2017 Louisiana Accounting & Auditing Conference - 1ST DAY ONLY (LAAC117)
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 Export to Your Calendar 8/17/2017
When: 8/17/2017
8:30 AM until 4:55 PM
Where: Ritz Carlton New Orleans
921 Canal Street
New Orleans
United States
Presenter: Various


Online registration is available until: 8/17/2017
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With a slew of new regulations to consider, make sure you and your team are ready to make the leap. This conference features some of the best speakers in their fields so you’ll get the most up-to-date information from in-the-know sources — people like Russ Madray, Mike Inzina, Anne Oestriecher, PCC Chair Candy Wright, ASB Liaison Ahava Goldman, and BCBS’ Mike Bertaut. Topics include technical standards, cybersecurity, healthcare, nonprofits, negotiating, and more. You’ll get a jump on a wide variety of issues that will impact you and the organizations you work with.

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Sponsorships are still available. Contact Misean Reed at 504.904.1133 or mreed@lcpa.org.

Thursday, August 17

7:45 – 8:25 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:25 – 8:30 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:30 – 9:20 am

GAAP Update: Accounting Standards Coming Your Way

J. Russell Madray, CPA, CGMA • Elliott Davis Decosimo, LLC • Greenville, SC

Hear the latest developments in US GAAP, including recently issued standards (ASUs), newly effective ASUs, and FASB projects in process.

9:20 – 10:10 am

Internal Controls: What’s a Small Company to Do?

Anne Oestriecher, CPA, CFP • Oestriecher Financial Management Services • Alexandria, LA

This session will cover the basics of internal controls that a small company with limited staff should realistically still be able to implement. Practical tips on cash management and how to use technology to aid in monitoring controls will be covered.

10:10 – 10:30 am Break/Visit Exhibitors
10:30 – 11:20 am
Concurrent Sessions

A. Preparing for the New Lease Accounting Standard

J. Russell Madray, CPA, CGMA • Elliott Davis Decosimo, LLC • Greenville, SC

In 2016, the FASB issued its much-anticipated (and often criticized) lease accounting standard, which establishes a dual approach for classifying leases based on criteria similar to current US GAAP. Hear about the changes, challenges, and implementation of the new standard.

B. GASB 68: Ongoing Considerations and Common Pitfalls

Becky Hammond, CPA, CISA, CITP, CGAP • Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC • Metairie, LA

Beyond implementation, this session focuses on important ongoing accounting and auditing considerations involving GASB No. 68, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions, common pitfalls, and tips for efficiency. Becky will also provide commonsense explanations for the various terms and discuss the impact of subsequently issued GASB Statements on Pension Accounting and Reporting.

11:20 – 11:25 am Change Break
11:25 am – 12:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions

C. The New Clarified Attestation Standards: What You Need to Know

Ahava Goldman, CPA • Senior Technical Manager, Audit & Attest Standards & Liaison to the Auditing Standards Board – AICPA • New York, NY

This session will prepare you to:

  • Identify changes to the attest standards due to the Attest Clarity project
  • Recognize the requirements of an attest engagement
  • Recognize the differences between the types of attest engagements

D. FASB: Not-for-Profit Entity Financial Statements

Dawn Laborie, CPA • LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors • Metairie, LA

FASB's Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-04 is described as the most significant change in accounting standards for nonprofit organizations in over 20 years, focusing on improving the reporting model. Dawn will present key changes from the ASU and provide a general understanding of how they may impact your organization.

12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 2:05 pm

Legislative Update

Ron Gitz, CPA, CGMA • CEO/Executive Director – Society of Louisiana CPAs • Kenner, LA

Comming soon.

2:05 – 2:55 pm

Private Company Council Update

Candace “Candy” Wright, CPA/CFF • Chair, Private Company Council & Director – Postlethwaite & Netterville • Baton Rouge, LA

This session will review the work of the Private Company Council to date, including proposals made and approved for modifications to GAAP for private companies. The session will also provide participants a chance to learn about future plans of the PCC. A question and answer period will be available for participants to provide feedback and share financial reporting concerns unique to private companies.

2:55 – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 – 4:55 pm

Cybersecurity: Analyzing and Addressing the Risks to Your Technology Systems

Les Nettleton • Bourgeois Bennett, LLC • New Orleans, LA

Addressing cybersecurity has changed significantly over the last 5 years. Attacks on your technology systems and data have become more complex and are now focusing on ransom and financial fraud. While network penetration still must be addressed, we must also look at fake links, fraudulent emails, malicious websites, and even bogus phone calls and texting. This session will look at Social Engineering, the importance of a security training program, and why cybersecurity is more than just an IT responsibility. We will demonstrate how to identify and address email threats, ransomware, and the threats of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).

Up to 16 CPE credits

Member*/Non-Member Early Bird Fees (through 8/2)

Both: $429/$629
Day One/Two: $289/$389

Add $50 after 8/2

*Non-CPA staff of LCPA members may attend at the member rate.

Register online using the 'Register' button above. To register by phone, call the LCPA Member Service Center at 800.288.5272 or 504.464.1040 Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Need to register more than one person?
Fill out our Group Registration Form and email it to register@lcpa.org.

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
921 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Reservations: 800.826.8987

Rate: $129
Group Code: ULWULWA
Cut-off Date: July 15