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 Western Mich Chapter - CPE Days

Chapter Training
11/5/2013 8:00 AM
11/6/2013 5:00 PM
Grand Rapids, MI |
The Western Michigan Chapter of the IIA and The Lansing Chapter of the ACFE  present:
2013 CPE Days                    November 5 and 6
Davenport University, Lettinga Campus, Sneden Center |  6191 Kraft Avenue S.E.  |  Grand Rapids, MI 49512Grand Rapids, MI
Day 1 – Speaker Toby Groves has been engaged to present two programs.  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 aberrant 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.
8:00 am to 12:00pm “The Psychology of Fraud” - Despite significant attention and effort, our understanding of how human behavior affects organizational decisions involving accounting, auditing and 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.
1:00pm to 5:00pm “Essential Interviewing Skills for Auditors” - The importance of conducting successful client interviews in the fact finding process makes it one of the most important soft skills for auditors today. SAS 99 emphasizes the importance of these essential skills in detecting possible fraudulent activities.   As opposed to other parts of the audit process, the techniques used in interviews must be highly adaptable, and dealing with the interviewee may require intuition and be much less rational than other aspects of the audit.  The success of the interview relies on proper preparation, an understanding of key interpersonal techniques, and an understanding of the appropriate elements of behavioral science.   This presentation uses the latest research in behavioral science to reveal the best methods for conducting such interviews.
Day 2 – Brings three different speakers on three varied topics.
8:00am to 11:00am “Be Bright. Be Brief. Be Gone.™”   
Sarah Flick, Varnum Consulting
Why is it more difficult to communicate today? How do you communicate difficult messages in a professional manner. We will discuss how your communication preparation, or lack of preparation, impacts your ability to influence others. This session will include tips on crafting messages that are clear, concise and focused to get your points across. Come and learn how to accomplish your communication objectives.
11:30am to 2:30pm “Mystery Fraud Lunch”
You won’t want to miss this highly interactive presentation on fraud.  We don’t want to give away too much but the training objectives include:
Interviewing skills
Data analysis
Planning and scoping
Team building
General fraud examination skills
3:00pm to 5:00pm “IT Hot Topics”
Sajay Rai, Securely Yours LLC
Mr Rai has more than 30 years of experience in information technology, specializing in information security, business continuity, privacy, IT audit and information risk. Mr. Rai is the Founder and CEO of Securely Yours LLC. Securely Yours LLC is focused on delivering innovative solutions through delivery channels like Software-as-a-Service, Managed Services and traditional IT consulting. Mr. Rai’s clients are in the financial, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and utility industry.