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- Overnight accommodations can be made at the Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown using ISCPA's group rate of $159/night. Reserve online by July 9, 2018, in order to qualify for the reduced rate. Accommodations include two-room suites, complimentary breakfast and nightly Manager's Reception (cocktail and snacks). Valet parking is available for $23/overnight or city parking garage (across the street) is available for $10/overnight.
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- Accounting & Auditing
- Personal Development
CPAs and accounting professionals 40 and younger seeking to enhance their career and stay current on issues facing young professionals today.
William L. Reeb
Bill Reeb, CPA, is co-founder and CEO of Succession Institute LLC. He has been consulting for three decades to all sizes of business, from mom and pop operations to Fortune 100 companies, working in areas of strategy, governance, accountability, compensation and business improvement. Bill is an award-winning public speaker lecturing throughout the U.S. and Canada to executives and CPAs each year. He has published hundreds of articles and columns including his bi-monthly column called "In the Bill-iverse." He has authored and co-authored numerous books on succession planning and consulting. Bill is an active volunteer within the profession having served in many leadership roles in both state and national organizations. He is a past member of the AICPA Board of Directors, past and current member of AICPA Council and past Commissioner on the AICPA’s National Accreditation Commission. He has been recognized by CPA Magazine as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Practitioners" and Accounting Today has recognized him as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential CPAs Inside Public Accounting." 
Alison A. VanOtterloo
Alison VanOtterloo is vice president, internal audit at Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company in Algona, Iowa. Prior to joining Pharmacists Mutual, Alison was with Ernst & Young, LLP as a financial auditor. Alison received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, in accounting, from the University of Northern Iowa and has earned her CPA, CIA and AIAF designations. In addition to her audit duties, Alison leads several learning and development initiatives at Pharmacists Mutual. Alison serves on the board of directors for the Iowa Society of CPAs, Kossuth County Economic Development and the Algona Community School Foundation. She is an active member of the Algona Rotary Club. Alison is a graduate of the 2014 AICPA Leadership Academy. She lives in Algona with her husband and their four children.
Kristen got into accounting the way many people did: she liked math. She joined the Big 4 out of college and held on for three enlightening years in audit. After finding the long-hours-lifestyle to be more than she was after, Kristen quit public accounting for the first time and ended up in industry at one of her clients.
18 months later, she jumped back into public at a regional firm in San Francisco. This time she eased out of audit to help form a SOX compliance team from the ground up, and led a variety of intriguing and unique consulting projects.
Fast-forward seven years, she realized her strongest technical talents were those in the areas that were not considered "technical" as a public accountant; you know the ones: communication, client service, building great teams, etc. Kristen decided to use her strengths to bring these essential skills back to the industry she's known from the inside.
Her work now enables deeper client relationships, stronger team collaboration, and increased efficiency; all leading to higher profitability for CPA and professional services firms. She loves what she does and welcomes the opportunity to work with people who value relationships and communication as a component of success. 
Since starting Inspiring Solutions in 1991 in Des Moines, Iowa Michele had the privilege of working in a wide-variety of industries, specializing in healthcare, long-term care, insurance and financial services by designing and facilitating strategic planning, leadership development, customer service initiatives and team building.
In 2011, Michele was awarded the “Impact to Business” from the Association of Talent Development – Iowa Chapter for the work she’s done to improve patient satisfaction through a workforce engagement process at Matagorda Regional Medical Center in the Houston area.
Each year, Michele is asked to speak at numerous local and national conferences. She has earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) from the National Speakers Association, a designation earned by fewer than 10% of professional speakers worldwide. Other honors include Iowa Up and Comer and Outstanding Young Iowan.
Michele is appropriately recognized as “The Attitude Adjuster” because she has written several books and training resources on the topic, including the best-selling book "Attitude: The Choice is Yours" and the award-winning training video "Bad Apples: How to Deal with Difficult Attitudes."
She has provided state and national leadership for the National Speakers Association and the Association for Talent Development. She served on several boards including her alma maters Upper Iowa University and AIB College of Business. 
Lindsay is vice president - finance and tax at 1st Financial Bank USA in North Sioux City, S.D. She is the 2017 AICPA Outstanding Young CPA Award recipient, vice chair of the AICPA Young Members Leadership Committee and was recently named by CPA Practice Advisor as a 2017 40 Under 40. As a CPA, CGMA, Lindsay is passionate about helping individuals tap into their potential to positively impact the innovation and success of their organizations and their professions at large. She enjoys sharing her knowledge on influence, motherhood and leadership with others by speaking and writing for the AICPA, state CPA societies and other organizations. Lindsay is also a great lover of mystery novels and a shameless braggart about her three boys. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in accounting.