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.
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.
Ernst & Young
6:15-7:30pm, In-Person, GER 126 Speakers: Lisa White Topic: Leading with Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness in the modern workplace
Lisa White is an Associate Director in the Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness (DE&I) function at EY, where she has worked since 2010. In her role, she works to shape global DE&I strategy, delivers global enablement, and consults with EY executive stakeholders around the world to further embed DE&I across the organization.
Lisa graduated from UF with a B.S. and M.S. in Decision and Information Sciences (now ISOM). Prior to her current role at EY, she worked at KPMG as an Information Risk Management consultant, and also held roles in recruiting and operations.
6:15-7:30pm, In-Person, GER 126 Speakers: Perry Gavagni, Katelyn Moore, Bowen Bender, & Dana Susse Topic: Life as a Young Professional
Perry is an Audit Senior with Spicer Jeffries and joined the firm in September 2019. He is from Palm Beach Gardens, FL and has his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Accounting from Florida State University. Outside of work, his favorite hobbies include scuba diving and spearfishing.
Katelyn is an Audit Senior with Spicer Jeffries and has been working with Spicer for 2 years. She is from St. Augustine, FL and has her Bachelor’s in Accounting from Florida State University. Prior to working with Spicer Jeffries, she interned in Florida Board of Governors’ Inspector General’s Office. Outside of work, she enjoys reading and cooking.
Bowen earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He recently moved from St. Louis in January of 2022. Before Spicer Jeffries, Bowen interned with Rubin Brown LLP during the 2021 busy season and then worked fulltime as audit staff for BDO. Some of his favorite hobbies are to workout, play video games, and read.
Dana is an audit staff at Spicer Jeffries and started in July 2022. She is from Franklin Square NY and graduated from Molloy College in 2020 with an MBA in accounting. Previously she used to audit labor unions in New York. Her favorite thing to do outside of work is to travel.
6:15-7:30pm Speakers: Daniel Rothwell, Audit Data Analytics Manager Topic: How Data Analytics is Changing the CPA Profession
Daniel has been with Crowe for 6 years. He started with Crowe as a staff auditor after graduating from the University of Miami with his Bachelors and Masters in Accounting. Daniel specialized in Technology, Media, and Telecommunications with a public company expertise. Early in his Audit career Daniel developed a passion for improving audit procedures by capitalizing on the use of data analytics. This passion lead to an opportunity for him to join the Audit Transformation group where Daniel was an initial member of Crowe’s Digital Audit Platform team, which today is called Crowe Ignite. Currently, Daniel is the product owner for Crowe Ignite where he develops, manages, and prioritizes the backlog for development.
6:15-7:30pm Speakers: Scott Bridgman & Jack Rybicki Topic: Careers within Public Accounting (Inspired Careers)
Jack is the managing principal of CLA Private Capital, which currently encompasses their Capital Markets and M&A Advisory/Investment Banking capabilities. Their Capital Markets team raises equity and debt for real estate projects while their M&A Advisory/Investment Banking team primarily performs sell-side transactions for companies in the micro and lower middle-market. Jack previously headed CLA’s Real Estate industry group and served real estate private equity funds, land developers, home builders and developers/owner/operators of hospitality, commercial, retail and multi-family projects. Jack also has worked with a number of funds pursuing real estate projects in Opportunity Zones.
Jack is a member of the leadership team for CLA’s COVID-19 Relief Efforts and has been a frequent presenter and subject matter expert on the Paycheck Protection Program. Additionally, he currently serves on CLA’s board of directors.
Scott Bridgman is a Principal with the health care group of CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), specializing in a variety of strategic, financial and operational services for health care clients across the continuum. Scott is the growth network leader for the healthcare practice in the state of Florida.
Scott has over seventeen years of experience of providing audit, accounting, tax and consulting services to clients of varying sizes with a primary focus on organizations that serve older adults, which includes Senior Living, Home Health, Hospice and physician practices. Scott also services secondary industries including higher education and non-profit clients.
6:15-7:30pm, In-Person, GER 126 Speakers: Candy Poels, FFL – Marli Overgard, FFL – Jordan Harn Topic: Life in Corporate Finance
Candy Poels is Program Leader for the U.S. Future Finance Leader’s Program at Honeywell. Candy is responsible for all aspects of recruiting, the internship program, and participant career development throughout the program.
Honeywell is a Fortune 100 software-industrial company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace and automotive products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help everything from aircraft, cars, homes and buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable.
Prior to this role, Candy was Bombardier Sr. Finance Manager responsible for planning, accounting, financial analysis and strategic goal alignment. Prior to that she was the Airbus Sr. Finance Manager, Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis, Manager for the OEM, Aftermarket, & Engineering Cost Accounting group, and held various other roles in accounting and finance.
Candy holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration from W. P Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
6:15-7:30pm, In-Person, GER 126 Speakers: Christine Seal Topic: A Leadership Journey
Christine Seal is the Vice President of Finance for Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A). Her team is responsible for enterprise-level strategic planning, reporting and analysis, and delivering solutions across the organization through technology and process improvements that provide financial insight and efficiencies for the various businesses. In addition, Christine currently leads a project team responsible for completing a financial transformation and system upgrade for the enterprise. Christine has been with NextEra Energy for nearly fifteen years and has held various finance, commercial, and accounting positions.
Prior to leading the projects team, Christine also served as the Chief Investment Officer with her FP&A role, overseeing investments for the Pension and Nuclear Decommissioning Trust Funds. Prior responsibilities within NextEra Energy include Vice President of Business Management in Business Operations & Portfolio Management where she used scalable processes and analytics to maximize profitability, driver better operational results, and make smart commercial decisions for most of NextEra Energy Resources’ renewable assets. She also has experience as an Executive Director of Finance where she negotiated commercial transactions relating to potential new investments, while focusing on the ability to raise project debt or equity associated with the investments. Additionally, Christine served in NextEra Power Marketing and was responsible for the hedging and optimization for the nuclear, solar, fossil, and wind assets in the NextEra Energy Resources fleet. She started her career at NextEra Energy Resources in Project Accounting and moved to her role in NextEra Power Marketing after working in Business Management, where she managed wind sites in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska.
Before joining NextEra Energy Resources, Christine had started her career at Ernst & Young and held various accounting and finance roles in multiple industries. Christine graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a Masters of Accounting and a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. She is a licensed Florida Certified Public Accountant and a certified Six-Sigma Green Belt.