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MACPA #FutureReady Learning Labs (Pt. 2)


Post-pandemic success depends on what you do right now. This event will give you the information and context you need to adapt.

Please join us for the 2020 edition of MACPA’s Learning Labs, a complimentary series of TED-talk style presentations led by those at the cutting edge of the exponential trends shifts happening across the accounting profession.

The current economic situation is forcing unprecedented change on the business world, with major implications on everything from strategic planning to day-to-day workflow and logistics. MACPA’s Learning Labs bring you insider knowledge to help you get ahead of the game. Our Preferred Providers will present their expert insight with MACPA members’ needs in mind, lending perspective that gives you practical, meaningful takeaways to help you improve your business and your practice right now.

Learning Labs Happy Hour and Trivia

Complimentary Networking Event! Please join us for MACPA’s #FutureReady Learning Labs Trivia and Happy Hour at 5 p.m., immediately after Learning Labs.

Maryland Association of CPAs
Course Level
Professional Area of Focus
Future Ready
CPE Field of Study
Information Technology
Event Information
Jun 24, 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Total CPE Credits
Webcast Replay


Day 1

Fashion Models or Data Models: What’s Sexier?!

Have you been wondering, what the heck are data models and why do I have to know about them? Well look no further! During this presentation we’ll be diving into the subject of data models, and how CPA’s can work with this information in a relatable and understandable way- using fashion analogies!

Speaker: Jody Padar VP of Strategy at Botkeeper

Finance Automation in a Digitally Transforming World

The pace of digital transformation has sped up during this time of COVID 19. Avalara’s Liz Armbruester shares her expert view on how businesses of any size can harness automation with a winning result. Know your goals, and limitations | Small projects for big wins | Build your plan for desired outcome

Liz Armbruester, SVP, Global Compliance Operations at Avalara

How to Reinvent Yourself for the AI-Driven World

In this 12-minute talk, Jasen Stine, tax and accounting education leader at Intuit®, will share three essential skills business leaders need to strengthen as we navigate through the current landscape of the AI-Driven world, where artificial intelligence technology is leading us into a 4th industrial revolution. These skills, strategic thinking, relationship management, and data-intelligent coaching, will determine your own personal success and impact you have on your clients lives.

Speaker: Jasen Stine of Intuit

Going virtual and future-proofing your firm

With the rise of COVID19, many SMBs and accounting firms have been forced to work remotely. This has led to more businesses than ever embracing technology and looking for ways to structure their company for a ‘remote-based’ future. Explore with us the 5 critical steps to transitioning your firm to a virtual environment.

Speaker: Kalliopi Vlastos,U.S. General Manager at Receipt Bank

Beyond Payments

In this Ted Talk-style presentation, Amy Mann, Director of Creative Services at CPACharge, explores how technology continues to reshape the way professional accounting firms like yours conduct business, and why a modern payment technology is crucial to providing an exceptional client experience today. She’ll look at how client expectations are shifting and explore the ways online payments can help you streamline your workflow and boost your cash flow.

Speaker: Amy Mann Director of Creative Services at CPACharge

How to Create a Culture of Wellness with a Remote Workforce

COVID-19 has changed a lot in our lives! Not only have we found ourselves working remotely, but we may be struggling with our health, both physically and mentally due to new demands and stressors. Liz Entin, Director of Health Strategies & Solutions at SIG, offers smart and simple ways to foster a culture of wellness at your organization with a remote workforce. Key takeaways of this talk include: proper messaging, offering support, boosting engagement & morale, and celebrating the small successes. Create a vision for wellness at your organization and make it a reality!

Speaker: Elizabeth Entin, Director of Health Strategies & Solutions at SIG

It's not about AI, it's about growing!

Artificial Intelligence. Augmented Intelligence. These terms that are being thrown around and in tools, software and everywhere in our lives aren’t a magic bullet solution. Accountants, Advisors and Auditors alike are all striving to grow their business. It may seem like a foregone conclusion that just ‘Adding AI’ will solve for growth and client retention. The reality is very different, and though using this technology will become expected, it still comes down to client value and innovation by your team.

Speaker: John (JC) Colthart, SVP, Sales at Mindbridge

Employment Practices: Even the Good Get Sued

Overview of employment related risks that CPA firms face today. The pandemic creates urgent issues that managers need to address daily.

Speaker: Robert Albertini, Sr. Account Manager at AON


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