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Northern California - Ascend MBA Series: "MBA vs. CFA. vs. Master's"
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When: 9/23/2009
5:30 PM
Where: Golden Gate University
536 Mission Street 6th Floor
Moot Court Room
San Francisco, California 
United States
Contact: Aaron Fung
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Ascend MBA Series: "MBA vs. CFA. vs. Master's"

Golden Gate University
536 Mission Street
6th Floor, Moot Court Room
San Francisco, CA  

Date and Time:
Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009
05:30 PM - 08:00 PM

Come learn about the differences between an MBA, a CFA, and a specialized Master's from three distinguished panelists and experts:

-Clare Cai, CFA, Director, Bank of Nova Scotia (MBA, University of Iowa) 
-Mary Canning, Dean, School of Taxation and School of Accounting, Golden Gate University 
-John Veitch, CFA, PhD., Professor of Economics and MSFA Program Director, University of San Francisco

Ascend is partnering with the CFA Society of San Francisco and the generous support of Golden Gate University to bring you this event. Don't miss it!

"MBA vs. CFA vs. Master’s – Which do I choose?”

There are many options when it comes to graduate degrees and professional designations in the business world. How do we differentiate the utility of a CFA charter or a master’s in accounting as compared to a master’s in business administration? Have you asked yourself, "Which do I need?” or "Which path will better equip me for success in my career?” 

For answers to those questions, join us for a panel that will illuminate the costs, benefits, and usefulness of those letters besides your name as well as the education you receive from the study process. You will be able to ask questions of and hear from a panel of graduates from a variety of MBA and master’s programs, CFA charter holders, and individuals who can speak to combinations of designations and accreditations.

Ascend and the CFA Society of San Francisco are partnering with Golden Gate University to bring you this informative and educational event. We look forward to having you join us!

Clare Cai, CFA, Director, Bank of Nova Scotia (MBA, University of Iowa)

-Ning "Clare” Cai has a Bachelor of Economics degree from Shanghai International Studies University, and an MBA from the Tippie Business School at the University of Iowa. She obtained the CFA designation in 2005. Ms. Cai has been with The Bank of Nova Scotia, San Francisco Office for 8 years and is currently the Director of Corporate Banking. She provides execution coverage for her portfolio of accounts, including credit application, cash flow projection, document review, term sheet negotiation, closing due diligence, and on-going monitoring, as well as periodic industry review and other risk management project. Her industry experience spans real estate, gaming and technology clients as well as the engineering & construction, forest products, transportation, retail, defense, and healthcare industries. 

Mary Canning, Dean, School of Taxation and School of Accounting, Golden Gate University

-In 2002, Mary Canning assumed the role of dean of the School of Taxation at Golden Gate University, and in 2006, the role of dean of the School of Accounting. Canning has been with the university since 1987, serving in a variety of capacities including adjunct and associate professor. From 1997-2002, Canning was the associate dean of the School of Taxation, an associate professor, and also directed the school's full-time program and the tax internship program. She has received GGU's Outstanding Adjunct Faculty award and the Outstanding Scholarship of Teaching award for full-time faculty. Canning earned her BA in social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley and her JD and LLM in taxation from Golden Gate University. She has held positions in the Coopers and Lybrand tax department and was a senior tax manager at Ernst & Young.

Wayne Pan, Chief Medical Officer, Affinity Medical Solutions and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Marketing at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

-Wayne received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Johns Hopkins University and completed his MD and PhD degrees at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. With roles as an orthopaedic surgery resident, a post-graduate clinical fellow in hand and microsurgery, a member of the faculty at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and 5+ years of clinical practice, Wayne transitioned into administrative medicine, holding positions as Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer of several Bay Area Medicaid managed care plans. After graduating from the Wharton School in 2007, Wayne worked briefly as a healthcare-focused management consultant at L.E.K. Consulting. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Affinity Medical Solutions, a medical management services organization serving a 30,000 member IPA in the East Bay. He is also on the adjunct faculty of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches for the Global Consulting Practicum, a guided, experiential learning elective course with real clients, focused on strategic positioning and marketing techniques used to bring products and services from foreign companies into the US marketplace.

John Veitch, CFA, PhD., Professor of Economics and MSFA Program Director, University of San Francisco

-Prof. Veitch received his Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University in 1985. He has been a faculty member at the University of San Francisco since 1992 and has been a visiting faculty member in the business schools at UC Berkeley and UC Irvine. Prof. Veitch is the Director of Education for the CFA Society of San Francisco and has published several papers on financial institutions and urban economic development. His current research involves the effects of changing exchange rate regimes on time-varying country risk in emerging financial markets. His teaching areas include macroeconomics, financial economics, international finance, quantitative methods and financial management. He is also fascinated with financial fraud. When not involved in economics, he can be found messing around with old American muscle cars.

5:30 - 6:00 PM Registration
6:00 - 6:15 PM Introduction
6:15 - 7:15 PM Program 
7:15 - 8:00 PM Conclusion/Networking

Cancellation Policy:
No refunds or cancellations

Price: Regular (Aug 31, 2009 - Sep 23, 2009)
Registrant TypePrice
Ascend Member
US$ 10.00
US$ 20.00
CFA Society Member
US$ 10.00

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