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6/7/2014
When: 6/7/2014
Where: Intercontinental Hotel
888 Howard St
San Francisco, California 
United States


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Northern California Chapter Presents

The 8th Annual Leadership Conference



 

Keynote Speakers

Conference Co-Chairs



Dr. A.K. Pradeep

Chief Provocateur Nielsen



Loretta Doon

Chief Executive Officer California Society of CPAs and CalCPA Education Foundation



Ravi Ravikumar

Principal Deloitte Consulting LLP



Darcy Lopes

PartnerEY

SATURDAY

June 7th, 2014

7:30am-8:00pm

Intercontinental Hotel San Francisco, CA


Morning Panels &

Afternoon Workshops

Personalize Your Growing Edge

Political Savviness

Communications & the Art of Conversation

Self-Awareness

Conference Highlights

Keynote Speakers | Fireside Chats | Panel Discussions | Small Group Workshops Sponsor/Career Fair | Wine Tasting & Networking | Gala Dinner Reception





CONFERENCE SCHEDULE




7:30 - 10:00 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . .R
egistration

8:30 - 9:00 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Welcoming Remarks

9:00 - 9:45 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . Opening Keynote

9:45 - 10:00 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Networking Break

10:00 - 11:45 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . Morning Panels

11:45 - 12:15 pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Networking Break

12:15 - 1:15 pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . .Lunch and Fireside Chat

1:15 - 1:30 pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Networking Break

1:30 - 3:30 pm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Afternoon Workshops

3:30 - 3:45 pm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Networking Break

3:45 - 5:00 pm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Closing Panel Discussion

5:00 - 5:45 pm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . Closing Remarks, Awards

5:45 - 6:00 pm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Networking Break

6:00 - 8:00 pm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wine Tasting and Dinner Reception


 


PANEL & WORKSHOP SUMMARIES


PERSONALIZE

YOUR

GROWING

EDGE


Political Savviness

One of the factors that distinguish people who succeed in business that is not as widely dis­cussed is the ability to mobilize support for a position, decision or action. (Or, as it is more com­monly known ‘political savvy’) Learn tips and techniques for increasing your influence through a deeper understanding of the attributes of politics done well and done poorly, the importance of building political support, and the necessity to engage in politics.


Communications and the Art of Conversation

It is not always what we know, but what counts is the ability to express a point of view and inviting the participants into an effective conversation to enhance the outcome. Learn the importance of effective communication and how to engage proactively with a point of view and develop a conversation.


Self-Awareness

We are generally comfortable with who we are. Becoming aware of the culture we come from, the inherent traits, beliefs and value systems and then to understand our own limitations are keys to success. Explicit and implicit feedback is important in becoming self-aware. Learn what it means to be self-aware.







Dr. Pradeep

Chief Provocateur, Nielsen


DR. A.K.
PRADEEP


Dr. A. K. Pradeep serves as the Chief Provocateur of Nielsen. Appointed to this role in January 2013, Dr. Pradeep leads the Entrepreneurial drive for Science Based Disruptive Innovation across Nielsen. Most recently, Dr. Pradeep was the CEO of NeuroFocus, a division of Niel
sen, which ranks as the world’s preeminent Consumer Neuroscience firm. Dr. Pradeep was the founder of NeuroFocus. Dr. Pradeep's book “The Buying Brain: Secrets for Selling to the Subconscious Mind” is a best seller that offers an in-depth explanation of how the latest advances in neuroscience are impacting brands, products, packaging, in-store marketing, advertising, and entertainment content on a global basis.

Prior to NeuroFocus, Dr. Pradeep was the CEO of BoardVantage, the world's premier provider of software for Corporate Governance. BoardVantage continues to be the market leader in creating paperless boardrooms for most of the Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Pradeep is the author of “Governance Beyond Sarbanes Oxley – Five Easy Pieces”, a guidebook for board members and senior corporate executives. Dr. Pradeep was the founder of BoardVantage. He also founded Meridian Consulting that specialized in the customization of GE best practices for global clients. Early in his career, Dr. Pradeep was a scientist at Corporate Research and Development of the General Electric Company, and has worked on satellite navigation design, medical imaging design, artificial diamond making process design, and numerous classified technologies.

Dr. Pradeep’s awards and honors include the Grand Prize - Great Minds Award by the Advertising Research Foundation, the organization’s top prize which recognizes “an individual who brings excellence to advertising research in the category of research innovation.” He was also named “Person of the Year” by the USA India Business Summit for his “impressive innovations and achievements in the field of neuromarketing.” Dr. Pradeep has been featured in major media outlets including ABC World News, CNN, The Economist, The New York Times, and many more.

Dr. Pradeep holds many U.S. and international patents and has been published in numerous scientific journals. Dr. Pradeep earned his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.





Loretta Doon

Chief Executive Officer, California Society of CPAs and CalCPA Education Foundation

LORETTA DOON


In 2006, Loretta Doon became the chief executive officer for the 40,000 member California Society of CPAs and the CalCPA Education Foundation. Immediately prior, she was the chief operating officer for both
organizations. She has been recognized by Accounting Today as one of the most influential persons in accounting and has been named by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the most influential women in business.

Ms. Doon is the AICPA’s CPA State Executives Association chair 2014-15. She sits on the boards of the Schwab Charitable Fund and of the Accounting Career Awareness Program of Northern California. She also serves on the advisory board for the Center for Financial Reporting and Man­agement, Haas School of Business U.C. Berkeley, and the advisory boards at Menlo College and at California State University San Diego.

Ms. Doon is a member of the Financial Women’s Association, American Woman’s Society of CPAs, Ascend and the AICPA. She serves on the AICPA’s PCPS Executive Committee and has served on the AICPA Council.

She holds a master’s degree in education from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii. She has an active CPA license in the state of California.



For our sponsors:

• Experience business growth through newly built connections with industry speakers, panelists, and Fortune 500 executives

• Meet Top Talent


• Align Inclusion and Diversity Objectives

For our members:

• Fantastic networking opportunities with Pan-Asian business leaders and peers


• Actionable Insights from top industry experts and speakers


• Unique Career Development Opportunities through interactive workshops




Professional Members: $250 pre-registered; $325 walk-in or after early registration cutoff

Non-Members: $350 pre-registered; $425 walk-in or after early registration cutoff

Student Members: $125 pre-registered; $175 walk-in or after early registration cutoff

Extra passes for sponsors: $300

Early registration cutoff: June 1, 2014

Registration will close on June 5, 2014

Conference date: June 7, 2013


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