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CPAs and accounting professionals in business and industry.


Whether you work for a small, medium or large company, its success is not just about accounting. Put the communication, management and leadership ideas you will gain at this conference to work for you - and your organization's future.


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Your Price: $340.00

This is your base price and does not reflect any additional session fees, optional add-ons, or guest registrations. This price includes the early-bird discount. Full prices will be applicable to all registrations after March 10, 2020.

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March 24, 2020

7:00am - 8:00am (Central Time)

Attend this bonus session and receive one (1) additional hour of CPE credit (9 hours total).

In today's competitive business climate, more companies are looking at improvements in quality while reducing costs. So while businesses need to get more from their employees, their employees are looking for more out of them. Employee reward and recognition programs are one method of motivating employees to change work habits and key behaviors that can benefit your business.

Topics include:

  • Why money is an excellent de-motivator and NOT a motivator.
  • What type of compensation is the most desired, and the most under-utilized within an organization.
  • A framework on how an organization can create their own non-monetary rewards and recognition programs.

Speaker: Jeremy Wortman, Ph.D. | HRD Initiatives

8:15am - 8:35am (Central Time)

Hear from ISCPA CEO, Cindy Adams about the latest and greatest in the profession and the initiatives ISCPA is exploring to position the profession for the future and address the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Steve Marlow, ISCPA Business and Industry Committee chair will share welcome messages and special conference announcements.

8:35am - 9:35am (Central Time)

Director Durham will discuss the state's economic development strategy, including focus areas for growth, policy initiatives and the programs that help drive Iowa's economy.

Speaker: Debi Durham | Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority

9:45am - 10:55am (Central Time)

When we drive, we know what our cars can do, and we know where our blind spots are. But do you know the extent of your personal power and where your professional blind spots are? 

In this session you will:

  • Identify your personal strengths
  • Identify your personal blind spots
  • Learn how to maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses
  • Learn how to be objective about yourself and utilize your personal power

Speaker: Scott Burgmeyer | Executive Director, Iowa Quality Center and Founder/CEO, Creative Solutions Group

11:05am - 12:05pm (Central Time)

This session takes a unique approach to discuss ethics in the accounting profession. Starting with the most critical, and often the most neglected element of moral decision-making, the individual. You will get the opportunity to focus on your personal development as an authentic and moral person through discussions, self-discoveries and self-reflections.

Strategies include:

  • Recognizing the importance of ethics in today’s business environment.
  • Understanding the sophisticated cognitive process associated with ethical decision-making.
  • Exploring the various factors that help identify a moral dilemma.
  • Understanding the critical role of the individual in the ethical decision-making process.
  • Exploring the role of leadership in the accounting profession.

Speaker: Jeremy Wortman, Ph.D. | HRD Initiatives

This session qualifies for one (1) hour of ethics CPE credit.

Select One and Only One
12:50pm - 1:55pm (Central Time)

Most businesses in general have a very clear understanding and plan for their operational strategy. However, when asked if they have a strategy for their human capital, more than 80% say they have no or very little of a plan. Yet, when asked how important their people are to the ongoing, long-term success of their business the overwhelming response is, “critically important.” This session will help organizations understand the robustness of talent management and how they can begin thinking and creating a more strategic approach to the acquisition, engagement, development and retention of their most valuable asset – their people. 

Strategies include:

  • A framework that businesses can use to immediately begin assessing their own organization for talent management.
  • Ways to think about the people-side of business in a more comprehensive and deeper manner to identify areas of enhancement for operational strategy.
  • Explore why and how hiring the right person the first time increases productivity and drives employee retention. And how bad hires waste money.
  • How to get employees engaged so work they hard for you, get along with others and become loyal.
  • Ways to develop people so they can build talents into strengths and apply them to the job – this is the number one driver of employee retention.
  • Explore what it means to leverage talent involving career pathing, succession planning and mentoring.
  • Identify various tools that are readily accessible to support the analysis and practice of all talent management domains.

Speaker: Jeremy Wortman, Ph.D. | HRD Initiatives

12:50pm - 1:55pm (Central Time)

Session description coming soon.

Speaker: Andy Neller | Cybersecurity Operations Manager, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield 

Select One and Only One
2:05pm - 3:10pm (Central Time)

Session description coming soon.

Speaker: Chris Wetmore, MBA | Robotics Process Automation Lead, RSM US LLP

2:05pm - 3:10pm (Central Time)

Ineffective practices involving meetings are frequently cited as a source of frustration, wasted time and obstacles to change. This session will highlight thought leadership from current literature on improving the effectiveness of meetings within your organization.

Topics will include:

  • Aligning the meeting type and format with its purpose and objectives.
  • Steps to plan and conduct successful meetings including creating accountability for follow-up and other best practices.
  • Increasing accountability regarding the preparation for, participation in and post-meeting results.
  • A list of resources and suggested action steps to take back to your organization.  

Speakers: Mike Campana, CPA and Steve Campana, CPA, ABV, CFF | Honkamp Krueger & Co

3:25pm - 4:25pm (Central Time)

Session description coming soon.

Speaker: Scott Bush | Co-founder, Templeton Rye and Founder, Foundry Distilling Company


Jeremy Wortman

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Jeremy S. Wortman, Ph.D. is the wwner of HRD Initiatives, which specializes in leadership development, organizational development and talent management solutions. In this capacity, he works with client executive teams in determining talent management strategies, building leadership talent, implementing solutions and coaching individual leaders. Jeremy has more than 20 years of experience in organization and leadership development with a significant amount of his time, early in his career, at TD Ameritrade where he was the Director of Organizational Effectiveness. There, he was responsible for enterprise-wide talent management initiatives where he partnered with senior executives across the organization to determine business unit and department-level talent management strategies and solutions that drove their performance goals. He has extensive knowledge of organizational psychology and has developed strategies and programs that build better individuals and organizations using a strengths-based approach. Jeremy has focused his expertise within the accounting profession since 2004. He is a frequent speaker at various regional, national and international conferences on the topics of ethical decision- making, leadership development and talent management. His clients range of small accounting firms to the top ten largest in the United States, many of whom are found on Accounting Today’s Best Firms to Work for list. Jeremy attended the University of Nebraska where he earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, Leadership and Organizational Development and a Masters in Business Administration. He holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and Human Resources. Jeremy is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Academy of Management. He is also active in his local community as the former President of the Young Alumni Board for the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska, where he was also an adjunct professor from 1999 to 2016.

Debi Durham

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Debi V. Durham was named director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA, formerly Iowa Department of Economic Development) in January 2011 by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. Prior to joining IEDA, Durham served as president of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce. In 2016, Director Durham was recognized by the Des Moines Business Record as a Women of Influence, and in 2014, she was named a Janus Fellow by the Janus Institute, an organization with the mission of contributing to the body of knowledge in economic development and advancing its practice. In 2009, the Downtown Rotary Club in Sioux City recognized Durham as their Key Way award winner, designating a local leader who has “contributed greatly to the health and prosperity of the area through business and community involvement.” Durham was also recognized by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry as one of “Five Iowa Women You Should Know” in 2007. In 2003, she was named to the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame and was the Republican Lt. Gubernatorial candidate in 2002. Durham holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing and Management from Missouri Southern State University. [2017]

Andy Neller

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Andy Neller, CISSP, CRISC, CCE is a leader in cybersecurity focusing on providing best-in-class security programs, security architecture, governance and regulation compliance, secure cloud migration, and IT security risk management strategies and services to enable delivery of solutions to businesses. Andy has over 20 years of cybersecurity experience providing innovative capabilities, services and consulting to stakeholders in support of a preventive data loss security posture. Currently Mr. Neller is the cyber security operations manager and HIPAA security official for Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Inc.

Scott Burgmeyer

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Scott Burgmeyer is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Group and is the executive director of the Iowa Quality Center. Scott has worked and consulted in manufacturing, technology, education, and health care industries. He has a vast background with roles in QA management, CI management, organizational development, human resources, SVP quality and improvement and chief improvement officer.

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