Keynotes

Artificial Intelligence—Today's Business. Our Industry. The Future.

Wednesday, June 20
8:10 a.m.–9:50 a.m.
2 hours CPE (1 Information Technology, 1 Personal Development)
Humans have only been alive for a tiny slice of history and yet we live in a world that would be completely unrecognizable to someone that was alive just a few hundred years ago. We have computers, phones, and cars; plus emerging technologies like virtual reality, genetic engineering, and self-driving cars that would have seemed unimaginable to achieve so rapidly. Therefore, when predicting the future, we shouldn’t underestimate exponential growth rates by expecting it to take another 300 years to find ourselves in another unrecognizable world.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this session, attendees will be able to:

• Identify impacts on our society by artificial intelligence
• Evaluate what changes artificial intelligence may cause in our current work environment
• Describe how artificial intelligence may match or even surpass human intelligence

Who Should Attend:

Business professionals

Program Level and Prerequisites:

Overview: Learning activity level that provides a general review of a subject area from a broad perspective.

Advanced Preparation:

None

Tim Urban

Tim  Urban

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Our Profession is in Transition—Opportunities and Strategies for Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millenials

Thursday, June 21
8:10 a.m.–9:50 a.m.
2 hours CPE (2 Business Management & Organization)
We operate in a mature profession. Baby boomers, who make up the majority of practitioners, will transition out of the profession—either by choice (through careful planning), or by chance (an adverse life event). Where does that leave you? In this session, Chris Mercer speaks to the reality that these transitions are difficult and take a long time. Whether you are a baby boomer seeking to transition your practice at some point, a Gen Xer ready to take the reins, or a Millennial who is keen to grow, he has something to say to you. He will lay out the state of the profession and the opportunities and strategies available to take advantage of this coming change.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this session, attendees will be able to:

• Describe the current state of the business valuation profession
• Compare the pros and cons of each transition strategy in relation to their career status
• Distinguish between and determine the optimal transition strategy to pursue

Who Should Attend:

Business professionals, CPAs, practitioners, etc.

Program Level and Prerequisites:

Overview: Learning activity level that provides a general review of a subject area from a broad perspective.

Advanced Preparation:

None

Z. Christopher Mercer

Z. Christopher  Mercer

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