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CPE day2015The UAB Collat School of Business is offering a seminar on September 18th designed to help working professionals stay current on accounting and auditing changes and earn up to 16 hours of Accounting and Auditing CPE credit.  

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Quinton Booker, PhD, CPA, professor and chairman of the Department of Accounting at Jackson State University, will provide the keynote address. Dr. Booker currently serves as a member of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s Center for the Public Trust. He served as a member of the Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy from 1992 to 2002, and recently completed a three-year term on the AICPA Board of Directors.

The Seminar will be held at The Club, 1 Robert Smith Drive, Birmingham, AL.  Course fees cover the sessions, materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments.  

See full seminar schedules below:

September 18, 2015

8 hours of Accounting and Auditing Credit

7:45-8:15 Continental Breakfast

8:15-12:00 Dr. Quinton Booker, PhD, CPA, BankPlus Professor and Chairman of the Department of Accounting at Jackson State University
Accounting Update: This session provides an update on various accounting and auditing topics, including current FASB and PCAOB proposals.

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:00 Cynthia Wyatt, CPA, CFE, CISA, CITP, CFF, Insyte CPAs
Risk Management: This session will include an overview of a risk management methodology that can be used to better plan and perform audits or as a tool to help clients navigate through significant events.

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:15 Jenice Prather-Kinsey, PhD, CPA, Professor of Accounting and Sallie W. Dean Scholar, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Convergence with Globally Accepted Accounting Standards- Where are we now?: This session will discuss why convergence between the FASB, the IASB, and the SEC is idle and possibly diverging. It will discuss the barriers to accounting convergence, how the political and legal interplay of democracies differ between countries, and how local jurisdictions’ political and legal structures effect the development of accounting standards.


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Michael Harward, UAB MBA '14 shares his story

With an engineering degree from Duke University, Michael was interested in an MBA to help refine and develop skills that would allow him to “pursue his interest in helping an organization develop a vision and think through how to get there”.

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Living in Birmingham with his wife, who was already pursuing another master's program, practically guaranteed him at least a couple of years in the Magic City. He began evaluating different options. “I decided that pursuing an MBA in person (rather than an online program) would provide a much more valuable experience,” says Michael. “Also, UAB's superior academic reputation as compared to other local peers drew me to UAB’s MBA program.”

Michael was connected to his current employer, SCA (Surgical Care Affiliates), through the MBA program and now after only 1.5 years is in a leadership position within the Financial Operations department. “The MBA program prepared me to engage with senior leadership within the company, create innovative solutions that contribute to our group's strategy, and manage my team effectively,” says Michael. “Also, I feel capable of thriving within a large company or leading as a part of a start-up. My ability to evaluate the soundness of a business plan or idea separates me from many of my peers.”

How was Michael’s experience in UAB’s MBA program?

“The program does an extraordinary job connecting students to the current business environment,” says Michael. “The latest trends, developments, and events of today's business world were almost constantly discussed in the classroom. Plus, the program provided excellent networking opportunities.”

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