Delegates at Congress 2019 were captivated with content from acclaimed thought leaders who are leading the way with artificial intelligence, digital money and the future of finance. You will find details on the quality 2019 program below. CPA Congress will be back in 2020 with another engaging program.
Improved power systems, new materials, advances in computing, manufacturing and new, better algorithms are accelerating robotics. This is making robots faster, stronger, cheaper, and more perceptive, allowing them to engage with their surrounding environments, and carry out new and increasingly complex tasks.
In the same way that smartphones became widely available to everyone in the world in the last decade, robotics and AI will become cheap, easily accessible and deployable for everyone in the next. We will be living in a highly automated and advanced computerised world, sharing it with smart machines that have a form of limited or governed artificial intelligence.
These technologies are revolutionary because they minimise human intervention in areas we previously thought could never be automated. Automation minimises dangerous or boring tasks. It allows for new insights and greater capacity. It will create new jobs and give birth to entirely new fields of human endeavour. But in the process, it will disrupt old industries and create structural changes to the economy, with major implications for employment.
There has been much debate about the future of accounting as a profession. Role automation is leading to employer demand shifting from job title to skill set, but what skills will professional accountants really need?
Join our high-profile group think tank to be part of a live open discussion with our leading thought leaders and CFOs. They will take you into the future jobs and skill sets that will change the way we work and live.
Active career management is a critical capability for any leader. Job titles are becoming increasingly immaterial with millions of people having the same title, skills and experience.
That means, you and your employees have to stand out to be noticed. Your organisation’s brand and your own individual brand are not exclusive to one another. Aligning these attributes in an authentic manner is key to leading in your own areas and specialisation.
Fundamentally how finance teams will work is being altered with the speed of rapid technological change. The actual work involved in re-orientating your team, changing the processes and on-boarding your many stakeholders to come along for ‘a new way’ in the transformation is no easy feat.
In this session we will evaluate how to deliver alignment of the finance function whilst managing performance and keeping step with the overall business strategy.
Scott has experience as the lead of a ‘Centre of Excellence for Robotic Process Automation’ at the largest local government Authority/Council in New Zealand which realised over 10 BOT’s being implemented into production, commencing early 2018 through to mid-2019.
The Council’s ‘CoE for RPA’ team were rewarded in 2018 with the ALGIM award for ‘Best Use of Emerging Technology’, this was a great reward and recognition for a team that implemented a step change across the Council that had process/technology challenges.
The CoE team was also recognised for supporting how Council’s ICT function has transformed over the past year by being a finalist in the 2019 New Zealand CIO awards category of ‘Business Transformation through Digital and IT.’ Previous to working with Council Scott had worked across industries such as FMCG, Funds Management, Insurance, Hospitality, Mining, Government and Banking in various roles (Procurement, Marketing, Project Management, Research, Consulting and Offshore Operations).
We are frequently taught how to “manage” or “lead” from a top down perspective. What about from a bottom up? How do we establish a great working relationship with our boss, and maybe our boss’s boss?
In this session author and workplace productivity expert, Donna McGeorge will share with it what it takes to establish trust, credibility and confidence between you and your manager, and why it’s important. Take a non-political approach to handling workplace politics.
Donna McGeorge makes work work.
She is passionate about enhancing the large amount of time we spend in our workplace (too much, for many) to ensure it is effective and productive, as well as enjoyable.
Donna has worked with managers and leaders throughout Australia and the Asia-–Pacific for over 20 years. She delivers practical skills, training, workshops and facilitation to corporates — such as Nissan Motor Company, Jetstar, Medibank Private and Ford Motor Company — so they learn to manage their people well and produce great performance and results.
She also knows that when we decide to be intentional, we can surprise ourselves with what we can achieve. Donna has authored 6 books and her CV includes: Manager of Theatre, Sports & Concert Tours for the UK-based Keith Prowse; Asia–Pacific Organisational Development Manager for Ford Motor Company in Shanghai, China; as well as roles at Telstra, Qantas & Ernst & Young.
In a fast-changing environment today’s leaders need new ways of working, otherwise they risk falling behind the expectations and working habits of the next-generation workforce. At the same time a new leadership counter-trend is emerging, where the ability to reflect deeply and mindfully is needed to gain clarity amongst the noise.
This presentation begins with an interactive briefing on critical trends. But it doesn’t stop there, because you’ll then learn how to accelerate your own ability to scan for trends. To go further. Faster.
However it’s one thing to identify a market shift. It’s far harder to convince others to take action as a result. So you’ll then discover how to apply visionary leadership techniques to challenge the status quo, inspiring others to take action.
Ignite 1: Ignite your Learning
You've got a full day of great CPA learning ahead of you. Sure, you could print out PowerPoint slides and take copious notes throughout the day - but is this really the best method to ensure you get the most out of your conference day?
In this session, we'll question common conference behaviors. By exploring the brain, the foundations of human thinking, and the patterns of human memory, we will consider a new way to approach your learning to ensure you get the most 'bang' for your learning 'buck'.
Ignite 2: A return to tribe: How community and connection drive innovation
• Understand the research revealing ‘belonging’ as being critical within creative and resilient teams
• Understand emerging trends redefining workplace culture
• Insights into leadership micro-skills that will propel you as a leader in the emerging economy
Ignite 3: Gen Z Insights
Activist, entrepreneur and Girlboss NZ founder, Alexia Hilbertidou, will present an inspiring, funny and surprising insight into the minds of Gen Z. What are they engaging with online and what do they care about? How will they be impacted by the future of work and how should we be preparing them for it? How can we support the next generation of young people and how do we keep up with them?
Al Jeffery is an integrative performance facilitator and international speaker. He works with leaders and teams creating cultures of connectedness. Having been listed in Australia’s Top 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs twice in a row, nominated for Young Australian of the Year and worked with Apple, Google Australia, Telstra, AusPost and many more, Al merges his experience in business and wellbeing to support those creating our future.
Being able to effectively manage and guide others through change is vital. The fundamental unpredictability of change creates significant challenges for leaders in gaining the support of their people. Incorrect management of change can obstruct the process or even derail teams and organisations.
Join us and learn practical strategies to lead, inspire and ignite change, communicate it effectively and overcome change barriers.
In the age of disruption, constant re-invention and the call to be creative, what role does the more-than-rational play? In our attempt to boost efficiency, have we left behind something that may be our golden bullet in this time?
We’ll explore the context we are now living and working within, and what this might ask of us as leaders and stellar performers. We’ll debunk and possibly even experiment with some stories and ideas that may be stopping us from giving our full selves to our work and lives.
As a finance professional you are required to present to stakeholders who have varying degrees of financial understanding. The value you provide to them is wholly dependant on you delivering the information that is easily understood and provides meaning.
In the context of the economic environment, and producing insights that management and others can use to reach the true potential of the organisation.
In this session, takes us through the steps to translate the way insights are presented in a way that is customised to the audience
The conference is done, your brain is filled with new facts, and you're excited about all the new ideas you've explored.
Bad news: over the next couple days, you can expect to forget the vast majority of the new information you've learned today - unless you do something to support and bolster your memory.
In this session, we will explore how best to combat the brain's natural trend towards forgetfulness and consider a number of things you can do over the ensuing days/weeks to ensure you hold onto and can meaningfully apply all you've learned today.
Enhance your core accounting and finance skills in the areas of tax, audit and assurance, compliance, financial planning, analysis and reporting.
Find out how to transform your business using improved processes and management skills, the latest technologies and shared services.
Refine your skills and become a highly productive, effective and well-rounded individual.
Hear the latest trends and opportunities specific to your sector, including corporate, SME, not for profit and public sector.
Become an outstanding finance leader by enhancing the power of innovation, successfully managing change and driving a high-performance culture.
Understand shifts in the domestic and global economy, the regulatory environment, the latest fraudulent activities, and consumer and competitive markets to build risk mitigation strategies.
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