Kent State Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship to Host 47th Annual Meonske Professional Development Conference April 27-28

KENT, Ohio – The Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship will host the 47th Annual Meonske Professional Development Conference April 27-28 at the Kent State University Student Center Kiva.

The annual conference provides attendees with an opportunity to learn and network with other accounting and finance professionals. The conference is named for Kent State University Professor Emeritus Norman Meonske, the conference founder.

This year’s event will feature engaging sessions on a variety of timely topics for accounting and finance professionals. It provides two days of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit. Early registration for the conference is $210 per day. Deadline for early registration is Tuesday, April 18.  Late registration begins Wednesday, April 19 and the cost is $260 per day per person. Parking and lunch are provided.

A broad range of topics will be covered throughout the two days. Participants will benefit from a thoughtful exploration of current issues and future trends impacting the profession.

On Thursday, April 27, Tim Williams, senior manager in Deloitte’s human capital practice, will open the event with a presentation on “The Future of Work in Accounting and Finance” Tim Gearty will expand on this topic, discussing “Embracing Rapid Technology Change: Leading Virtual Teams.”

Lunch on Thursday will feature an OSCPA update from Kyle Bickhart, COO and Rebecca Hixen, Director of Student and Young Professional Initiatives. They will discuss actions underway to address the shortage of accounting students.

Two concurrent tracks will be offered Thursday afternoon. The first track offers Professional Ethics - I & II, led by Tiffany Crosby, Chief Learning Officer, OSCPA (KSC Governance Chambers). The second track addresses two topics: a panel discussion on Constructive and Effective Audit Relationships and presentations on Navigating Today’s Dynamic Global Tax Environment. The audit panelists include Ron Marcin, Partner, KPMG; Joseph Nejman, Senior Director - Internal Audit and Compliance, STERIS Corporation, and Ron Lewis, SVP Assistant Corporate Controller, KeyBank. The tax presentations feature Jenelle Wolfe, Director - International Tax Strategy, Eaton Corp. and Brandon Nett, Managing Director - Transaction Advisory Services, Kroll.

On Friday, April 28, the day opens with a financial reporting panel discussion. Panelists from the SEC, FASB and Big 4 firms will discuss the latest regulations and their practical application to the world of financial reporting. The panel will include Marsha Hunt, Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), Carlton Tartar, Associate Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Kyle Moffatt, Partner, PwC. The discussion will be moderated by Patrick Gilmore, Partner, Deloitte.

Lunch on Friday features Robert "Cujo" Teschner, a former F-15 “Eagle” instructor at the prestigious U.S. Air Force Weapons School – the Air Force “Top Gun” program. Teschner will discuss how high-performance teams can organize to win in the midst of constant disruption.

Veronica Cook-Euell kicks off Friday’s afternoon sessions with a presentation on Leveraging Supplier Diversity. The conference wraps up with a panel discussion on Building an Inclusive Profession.

New to the conference this year is a special "3-for-free" invitation for area educators - register for the conference and bring three students on Thursday, April 27 at no additional charge. The day will conclude with a networking reception for students and professionals.

The conference offers a total of up to 16 hours of CPE credit. Registrants can attend one or both days of the conference. Early registration is encouraged as capacity is limited. Learn more and register to attend the conference here.

About Kent State University’s Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Kent State University’s Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship is among the fewer than 1% of business schools worldwide to obtain dual accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in both business and accounting. The college offers 11 undergraduate majors, 14 minors, and an undergraduate Professional Sales Certificate; MBA; master’s degrees in accounting, business analytics and economics; four graduate certificates and a Ph.D. program. For more information about Kent State’s Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship, visit


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POSTED: Thursday, March 16, 2023 12:22 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 16, 2023 05:14 PM