10 to Attend: Top Conferences for the Second Half of 2018

July 19, 2018

The year is almost over, but there are still plenty of opportunities to attend top-notch conferences where you can catch up on emerging industry trends, advanced technology, and best practices.

We have handpicked a bucket list of conferences still left to attend before 2019 rolls around. Some are coming up quickly, so register soon. Workiva will be attending or speaking at a few of the conferences below. Look out for us, and come say hi. Here is the list, in chronological order:

1. NACUBO Annual Meeting
Long Beach, July 21–24
Who should attend: Finance and accounting executives
Potential CPE credits: 16

Hear from Jane Fonda, sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell, and a Pixar Animation Studios story creator. All are featured speakers at the National Association of College and University Business Officers Annual Meeting this year. NACUBO serves as a resource for finance and accounting professionals in higher education. The annual meeting provides creative opportunities to learn about leadership, innovation, risk and compliance, strategies for using technology, and more.

2. The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) 2018 Governance, Risk, and Control Conference
Nashville, August 13–15
Who should attend: Governance and risk management professionals, internal auditors
Potential CPE credits: 18

Earn up to 18 CPE credits in just three days at the IIA GRC Conference 2018. Strategize your COSO Framework, learn how to transform your audit process with cutting-edge technology, and discover how governance has changed in the evolving digital age. Learn from real-life examples in the Deep Dive Learning Labs to transform your organization.

3. Workiva User Conference
Nashville, September 19–21
Who should attend: Accountants, finance professionals, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance teams, internal control professionals, internal auditors
Potential CPE credits: 15

The 2018 conference is packed with over 80 sessions, including breakouts on industry trends and roundtables with thought leaders and experienced Wdesk users. Earn up to 15 CPE credits while learning how to use Wdesk and Wdata to streamline your processes. Experts and beginners alike attend for the latest on iXBRL, financial transformation trends, data preparation, and controls management best practices. We also make it fun—you might even forget you are at a conference.

4. ICI Tax and Accounting Conference
San Diego, September 30–October 3
Who should attend: Accountants and investment professionals
Potential CPE credits: TBD

Learn about the latest tax and accounting issues affecting the investment industry at the ICI Tax and Accounting Conference. After you get up to speed, head to the themed conference reception to network with your peers. Remember to bring your golf clubs for the accompanying ICI golf tournament on Oct. 2.

5. 2018 Financial Services Exchange
Washington, D.C., October 1–2
Who should attend: Internal auditors
Potential CPE credits: 14.2

All are welcome, including nonmembers, for the 2018 Financial Services Exchange conference hosted by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Choose from 21 engaging sessions for auditors in banking, insurance, and asset management. Learn how to implement scalable solutions that will elevate your internal audit function and impress your stakeholders.

6. Workday Rising
Las Vegas, October 1–4
Who should attend: Executives, directors, and professionals
Potential CPE credits: Unknown

Learn best practices and brainstorm new ideas while laughing and maybe dancing along the way at Workday Rising. With more than 400 educational opportunities, you will want to plan ahead to get the most out of your experience. This unique event offers sessions tailored for all career levels. Attendees have the added perk of scheduling “office hours” to meet one-on-one with product experts for tailored business advice.

7. AFP 2018
Chicago, November 4–7
Who should attend: Financial and risk management professionals
Potential CPE credits: Unknown

AFP 2018 covers the latest trending topics without the hype. You will receive content with real-world applications, including sessions on how to implement artificial intelligence, big data analytics, blockchain, and more from financial and treasury experts. If you need more motivation, then come see keynote speakers Peyton Manning, formerly of the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts, and FUBU CEO Daymond John of TV's Shark Tank. You will be challenged to take a step back and think big picture about processes, leadership style, and workplace environment.

8. AuditWorld Conference & Expo 2018
Las Vegas, November 6–8
Who should attend: Internal auditors
Potential CPE credits: 38

Become an audit hero by fighting risk and fraud in three days at AuditWorld 2018. Keynotes will explore how to develop a simplified audit that works harder through auditing automation. This conference covers all the bases of governance, risk, fraud, and technology, so no matter what your interest, you can sharpen your audit skills. Three summits will be held in tandem with the conference, offering the chance to maximize your CPE credit earnings.

9. Current Financial Reporting Issues (CFRI) Conference
New York, November 12–13
Who should attend: Internal controllers
Potential CPE credits: 16

Business survival is not always about introducing new products. Redefining business is also an important part of keeping up with the times. The CFRI conference will brainstorm ways to approach challenges by pairing an open mindset with advanced technology. Hear from thought leaders at General Electric, Uber, Exxon Mobile, and Workiva. Stop by our booth afterwards, and see how we can help your business.

10. AICPA Conference on Current SEC PCAOB Developments
Washington, D.C., December 10–12
Who should attend: Financial and audit professionals, CPAs
Potential CPE credits: 24

This conference is jam-packed with valuable information for senior financial and audit committee members. We expect regulators at the SEC, PCAOB, FASB, and more will unveil updates on the spot. Hear from an impressive lineup of presenters to cover topics such as emerging technology solutions, analytics, disclosure trends, and more. This conference also gives you the option to attend online.

The industry landscape is ever-changing, so why wait until the new year to update your processes? Capitalize on the opportunities above to brainstorm, and network with your peers to find the best solutions you can start using now.