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Orlando June16 -19, 2024

FEATURED MAIN STAGE SPEAKERS

Dr. Michio Kaku

Theoretical Physicist, Professor, and Author

Michio Kaku is a professor of theoretical physics, author of 4 New York Times Best Sellers, science correspondent to CBS This Morning and other TV shows, host of two national science radio shows, and co-founder of String Field Theory.

Kelly Richmond Pope

Education Speaker, Innovator & Forensic Accounting Expert

Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope is a nationally recognized expert in forensic accounting and white-collar crime research. She is an award-winning educator, researcher, and documentary filmmaker. She currently serves as Professor of Accounting in the School of Accountancy and Management Information Systems at DePaul University, where she teaches managerial and forensic accounting. Her research focuses on organizational misconduct, ethics and fraud, and corporate culture and compliance systems designed to confront these challenges. Dr. Pope's research on executive misconduct culminated in directing and producing the award-winning documentary, All the Queen's Horses, in 2017. All the Queen's Horses explores the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history. In 2018, Dr. Pope became a TED speaker with her impactful and timely TED Talk entitled "How whistle-blowers shape history”. In 2020, the American Institute of CPAs and the CPA Practice Advisor named Dr. Pope among the top 25 most powerful women in accounting.

Dr. Pope has received numerous teaching and innovation awards including the DePaul University Lawrence W. Ryan Distinguished Teaching Award, the MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources in Business (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), the American Accounting Association Diversity Section Innovation in Research Award, and the AICPA Mark Chain/FSA Teaching Innovation Award. One of her proudest moments to date was receiving the invitation to be the 2019 Fall Commencement speaker at her alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University.

Dr. Pope currently serves as a board member and chair of the Greater Chicago Food Depository audit committee. She is a former director and finance chair for Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, former director of the Illinois CPA Society and former member of the governing council for AICPA. She received her bachelor of science in accounting from North Carolina A&T State University and her masters in accountancy and doctorate in accounting from Virginia Tech. She is a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) in the state of North Carolina.

Nicole Davis

CPA, Founder of Butler-Davis Tax & Accounting

Nicole Davis stands at the helm of Butler-Davis Tax & Accounting, BD Payroll, and Groundworx Contractors as their founder and CEO, directing a dedicated team of 26 professionals. With over twenty years of expertise, she offers extensive knowledge in accounting, tax, financial oversight, and advisory services, catering to diverse clientele from various sectors. She possesses a unique prowess in tax strategy and is adept in small business accounting, notably within the construction, independent pharmacy, and service-oriented business industries.

 

Prior to establishing Butler-Davis, Nicole's professional journey was rooted in corporate accounting for prominent Fortune 500 entities. She initiated her career at ConocoPhillips, a leading oil and gas enterprise located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

 

Holding memberships with the American Institute of CPAs and the Georgia Society of CPAs, Nicole's educational accolades include an MBA from the University of Tulsa and a summa cum laude Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Grambling State University. Currently, she serves as the Vice Chair of the AICPA Practitioners Planning Committee and is a Committee Member for the Professional and Personal Liability Insurance Programs of the AICPA. Furthermore, Nicole is an active participant in both the Rockdale and Newton Chambers of Commerce.

 

Nicole and her spouse, JW, reside in Georgia and are proud parents to five children. On social media, she's amassed a substantial audience of over 27,000 followers across various platforms, where she frequently posts about her life as a wife, mom, and CPA. Nicole is passionate about traveling, penning down her thoughts, whipping up meals, and indulging in reality TV shows.

Jeff Siebert

Former Head of Consumer Product at Twitter, Co-star of Netflix's The Social Dilemma

Jeff Seibert is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who was recently named one of
Insider’s Top 100 Seed VCs. He's currently the co-founder and CEO of Digits, where
he's building the next-generation finance stack for small businesses and their
accountants. Previously, he served as Head of Consumer Product at Twitter and starred
in the Netflix phenomenon The Social Dilemma, which was nominated for Best
Documentary at the 2021 BAFTA Awards. Seibert co-founded Crashlytics (acquired by
Twitter for over $100 million), led the development of Fabric (acquired by Google after reaching two billion smartphones), and, before that, co-founded Increo (acquired by
Box).

A self-taught programmer, Seibert released his first app at the age of thirteen,
and went on to lead the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders seminar series at Stanford
University.

Joe Woodard

Publisher, The Woodard Report, CEO, Woodard®️ and Host of Scaling New Heights®️

As an author, consultant, business coach, and national speaker, Joe has trained over 125,000 accounting and business professionals in areas of practice development, changing technology trends, strategic consulting, and how to maximize the use of accounting software in their practices. 

Joe founded Woodard Events, LLC (aka Woodard®️) a training and resource organization for accounting professions that provides education, community, and coaching offerings through onsite training events, virtual training events, and intensive, coach-led practice advancement courses. Joe is the host of one of the world's leading training conferences for accountants and bookkeepers called Scaling New Heights®. For every year since 2014, Joe has been recognized by Accounting Today as one of the Top 100 Influential People within the accounting profession. 

Joe regularly publishes articles for numerous news sources and media organizations that service the accounting profession, including The Woodard Report, the media arm of Woodard®️ that reaches over 100,000 readers each year.  

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