Upcoming Speeches, Appearances and Conferences

I have some exciting appearances, speeches and conferences coming up this spring.  I thought I would let you know where I’ll be, whom I’ll be with and what I’ll be doing.

On March 31, I’ll be jointly presenting another webinar on “Technology Service Agreements” with Kevin Funnell of Bank Lawyer Blog.  Register here.

On April 14th I will present alone on “Selecting And Monitoring Your Audit Service Providers.” Both webinars are intended for bank audiences. Details here for April 14th.

On April 19, 2010, I’ll share the stage with Jason Moriber of Wise Elephant (and the designer and my ongoing technical resource for this site) at the Institute of Internal Auditors Chicago Chapter Annual Seminar.  Jason and I will be presenting, “Social Media: Risk And Reward.”

This should be a great conference, with Harry Markopolos providing the opening keynote address and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the CME Group, Dennis Chookaszian, presenting later that morning.

Also happening that same week, April 18-22, 2010…  The North American Computer Audit, Control and Security Conference (NACACS) hosted by the ISACA Chicago Chapter.  Since I am President of the Chicago Chapter, I will also be attending the pre-conference leadership meeting the prior weekend and catching as many presentations as possible once my obligations to the IIA conference are concluded.  The keynote speaker for the NACACS on Monday will be Cynthia Cooper, the WorldCom whistleblower. Come look for me and say hi at the opening reception Sunday night or our Chapter’s booth on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In May I’m speaking at one conference and attending another one as a journalist.

I’m slated to speak at the Fourth Annual Fraud and Forensic Accounting Education Conference to be held May 13-15, 2010 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.  This conference is hosted by Georgia Southern University’s Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business and sponsored by Porter Keadle Moore, LLP.  My presentation is Friday afternoon.  It’s entitled, “The Skeptical Professional,” and will focus on the duties accountants and auditors have under their professional standards and codes of ethics to use professional skepticism and to maintain their independence and objectivity. Examples from recent cases such as AIG, Madoff, Koss, Satyam, and Parmalat will be used to highlight the responsibility of the accounting professional and the internal and external auditors to identify and address situations that don’t pass the “smell test.”

From May 24-26, 2010, I will be in Washington, DC at the Mayflower Hotel for one of my favorite events of the year, Compliance Week’s Annual Conference.  This will be my fourth year covering the conference and I hope to meet even more interesting people in person than ever before.  Several fellow writers and Twitter collaborators will be there including Bruce Carton, Doug Cornelius, Compliance Week Editor In Chief Matt Kelly, Colleen Cunningham, Compliance Week Columnist and Resources Global Executive, attorney and FCPA expert Tom FoxAlex Howard of SearchCompliance.com and Doug Chia of Johnson and Johnson.  More about those festivities as they develop including a potential informal debate on diversity and Boards of Directors and a Tweet-Up.  Stay tuned.

If you are still interested in attending the Compliance Week Annual Conference and have extensive experience with the leading governance, risk and compliance software products, Matt Kelly the Editor in Chief is looking for more speaker/panelists.  Free conference registration to speakers.  Email me for more information.

I offered two presentation options to the IIA International Conference scheduled for June in Atlanta.  Neither was accepted.

The Role of the Internal Auditor in Financial Crisis Cases, a presentation given last spring to the Houston IIA Chapter and Social Media Tools and Technologies Impact on Internal Audit, IT Audit and Security Professionals, a longer version of the presentation planned for the Chicago Chapter Annual Conference, are available for your group.  Please contact me at fmckenna@mckennapartners.com if you are interested in these topics or others described on my Speaking page.

I look forward to seeing you soon!