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Virtual Conference: How CPAs Can Lead in the 4th Industrial Revolution — a #FutureReady CPA Event


Now is the moment where CPAs can prove their value to clients, to the business world, and to the common good. It’s right at the moment when everything is changing that we can show our knowledge, leadership, vision, and capability can make a difference.


Being a #FutureReady CPA means being aware, predictive, and adaptive as change comes. It means thinking long-term and learning quickly so you don’t just survive change – you thrive in it.


Awareness, prediction, and adaptability are learnable skills. And THAT is what this virtual conference is about.


Join us for a discussion about what it takes to become #FutureReady and develop the skills you need. We’ll also cover examples of how successful companies are already embracing the future.

See the full agenda to learn more about what you can expect from the leading voices participating in this unique, nationwide learning collaboration event.

Business Learning Institute
Course Level
Professional Area of Focus
Future Ready
BLI Leadership
Business & Industry
CPE Field of Study
Business Management & Organization
Information Technology
Thomas Hood Donald Tomoff Peter Margaritis Sam Bowling
Virtual Event (online)
Event Information
Dec 17, 2019
10:30 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Virtual Event (online)
Total CPE Credits
In-Person + Simulcast


Day 1

10:25 am
Welcome and Why
Rebecca Campbell
10:30 am
Thriving in Industry 4.0: The Rise of the T-Shaped Professional

In order to survive the tech tsunami, accounting and finance professionals will be asked to develop new skill sets and new mindsets. The successful accounting and finance professionals will be those that have deep technical accounting expertise and boundary crossing skills that will allow them to cross over other disciplines and departments and connect the dots in their organizations. The key is to understand how their work fits into the broader corporate strategy of their organizations or firms. This session will cover the latest research and show you how to think about these skills in a useful framework.

11:00 am
The #FutureReady CPA: A Walk Through of the Competencies
Peter Margaritis, CPA, CGMA

The #FutureReady learning framework from the Business Learning Institute outlines the skills CPAs need to thrive in the rapidly changing world of accounting & finance, and the emergence of the T-Shaped Professional. As “traditional” accounting skills like
auditing and data entry are increasingly automated via machine learning and Artificial Intelligence, tomorrow’s professionals will need to have deep technical knowledge in a wide range of strategic competencies: leadership, anticipation, strategic thinking, communication, and collaboration.

12:15 pm
12:30 pm
Tech Trends for Accountants: What To Know and What You Can Do About It
Donald Tomoff

AICPA Chair Bill Reeb stated in an July 2019 AICPA interview that “The digital era has swept in a blistering pace of change that’s transforming the world around us. The change is not incremental — it’s exponential.”

Advancing technologies, consumer preferences and higher expectations are dramatically changing the accounting profession. Technologies, including data analytics & BI, artificial intelligence, robotics process automation, cloud, and others, are changing the landscape of the profession.

The barrage of information can be overwhelming and confusion sets in on how to even start. This session will address the major trends accountants should be considering and provide a process by which to think about proceeding.

1:20 pm
#FutureReady CPA: Firm and Industry Case Studies
Sam Bowling, CPA, CGMA

AI is changing the landscape of work processes in the future with huge implications for both public accounting and industry CPAs. This session will include practical tips on how to Implement AI in your Audit Practice from an experienced Partner who has led a transformation within her own firm. She will also share examples of how this is being used in the market to show CFOs and Controllers the risk in their general ledger before their auditors get there. Samantha is a Managing Partner, the Immediate Past Chair of the Maryland Association of CPAs, and CPA.COM’s 2018 Innovative Practitioner Award Winner.

2:00 pm
Conference Ends


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