Tuesday, August 22


Jonathan Hauser and Geoffrey Brown

The State of the CPA Profession: Embracing the Possibilities

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

It’s no secret that the accounting profession faces challenges. Issues like diversity, equity, and inclusion; meeting the ever-changing expectations and demands of the companies, clients, and communities we serve; and stewarding the next generation of CPAs necessitate action. But these challenges also present possibilities—possibilities for fresh ideas and new approaches to help navigate the future, ensure our relevance, and keep the profession moving forward.

Jonathan Hauser, CPA | Chairperson, Illinois CPA Society and Partner, KPMG
Geoffrey Brown, CAE | President and CEO, Illinois CPA Societ

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Roman Kepczyk

Techs, Trends, and Disruptors

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Dive into today’s key technology innovations, trends, and disruptors that are shaping the landscape. Receive specific recommendations for tech equipment that should (and shouldn’t) be in your office and review the cybersecurity moves you need to make now to protect your organization. Plus, discuss the latest CPA firm “tech stack” applications that are transforming accounting production processes and expanding advisory reach.

Roman Kepczyk, CPA, CITP, CGMA, LSS BB | Director of Firm Technology Strategy, Right Networks

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Wednesday, August 23


Derek Sasveld

All Eyes on the Economy

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Economists, investors, and consumers have expected the U.S. economy to descend into recession since late 2021 as housing and manufacturing have been under great stress. But why has this prediction been so popular yet so far unfulfilled? Discuss the likelihood of a recession, how the different parts of the economy could be affected, how severe it could be, and what an economic recovery might look like.

Derek Sasveld, CFA | Director, Investment Strategy and Research, Busey Wealth Management

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Dorri McWhorter

Running a Business in a Chaotic Environment

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Change is constant. Whether the catalyst is COVID, a hybrid workforce, economic issues, or global conflicts, how we choose to show up and meet these changes matters. Hear how, in the midst of chaos, there are always possibilities for creating new business opportunities for those willing to look for them.

Dorri McWhorter, CPA, CGMA, CIA, MBA | President and CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

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