Keynotes

Tuesday, August 24


Tom Murtagh

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The State of the CPA Profession – Today and Tomorrow


Hear about the many issues impacting the CPA profession today, including changes in the CPA exam, declining number of new CPAs, and challenges with diversity and inclusion. We’ll also discuss how we ensure our relevance moving forward as technology continues to impact our core services, highlighting the need for CPAs to become strategic business advisors.

Thomas B. Murtagh, CPA, MBA, JD, LLM
Chairperson, Illinois CPA Society, Partner, BKD CPAs & Advisors

Todd Shapiro
President and CEO, Illinois CPA Society


Donny Shimamoto

Transcending Technology: Ensuring Relevance in an Automated World


As more accounting functions become automated, how do CPAs ensure they are not replaced by robots and artificial intelligence? Discuss the evolution of accounting information ecosystems due to emerging technology trends like automation, blockchain, cybersecurity, and data governance and learn how to transcend these technologies and ensure your relevance in the digital age.

Donny C. Shimamoto, CPA.CITP, CGMA
Founder and Managing Director, IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC

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Wednesday, August 25


Derek Sasveld

Eyeing Our Economy


As the economy overcomes COVID-19, and ongoing stimulus efforts keep the most negative outcomes in check, the outlook for growth is good in 2021 and 2022. But at what costs? Evaluate the impact of fiscal stimulus, including rising inflation and a weaker dollar, and how pent-up consumer demand and continued central bank accommodations could potentially accelerate an economic recovery before tightened fiscal policies come into play.

Derek Sasveld, CFA
Senior Investment Strategist, BMO Global Asset Management

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Nykia Wright

When Was the Last Time You Told a Really Good Story?


CPAs hold the keys to understanding the underlying economics of an entity and helping guide it towards future productivity and sustainability. But are you conveying that information in a way that is simple enough for everyone to grasp? Learn to use storytelling to unlock value and keep your organization agile enough to navigate even the most turbulent of times.

Nykia Wright, MBA CEO
Chicago Sun-Times


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