Objective: The intended audience is financial managers, controllers, treasurers, auditors, and individuals whose responsibilities involve governmental accountability and financial management. This conference is designed to enhance understanding of some of the problems encountered today in the public sector, inform of public policies and emerging issues, and provide managerial techniques to affect positive changes. The 41st Annual Accounting and Financial Management Conference continues the Association of Government Accountant’s commitment to a planned program of professional education and development for public sector financial managers.
As we approach the end of the program year, I want to thank everyone who has attended a training session (or is registered for one of the upcoming events). We will be sending out a member survey soon to look at what types of training events and content best suit your needs. We will start planning the new program year in June.
We have just two sessions left for the year: The May 9 Symposium and a June 13 webinar on leadership (with an ethics in government focus). Please visit our website to register. Time is running out for the 7 CPE Symposium; April 24 is the deadline!
At the March 28 Cybersecurity webinar, we did a mini celebration of “March is CGFM Month” and had the signed proclamations on hand from Governor Walker and Mayor Soglin. Thank you to those in attendance for being willing to stand for a group photo.
A fundamental challenge of our time is lack of ethical leadership. It has been discouraging to see the parade of public-sector officials epitomizing corruption and wrongdoing at the expense of taxpaying public. The breach of trust, brought about by various city, state and federal government officials, continues to fester animosity against governmental organizations. The remedy for public-sector corruption and likely socio-economic ramifications is not legislative controls but leadership values rooted in ethical choices. The essence of a leader is the soul from which character emanates; by successfully harnessing these character virtues, leaders emerge to ensure viability and sustainability of both the organization and society. A comprehensive model is used as the baseline to explore the needs and resulting benefits of ethical leadership. Join us to help build a socially responsible public-sector/professional partnership needed to shape our shared prosperity and regain the public trust!
Learn the ethical leadership model to apply the six virtues to realize the public-sector goal of preserving the public trust and the public good.
Develop an understanding of why earning and maintaining the public trust is vital for the viability of governmental organizations, and what role accounting and finance professionals play in building that public trust.
Develop an understanding of the need for good governance and how it is influenced by ethical leadership for effective risk mitigation.
TOPIC: Ethics in Leadership
SPEAKER: Kasthura Henry, Ph.D., CTP, AGA Chicago Chapter President
REGISTRATION: 12:45 p.m.
MEETING: 1:00 p.m.
COST: Attendance is free to the first 50 people who register. A wait list will be created if more than 50 sign up.
PLACE: Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 1 West Wilson Street, Madison, Wisconsin, 53703
Objective: The intended audience is financial managers, controllers, treasurers, auditors and IT personnel whose responsibilities involve governmental accountability and financial management. This conference is designed to enhance understanding of some of the problems encountered today in the public sector, inform of public policies and emerging issues, and provide managerial techniques to affect positive changes. The 41st Annual Accounting and Financial Management Conference continues the Association of Government Accountant’s commitment to a planned program of professional education and development for public sector financial managers.
For the past twelve-years, thanks to the initiative and dedication of AGA regional and chapter leaders, state and local governments have been declaring March CGFM month. This project has been a great example of AGA leadership and teamwork and continues to help spread the word about the CGFM Program. Your AGA Southern WI Chapter is proud to continue this tradition in 2018.
Visit the national AGA website for more information on the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) certification.
Official Southern Wisconsin Chapter AGA “March is CGFM Month” Proclamations: |
State of Wisconsin- Governor Walker and City of Madison- Mayor Soglin
This innovative and interactive presentation taps the fields of neuroscience, psychology and even biology to understand the point where science, emotion and critical thinking interact. Instead of critiquing how our minds are supposed to work, we will delve inside the fascinating world of how our minds actually work when we face difficult dilemmas with competing goals. The audience will experience startling, interactive experiments that reveal how we miss the obvious and how our minds conjure up false perceptions out of thin air. We will review why outdated ethical models centered around rule-based codes have failed and what research indicates does improve individual and organizational ethical reasoning.
This session offers a powerful, live EEG demonstration (visual representation of brain activity) allowing attendees to witness the cognitive patterns associated with ethical reasoning.
Why model codes of ethics fail
The science behind organizations’ “ethical DNA”
Understanding the psychology behind “tone at the top”
The interaction between critical thinking and ethics
Breaking myths about motivation related to decision-making
Ethical decision-making under pressure
Are ethics and morals “fixed” or can we learn to improve
Attendance is free to the first 30 people who register. Register below OR e-mail email@example.com to register. (A wait list bill be created if more than 30 sign up.)
Note: The AGA Chapter signs up for a single-site group webinar license. We can only award CPE for on-site attendance under the agreement.
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Welcome to CGFM Month! Every March, our chapter requests and receives proclamations from the Governor and Madison Mayor declaring March is CGFM month. If you have ideas on another municipal government that we should reach out, please let us know; we would be happy to reach out to other areas in the state of Wisconsin. For more information on the Certified Govenerment Financial Manager certification, please visit the AGA National website at http://www.agacgfm.org/cgfm
We have a busy spring with quite a few CPE offerings. Please view the calendar of events. There is also a free members-only webinar on March 15 that National should have sent notices about.
This month is also an opportunity to highlight the career of one of the chapter’s first CGFM members. David Mellem has retired with over 50 years of federal service. I encourage you to see the related articles in the March newsletter.
I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming training sessions!