Virtual summit speakers
Al Anderson is the President of ACCOUNTability Plus, LLC, a global leader in accounting and assurance advancement. He is the Founder of A&A Leaders Leagues, a collaboration of leaders redefining A&A for the future. He is a frequent speaker and educator who works directly with auditors and firms to transform their A&A services. Over his career spanning more than three decades, Al worked from staff auditor to Senior Vice President at the AICPA before creating ACCOUNTability Plus, LLC. He continues to participate in “Auditing in the Future” initiatives and is committed to his vision of redefining A&A.
For the past 4 years, Al has been named one of Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People.
Finance Transformation Consultant
Chris Brown is an independent finance consultant with 20+ years of experience across the technology, consumer products, banking and professional services. He currently focuses his efforts helping companies transform their finance functions through process improvement, shared services and leveraging digital tools and technologies.
Eli Fathi is CEO at MindBridge Ai, developer of the world’s first auditing tool based upon artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies – Ai Auditor – to uncover errors in financial data. Eli has been a technology entrepreneur for over 30 years, having founded or co-founded many successful technology companies. Eli was recognized as the 2018 AI Leader of the Year by the Digital Finance Institute and is a prolific speaker, including talks at the AICPA, Startup Canada Day on the Hill, and TEDx. Eli also gives back to the community by mentoring future business leaders and sitting on the boards of various non-profit organizations.
Director of Transformation, MindBridge
Gillian Fischer, Director of Transformation at MindBridge, is a dynamic leader focused on supporting clients’ successful transformation and adoption of AI technologies. Gillian has a wide range of global experience, extending from developing and managing a strategic account program; to leading complex organizational transformations for multinational companies. Gillian is an engaging and experienced keynote speaker and facilitator. Gillian has been recognized as an emerging leader in AI and was recently nominated for a Women in AI award.
Partner – Innovation, Cherry Bekaert LLP
A Partner in the Raleigh office, Jonathan also serves as the head of the Firm’s Innovation team. Since 2001, he has conducted audit engagements for a variety of companies and industries throughout the country, as well as writing and delivering courses both inside and outside of the Firm. Outside of his work at Cherry Bekaert, Jonathan served as an adjunct professor at Elon University in their accounting department. In 2018, Jonathan was the first-ever recipient of the NCACPA Elevating Women Award, which recognizes a male in the CPA profession who actively supports the advancement of women. In 2017, Jonathan participated and placed second runner-up in CPA.com’s Innovative Practitioner of the Year, which recognizes innovation in process, services or technology implementation in public accounting firms. He also currently serves on the Board of the North Carolina association of CPA’s.
Stacy Robin has nearly
25 years of experience catalyzing corporate and professional growth. Focusing on how people and organizations prepare for, embrace, and drive change, she has a special interest in how emerging technologies and related global and regulatory developments impact the way we work, communicate, share information, and fundamentally transform the way we conduct business and structure organizations.
Stacy started her corporate career at a consulting firm, building electronic performance support systems for Fortune 500 companies. After leading multinational initiatives blending technology and training at Xerox Corporation, Stacy was Director of Pepperdine University’s IT Business Center. In 2004, Stacy founded The Degania Group to position emerging and established companies for growth, sale, and investment. It was in this capacity she began working with EisnerAmper, before joining the firm and eventually taking on the role of Director of Innovation.
Stacy has provided her voice and direction to various ventures, including her roles as an advisor for Internet Week New York and a panelist for The Hatchery. She served on the board of her town’s Economic Development Corporation, volunteered as an EMT with her local ambulance unit, and was a member of the gala committee for the Young Survival Coalition. Currently, she is focused on grade school and secondary education as well as AICPA and CPA.com initiatives.
For nearly a decade, Stacy educated entrepreneurs and corporate leaders at NYU and, prior to that, at Pepperdine University’s MBA program. Since 2011, she has been a training partner and instructor for the Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative at Rutgers Business School, working with business owners on growth strategies.
Stacy was honored as one of the 2010 NJBIZ Forty Under 40 for her commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. More recently, she was featured in Molly Lavik’s book, Going Supernova: The Bold Paths of 101 Superachiever.
CEO, The B3 Method® Institute
Amy Vetter, CPA, CITP, CGMA, is an inspiring, educational keynote and TEDx speaker, technologist, accounting tech business executive, serial entrepreneur, and a well-known influencer and published author in the accounting and finance industry. Amy is also the host of her podcast: Breaking Beliefs. Amy was recently named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today for 2019 for the fourth time. She has also been honored repeatedly as one of the Most Powerful Women in Accounting by the AICPA and CPA Practice Advisor. Amy is a key influencer who regularly shares her business and accounting insights via AICPA’s Journal of Accountancy, Accounting Today, CPA Practice Advisor as well as Inc. and Entrepreneur.com.
Amy is a member of the AICPA IMTA Executive committee where she leads the Technology Innovations Taskforce. She is also a member of the AICPA’s Tech+ conference planning committee. Additionally, Amy has been a part of the AICPA’s key blockchain initiatives, including: AICPA’s Blockchain Symposium, technical reviewer and speaker for the AICPA’s Blockchain Fundamentals Program, AICPA-ISACA Private Blockchain Working Group member. Amy is an accomplished c-suite executive and board member with deep experience in cloud technology and transformation, and creating go-to-market (GTM) strategies to scale businesses nationally and internationally. Amy has held leadership roles overseeing sales, education, marketing, and advisory services functions at accounting software companies, as a partner in a CPA Firm, and when she owned and operated her own national accounting and advisory service practice.
Amy is the creator of the B3 Method for Work-Life Harmony and authored the book Business, Balance & Bliss: How the B3 Method Can Transform Your Career and Life. Amy’s second book entitled, Integrative Advisory Services: Expanding Your Accounting Services Beyond the Cloud, is published by John Wiley & Sons. This book is the CPA, accounting professional and bookkeeper’s ‘how-to” guide to becoming a future “Cherished Advisor” who are a critical component to their clients’ success.