CPA Congress 2018

Program

Be captivated with a day of content from acclaimed thought leaders on the big picture trends, then customise your learning on a second day with sessions from a range of content streams.

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THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Monday 15 October

Morning
8.00AM - 9.00AM
Registration and arrival
09.00AM - 09.10AM
Official opening and welcome to country
Speaker
  • Brett Rutledge (MC)
    Director, Linguistics, Sensemap Brett is the youngest ever World Champion of Public Speaking, and an internationally regarded business strategist, linguist and communication expert. He has acted as a key advisor on the language, meaning and structure of some of the most important commercial deals undertaken in Australasia, working with many high profile individuals and organisations to change the way they are perceived, valued and respected.
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09.10AM - 10.10AM
Trends and business impacts
KN1: Economic update

Global growth has had a couple of good years, and Australia’s economy has increasingly slip-streamed that. To date Australia’s growth has shown up in jobs rather than wages, but there’s a slow switch underway from job growth to wage growth.

However, adding a big tax cut to an already strong US economy has sent shockwaves through world markets, and, if China’s markets feel too much heat, then that could prove problematic for growth prospects here in Australia. So what does the future hold for Australia? Chris Richardson will use the most recent economic data to explore the pressure points and opportunities that lie ahead for Australian and the international economy.

Speaker
  • Chris Richardson
    Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

    Chris Richardson is a Partner of Deloitte Access Economics and is one of Australia’s best-known economists. Chris heads Deloitte Access Economics’ forecasting and modelling unit.

    He is the author of three regular publications: Business Outlook, Employment Forecasts and Budget Monitor. His comments on trends in the economy and their effect on business regularly appear in daily media coverage.


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10.10AM - 10.40AM
Morning tea
10.40AM - 11.40AM
Trends and business impacts
KN2: Go digital. Stay human.

Our world is going digital and we are moving towards the birth of an entirely new economy. Technologies like artificial intelligence and augmented reality will have a radical impact on businesses, communities and our personal lives. As more jobs are getting automated, we will be forced to answer some serious questions: what does it mean to be a human being and how do I lead life and work in this exponential digital era?

During the search for his daughter's health, Christian discovered a unique wave pattern in the development of living cells and biological organisms.The living cells in biological organisms solve problems in the same way and order as human beings in technological organisations. So, we can learn a lot from the cells in our own body. They can even tell us what the future of technology and organisations will look like.

This keynote session challenges people and organisations to think and act in a more human-centric way and, thus, helps to transform disruptive technological threats into disruptive opportunities.

Speaker
  • Christian Kromme (NL)
    Visionary thinker, futurist and best–selling author Christian Kromme was an innovative tech-entrepreneur for 15 years until he discovered the DNA behind disruptive innovation and how to use this to predict the next big wave of technological disruption. Now Christian is one of the most in-demand futurist keynote speakers, speaking in front of tens of thousands of entrepreneurs, business leaders and policymakers about the radical impact of disruptive technologies on humans and organisations.

    He is a world-renowned expert in disruptive technologies and the author of the best-selling book ‘Humanification - Go Digital, Stay Human'. As a tech-entrepreneur, Christian has participated in several successful ‘disruptive’ start-ups, often spin-outs in completely different industries, but always focused on the interface between humans and increasing technology.

    In 2002, Christian founded his own agency that helped organisations to dramatically increase their rate of innovation. In 2014, he sold the agency to a multinational and started to focus on his passion, giving inspirational keynotes on disruptive technologies and the impact on human beings.

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11.40AM - 12.40PM
Operational transformation
KN3: Panel discussion: The role of finance in creating a human-centric …

In a world where our perceptions are being shaped by disruptive technologies and where we are accustomed to tailored solutions and exceptional delivery, what role does the finance team play? 
Looking both internally to our finance teams and stakeholders, and externally to our customers, this panel of senior finance and business professionals will consider how we can leverage technology, and our own skills as human beings, to ensure our continued value.

Key themes to discuss will include: 

• how can technology help us understand our people better and provide more personal, customer-centric products, services and business models
• what skills do we need to champion and develop in our finance teams to be able to leverage technology effectively
• how can we personalise our service to stakeholders and cultivate a human-centric culture within the finance function
Speakers
  • Dr Emily Verstege (Facilitator)
    Consumer insights expert and author Dr Emily Verstege is a customer experience futurist, speaker, author and mentor. She helps the leadership of some of Australia’s fastest growing businesses  magnify their impact by putting people at the centre of everything they do. Her clients include Ausnet Services, Scentre Group, Ray White, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
    A reformed research academic, management consultant and tech start up survivor, Emily is passionate about creating extraordinary customer experiences, driven by incredible insights and connected businesses.
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  • Amy Foo FCPA
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  • Ian Bailey
    CFO, Kmart

    Ian Bailey is the Managing Director and Director of Kmart Australia, the number one discount department store in Australia and New Zealand. Ian commenced with Kmart Australia in 2006 as the Chief Financial Officer and has played a significant role in leading the turnaround of the business, including the re-position of the Kmart Australia business model, establishing an outstanding and ethical international sourcing division, and working closely with merchandise.

    Ian’s experience, both national and international, covers a number of industries including retail, professional services, consulting, technology and healthcare in positions that include general management, sales, business development and project management.

     Ian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. 

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  • Ken Christie FCPA
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Afternoon
12.40pm - 1.50PM
Exhibition lunch and networking break
1.50PM - 2.50PM
Strategy and leadership
KN4: The beauty of data visualisation

In this age of “Big Data” and information overload, visualization has immense potential to help us quickly understand, navigate and communicate meaning across many complex domains.

Author, designer, and leading practitioner in this developing field, David McCandless will share his passion for this merging of design, information, numbers and story. His popular blog and best-selling book, Information is Beautiful use visualisation to discover new patterns and fascinating stories in the seas of data surrounding - and sometimes - swamping, us.

His hyper-visual presentation will unveil the interesting, unexpected and sometimes magical things that happen when you start to visualise data, knowledge and ideas.

This session will explore:
• how to use DataViz as a novel storytelling medium for ideas and insights
• merging design thinking and statistical rigour without compromising either
• best practice and the growing role of interactivity and creative “play” in the handling of data and numbers.

Speaker
  • David McCandless (UK)
    Author, designer and data journalist A British data-journalist and information designer based in London. Early explorations into the synergy between data visualisation and his work as a journalist led to the development of Information Is Beautiful and the subsequent publication of his book of the same name.
    David turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections.
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2.50PM - 4.00PM
Personal development
KN5: Dare to...
Dare to embrace change
Nothing ever stays the same. One small change can have a huge domino effect on a life, career or business. Why don’t we embrace this concept? Simple…We are afraid of change and transitions. Why? Because we don’t understand the value, beauty or the process how change and transition can work for us.

Dare to hit the high notes
Achieving and exceeding your personal performance goals is a challenging endeavour, yet simpler than you might think. With more than 25 years’ experience as an award-winning performer and theatrical producer, Darryl will show how ‘hitting the high notes’ is something that everyone should be able to do whenever they need to do it. Peak performance is not a one-off highlight but rather a consistent outcome born of a never-ending cycle of purpose, action, momentum, resilience and self-belief.

Dare to be joyful
Amanda’s action-packed, scientifically based session, offers an abundance of use-it-now tools to handle change and create deep, lasting relationships at every level - with customers, colleagues and family - leaving everyone feeling good about themselves, energised, enthusiastic and re-engaged.

Speakers
  • JoAnna Ferrari
    Performance coach and business trainer

    JoAnna is a master transitional and performance coach. JoAnna lives by an idea that ‘you can be, do and have anything you wholeheartedly put your attention to’. But to truly live this way, you must be willing to explore, experiment and express yourself in brave new ways. This idea has been the key in her reinventing herself and in transforming businesses, teams and individual clients. 

    She has used her ideas to become a highly successful executive in numerous businesses, to  consult businesses in over 140 different industries, to train sales teams in five countries, to become a highly referred performance coach for top executives, and to transition her life and her gender.

    JoAnna’s diverse and accomplished business background includes Director of a 300-seat call centre at the age of 32, building her own telephone marketing centre at 38, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Nightingale Conant, CEO of Anthony Robbins business in Australia, and consultant to Telcoinbox, helping to grow the business from $8 million to $80 million in three years.

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  • Darryl Lovegrove
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  • Amanda Gore
    CEO, The JOY Project

    For more than 25 years, Amanda Gore has been one of the world’s most admired experiential speakers. She uses the principles of emotional intelligence to transform the spirit of people and cultures by changing perceptions, improving relationships, connecting people, managing change, leadership, innovation and team dynamics.

    She believes success in business is always about feelings. The way we feel about a product, organisation or person influences our behaviour and informs our decisions about spending, or who to conduct business with. Until we change our perceptions, we won’t change our behaviour. Amanda’s presentations change perceptions… And feelings.

    Author of five books and several training programs, Amanda is also CEO of the JOY Project and has a Bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy, a Major in psychology, and expertise in ergonomics, stress management, group dynamics, neurolinguistics, neuroscience, and occupational health.


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4.00PM - 4.30PM
Aftenoon tea
4.30PM - 5.30PM
Operational transformation
KN6: Applying financial intelligence in the fight against terrorism and…

You don’t necessarily associate accountants with fighting crime and corruption - that is until you meet Bill Conway. Interpreting complex financial intelligence to provide a comprehensive narrative to inform military commanders, Bill has used his accounting skills to take him on an incredible professional journey that ultimately helped to bring down one of the most infamous terrorist regimes, the Taliban.

Sharing his experiences both as an Intelligence Officer in the US Navy tracing individual transactions to garner nuggets of intelligence and as a Public Prosecutor in Chicago working on complicated embezzlement cases, Bill will show you just how far your financial intelligence skills can take you.

Speaker
  • Lt William Conway
    US Navy Bill Conway recently completed a deployment as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Navy that took him to Qatar and Afghanistan. He was featured in the New York Times for his work in identifying Taliban funding sources using his accounting skills. Bill runs a family investment fund, Raputs, LLC which focuses investment in both private and public investments. He  is also a finance professor at DePaul University.
    From 2012-2017, Bill was a an investment banker at J.P. Morgan focusing on helping industrial companies obtain debt and equity capital and complete M&A transactions. Prior to that, Bill was a prosecutor at the Cook County State's Attorney leading the prosecution of major financial crimes, and public corruption cases.
    Bill has an MBA from University of Chicago ('12), JD from Georgetown University ('06) and BS from the University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School ('00).
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Tuesday 16 October

Morning
8.00AM - 8.30AM
Registration and arrival
8.30AM - 9.30AM
KN7: Ignite your thinking

Ignite 1: The future belongs to artists
As we transition from the information age to the conceptual age, every individual, organisation and brand is being asked to redefine their relevance in a 21st Century Renaissance. When creativity is now the strongest economic currency and experience is the new cost of entry, as leaders, we must rethink our approach. We must look beyond conventional sources for inspiration and embrace practices more akin to such a complex and ambiguous landscape. In this daring, thought-provoking and soul-awakening keynote, you’ll learn that in the new economy, money follows meaning, thinking needs feeling and the maker matters just as much as what is being made.

Ignite 2: Real leadership, real talk, real results
Communicating in an engaging and authentic way is needed more than ever before. As the volume of information consumed by the average individual escalates, how you can ensure your message is understood and remembered? In this entertaining and educational keynote, Gabrielle points out the hidden consequences and often hilarious absurdity of 'business speak' and the importance of speaking in a way that is real.

Ignite 3: Ignite your learning
Is printing out PowerPoint slides and take copious notes throughout the day the best method to get the most out of your CPA conference day? In this session, we'll question common conference behaviours. By exploring the brain, the foundations of human thinking, and the patterns of human memory, we will consider a new approach to your learning to ensure you get the most 'bang' for your learning 'buck'.

Speakers
  • Mykel Dixon
    Artisan thinker and cultural architect Australia's foremost expert on artisan thinking, enterprise artistry and atmospheric design. He helps conscious, innovative and influential business leaders build beautiful organisations and create meaningful work.
    A musician by trade, gypsy by nature, fierce nonconformist and reliably unconventional, Mykel embodies the new wave of entrepreneurial experts showing forward-thinking companies how to stay relevant in a 21st Century Renaissance.
    A prolific anti-perfectionist and accidental author of Just Do Something - a guidebook for turning dreamers into makers invites us to reawaken our innate creativity, re-imagine our infinite value as individuals and brands, and redesign our workplaces human-centric innovation and full self-expression.
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  • Gabrielle Dolan
    Expert authority in Business Storytelling, founder of Jargon Free Fridays Gabrielle Dolan is a global thought leader on authentic leadership and business storytelling. She is a bestselling author of several books. Ignite: Real Leadership, Real Talk, Real Results, published in 2015, reached the top five of Australia’s bestselling business books. Her latest book, Stories for Work: The Essential Guide to Business Storytelling, was rated in the top 100 business books in Australia for 2017. Gabrielle has worked with thousands of high-profile leaders from around the world, helping them to become better leaders and communicators using the art of business storytelling. She is also passionate about changing the way we communicate in business and is the founder of the Jargon Free Fridays global revolution. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/gabrielle-dolan.jpg?h=180&w=180
  • Dr Jared Cooney-Horvath
    Cognitive Neuroscientist, Honorary researcher, University of Melbourne Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is an Educational Neuroscientist with expertise in human learning, memory, and brain stimulation. Jared has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 40 schools around Australia.
    He has published 4 books, over 30 research articles, and his work has been featured in numerous popular publications, including The Economist, WIRED, The New Yorker, New Scientist, and ABC’s Catalyst.
    Jared currently serves as a research fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, an honorary research fellow at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, and is director of the Science of Learning Group.
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Concurrent sessions
9.40AM - 10.20AM
Finance fundamentals
A1: The end of accounting – are financial statements relevant?

Financial reporting has long been viewed as the main form of communication with investors. Emerging new technologies, new business models, and new industries have brought into question the relevance of accounting and financial reporting in their current form.

This session will provide an overview on why financial statements have lost their relevance and what must be done to restore the relevance and viability of accounting and financial reporting in a modern economy. The presenter will share insights, gained from writing his recent book The End of Accounting and the Path Forward for Investors and Managers and his thoughts on the reaction to the book.

Speaker
  • Professor Feng Gu (USA)
    Chair and Associate Professor, Accounting and Law, School of Management, University of Buffalo Feng Gu is an associate professor of accounting in the School of Management, State University of New York at Buffalo. He earned his Ph.D. and master degrees in business administration from Washington University. His current research interests focus on the relevance of corporate financial reporting and the valuation and management of intangible assets.  He has published research articles on these topics in leading academic journals. He is the author of a recent book titled The End of Accounting and The Path Forward for Investors and Managers (Wiley, 2016).

    Professor Gu’s research has been quoted in Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, Barron New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Times, The Economist, and other business media outlets. He has done consulting work for several corporations and non-profit organizations.He has also given research presentations in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

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9.40AM - 10.20AM
Trends and business impacts
A2: SOLD OUT – Modernising your data analytics strategy to drive busine…

In today’s dynamic global business environment, it is no longer enough for finance professionals to just deliver timely and accurate financial reports to their business. We need to be analytics-driven and strategically-minded, and align the right resources, processes and technologies to leverage financial data to develop insights, that will enable better decision making.

Speaker
  • Fahim Khondaker
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9.40AM - 10.20AM
Operational transformation
A3: Leading cultural and operational transformation at the ATO

This session will provide insight into the transformation project that the ATO underwent and will outline:
• improving client services
• de-cluttering and streamlining processes
• driving cultural change
• challenges encountered.

Speaker
  • James O’Halloran
    Deputy Commissioner, Superannuation, Australian Taxation Office

    James has national responsibility for the ATO’s role in the regulation of APRA funds and self-managed superannuation funds. In this role he works closely with the superannuation industry, advisors and other regulatory agencies. Prior to his current role, James has held Deputy Commissioner positions leading the Indirect tax area and the Tax practitioner services area. James joined the Australian Taxation Office in 1999. 

    Prior to joining the ATO James held senior management positions in Victorian government agencies. James has a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice Administration), a Master of Corporate Law and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.


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9.40AM - 10.20AM
Strategy and leadership
A4: From mastery to artistry: fostering break through creativity in tea…

Collaboration and co-creation are essential ingredients for the future of work. In this highly interactive and fully immersive session, you'll learn how to listen for, lean into and leverage the differences of your team. Design atmospheric landscapes that foster risk and play. Create cultures that champion the breakthrough creativity you need to stay relevant in the future of work.

In this session, you will learn:
• how to build intimacy at velocity: trust trumps talent
• the architecture of inclusion - designing the vibe for your tribe
• how to foster innovative cultures - making spaces safe to make mistakes
• how to listen in layers - story and subtext simultaneously.

Speaker
  • Mykel Dixon
    Artisan thinker and cultural architect Australia's foremost expert on artisan thinking, enterprise artistry and atmospheric design. He helps conscious, innovative and influential business leaders build beautiful organisations and create meaningful work.
    A musician by trade, gypsy by nature, fierce nonconformist and reliably unconventional, Mykel embodies the new wave of entrepreneurial experts showing forward-thinking companies how to stay relevant in a 21st Century Renaissance.
    A prolific anti-perfectionist and accidental author of Just Do Something - a guidebook for turning dreamers into makers invites us to reawaken our innate creativity, re-imagine our infinite value as individuals and brands, and redesign our workplaces human-centric innovation and full self-expression.
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9.40AM - 10.20AM
Personal development
A5: Managing generational, personality & performance differences – SOLD…

We’ve all heard about the generational divide. Does this exist and what are the implications for managing your team? In this session Clare will explore the requirements of today’s leaders to operate and collaborate in our current ‘Era of Respect’ in order to develop an engaged and productive team.

By the end of this session, you will:
• understand how a changing social environment influences the expectations and demands of the workplace
• grasp how different personalities perceive challenges and make decisions and the implications for leadership
• develop key skills to manage and motivate people in today’s modern workforce.

Speaker
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9.40AM - 10.20AM
Sector in focus
A6: Exploring the possibilities of blockchain technologies

Blockchain (distributed ledger technology) is one technology that is already affecting accounting professionals and businesses, and its application now is much wider than financial transactions. Smart contracts and cryptocurrencies are now also emerging off the back of blockchain model.

In this informative session Katrina will build on your understanding of blockchain technology, how the technology is being used now, its capabilities and meaning for businesses in realistic, practical terms and timeframes. Drawing on practical examples from the government and public sectors, you will understand how this technology is changing the way we work and future opportunities.

Speaker
  • Katrina Donaghy
    Co-Founder and CEO, Civic Ledger

    Katrina is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Civic Ledger. It is a civic focused blockchain Australian company, that works with governments globally on the use of blockchain technologies to solve specific business problems, where blockchain is advantaged over traditional legacy technologies.

    Katrina has over 20 years’ experience working in both public and not for profit sectors, focusing specifically on business development, project delivery and revenue diversification. She regularly speaks on the topic of why cities and governments should be exploring blockchain technologies. 

    In mid-April 2018, Katrina was appointed to the Australian Digital Commerce Association Board.
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10.20AM - 10.45AM
Morning tea
Concurrent sessions
10.45AM - 11.25AM
Finance fundamentals
B1: Panel discussion: the future of financial reporting – where is it h…

Recent academic research is focusing on the relevance of annual financial statements and the elements within them.

With financial support from CPA Australia, some recent research findings over the last 12 months have shown that the future of financial reporting in Australia is far more positive that in other parts of the world.

In this panel discussion, we consider why this is and what this means for those preparing financial statements for Australian companies and what are the key findings and future of reporting.

Speakers
  • Tiffany Quinlan - Facilitator
    Principal, Human Capital, Taplow Group Tiffany is a developer of leadership capability for individuals, teams and organisations, passionate about coaching people to be the best that they can be - enabling change.
    With over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, Recruitment and Coaching, Tiffany brings a comprehensive and practical outlook to the leadership space. As a qualified Chartered Accountant Tiffany knows only too well the challenges of leaders in the financial space.
    A consultant and coach who works in strategic partnership to allow organisations to develop a leadership talent pipeline. From undertaking strategic HR reviews, to facilitating leadership development programs, individual coaching, career transition and a volunteer mentor with Leadership Victoria, Tiffany offers a variety of tools covering the employee life cycle with the aim of benefiting both participants and organisations alike.
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  • Professor Feng Gu (USA)
    Chair and Associate Professor, Accounting and Law, School of Management, University of Buffalo Feng Gu is an associate professor of accounting in the School of Management, State University of New York at Buffalo. He earned his Ph.D. and master degrees in business administration from Washington University. His current research interests focus on the relevance of corporate financial reporting and the valuation and management of intangible assets.  He has published research articles on these topics in leading academic journals. He is the author of a recent book titled The End of Accounting and The Path Forward for Investors and Managers (Wiley, 2016).

    Professor Gu’s research has been quoted in Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, Barron New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Times, The Economist, and other business media outlets. He has done consulting work for several corporations and non-profit organizations.He has also given research presentations in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

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  • Michael Davern CPA
    Professor of Accounting and Business Information Systems, Department of Accounting, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne The Chair of Accounting and Business Information Systems in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne where he is a co-founder of the Melbourne Centre for Corporate Governance and Regulation. The overarching theme of his research is the role of data and information in business decision making, by both external and internal stakeholders, including in areas such as investment decision making, enterprise risk management, and business analytics.
    He has board level experience with several privately held investment companies, a superannuation fund, and a charitable not-for-profit.  Michael’s research and executive education work has included collaboration and support from EY, Microsoft, NAB, PETRONAS, and CUA, among others.
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  • Alison White, AASB
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10.45AM - 11.25AM
Operational transformation
B3: Be a great place to work – improve staff performance and retention …

For more than 30 years Great Place to Work® has studied the world’s most notable workplace cultures, and have shown that creating a great workplace can produce superior business performance.

Mecca Brands have consecutively finished in the top five of the Great Places to Work Australia study – learn from the experts what it takes to create a great workplace and you, your team and your organisation will all benefit.

Speakers
  • Helena Karlinder-Östlundh
    HR Director, Mecca Brands

    When Helena joined MECCA Brands in 2017, she finally found a company that took a truly different approach to developing and supporting its team members, and it was love at first sight. Since then, Helena and her team have implemented many new initiatives to preserve but also professionalise MECCA’s unique culture in the midst of continued rapid expansion. Helena brings an unusual background to her HR Director role, having started her career as a consultant with strategy firm McKinsey & Company. She also holds a Masters degree in Organisational Psychology from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and has co-authored a number of articles on how to build healthy organisations that can sustain high performance over time.

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10.45AM - 11.25AM
Strategy and leadership
B4: Developing your strategic finance skills – SOLD OUT
Finance people are generally considered to be stronger working on the details. Yet, if we want to continue to add value and be seen as a business partner then it is critical that we work on developing our strategic finance skills.

In this session we will practice using different strategic tools and cover the following topics:
• what is strategic finance
• strategic finance skills and qualities
• strategies and tools to grow strategic finance skills.

The learning outcomes from this master-class include:
• understanding what strategic finance means in terms of finance professionals
• understanding the skills and qualities of a good strategic finance person
• identifying and practicing specific strategies and tools to grow your strategic finance skills in order to value add from a strategic perspective in your organisation.
Speaker
  • Danette Fenton Menzies CPA
    Director of Learning, Magical Learning

    Danette is Director of Learning for Magical Learning. She is a CPA and Chartered Accountant with over thirty years’ experience in both the private and public sectors. Danette career has included working for several of the ‘Big Four’ Accounting firms, as well as the Department of Finance, AusAID and the National Transmission Agency. 

    Danette was also CFO at Safe Work Australia. Danette designs and facilitates a range of finance and leadership workshops and webinars that are customised for specific clients. Danette is also an Executive Coach with clients all over the globe.

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10.45AM - 11.25AM
Personal development
B5: Build your resilience

We love the word resilience. It conjures up images of triumph over tragedy, ordinary people facing insurmountable odds and surviving, these are the extraordinary and powerful stories told to define and help us understand resilience.

But what about the ordinary, the everyday experiences of life, can we build resilience from the small moments? Discover how a simple handshake, getting to work or having to apply for our own job can teach us about and help build resilience.

Speaker
  • Nigel Sutton
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10.45AM - 11.25AM
Sector in focus
B6: Zero based budgeting – why the blank page? SOLD OUT

With the resurgence of zero-based budgeting, many organisations are asking whether it’s right for them to start each year of the budgeting process with a blank page. What are the pros and cons with this process, who in the organisation should be using this method, how should it be applied and importantly, what am I going to get out of this?

With increasing pressure to control and reduce expenses in order to maximise the profitability in recent revenue growth, organisations have sought different ways to sustain savings outside of the traditional methods. Zero-based budgeting, or even a hybrid may be the answer.

Speaker
  • Frank Chow
    Associate Director, KPMG

    With more than 13 years of experience in consulting, Frank’s expertise includes finance function transformations, devising finance target operating models, planning, budgeting and forecasting, finance process improvements, integrated business planning, benchmarking, shared services and outsourcing. He has worked with a diverse range of clients in various industries, including health, financial institutions, government, consumer markets and telecommunications.

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10.45AM - 12.15PM
Trends and business impacts
B2: EXTENDED SESSION: The power of personal stories in business
Join Gabrielle to discover some compelling reasons and insights for why leaders need to embrace storytelling to connect, engage and inspire. You will experience first-hand the power of sharing personal stories to communicate business messages. In addition, gain valuable insights on what makes a story a story, and how to avoid the most common mistakes when sharing stories in business.
Speaker
  • Gabrielle Dolan
    Expert authority in Business Storytelling, founder of Jargon Free Fridays Gabrielle Dolan is a global thought leader on authentic leadership and business storytelling. She is a bestselling author of several books. Ignite: Real Leadership, Real Talk, Real Results, published in 2015, reached the top five of Australia’s bestselling business books. Her latest book, Stories for Work: The Essential Guide to Business Storytelling, was rated in the top 100 business books in Australia for 2017. Gabrielle has worked with thousands of high-profile leaders from around the world, helping them to become better leaders and communicators using the art of business storytelling. She is also passionate about changing the way we communicate in business and is the founder of the Jargon Free Fridays global revolution. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/gabrielle-dolan.jpg?h=180&w=180
Concurrent sessions
11.35AM - 12.15PM
Finance fundamentals
C1: Accounting standards update
This concurrent session provides a quick overview of the most commonly used international accounting standards.
Speaker
  • Carmen Ridley
    Principal, Australian Financial Reporting Solutions

    Carmen is the Principal of Australian Financial Reporting Solutions, an independent financial reporting consulting firm and a  member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board.  For nine years, she worked as an external auditor in both Australia and the UK. She worked for one of the Big Four accounting firms, prior to working in and running the technical divisions of three major accounting firms, most recently Grant Thornton.

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11.35AM - 12.15PM
Operational transformation
C3: Leading through change

We’re very accustomed to the phrase ‘the only constant is change’, but how often do we, as leaders, take stock of our approach to ensure that we are enabling change, and creating more flexible and resilient businesses in the process? 

Join Johanna Platt to discuss her learnings about the role of leadership in change, managing resistance, and adopting an agile mindset.

Speaker
  • Johanna Platt CPA
    Chief Financial Officer, Vanguard Investments Australia

    Johanna Platt is Chief Financial Officer for Vanguard Australia and a member of the Australian Executive Team. In this role, Johanna is focused on Vanguard’s financial operations at both a management and statutory level. She also leads the operational teams responsible for providing fund accounting, administration and transfer agency services for Vanguard’s managed funds, exchange traded funds, and separately managed products. 

    Prior to joining Vanguard in July 2017, Johanna gained more than 20 years of experience across the consumer goods, logistics and retail sectors, and in her most recent role was Iron Mountain’s Chief Financial Officer for Australia and New Zealand. Johanna is a Certified Practicing Accountant, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School.

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11.35AM - 12.15AM
Strategy and leadership
C4: Leading from the CFO chair

Not all CFOs want to be a CEO. Many are content leading from their position as CFO.

Learn:
• what skills a head of finance needs to lead effectively
• how you lead with influence without the direct authority of a CEO title.

Speaker
  • Justin Scotti FCPA
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11.35AM - 12.15PM
Personal development
C5: Crunch time: how to deliver to deadline without killing yourself in…
Successfully leading through crunch times requires more than technical expertise. As market demands change, our workload continues to increase in volume and complexity. We must deliver better outcomes more effectively for our stakeholders and ourselves.

Discover:
• why crunch times challenge us
• the keys to successfully delivering at crunch times for you and your team
• how to build resiliency under the constant urgency of pressure.
Speaker
  • Alena Bennett CA
    Founder, Alena Bennett

    Obsessed with helping finance professionals deliver through the constant urgency and pressure of crunch times, Alena uses her experience to help finance leaders deliver better results with greater levels of fulfillment.
    Alena is a speaker, mentor, facilitator and coach who loves to get in front of people and provoke the right conversation to create energy and excitement about practical issues.
    Prior to running her leadership consultancy practice, Alena held senior leadership roles in audit practices in Australia and the United States, and went on to become head of finance at one of Australia’s leading financial services companies.
    She is a Chartered Accountant and also completed US CPA.


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11.35AM - 12.15PM
Sector in focus
C6: SOLD OUT – Implementing design thinking methodologies in public sec…
How do you create new programs or services that are truly customer or user-centric?
Learn all about design thinking and how to apply it to a government context. You will be able to implement this approach in your organisation to quickly launch new ideas and services that reflect your customer’s needs.
Speakers
  • Claire Tomlinson
    Associate Director - Oceania Innovation, EY Claire positively disrupts the culture of large organisations, particularly within government, to become more innovative. She specialises in democratising innovation and empowering others to use best practice innovation methods, such as design thinking and lean startup methodologies, to drive successful outcomes.
    She's an award winning innovator, professional communicator and former university tutor with qualifications in design thinking from Stanford University, communications and PR from RMIT University.
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  • Sharon Cody
    Strategy and innovation consultant, EY

    Sharon is an experienced human-centred designer who has been helping her clients design growth strategies, experiences and products that leverage human insights and technology to deliver meaningful outcomes for employees and customers. She has over 15 years international experience working with both enterprise and start- ups across the telecommunications, media, health and financial services industries.
    Sharon helps her clients unlock growth through considering what their customers consider valuable, always taking the customer perspective to solving problems first. Sharon is an experienced facilitator who designs and facilitates collaborative experiences, drawing on methods like design thinking to drive successful outcomes.

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Afternoon
12.15PM - 2.00PM
Business lunch – Dylan Alcott

Dylan Alcott OAM presents his extraordinary life story with equal measures of wit, intelligence, and emotion. Dylan’s journey so far has been an epic tale punctuated by life-changing lessons, which have helped shape this high-achiever into one of Australia’s biggest sporting success stories. Dylan’s message has been crafted with the humility, resolve, and passion that demonstrates the personal journey he has traveled to confront his disability and to build his identity in the public domain.

The key take-aways from this session will be about buying into team culture, having passion and purpose, giving back, making an impact, seeing life through positive eyes, and being the best version of yourself. The audience will share in those same valuable insights, which have allowed Dylan to emerge from a difficult adolescence where he wrestled with his disability to shaping his career as a Paralympic gold medalist, media personality, philanthropist, business owner, and social advocate. Dylan Alcott is changing the game for Australians living with disability.

Speaker
  • Dylan Alcott OAM
    Paralympian gold medallist and Australian Open champion Dylan Alcott OAM is one of Australia’s most successful athletes of all time and happens to be in a wheelchair. The 27-year-old has won three gold medals in two different sports at the Paralympic Games, and in 2018 won his fourth consecutive Australian Open wheelchair quad singles tennis title. 
    His athletic achievements earned him the 2016 Newcombe Medal – the highest honour in Australian tennis, and the first ever for a wheelchair tennis athlete. In 2015, he joined the Seven Network’s tennis commentary team. He is now a regular panellist on Channel 10s ‘The Project’, and a member of the Triple J presenter network.
    At the 2018 Australian Open, Dylan taught A-List movie star Will Smith how to play wheelchair tennis – the entertaining exchange dubbed ‘Willin and Dillin’ earned enormous traction on social media. Dylan also went head-to-head with Arnold Schwarzenegger, trading famous movie lines from Predator with the Hollywood heavyweight.
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Concurrent sessions
2.00PM - 2.40PM
Finance fundamentals
D1: Emerging complexity and challenges impacting auditors and management

How will recent and upcoming changes to auditing and ethical standards impact auditors and will this put additional demands on their clients?

This session will highlight the implications of the changes, for both entities and their auditors through real life examples.

Claire and Jeffrey will cover:
• the change of approach and any additional work to expect on accounting estimates and risk assessment
• how to meet new obligations in relation to non-compliance with laws and regulations
• the impact of auditor rotation changes
• experiences of reporting key audit matters
• ways entities can gain the maximum benefit from the audit.

Speakers
  • Claire Grayston FCPA
    Policy Adviser, CPA Australia Claire Grayston, as the Policy Adviser for Audit and Assurance at CPA Australia, is responsible for monitoring, influencing and contributing to public policy, regulation, standard setting and implementation of audit and assurance practice both within Australia and internationally. Claire focuses on both improving audit and assurance quality, through communication, education and resources, and supporting the future relevance and value of audit, through outreach, thought leadership and innovation.
    Claire works closely with standard setters, regulators, industry bodies, academics, public practitioners, CPA Australia members and other stakeholders to support outcomes of audit and assurance policy and oversight that are in the public interest, including communicating developments in standards and monitoring the impact of new standards. Prior to joining CPA Australia Claire was a standard-setter at the AUASB.
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  • Jeffrey Luckins
    Director of Audit and Assurance, William Buck Jeffrey is a Director of Audit and Assurance at mid-tier accounting firm William Buck in Melbourne.
    He is also:
    • Head of their Audit Division
    • a Fellow of CPA Australia, the Governance Institute of Australia and The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
    • a member of the Victorian State Council of the Governance Institute of Australia
    • a registered company auditor
    • an approved external examiner under the Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015.

    Jeffrey is the author of a number of articles in technical journals on audit and assurance services, including at www.therealcfo.com and is a speaker on a range of related technical professional disciplines.
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2.00PM - 2.40PM
Trends and business impacts
D2: Securing your business against cyber crime

You know some of your customers most confidential information, how do you maintain that trusted position in a world where hard-won confidence can be destroyed in the click of a button?

Using case studies, Andre will examine the practical steps you need to undertake to ensure cyber security highlight some of the latest ways, that sophisticated attacks are orchestrated by cyber criminals.

Speaker
  • Andre Bertrand
    Managing Director, Fluid Logic. Former Head of Cyber Security, SEEK Andre Bertrand is the former Head of Cyber Security at SEEK.com.au where he defended 40% of the Australian working populations personal details from cyber-attacks daily. Previously Andre has worked for Visa, NAB and McLaren Formula One team.

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2.00PM - 2.40PM
Operational transformation
D3: AI and analytics: Shaping the future of business – SOLD OUT

Accountants are and always have been data specialists and, with the growing adoption of AI, big data, data analytics and automation, those skills will be in demand as much in the future as they are now. The validity and veracity of data still needs to be verified, the information and patterns, produced whether systematically or by automation, still need to be interpreted and communicated. As an accountant, your ability to think differently, your critical thinking will allow you to shape the future of business, alongside the machines not in competition. Michael’s session will provide practical examples of how accountants can work in harmony with automation to get the best outcomes for the business, and prepare you for what’s coming next.

Speaker
  • Michael Davern CPA
    Professor of Accounting and Business Information Systems, Department of Accounting, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne The Chair of Accounting and Business Information Systems in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne where he is a co-founder of the Melbourne Centre for Corporate Governance and Regulation. The overarching theme of his research is the role of data and information in business decision making, by both external and internal stakeholders, including in areas such as investment decision making, enterprise risk management, and business analytics.
    He has board level experience with several privately held investment companies, a superannuation fund, and a charitable not-for-profit.  Michael’s research and executive education work has included collaboration and support from EY, Microsoft, NAB, PETRONAS, and CUA, among others.
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2.00PM - 2.40PM
Strategy and leadership
D4: Governance rules

This year, governance has been front page news for all the wrong reasons. The Royal Commission into misconduct in Financial Services and APRA’s report into culture and governance at Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) provide an opportunity for organisations to reflect on their governance practices and consider how they might improve.

Join governance expert, Leah Fricke, as she explores these high-profile inquiries drawing out the key lessons, including:
• the implications for governance in a time of significant trust erosion
• community expectations usurping legal obligations as the new governance driver
• what ultimate accountability for conduct and culture really means
• how boards and leadership teams collaborate and what the new governance relationship model looks like.
Speaker
  • Leah Fricke
    Non-Executive Director and Governance Expert

    Leah Fricke is a professional non-executive director and has worked as a senior executive in both private and public companies including a number of listed companies. Leah’s current board portfolio includes organisations in health, technology, financial services, retail and infrastructure.

    Leah's experience in a diverse range of industries and with a number of boards during her executive career has provided her with valuable knowledge and insight to make her a highly effective board member.

    In addition to her work as a director Leah consults in the area of governance (board processes, relationships and performance) and presents at conferences on governance and collaborative decision making. Leah has facilitated several governance courses for Governance Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Management and Australian Catholic University.

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2.00PM - 2.40PM
Personal development
D5: Language matters – SOLD OUT
You’re judged by what you say and do. Solve your biggest problem. Learn how to say what you mean.
Speaker
  • Brett Rutledge
    Director, Linguistics, Sensemap Brett is the youngest ever World Champion of Public Speaking, and an internationally regarded business strategist, linguist and communication expert. He has acted as a key advisor on the language, meaning and structure of some of the most important commercial deals undertaken in Australasia, working with many high profile individuals and organisations to change the way they are perceived, valued and respected. /~/media/corporate/allimages/speakers/congress-2017/brett-rutledge.jpg?h=180&w=180
2.00PM - 2.40PM
Sector in focus
D6: New financial modelling technologies create opportunities – SOLD OUT
The financial modelling profession is the art of elegant solving of commercial problems with high-quality, user-friendly tools. Taking a technology agnostic approach to financial modelling not only opens up the core benefits that come with new cloud-based platforms, or database engines, but encourages organisations to think differently about the problem and create data, visualisation and calculation solutions in a more agile and sustainable manner.
Speaker
  • Ian Bennett
    Partner, PwC Deals Modelling Ian leads PwC Australia’s Deals Modelling business, where he is responsible for one of the largest and most innovative model development and model auditing businesses in the world. Ian has made financial modelling his profession, with over 17 years’ experience in the construction and review of complex financial models, and has been involved in hundreds of transactions in a wide and diverse range of industries. Ian also provides insightful forecasting, budgeting and management reporting in Excel and other cloud-based modelling technologies, and has contributed to the spreadsheet risk policies of several large financial institutions in Australia and Europe. Ian has published articles on financial modelling and spreadsheet risk, delivers training, and presents regularly at financial modelling and Excel conferences.
    Ian is a Fellow of the ICAEW, a Member of CAANZ, an Advisory Board Member for the Financial Modelling Institute, an Advisory Board Member for the FAST Standard, and is a Board Member of the highly acclaimed Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
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Concurrent sessions
2.50PM - 3.30PM
Finance fundamentals
E1: Integrated reporting and sustainable development goals

Learn about the global momentum building around integrated reporting, the next evolution in corporate reporting helping organisations to explain how their strategy, governance, performance and prospects lead to the creation of value over the short, medium and long term. Also hear from Cbus, about its integrated reporting journey and how integrated reporting helps it report on its progress against the sustainable development goals.

Speakers
  • Elizabeth Prescott
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  • Rod Masson
    Senior Stakeholder Adviser – Investments, Cbus Rod was previously the fund’s Head of Corporate Affairs. He has overseen the adoption and development of integrated reporting for the fund over the past three years. The Cbus integrated reports have been recognised internationally by Responsible Investor and the Corporate Register Reporting Awards, and closer to home, by the Australasian Reporting Awards and the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. Prior to joining Cbus, Rod worked extensively in policy and communications for various trade unions and in communications consulting. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/speaker-images/rod-masson.jpg?h=180&w=180
2.50PM - 3.30PM
Trends and business impacts
E2: Legislation to combat corporate misconduct – the implications for a…

A major feature of the law is its ability to continually evolve to combat the ingenuity of those who seek to do wrong, and to account for shifts in societal expectations of proper corporate conduct.

Australia is currently experiencing significant law reform affecting markets and businesses, compliance of which are reliant upon accounting practices.

Foreign bribery, modern slavery, whistle-blower protection and company phoenixing are some of the reforms recently enacted or afoot. This session will inform finance professionals what these changes mean for them, their organisations and the future.

Speaker
  • Dr John Purcell FCPA
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2.50PM - 3.30PM
Operational transformation
E3: Effective data analytics and dashboards – SOLD OUT

This session focuses on how VAGO is looking to use data analytics and dashboards to transform the way in which it undertakes audits of financial reports. This presentation will look at their journey to date, the tools in use, and the benefits that are expected. It will also feature a live demonstration of dashboards and other analytics used on our audits. This presentation will illustrate how audits can be transformed using data analytics and dashboards.

Speaker
  • Ben Jiang CA CISA
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2.50PM - 3.30PM
Strategy and leadership
E4: How to be a true business partner for your organisation – SOLD OUT
Speaker
  • Adam Story
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2.50PM - 3.30PM
Personal development
E5: The art of networking for success – SOLD OUT
A fun and dynamic session that will cover the following and more:
• how to start conversations
• how to generate small talk
• how to move in and out of groups
• how to remember names
• how to read and deliver handshakes
• how to be strategic with networking
• how to enhance your personal brand.
Speaker
  • Jen Harwood
    Director, The Jenerator, coach and author A recognised speaker who can  move and inspire an audience to think differently and create positive change. For almost 20 years Jen has worked with over a thousand business owners and executives throughout Australia, as well as New Zealand, South Africa, China, USA, Thailand and Indonesia.
    A certified business coach and an award winning business planning consultant, Jen is also an author of three business networking books. In 2015 Jen was names Business Person of the Year for the North Shore of Sydney and in 2014 her company, The Jenerator, was named most outstanding Professional Services business.
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2.50PM - 3.30PM
Sector in focus
E6: Mergers and acquisitions in the NFP sector – a practical insight

The for-purpose sector is seeing increased merger activity with a number of significant mergers having taken place recently. One such merger was the amalgamation of YWCA organisations across Australia from a federated model, where nine entities merged into a national organisation with significant turnover and assets.

Alecia Rathbone FCPA was a non-executive Director and Chair of the Board of Directors of one of the entities and will give a first hand case study into this merger, the steps that were taken, and significant decisions and actions which led to its success.

Speaker
  • Alecia Rathbone CPA
    Deputy CEO, The Foundation for Young Australians Alecia is passionate about social justice and how we can all play an active role in shaping and contributing to the communities we live in. In her role at FYA, Alecia is responsible for leading the FYA team to efficiently and effectively deliver the strategic priorities of the organisation, work in collaboration with all team members create a strong organisational culture, work to diversify and grow revenue and deliver on financial performance and represent the organisation externally.
    Alecia joined the FYA team in 2012 and during this time has also held the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to her role at FYA, Alecia was the Chief Operating Officer of Girl Guides Victoria, which is part of the largest organisation for girls and young women in the world.
    Alecia is currently a non-executive director and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of YWCA Victoria and a member of the CPA Australia Public Sector and Not for Profit Committee. Alecia has a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Certified Practicing Accountant, and has a Graduate Certificate in Management of Not for Profit Organisations.
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3.30PM - 4.00PM
Afternoon tea
4.00PM - 5.00PM
KN8: Ignite your learning, tips and tricks to make it stick

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 of 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
• consider a number of things you can do over the ensuing days/weeks to ensure you hold onto and meaningfully apply all you've learned.

Speaker
  • Dr Jared Cooney-Horvath
    Cognitive Neuroscientist, Honorary researcher, University of Melbourne Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is an Educational Neuroscientist with expertise in human learning, memory, and brain stimulation. Jared has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 40 schools around Australia.
    He has published 4 books, over 30 research articles, and his work has been featured in numerous popular publications, including The Economist, WIRED, The New Yorker, New Scientist, and ABC’s Catalyst.
    Jared currently serves as a research fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, an honorary research fellow at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, and is director of the Science of Learning Group.
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5.00PM - 6.00PM
Congress reflections and connections

Sectors

  • Economy, regulation and business

  • Finance fundamentals

    Enhance your core accounting and finance skills in the areas of tax, audit and assurance, compliance, financial planning, analysis and reporting.

  • Operational transformation

    Find out how to transform your business using improved processes and management skills, the latest technologies and shared services.

  • Personal development

    Refine your skills and become a highly productive, effective and well-rounded individual.

  • Sector in focus

    Hear the latest trends and opportunities specific to your sector, including corporate, SME, not for profit and public sector.

  • Strategy and leadership

    Become an outstanding finance leader by enhancing the power of innovation, successfully managing change and driving a high-performance culture.

  • Trends and business impacts

    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.

Disclaimer of liability
CPA Australia reserves the right to alter any part of this program at any time without notice.