December Webinar Rescheduled – Internal Control

Internal Control

Ensuring Effective Quality Management of the A-123 Program

December 18 | 2–3:50 PM ET | 2 CPEs | FOS: AUD

Program Level: Overview
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None required
Field of Study: Auditing (AUD)

IMPORTANT: Due to National Day of Mourning and Federal government offices closing on Wednesday, Dec. 5, this webinar has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18. All current registrants will be notified as soon. 

Financial leaders responsible for Risk and Control programs will discuss steps they are taking and tools they use to ensure quality in their organization’s A-123 programs to avoid surprises and increase efficiency and effectiveness of risk and control assessments.

Speakers

  • Mike Wetklow, CGFM, CPA, Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Division Director, NSF
  • Mark A. Krieger, CPA, Director, Office of Finance, USPTO

Moderator

  • Daniella Datskovska, Director, TFC Consulting Inc.

REGISTRATION: 12:30 p.m. – Webinar 1:00 p.m.

COST: Free for Members, $10 for Non-Members

PLACE:  UWSA Service Center at 660 West Washington Ave, 2nd floor

Register below or by e-mail to Sherri Voigt by 1 pm on Friday, December 14, 2018.

Note: The AGA Chapter signs up for a single-site group webinar license. We can only award CPE for on-site attendance.

December 5, 2018 Webinar – Internal Control

Welcome Members and Non-Members

IMPORTANT: Due to National Day of Mourning and Federal government offices closing on Wednesday, Dec. 5, this webinar has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18. All current registrants will be notified as soon. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 1–2:50 p.m. | 2 CPE
Internal Control
Ensuring Effective Quality Management of the A-123 Program

Program Level: Overview
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None Required
Field of Study: Auditing (AUD)

Financial leaders responsible for Risk and Control programs will discuss steps they are taking and tools they use to ensure quality in their organization’s A-123 programs to avoid surprises and increase efficiency and effectiveness of risk and control assessments.

Speakers

  • Mike Wetklow, CGFM, CPA, Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Division Director, NSF
  • Mark A. Krieger, CPA, Director, Office of Finance, USPTO

Moderator

  • Daniella Datskovska, Director, TFC Consulting Inc.

REGISTRATION: 12:30 p.m. – Webinar 1:00 p.m.

COST: Free for Members, $10 for Non-Members

PLACE:  UWSA Service Center at 660 West Washington Ave, 2nd floor

Register below or by e-mail to Sherri Voigt by 1 pm on Monday, December 3, 2018.

Note: The AGA Chapter signs up for a single-site group webinar license. We can only award CPE for on-site attendance.

November 28, 2018 Webinar – Ethics – Escape the BlindSpot Zone

Welcome Members/Non-Members

Wednesday, November 28
Webinar
November 28 | 1–2:50 p.m. | 2 CPE

TOPIC: Ethics – Escape the BlindSpot Zone

SPEAKER: Kevin McCarthy
Inspirational Speaker, Best-Selling Author, BlindSpots, LLC

REGISTRATION: 12:45 p.m. – Webinar 1:00 p.m.

COST: Attendance is free to the first 30 people who register. A wait list will be created if more than 30 people sign up.

PLACE: Regent Street Area-Exact Site To Be Determined
Details will be sent to registrants

Register below or by e-mail to Sherri Voigt by 1 pm on Monday, November 26, 2018.

Note: The AGA Chapter signs up for a single-site group webinar license. We can only award CPE for on-site attendance.

November 28, 2018 Webinar Speaker

About This Month’s Speaker

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy
Inspirational Speaker, Best-Selling Author, BlindSpots, LLC

The problem with making ethical decisions is you don’t always know you are in the middle of an ethical dilemma. Our speaker spent 33 months in a federal prison for a crime he didn’t knowingly commit because… he had blind spots. What are your blind spots doing to you? We all have numerous blind spots. They are nearly impossible to recognize if we are not looking for them.

Learners will discover how to make better decisions and enjoy richer relationships at work and home by:

  • Discovering your unconscious assumptions that are impacting your decisions and behavior
  • Learning how to quickly recognize your blind spots so you can avoid unnecessary hardships
  • Unmasking the hidden biases that creep into every decision-making process
    Learning and applying simple but effective decision-making tools

Presentations from 41st Annual Symposium

Thank you to all who presented and attended AGA Southern Wisconsin’s 41st Annual Symposium on May 9, 2018.

Please find the following presentations from our speakers:

 

41st Annual Symposium – Deadline is April 24, 2018

2018 ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM
 REGISTER TODAY!
**Deadline is April 24, 2018**

41st ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

CPE CREDITS: 7 HOURS
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
University of Wisconsin Union South

The Association of Government Accountants
Advancing Government Accountability

7:30 a.m. Registration — 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Conference

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.

Full Agenda: AGA Southern Wisconsin Chapter Annual Symposium

Fees:

  • AGA Member $40
  • Non-Member $80
  • Retired AGA Member $30

Symposium Registration Should be Received by April 24, 2018

Mail Registration: Association of Government Accountants
PO Box 1454
Madison, WI 53701-1454

REGISTER ONLINE

Registration Contact: Sherri Voigt, 608-266-2814, sherri-aga@hotmail.com

Audio Conference, June 13 – Ethics in Leadership

Welcome Members/Non-Members

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Audio Conference

1-2:50 p.m. | 2 CPEs

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!

Learning objectives:

  • 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

Register on-line below, or by e-mail (sherri-aga@hotmail.com) by 3 pm on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Note: The AGA Chapter signs up for a single-site group webinar license. We can only award CPE for on-site attendance.

Forty-First Accounting and Financial Management Conference

AGA Southern Wisconsin Chapter
Forty-First Accounting and Financial Management Conference

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

University of Wisconsin
Union South
Varsity Hall 2
1308 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53715

7:30 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Conference

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.

Full brochure: AGA Southern Wisconsin Chapter Annual Symposium

CPE Credits: 7.0 hours
Fee:

  • AGA Member $40
  • Non-Member $80
  • Retired AGA Member $30

Registration Deadline: April 24, 2018

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 185 PEOPLE

No refunds or cancellations will be accepted after April 24, 2018. Substitutions are permitted.

Note: Fees include breakfast rolls, beverage, luncheon with dessert, and afternoon refreshments.

Register by mailing completed registration form, or on-line below:

Registration Contact: Sherri Voigt at 608-576-6473 or sherri-aga@hotmail.com

For Symposium content questions and specific dietary requests, contact Mary Laufenberg at 608-438-8338 or maryendres6998@gmail.com

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April 11, 2018 Webinar – Beyond the Code: Ethics in The Real World

Beyond the Code: Ethics in The Real World

April 11 | 1–2:50 p.m. CT | 2 CPEs | FOS: BETH

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.

Major subjects:

  • 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 sherri-aga@hotmail.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.

REGISTER ON-LINE:

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March 28, 2018 Audio Conference – Cybersecurity

Wednesday, March 28th
Audio Conference
 1–2:50 p.m. | 2 CPEs

TOPIC: Cybersecurity

SPEAKER: Caleb Jones, Assistant VP Security Risk Program Manager, Alion Science & Technology

REGISTRATION: 12:30 p.m. – Webinar 1:00 p.m.

COST: $0 for Members, $10 for Non-Members

PLACE: Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)/Department of Tourism Building, 201 W Washington. Madison
WI, 53703

REGISTER:  Below on-line Or by e-mail (sherri-aga@hotmail.com) by 1 pm on Monday, March 26, 2018. If you would like us to
invoice, note if you want to pay by check or credit card (We can bill through PayPal for credit card use).

Note: The AGA Chapter signs up for a single-site group webinar license. We can only award CPE for on-site attendance.

For non-information technology personnel, cybersecurity can be a labyrinth of strange concepts, acronyms and techno-babble that is at best confusing and at worst terrifying. All of us rely on technical staff to secure our systems and data, and unless you are a trained IT professional, the details of cybersecurity will likely remain something of a mystery. However, a little familiarity with the fundamentals will go a long way. This session will provide a basic understanding of cybersecurity concepts and will empower the personnel who own the data and depend on the systems to better collaborate with their IT staff to ensure the integrity, availability and confidentially of financial data.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn:

  • The principles of the confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA) triad
    • We will review case studies highlighting actual incidents and relate them
      to the CIA triad
  • The principles of risk-based security assessment including the elements of
    criticality, threat and vulnerability

    • We will review examples in order to clarify why this is important to the layperson and will explain your role in this process
  • What data owners and system users can do to help their IT staff better secure
    their systems
  • We will review: 1) what questions you should be asking your IT staff, 2) what
    information you should be providing them and 3) how your business unit can
    work with the IT staff to affect a positive change in your cyber-preparedness

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