Professional Speaker Series

Offered Fall and Spring semesters, the Professional Speaker Series (ACG3802) is designed to expose students to technical topics and emerging issues in accounting, business, and in related professions such as law. Guest speakers will provide a practicing professional's insights regarding technical issues and concerns affecting the accounting profession. Some sessions will relate to professional career planning, and the speakers will discuss various specialty areas, unusual occupations, unique firm practice structures, or non-traditional career opportunities. Presentations are followed by a reception during which time students can interact one-on-one with the speaker and his or her associates.

Attendance is limited to those students who have registered for the course or have advanced approval from the course coordinator. The course may not be repeated.

Fall 2015

  • August 27, 2015

    Speaker Panel
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: Debunking Accounting Myths
    About the Speakers:

    • Jason Natt, Miami, CMAAS Partner
    • Lourdes Campo, Miami, Audit Associate
    • Nick Pinto, Atlanta, Audit Associate
    • Rhemila Barcia, New York, Tax Senior Associate
    • Sarah Anderson, Atlanta, Tax Partner
  • September 3, 2015

    Wade Weeks
    Grant Thornton
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: Professionalism

  • September 10, 2015

    Wendi Christensen and Robert Tache
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: Exploring Tax and the Service Lines Within
    About the Speakers:

    Wendi Christensen

    Wendi Christensen, CPA, is a tax partner in the Florida Business Tax Services Group of Deloitte Tax LLP ("Deloitte") and has 19 years of experience in public accounting. Wendi specializes in providing a variety of corporate tax consulting services to publicly and privately-held companies in many industries including energy, waste/environmental services, retail, travel, hospitality and leisure, and health care. Wendi has been actively involved in Deloitte's Women's Initiative ("WIN"), serving as a tax WIN leader for the Florida practice for the past ten years. Deloitte's WIN was founded in 1993 with the focus of the development and advancement of women. Currently, Wendi is the Tax Talent Leader for the East Region and has served in this role for the past two years. In this role, Wendi is responsible for setting strategy for recruiting, performance management, learning and development and well being, among other responsibilities involving attracting, advancement and retention of Deloitte's most valuable resource; its people.

    Robert Tache

    Robert is the Florida/San Juan Tax Managing Partner and an international tax partner in our Miami office with over twenty-five years of experience. Robert has deep experience delivering tax consulting, compliance and attest services to large, multinational public and private companies.

    Robert's extensive experience includes overseeing the delivery of international and domestic tax services related to a broad range of tax consulting and reporting issues, including assistance with mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, assistance with ASC 740 calculations, assistance with IRS audit issues, implementation of comprehensive tax strategies, and the implementation of various international tax planning strategies, including U.S. foreign tax credit, local country tax reduction, intellectual property strategies, cost sharing planning, repatriation planning and check-the-box planning, for U.S. and foreign-based multinational activities.

  • September 17, 2015

    Speaker TBA
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: TBA

  • September 24, 2015

    Speaker TBA
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: TBA

  • October 1, 2015

    Speaker TBA
    Crowe Horwath
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: TBA

  • October 29, 2015

    Speaker TBA
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: TBA

  • November 5, 2015

    Speaker TBA
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: TBA


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BRY 100
PO Box 117150
Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
Fax: 352.392.2086

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