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.

Spring 2020

Deloitte
Speakers: Mike Safra and Ashley Graham
Topic: A Career in Tax
6:15-8:15pm, Gerson 126

PwC
Speakers: Jill Hanrahan and Ana Gomes
Topic: PwC: Leading The Digital World
6:15-8:15pm, Gerson 126

Honeywell
Speaker: Elizabeth Paulson
6:15-8:15pm, Gerson 126

Alex Obenauf

Alex Obenauf
KPMG
6:15-8:15pm, Gerson 126

About the Speaker: Alex Obenauf is a Managing Director in KPMG’s Healthcare Advisory practice. He has over 15 years of experience on performance improvement and technology transformation in the healthcare industry. He is currently focused on assisting clients with addressing the challenges driven by reform, economic changes, consumer preference and technology innovation.

Topic: As healthcare organizations seek to put the consumer at the center of healthcare decision-making, here are some key considerations:

  • Start serving different consumers in different ways, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach.
  • Undertake fundamental value-enhancement programs to identify where spending leads to real value and where it does not.
  • Keep an eye toward creating one layered delivery network through which patients can move seamlessly as they age and their needs evolve.
  • Forge strategic partnerships with technology disruptors — from integrators for patient/program matching, to reimbursable health apps and tools, to predictive and behavioral analytics providers.
Michael Vu

Michael Vu
Tech Data
6:15-8:15pm, Gerson 126

About the Speaker: Michael Vu is an alumni of the Fisher School of Accounting (Class of 2013) and completed the 3/2 Masters of Accounting program. He began his career as an Assurance Associate at EY in Tampa, but transitioned his career to finance after 2 years in Audit. Michael has worked at Tech Data since 2015 and joined as a Senior Financial Analyst. He currently is a Director in the Corporate FP&A department leading the global finance team as they strive to deliver higher value to their shareholders.

Topic: Tech Data and Corporate FP&A – A career beyond audit, tax and advisory

MBAF
Speakers: Janae Leth and Margaret Reach
Topic: TBD
6:15-8:15pm, Gerson 126

Protiviti
Topic: Protiviti will give a quick overview of who they are and what they do. They will then highlight some areas of the future where auditing is headed and how their business is applying that, and how students can use their accounting skills to get involved. They will then wrap up with an innovative thinking activity and some Q&A.

6:15-8:15pm, Gerson 126

About the Speakers:

Katie Hackett

Katie Hackett

Katie Hackett is the Florida market Campus Recruiter based in Tampa, FL. She started with Protiviti as an intern in 2015 and then began as a consultant in 2016 after graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Finance. She moved over into Campus Recruiting after 2 years in the practice.

 

Melissa Winner

Melissa Winner

Melissa is an Associate Director based in Tampa, FL. She is in Protiviti’s Business Performance Improvement solution, specializing in Supply Chain operations. Melissa started her career with Protiviti after interning in 2010 and graduating from the University of Florida in 2011.

 

Jeff Hartman

Jeff Hartman

Jeff is a Managing Director in Internal Audit based in Orlando, FL. He has a CPA with over 25 years of public accounting, auditing, and private industry experience primarily focused in Hospitality, Real Estate, and Construction. Jeff’s prior experience include Ernst & Young and Walt Disney World.


Past Speakers