Third Biennial ISFFA National Conference

People, Passion, Purpose Pathways to Success

Saturday, August 25, 2018

8am – 6pm

Summit Executive Centre, 10th Floor

205 N. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL, 60601


 8:15 – 8:45 a.m.           Breakfast and Networking

Kathy Lai, CPA
Partner, Crowe LLP

Master of Ceremonies
ISFFA Los Angeles Chapter Liaison

 8:45 – 8:55 a.m.            Welcome Remarks

Dr. Edith Tijamo Winterhalter
Director of Administrative Services
California State University, Northridge
Chair, ISFFA National Executive Board

 8:55 – 9:00 a.m.            Introduction to Keynote Speaker

Arvin Floresca
Director of SOX Compliance and Accounting Policies, Anixter

     9:00 – 9:50 a.m.                General Session

People, Passion, Purpose: Pathways to Success 
Keynote Speaker
J. Carlitos “Itos” G. Cruz
Chairman and Managing Partner, SGV & Co.

     9:50 – 10:10 a.m.             Break

     10:00 – 10:50 a.m.           General Session

Leadership Series Executive Panel: Mindset for Success
Leadership Series Executive Panel

Eloisa Briones
Vice President, Administrative Services
Skyline College

Jennifer Cabalquinto
Chief Financial Officer
Golden State Warriors

Malve Ildefonso
Assurance Partner, Asset Management Practice

Dr. Edith Winterhalter

Eileen Fisler
Chief Financial Officer, St. Vincent Medical Center
Vice Chair, ISFFA National Executive Board

     10:50 – 11:00 a.m.           Break

     11:00 – 11:50 a.m.          Concurrent Sessions

Human Side of Cybersecruity
Ralph Villanueva
IT Security and Compliance Analyst
Diamond Resorts International

Financial Literacy: Wealth Accumulation 2020
Marla Isidro

Senior Vice President of Business Development and Co-Founder
Axianta Financial Partners

     11:50 – 12:40 p.m.          Lunch and Networking

     12:40 – 1:10 p.m.             General Session

National Board Induction of New Officers
Dr. Edith Winterhalter 
Outgoing Chair of ISFFA National Executive Board

Awarding of AICPA / ISFFA Scholarship
Jennifer Bangit, CPA
Senior Director and Assistant Corporate Controller, Herbalife
ISFFA Scholarship Committee Chair

ISFFA Chicago Scholarship Program (Floresca Scholarship-CPAR Review)
Arvin Floresca
Director of SOX Compliance and Accounting Policies, Anixter

     1:10 – 2:00 p.m.               Concurrent Sessions

7 Steps to Speaking with Impact
Denise Harrington 
CEO and Founder
DMH Consulting Group

Artificial Intelligence 
Kathy Lai
CPA, Partner, Crowe LLP

Justin Bass 
Chief Data Science Officer, Crowe LLP

     2:00 – 2:10 p.m.              Break

     2:10 – 3:00 p.m.              Concurrent Sessions

Taking the CPA Exam
Elizabeth Murphy 
Associate Professor, School of Accountancy and MIS, De Paul University

Tax Reform Update

Stella Santos
CPA, Managing Partner, Adelfia LLC

Mavie Valera
CPA Partner, Adelfia LLC

     3:00 – 3:10 p.m.               Break

     3:10 – 4:00 p.m.

Tinette Sumiller
Owner, Geneva LA Bar

Justin Garrido
Co-founder & CEO, Social Products Natural Foods


The Hybrid Professional: A Modern Approach To Thinking About Your Career
Paul Torres
Director, KPMG

Ms. Maddie Rose Holler
Miss Arizona 2017

     4:00 – 4:10 p.m.               Break

     4:10 – 5:00 p.m.               General Session

Dispelling the Millennial Myths and Facilitating a Strong Working Relationship with Millennials
Featuring ISFFA former scholarship scholars:

Celine Felix
Accounting Student
California State University, Fullerton

Hank Hsiao
FSO Assurance Associate
EY Los Angeles

Lenard Robles
Senior Associate, KPMG Risk Consulting
KPMG Los Angeles

Kathlyn Talapian
Senior Tax Consultant
Deloitte Tax Services, Chicago


Andrew Guerrero
Audit Supervisor
Adelfia LLC

Melinda Haag
Director, Crowe LLP

     5:00 – 5:10 p.m.               Closing Remarks

Announcement of ISFFA National Conference 2020
Maria Fides
Partner, Adelfia LLC
Incoming Chair of ISFFA National Executive Board

     5:10 – 6:00 p.m.               Networking Reception –  

Networking Bingo & mini-recruitment 

Student members: $125
Professional members: $150
Non-members: $175

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