The modern world doesn’t work without CPAs, and there are no CPAs without accounting educators. This conference is designed for you. The Accounting Educators Symposium is an annual event that connects you with other educators, updates you on accounting industry trends, and equips you to help your students succeed. It’s about giving you the knowledge you need to better help your students succeed.

Topics to be covered: MACPA Update, State Board Update, Changes to the CPA exam, Data Analytics in the Classroom, Insights into the Pipeline of Accounting Students, ESG, and Ethics.

If you are an MACPA Educator member…please attend the conference for free as our guest.

Maryland Association of CPAs
Course Level
Professional Area of Focus
Accounting & Auditing
Future Ready
CPE Field of Study
Specialized Knowledge
Behavioral Ethics
Event Information
Jun 3, 2022
8:30 am - 4:20 pm EDT
Total CPE Credits
Live Webcast


Day 1

8:30 am
Welcome - Morning Announcements
8:35 am
MACPA Update

Rebekah Brown, CPA, Director of Development, MACPA

8:55 am
State Board Update

Dr. Jan Williams, Ph.D., CPA, Associate Professor of Accounting, University of Baltimore

This session will include an update of issues facing the Maryland Board of Public Accountancy and accounting profession.

9:35 am
9:40 am
Data Analytics in the Classroom

Dr. Vernon Richardson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Accounting, University of Arkansas

Data Analytics is changing the accounting profession, and in turn, revolutionizing accounting curriculums. We’ll offer insights as to how to teach data analytics skills and software skills to enhance our student’s critical thinking. We’ll discuss CPAEvolution and how students can prepare for it in each of their core accounting courses.

11:10 am
11:20 am
Impacting the Pipeline from Different Perspective: CAQ Market Research Findings Among High School and College Students

Liz Barentzen, Vice President, Operations and Talent Initiatives, Center for Audit Quality


This session will center on understanding high school and college students’ motivations and priorities in choosing career paths can inform colleges, universities, and the accounting profession on how to best build awareness about and effectively message the benefits of selecting accounting as a major. Liz Barentzen, CAQ’s VP, Operations and Talent Initiatives, will discuss the results of the CAQ’s recent market research findings aimed at better understanding the student mindset, motivations and priorities when making decisions about their careers. The CAQ is utilizing this research- which includes qualitative focus group data and quantitative survey data of almost 4,000 high school, community and four-year college students- in developing a targeted brand awareness campaign to reach underrepresented high school and college students, with the intent to increase the pipeline overall. In addition, this session will focus as to how academia and the profession might also use these findings in reaching and engaging with students about the potential of a career in accounting, with the overreaching goal in making this profession a more inclusive one.

12:10 pm
Lunch Break
12:40 pm
CPA Evolution/Curriculum Update

Dr. Charles Russo, Ph.D., CPA, CMA, CVA, Associate Professor of Accounting and Director of the M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory Services, Towson University

1:20 pm

Beverly Janson Ho, CPA, Managing Director, Deloitte Tax LLP

Bill Fisher, CPA, Managing Director/ESG Credits & Incentives Leader, Deloitte Tax LLP

Learning objectives:
1. ESG overview and why now?
2. Identify ESG-related matters that may impact the financial statements, including disclosures, and identify factors to consider when evaluating whether such matters are appropriately reflected and disclosed in the financial statements.
3. Recall how ESG-related matters may impact risk assessment performed as part of the financial statement audit.
4. Identify how the role as the auditor can enhance the reliability of ESG information through the performance of ESG-related assurance services, along with an introduction to the related assurance methodology.
5. Tax considerations around ESG

2:20 pm
2:35 pm
Beyond Compliance: Encouraging Independence and Ethical Conduct - this session should conclude around 4:15 p.m.

James Lager, Chief Ethics Adviser, US Government Accountability Office


The session will challenge the traditional approach to ethics, urging student awareness of behavioral ethics so they can identify psychological and systems pressures on objectivity and independence. Several proven techniques to ameliorate some biases are presented for consideration.


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