Registration and Agenda – 43rd Annual Spring Symposium

AGA Southern Wisconsin presents

43rd Annual Spring Symposium

Professional Development Training

May 19, 2021 | 8:00am-3:45pm | Virtual | 7 CPEs

Topics Include:

  • Bad Accounting Leads to Bad Decisions
  • How the Pandemic Helped Me Address My Struggle with Burnout
  • COVID-19 and the Wisconsin Economy
  • Retirement as a Journey, Not an End Point
  • Leveraging Funding to Bring Bus Rapid Transit to Madison
  • Additional Sales Tax from Out-of-State Retailers

AGA Member $30 | Non-Member $60 | Retired AGA Member $15


** Registration deadline is May 13, 2021**

Registration available below or print and send from Agenda Document:


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All Virtual for 2021–Registration and Agenda

Wednesday — May 19, 2021

The Association of Government Accountants
Advancing Government Accountability

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Objective: The intended audience is financial managers, controllers, treasurers, auditors, IT personnel, and accountability professionals whose responsibilities involve governmental accountability and financial management. This conference will explore current problems encountered in the public sector, inform of public policies and emerging issues, and provide managerial techniques to affect positive change. The 43rd 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.

Format: Lecture, Question & Answer
Level: Update/Overview
CPE Credits: 7 hours
Fee: AGA Member $30 / Non-Member $60 /Retired AGA Member $15

President’s Message – March 2021

It has been a strange year indeed. I miss seeing everyone at lunch meetings and

In the meantime, the chapter board is working to adapt to the current environment.
With the second year of our annual Symposium being cancelled at Union South, we
are branching out into the virtual world. This year will be all virtual! On the plus side,
the software will handle session check-in, polls to track attendance, and will even
issue the CPE certificates after the data is reviewed.

I want to wish all the Certified Government Financial Managers (CGFMs) in our
chapter a very happy CGFM month! We have 23 CGFM or CGFM-Retired

We have two webinars coming up. See below for the dates and content. Also, AGA
National has a free Members Only webinar on March 17 for 1.5 CPE: Resiliency:
Your Mindset, Your Mission and Your Triumph. Take advantage of the great
membership benefit!

And speaking of membership benefits, it is renewal season. I’m sure AGA National
has been in touch…

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA
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April 2020 Webinar – Ethics-The Spy’s Among Us!

Ethics-The Spy’s Among Us!

April 8 | 1:00–2:50 PM CT | 2 CPEs | FOS: BETH

The Psychology Behind Unethical Behavior & The Role Technology Plays in Unethical Behavior

Do you know if a Spy is sitting next to you in the workplace? Are you an accomplice to an ethical violation at work unbeknownst to yourself? Will the advancement of new technology compel the public & private sectors to subdue ethics? This Webinar will help you recognize alarming ways that ethics is being compromised in the workplace. It will also help you become more cognizant of the ethical dilemma companies face in their quest for more advanced technology.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Elaborate on ethical concerns in advanced technology
  2. Discuss the psychology of why an employee would ignore ethical principles and engage in inappropriate business conduct at work
  3. Identify ways an employer can limit ethical violations in the workplace
  4. Explain what an employee can do if they discover that a co-worker is violating their company’s code of ethics
  5. Articulate how ethical framework shapes social responsibility
  6. Describe unethical practices in the workplace

Speaker: Dr. Alfred Robinson, Chief J1 , DoD

REGISTRATION: 12:30 p.m. – Webinar 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 people sign up.

PLACE: GEF3, 125 South Webster Street. Madison, Wisconsin 53703-3474

Register on-line below or by e-mail  by 1 pm on Friday, April 3, 2020.

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

President’s Message – March 2020

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Happy CGFM Month to everyone! The Certified Government Financial Manager certification is now celebrating its 26th year. March is CGFM month, and we have proclamations from the Governor of Wisconsin and the City of Madison Mayor.

The chapter is offering two “audio conference” sessions through AGA National. March 25 is a session on Cybersecurity-Mitigating Threats and Hacks. This is an ongoing issue for government and individuals alike. April 8 is a session on Ethics. This topic area is of such importance that the chapter offers it for free to all government accountability professionals.

AGA National also has a free webinar on March 18 from 12-1:50 CT, for 2 CPE. This time, it is being opened up to both members and nonmembers! Register on-line at AGA Annual Women’s Leadership Webinar.

The Annual Spring Symposium is in the final planning stages…brochures will be available soon. For the quickest notice of this, or any other training, consider subscribing at our website . (Note: This would only send notices as something changes on the site and the e-mail information is not used for any other reason.)

The chapter is exploring some new webinar capabilities for next fall so CPE can be awarded from the comfort of your own desk. Stay tuned… And if you have any topic or speaker suggestions, we are always looking! Contact me or Education Chair Mary Laufenberg any time. The goal is to be able to increase CPE offerings in the next program year to assist CGFMs and CPAs with their continuing education requirements.


🐱🐱 =^..^=

P.S. It is renewal season…Membership and CGFM renewals are due by March 31

March 2020 Audio Conference – Cybersecurity- Mitigating Threats and Hacks

Welcome Members & Non-Members

Wednesday, March 25
Audio Conference
1:00–2:50 P.M. | 2 CPEs

TOPIC: Cybersecurity- Mitigating Threats and Hacks

SPEAKERS: Sarah Cunningham, CGFM, CFO, Mecklenburg County; Scott
Randels, Director FFRDC PMO, Science & Technology Directorate, DHS; Drew Buttner, DHS; Alec Summers, DHS

REGISTRATION: 12:45 p.m.

Attendance is limited to 30 people. If more than 30 individuals register, we will create a wait list.

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

PLACE: Department of Transportation
Hill Farms State Office Building
4822 Madison Yards Way

Register on-line below or e-mail by 1 pm on Friday, March 20, 2020.

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

March 2020 – About This Month’s Webinar

Mitigating Threats and Hacks

March 25 | 1:00–2:50 PM CT | 2 CPEs | FOS: CS

Program Level: Overview
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None required
Field of Study: Computer Software & Applications (CS)

Learn what financial management personnel need to know about cyberthreats and how to manage the risk in our upcoming webinar, “Cybersecurity: Mitigating Threats and Hacks.”

Cybersecurity is not as scary as it seems — as long as you have a plan. Our panelists will share their cyber experiences, plus offer information on identifying and addressing dangerous software errors and how to leverage federal resources for best practices in cybersecurity.

Participants will also hear from two government agencies on the following

  • We were Hacked (Mecklenburg County)
  • Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors (DHS)

Learning Objectives
Through this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify types of threats and hacks.
  • Understand methods of mitigation to apply to found threats and hacks within the organization.
  • Identify the top 25 most dangerous software errors and how to deal with them.


  • Sarah Cunningham, CGFM, CFO, Mecklenburg County
  • Scott Randels, Director FFRDC PMO, Science & Technology Directorate, DHS
  • Drew Buttner, DHS
  • Alec Summers, DHS