Featured Sessions from the E.D.G.E Conference 


    Carol Morgan Carol Morgan, CPA, CFE, CIA, CISA, CCEP, Vice President Audit & Risk Management Services, World Vision U.S.
    10:35 am - 11:50 am | Wednesday, August 10

    The pressures on management, boards and audit committee members to understand and address organizational risks have never been greater. In today’s economic climate, an organization must be able to protect its key assets. Whether due to changes in leadership, direction, growth, funding, technology, or program/service offerings, it is likely that your organization is facing increased risk. The potential reputational, legal, financial, and mission-related risks associated with such exposure have increased, as have stakeholder expectations regarding good stewardship. This places even more responsibility on leadership to identify and understand potential risks, and prioritize mitigation strategies going forward. This session will discuss appropriate methodologies to identify risk, key risks facing NFP organizations, and risk mitigation techniques. Click here for conference registration.

    Brian KushThe Brand YOU: Becoming Intentional About Your Messages to Get the Results You Want

    Brian Kush, CPA, CLC, President, Moxie Partners

    12:45 pm - 2:00 pm | Wednesday, August 10

    In today’s world of growing transparency and ever emerging social technologies, you cannot stop the proliferation of your brand. You have no control over how it is interpreted either – because it’s not up to you. That is up to everybody else. You can, however, take ownership over the messages you send. How do you want your professional (and personal) life to be seen by others? How do you want to position your personal brand so it leads to the results you want? In this session, you will learn:


    What a personal brand is, and how to uncover your current brand in creative ways

    How first impressions are formed, why they are so important, and how they can be strengthened and, when necessary, changed!

    Five sure-fire ways to damage your personal brand and limit your ability to achieve all the results you want in life

    How your personal brand may be the key to uncovering your “dream” job, or doing more of what brings out the best in you in your current job – but not in the way you probably think. Click here for conference registration.


    Allison HarrellWork/Life Balance

    Allison Harrell, CPA, Audit Senior Manager,Thomas Howell Ferguson, P.A.
    2:25 pm - 3:15 pm | Wednesday, August 10

    What is this work/life balance issue that everyone keeps talking about? We are accountants – work IS our life, or at least that is how we have been stereotyped for years. This is not the case anymore, either for our profession or every other profession out there. The workforce is changing, which includes increases in dual earner families, single parent and single person households, working mothers, and elder care responsibilities. Everyone is striving to achieve that perfect balance between excelling in careers and maintaining quality of life. This session will discuss how to do just that. Click here for conference registration.


    Ken WittEvolution of Corporate Sustainability Practices: Emerging Opportunities for CPAs
    Ken Witt, CPA, Technical Manager, Business, Industry and Government, AICPA
    3:15 pm - 4:05 pm | Thursday, August 11

    Results of survey research conducted by the AICPA, CIMA and CICA show that while highly valued in some leading organizations, the finance function involvement in corporate sustainability initiatives remains limited. As 21st century companies rise to meet the challenges of economic, social and environmental responsibility, the accounting profession has an important role to play. Attend this session to learn about the “triple bottom line” of sustainability, including:

     

     

    Examples of innovative corporate social and environmental sustainability programs

    Applying environmental “lenses” for identifying impacts

    The role of the CPA in sustainability accounting, reporting and assurance

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    Tommie SingletonIT General Controls for Financial Auditors
    Tommie Singleton, CPA.CITP, CFF, CGEIT, CISA, Scholar-in-Residence, Carr Riggs & Ingram
    8:00 am - 8:50 am | Friday, August 12

    This session will cover the basics that financial auditors need to know regarding IT general controls (ITGC). It includes the five major areas to investigate, how to assess assurance, and how results interact with financial audit plans, processes, evidence, and conclusions.

     

     

    Control environment

    Access control

    Change management

    Backup & recovery

    Service providers

     

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    April GunnGaining Audit Efficiency and Insight Through Data and Risk Analysis

     

    April Gunn, CPA, CISA, Director, Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts
    8:55 am - 9:45 am | Friday, August 12

    As auditors, we have a tendency to accumulate massive amounts of data. Do you ever feel like you aren’t doing enough with that data? Have you ever wondered how to focus your audits by pinpointing risks of non-compliance present in the data? Would this help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your organization’s audit and regulatory compliance process? Find out how to do just that via a discussion of tools and techniques to assist with implementing a multi-entity or program-related risk-based audit approach. Attend this session to learn:


    How to review data for decentralized entities as a whole instead of individually

    How to and challenges of implementing a risk-based audit approach

    How to combine external risks with risks identified within your data

    Ways to automate assigning risks to determine audit approach

    How to identify common internal control weaknesses


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