Accounting & Auditing Conference

Accounting & Auditing Conference

Accounting & Auditing Conference


Attend this year's Accounting & Auditing Conference to hear from top national and local experts about the latest updates and insights on pressing issues involving next year's economy, testing IT controls, GASB and FASB updates, cryptocurrency and audit innovations, employee retention and company culture, an introduction to ESG and more. Accounting and financial professionals in public accounting, industry and government will benefit greatly by attending.

Please Note: The WICPA and the facility hosting this event respectfully request that if you are not fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, that you wear a mask during this event and maintain social distancing guidelines where possible. Livestream is available for this event. If you feel any physical symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus or its variants prior to the event, please let us know and we will transfer you to the WICPA CPE Livestream option.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS To make your reservation in the room block, call 262-789-0220 and mention the WICPA Accounting and Auditing Conference or use code WICPAC.

8.0 CPE Credits


Registration is open through 11/16. Register by 11/02 for Early Bird Pricing.

Member Price

$339 / $309 Early-Bird pricing ends on 11/02/2022. / $289 Super Early-Bird pricing ends on 10/17/2022.

Nonmember Price

$439 / $409 Early-Bird pricing ends on 11/02/2022. / $389 Super Early-Bird pricing ends on 10/17/2022.

Student Price


Wednesday, November 16

8:00am to 4:40pm (Check-In 7:00am)

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Brookfield Conference Center

325 S Moorland Rd
Brookfield, WI 53005

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Wednesday, Nov 16th

7:00AM TO 8:00AM / General Session

8:00AM TO 8:10AM / General Session

Steven Pullara, Tax Partner, BDO USA LLP

8:10AM TO 9:10AM / General Session

Clare Zempel, Principal, Zempel Strategic

Is the economy in a sustainable boom? Will price inflation settle down or will the Federal Reserve need to raise interest rates to subdue it? When will the next bear market and recession become serious threats? How will unprecedented federal deficits affect our living standards down the road? This session will discuss what the most reliable indicators are saying and explain what that means for us in 2022 and beyond.

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9:25AM TO 10:15AM / General Session

Christopher Semrow, IS Assurance Senior Manager, BDO USA LLP

This session will look at the ways and means of conducting IT controls testing with the complexities of the workforce in today's environment. It will also look at and compare historical practices to today's practical approach to handling and completing ITGC testing.

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10:30AM TO 11:20AM / General Session

Anthony Cervini, Partner-in-Charge of Government Services, Sikich LLP

Ryan Lay, Baker Tilly

This presentation will give a summary of upcoming pronouncements by the FASB and GASB that affect financial reporting. This presentation will highlight various accounting standard updates. Keep up with the latest standards from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. This presentation will also provide an overview of recently issued guidance and a discussion of GASB Statements No. 96 and No. 101.

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12:05PM TO 12:55PM / General Session

Melodi Bunting, Senior Manager, Wegner CPAs

Angela Wurtz, Recruiting Manager, Wegner CPAs

The nature of work and employee expectations have seen unprecedented changes in the last two years. This session will discuss topics such as what changes have employers implemented to retain and attract talent, how has hybrid and remote work changed the company culture, what can employers do to make work meaningful and provide a viable work-life balance while keeping remote and in-office employees engaged, what trends are employers seeing post-COVID-19 and what's the status of the labor market and what it looks like in the future.

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1:05PM TO 1:55PM / General Session

Karen Baum, Sustainability & ESG Services Leader, BDO USA, LLP

This session covers an overview of what ESG is, how it has evolved and the regulatory and commercial market drivers that are increasing the adoption of ESG across a wide range of industries and organizations. This session will also discuss the current state of frameworks and standards as well as trends around how companies are reporting on ESG, including a high-level discussion of the proposed SEC disclosure requirements.

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2:05PM TO 3:35PM / General Session

Sean Smith, Assistant Professor, City University of New York - Lehman College

This presentation will examine and analyze the trends that are driving innovation and development in the blockchain space, specifically how these innovations are impacting the accounting and audit profession. Practitioners will also be informed about real-world examples of attest and audit engagements underway in the blockchain space, how to get started approaching this service line and resources to learn more.

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3:50PM TO 4:40PM / General Session

Michael Goller, Shareholder & Tax Department Chair, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

A summary of what is new at the IRS with regard to practice and procedure and ethics issues. Topics will include a Circular 230 update, IRS audit initiative update and other timely IRS issues.

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4:40PM TO 4:45PM / General Session


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