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 2014 Fall CPE Days

Chapter Event
11/3/2014 7:30 AM
11/4/2014 5:00 PM
Bridgewater Place, Grand Rapids |
The Western Michigan Chapter of the IIA and the Lansing Chapter of the ACFE proudly presents:
2014 Fall CPE Days (1 day; 8 CPE and 2 days; 16 CPE)
November 3rd and 4th
Bridgewater Place 
333 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI
Pricing (registration and payment details below):  
One Day – Member $135, Non-Member $160, Student $40
Two Days – Member $250, Non-Members $300, Student $80
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Day 1 – Three Sessions:  COSO, roundtable discussions, and ethics
8:00am to 10:00am
COSO 2013 Implementation Insights
Sandra Herrygers, Deloitte
In this segment, we will explore the changes from the 1992 to the 2013 COSO Framework, including related implementation challenges and recent marketplace observations.  We will also discuss recent hot topics in internal control over financial reporting, which are relevant for companies adopting the 2013 Framework this year for SOX compliance.
Sandy has been with Deloitte for over twenty-four years and has spent her career focused on internal controls and information security in the Financial Services and Consumer and Industrial Products industries.  She has been a partner in  the Audit and Enterprise Risk Services practice since 1998 and has practiced in the Chicago and Detroit offices of Deloitte.
10:30am to 11:30am 
Roundtable Discussions 
Based on survey feedback we are allotting time for roundtable discussions with peers. Topics to be covered include fraud risk assessments, conducting operational audits, and budgeting, scheduling and resourcing engagements. This session will prove to be an informational and interactive session that will allow you to walk away with something new. The session with be structured so that you will get to discuss each topic and hear report outs from other groups discussions.
12:30pm to 4:30 pm
Ethics: Beyond the Code
Toby Groves
Toby Groves is a researcher, consultant, trainer and speaker on organizational psychology and
corporate crime.  Committed to bridging the gap between current efforts and real progress, Groves uncovers the individual and group psychology behind corporate scandals and presents research that reveals real solutions.  Formerly a successful CPA and CEO educated in forensic psychology and forensic accounting, Groves researches the role group behavior plays in corporate fraud.  Using his compelling personal story, interactive demonstrations, and the results of his research, Groves enlightens and inspires audiences around the country to think differently and make progress toward finding real solutions to these problems. Join us as Toby takes us through a dynamic presentation on ethics. This session will count for the CPA ethics requirement.
Day 2 – We welcome back Toby Groves for two interactive and engaging sessions.
8:00am to 12:00pm
Big Data – Complex to Simplex
The complexity of the current audit environment includes massive change, market uncertainties, new regulation, and expanding roles for auditors. In an effort to cope, we gather data…lots of data, but our data mining abilities and sophisticated methods of analysis create their own problems. Which information is most important? How do we interpret contradictory and unreliable data?  
This engaging presentation simplifies the mind-numbing complexity by showing us how to edit the important from the unnecessary, and how to break down the interpretation of massive quantities of information so we can turn what is overwhelming into what is useful. 
• Identifying the best methods to perform your information search
• How to recognize and “edit out” unnecessary data to focus on important information
• Identifying the “clarifying characteristics” of your data search
• Perspective tools that help you recognize proper levels of skepticism
• How to assess levels of validity and reliability in data
• When to use the scientific approach, and how to apply creative thinking
Objectives:  This presentation uses behavioral science to examine interpretive skills in relation to accounting and auditing concepts.  Participants will be able to identify and understand behavioral concepts in relation to complex data sets to improve their functioning in relation to auditing, accounting and governance situations.  

1:00pm to 5:00pm
Brain Games for Auditors
Auditors rely heavily on their interpretive skills to lead them to correct judgments, but it is not uncommon for subconscious glitches to interfere with our thinking, sometimes in very unsettling ways.  Attendees in this session will be amazed as they take part in live, interactive experiments that demonstrate how their minds are betrayed by subconscious errors that lead to a variety of incorrect perceptions and interpretations.  Prepare to be shocked at the extent to which audit results can be affected by these invisible errors, and to learn how we can dramatically improve our thinking processes in this thought provoking and highly entertaining presentation.

• Why we misinterpret the obvious, and how it impacts audit judgment
• Subconscious effects that cause us to see values that don’t exist
• How we subconsciously make opposite decisions about the same information
• Why we “see” illusory patterns in data
Objectives:  This presentation uses behavioral science to examine interpretive skills in relation to accounting and auditing concepts.  Participants will be able to identify and understand behavioral concepts in relation to cognitive biases to improve their functioning in relation to auditing, accounting and governance situations.    
To register, click the appropriate register button below or email the chapter Secretary, Daisha Ngo ( with your name, company you are with, and member number (if applicable).
Day 1​ ​Day 2 ​Both Days
Payment Information:
Payment is required for attendance.  Please wait for confirmation that your registration has been received before submitting payment via one of the following methods:
  • PayPal - Credit card payments can be submitted prior to the day of the event using the payment buttons below.
  • Cash or Check - Payment can be brought to the event or mailed in advance to the Treasurer.  Please make checks payable to WMIIA.  Checks can be mailed to:
Lake Michigan Credit Union
c/o Matt Visco, Internal Audit
PO Box 2848
Grand Rapids, MI 49501
If you would like to be invoiced prior to an event please email an invoice request to  detailing your name, all participants for whom the invoice should include, and a mailing address.  
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