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Donahue Graduate School of Business Hosts Inaugural Accounting CPE Conference

The inaugural Accounting Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Conference at Duquesne University will provide ongoing educational certification for accountants as well as a timely focus on regulation, financial reporting and ethics, panel discussions, technical presentations and nationally known speakers.

The daylong conference-slated for Friday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom-is the first in a series of annual events hosted by the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program in Duquesne's Donahue Graduate School of Business. More than 200 professionals are expected to attend.

Featured keynote speakers at the conference include:

  • Susan Cosper, technical director of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the foremost standards-setting organization in accounting.
  • Mark Olson, chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board from 2006 to 2009. The board's regulations help to implement the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which was enacted 10 years ago to improve standards for financial accounting in public companies after billion-dollar financial scandals at Enron, WorldCom and others.
  • Justin Paperny, a former investment executive who was convicted of securities fraud and served a federal sentence. He has authored two books, Lessons from Prison and Ethics in Motion, and lectures about the perils of white-collar crime.

A panel discussion at the conference will be led by three corporate chief financial officers who are alumni of Duquesne University's accounting programs: William Lyons of Consol Energy, Gretchen Smarto of FedEx Ground and Ed Karlovich of UPMC.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.