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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 23 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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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 Stevenson, CPA, CGMA is vice president of finance and tax at 1st Financial Bank USA in Dakota Dunes, S.D., and founder/CEO of Origin Evolution LLC. Lindsay is passionate about finding purpose and leveraging it to positively impact the innovation and success of organizations and the profession at large. She lives this passion by serving as chair of the AICPA Young Member Leadership Committee, a member of the AICPA Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee and AICPA Council as well as volunteering on state society committees in Arizona and South Dakota along with writing and speaking about influence, leadership, motherhood and self-awareness. Lindsay has been recognized as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting (2018 by AICPA and CPA Practice Advisor), as one of the 40 Under 40 (2017 by CPA Practice Advisor) and as the AICPA Outstanding Young CPA of the Year (2017). In addition, Lindsay currently serves as board president of the Mary J. Treglia Community House, a local nonprofit dedicated to welcoming, educating, empowering and advocating for new immigrants within the community. More than any other activity, she loves spending time with her three boys and her husband, especially when it involves cheering for the Zags during March Madness! 
Jeff Fagen is IT Audit Manager for Principal Financial Group in Des Moines. He is a member of Principal's core team leading an initiative called Voice of the Young Consumer (VOYC), which partners with senior leaders to help bring insights on how to connect with the evolving needs of consumers. Jeff joined Principal in 2006 and has worked in internal audit since 2014. His role has allowed him to work with different domestic businesses, traveling to international locations in India, Brazil, Chile and Mexico where he works with risk initiatives with a primary focus on data and cyber security. Recently, Jeff's focus has been on “technology disrupters” such as Blockchain to get ahead of the curve on how these disrupters could impact the organization and the risk environment associated with them.