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When: Friday, May 8, 2020
8:00 am - 12: 00 pm
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Makenzie Howard

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AAFCPAs’ Jeffrey Mead and Olga Yasinnik, and guest speaker Jennifer H. Elder will present a 4 hour CPE course on Building Ethical Management & Culture via Webinar.



The Panel will explore ethical professional conduct and personal moral judgement, including:

  • General views of ethics, concepts and what we wish to accomplish in this session
    • Attitudes toward ethics
    • Ethics is a personal responsibility
  • What do you think?
  • Define the AICPA Code of Professional conduct – plain English
    • Why and how
    • Who does it impact
      • Bright line rules
      • Everything else
  • Independence as it relates to public practice
    • In fact and in appearance
  • Identifying threats and consideration of safeguards
    • Review a framework for making ethical decisions when guidance is NOT available
    • Examples/case studies
  • Familiarity as it relates to industry
    • Examples / case studies – ethical lapses in the news
  • Corporate ethics
    • What can go wrong – understanding the ethical responsibilities of CPAs in industry
  • Review an ethical decision checklist 







Jeffrey E. Mead, CPA, CGMA, Audit Partner, AAFCPAs

Jeffrey is a Partner and leader of AAFCPAs’ Commercial Practice, providing proactive audit/assurance, tax, and advisory solutions for closely-held and privately-owned businesses. His diverse commercial client base includes: professional service firms, technology companies, publishers, and manufacturers/distributors.


Jeffrey strives to use the audit process as a fulcrum to leverage opportunities and to provide high-value, creative services to his clients. He has significant experience advising clients on economic and tax implications for key transactions, as well as new or complex applications of accounting pronouncements. He is a member of AAFCPAs’ Revenue Recognition and Lease Accounting Task Forces, providing technical accounting advice regarding understanding new standards, assessing the impact, and guidance on implementation and transition. He has extensive expertise advising employee benefit plan fiduciaries, including those offering 401(k), 403(b), defined benefit plans, and profit-sharing plans.

Additionally, Jeffrey advises owners and shareholders on business exit strategy planning, including guidance on selecting the optimal exit, such as: transfer/sale of ownership to next generation, transfer/sale to management; partial sale to private equity firm; sell to Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP); or gifting.

Jeffrey is a thought leader in accounting, presenting financial management and regulatory compliance training sessions to the New England finance community, including the Boston Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI-Boston), the American Accounting Association (AAA), and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE | New England). He shares his expertise on professional ethics, how big data and analytics are transforming the assurance process, and best practice implementation of new accounting standards. He currently serves as a Manning School of Business Executive-Faculty-in-Residence for the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) for academic years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. 




Olga Yasinnik, MBA, CPA, Manager, AAFCPAs

Olga specializes in driving high-energy audit teams, and advising sophisticated nonprofit organizations, including multi-services human & social services providers, community development corporations (CDCs) and their affordable housing development projects. She provides proactive guidance to these clients who receive state and federal grants and must file Uniform Financial Reports (UFRs) and require audits in accordance with Uniform Guidance/Single Audit and Government Auditing Standards. Olga has extensive experienced in advising clients with projects funded by Low Income Housing and Historical Tax Credits. She is an active leader of AAF’s Affordable Housing and Real Estate Community Development, and Human & Social Services practices. 


Olga is an active member of AAFCPAs’ Accounting & Auditing Committee, and an in-house technical trainer on ethical standards of professional conduct and business practices, state and federal grant compliance, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) audits, and the FASB's new lease accounting standard. Olga is a leader in AAFCPAs’ Lease Accounting Standard Task Force and has been devoted to understanding and interpreting the new ASU since the FASB announced the project. She authored a detailed Whitepaper, outlining the significant changes resulting from the new ASU, including: a comprehensive outline of the scope of the new lease standard, effective dates, disclosure requirements, and practical considerations for lessees and lessors. Download AAFCPAs’ Lease Accounting Whitepaper.

Olga is an alumna of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce/Simmons School of Management 2014-2015 Women’s Leadership Program. She is a past winner of AAFCPAs’ peer-nominated Excellence in Client Service award, in recognition of her exceptional efforts, and she has been serving AAF clients with distinction since 2009. She speaks English, Ukrainian and Russian.






Jennifer H. Elder, CSP, CPA, CMA, CIA, CFF, CGMA, MS, Consultant and Keynote Speaker

Jennifer Elder, CSP, CPA, CMA, CIA, CFF, CGMA, MS works with companies to find creative solutions to their most challenging problems.  She helps financial leaders become more strategic, stay ahead of the competition, and be more successful.  


As a consultant and keynote speaker Jennifer is known for being energetic and enthusiastic.  She has a natural talent for taking complicated topics and making them simple, practical, and immediately implementable.  She has worked with the Fortune 500, US Government, State CPA Societies, and CPA firms in 48 states and 5 countries.


In 2018, CPA Practice Advisor named Jennifer one of the Top 25 Women in Accounting.  The AICPA and MACPA named her a “Woman to Watch” in 2015.  She has been awarded Outstanding Educator by the AICPA five times.


Jennifer has earned the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), the speaking profession’s highest international measure of professional platform competence.  She is one of only 10 people worldwide who hold both the CPA and CSP designations.


Jennifer serves on the board of the New Hampshire Society of CPAs and on the Joint AICPA/NASBA CPE Committee.  When not on the road teaching, she is either on her boat on Chesapeake Bay or skiing the slopes of New Hampshire with her husband and two cats (no, the cats don’t ski!)


This meeting qualifies for 4 CPE credits.


Field of study: Behavioral Ethics


Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this meeting.


Advance preparation: There is no advance preparation require for this meeting.


Type of delivery method: Group-Live


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In order to receive a refund, all cancellations must be made in writing to 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2020. We will not refund any cancellations made after the 1st.

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