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12/12/2013 8:00 AM
12/12/2013 5:00 PM
ConAgra |  
Topic:  Psychology of Fraud & Critical Thinking Topics
Speaker:  Toby Groves, Groves Fund Corp - CEO
Bio: With his work and story featured on NPR, in the CPA Journal and studied by business schools around the country, Toby Groves presents groundbreaking behavioral research in engaging and entertaining demonstrations for professional and academic interests. His presentations are an eye-opening, “must see” for anyone interested in understanding the fascinating psychological science behind our organizational behaviors, and particularly those involved in auditing, governance, culture, compliance, or leadership.

Educated in psychology and forensic accounting, Groves researches the roles that individual and group psychology play in organizational behaviors. The results shattered his long-held assumptions about the processes behind these events. Using groundbreaking research, interactive demonstrations, and a compelling personal story, Groves inspires audiences around the country to think differently and make real progress towards understanding and improving our processes
Registration Contact:  Kyle Hampton -
Members/Student/Retires:       $170 PayPal Link
Non-Members:                              $200 PayPalLink 
CPE Credit:  8 CPE
Other Meeting Notes:  We will have one drawing for a gift card at the conclusion of the conference for those in attendance.  Must be present to win. 



Parking & Security:  Leavenworth Street to ConAgra parking garage which is about 2 blocks east of 10th street.  Visitors can park in the parking garage which is located on the north side of the road.  Press the button on the badge scanner for security to buzz you in.
Attached is a map of where the attendees for the conference in December can park. There will be a guard stationed by the parking structure that will assist with parking. That guard will also instruct the visitors how to get to Building 11. Once the visitors have parked and arrive at Building 11, the lobby guard will check them in and direct them to the Learning Centers.
Any other question please contact Kelly Hansen at 402-830-5278
South lot Parking ConAgra.pdf



The Psychology of Fraud (1-16 hours)
Despite significant attention and effort, our understanding of how human behavior affects organizational decisions involving accounting, and auditing, and particularly aberrant behaviors such as fraud are incomplete.  Our assumptions regarding who is involved, how it starts, and why it grows are flawed, which leads to a variety of critical judgment errors. This presentation delves into the very latest breakthroughs in psychological research which uncover individual and group behaviors that reveal how our minds actually work in relation to these experiences. Interactive demonstrations dramatically exhibit to attendees how radically different our intuitions are in relation to the reality of these events, and how they can immediately use this new knowledge in their work. 
      How auditors can unwittingly assist in the production of misleading information
      The effect of social influence on accounting decisions and financial statements 
      What causes us to overlook the most ominous and obvious red flags
      Why psychopaths are not our greatest concern, and who is…
      Why well-meaning people cooperate in fraud schemes
      The latest research revealing how most fraud really starts, and why it gets out of control
      The paradox of experience-how it sometimes diminishes professional judgment
      Why our intuition and assumptions lead us astray
      How to improve professional Judgment, skepticism and critical thinking skills
 Objectives:  This presentation uses behavioral science to integrate “Soft Skills” with accounting and auditing concepts.  Participants will be able to identify and understand behavioral concepts and apply them to auditing, accounting and governance situations, as well as using these concepts to assist in developing programs for risk management and cultural improvement.  
Who will benefit:  Auditors, controllers, CPA’s, CAE’s, CIO’s, CEO’s,  compliance and risk managers, ethics officers, and anyone wanting to improve their skills by understanding the behavioral science associated with organizational risk and culture.  


Subject timeline
Due to the nature of this presentation, overlap of topics is heavy throughout the day.
Hour 1: Definitions and assumptions related to fraud
                Case study
Hour 2: Fraud detection methods
                Case study
Hour 3: Critical thinking methods in auditing
                Case study
Hour 4: Scientific research-The precipice of fraud
                Case study
Hour 5: Scientific research-Group psychology and fraudulent activity
Scientific research-How fraud grows and why it continues
Case Study
Hour 6: Sampling and bias
                Case study
Hour 7: Professional skepticism
                Case study
Hour 8: Fraud deterrence methods
                Case study