valuable team members and leaders in the profession.

A Global Doctoral candidate for Durham University (England) and emLyon Business School (France), Jannies’ dissertation topic is “The Legitimacy of Empathy in Virtual Communication.” This topic is a combination of her passion in learning more about EI and applying it to improve communication strategies for business professionals. Her plan is to publish a book on the topic based on her research.


Dr. Yvonne L. Hinson, CPA, CGMA, CEO, American Accounting Association
Lunch Speaker, Friday, April 29, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Going Forward at the AAA

Yvonne Hinson, PhD, CPA, CGMA, is the CEO of the American Accounting Association. Prior to assuming this role in September 2020, she served as the Academic in Residence for the Association of international Certified Professional Accountants.  She began her accounting career with Arthur Andersen in Charlotte, NC.  After returning to the University of Tennessee to pursue her Ph.D., Yvonne accepted a position with Wake Forest University.  During her over 18-year career at Wake Forest University she served as a faculty member, Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Accountancy and Dean of Charlotte Programs. Yvonne has served on numerous academic and community committees and nonprofit Boards and is a past President of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and past Chair of the AAA Membership Advisory Committee. She is currently a member of the KPMG PhD Project Board, the Federal Government’s Cost Accounting Standards Board, the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Committee, the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Policy Committee and the IFAC Accounting Education Panel. Her research has been published in both academic and practitioner journals.  She earned her BS in accounting and MBA from UNC-Charlotte.


Karen K. Osterheld, CPA, American Accounting Association
Lunch Speaker, Friday, April 29, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Going Forward at the AAA

Karen Osterheld is the Senior Director of the Center for Advancing Accounting Education at the American Accounting Association (AAA). In this role, she is responsible for the identification, development and dissemination of best practices and innovations in accounting education across the academy.

Prior to joining the AAA, Karen was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy at Bentley University and was a full-time member of the faculty for 31 years. During her tenure at Bentley, Karen primarily taught introductory and intermediate accounting. Karen was also responsible for the academic internship program for undergraduate and graduate students in the department.

In 2003, Karen received the Joseph M. Cronin Award for Excellence in Academic Advising at Bentley. In 2008, she was nominated Faculty Member of the Year by the student body. She has also won two Bentley University Innovation in Teaching Awards and the Bentley University Service-Learning Award.

Karen has chaired the AAA Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting and served as the President of the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Section of the AAA.

Karen started her professional career at Arthur Young in Boston and has eleven years of business experience, primarily as a manager in the financial services industry. She earned her B.S. Degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany and her M.B.A. Degree from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Massachusetts.