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Tuesday, August 27






The State of the (Evolving) Profession

8:00 am – 9:15 am

Our profession is expanding and evolving right before our eyes. Emerging technologies, shifting client demands and the need for new skills are redefining the role of the CPA. Learn how you can move beyond being the technical expert to being the strategic business advisors that your clients and companies seek.

Geoffrey Harlow
, CPA - Chairperson, Illinois CPA Society and Partner, Wipfli LLP

Todd Shapiro
- President and CEO, Illinois CPA Society 



Real-Time Decision Making With AI and IoT

12:20 pm – 1:35 pm

Artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are providing powerful insights to a wide range of industries – including the CPA profession! This future-thinking session will show you how to examine the wealth of real-time information, decide what data is meaningful and provide value-added decision making to stakeholders.

Jodie Fisher - North American Business Unit Executive, Watson IoT, IBM


Rick Richardson’s 2019 Technology Forecast 

4:15 pm – 5:55 pm

Back by popular demand, Rick will share his vision of the hottest technology trends including the IoT, 5G cellular, blockchain, cybersecurity, biometrics, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and analytics. Plus, he will showcase the hardware and software technologies that accounting professionals should be including in their 3-5 year plans.

Dana R. (Rick) Richardson, CPA, CITP, CGMA - Managing Partner, Richardson Media & Technologies, LLC

Wednesday, August 28




Innovation in Times of Change: Using Improv to Deal With Disruption!

10:40 am - 11:30 am

Improv requires you to respond to changes in the moment, positively and without resistance.  It also involves creating something out of nothing, unleashing the innovative spirit of teams to generate lots of ideas quickly! Come prepared for an engaging experience – and walk away with the skills and the confidence to deal with disruption head-on!

Liz Joynt Sandberg
- Associate Director of Learning, Second City Works

Sam Super – Faculty Member, Second City Works


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