Madoff whistleblower to speak at MNCPA conference

The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Management & Business Advisers Conference (MBAC10) will bring together business and financial professionals for two days of education and knowledge sharing.

The lineup of keynote speakers includes a Bernie Madoff whistleblower, a former Medtronic CEO, and the subject of a major Hollywood motion picture. This year’s conference, held at the Minneapolis Convention Center June 14-15, is expected to attract more than 700 CPAs and finance and business professionals from Minnesota and surrounding states.
 
Conference keynote speakers include:
  • Harry Markopolos, the financial analyst who led the investigative team that uncovered Bernie Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme, will kick off the event with his story and how his team finally brought Madoff to justice.
  • Bill George, a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, past chairman and CEO of Medtronic, and best-selling author, will provide lessons for leading in times of crisis and in times of revitalization, and how to apply them to organizations.
  • Mark E. Whitacre, the former Archer Daniels Midland executive who was portrayed by Matt Damon in The Informant!, will close the conference with a look at some of the most prominent scandals of the day and recent market debacles, and the valuable lessons learned.
 
The additional 34 sessions will cover various topics related to today’s ever-changing business world. It is important that business leaders are able to foresee business-critical issues and trends while thinking strategically and driving positive change. Some of the sessions include topics about IFRS conversion, federal and Minnesota tax updates, hiring tips, how to be more productive with Microsoft 2010, and how to be a skillful negotiator.
 
“Finance executives and CPAs have diverse roles. Many are responsible for leading a variety of areas in their company outside of finance, including human resources and information technology,” said Lynn Kletscher, MNPCA conference manager. “This conference is a unique opportunity to get education on topics and issues they deal with daily.”
 
Complete conference information including speaker biographies, session descriptions, and schedule are available on the conference Web site.
 
About the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants:
The MNCPA is committed to serving the public interest with programs that advance the highest standards of ethics and practice within the CPA profession. Information and resources are available to the public on the MNCPA Web site. A free CPA referral service also is available on the Web site, or by calling (800) 331-4288. Founded in 1904, the 9,200-member professional organization includes CPAs working in public accounting, business and industry, government, and education.

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