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        Accounting & Auditing Summit

        Accounting & Auditing Summit

        Driven by the School of Accountancy’s mission, “to advance the field of accounting and prepare tomorrow's accounting leaders", the annual Accounting & Auditing Summit seeks to bring together Master of Accountancy students with CPAs to deliver cutting edge, relevant continuing education.



        • Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D.
          Kelly Richmond Pope

          Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope is the Dr. Barry Jay Epstein Endowed Professor of Accounting at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Pope is a nationally recognized expert in risk, forensic accounting, and white-collar crime research, and an award-winning educator, researcher, author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She’s the author of Fool Me Once: Scams, Stories, and Secrets from the Trillion Dollar Fraud Industry (Harvard Business Review Press, March 2023). Pope teaches managerial and forensic accounting both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

          In 2023 and 2020, the AICPA and the CPA Practice Advisor named Dr. Pope among the top 25 most powerful women in accounting. Her area of expertise lies in understanding and identifying financial fraud risk within financial statements, assessing corporate culture and compliance systems designed to confront internal control challenges. Pope's research on executive misconduct culminated in directing and producing the award-winning documentary, All the Queen's Horses which explores the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history. Pope’s TED Talk entitled "How Whistle-blowers Shape History” has been viewed over 1.6 million times, translated into 20 languages, and serves as a resource to help organizations and individuals embrace internal whistleblowing.


          Pope currently serves on the board of directors for the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) and chairs its audit committee. Pope is a former director and finance committee chair for Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, former director of the Illinois CPA Society, and former member of the governing council for American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

          Pope is a frequent international speaker to numerous corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies. Pope has appeared on news outlets such as CNBC, the BBC, and WGN-TV offering commentary on fraud, risk, and ethics. Additionally, Pope has appeared in publications such as Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, CFO Drive, Accounting Today, Forbes, The Washington Post, and The Daily Beast discussing fraud and the need for sound internal controls. Pope has earned her Bachelor of Science in accounting from North Carolina A&T State University and her master’s in accountancy and doctorate in accounting from Virginia Tech. Pope resides in the Chicagoland area.

        • Michael L. Brand, CPA, CGMA

          Michael BrandMichael L. Brand is currently a partner in the firm of BMSS, LLC working out of their Huntsville, AL office. He has been in the practice of public accounting for over 33 years. During those years he has been involved in all aspects of public accounting, with an emphasis in providing accounting, audit, and review services and peer reviews. He also teaches continuing education classes across the country, for which he has received the AICPA and ASCPA Outstanding Discussion Leader Award multiple times; and has spoken at several conferences nationwide and overseas.

          Mike is a member of the AICPA’s PCPS Technical Issues Committee, past chair of the ASCPA Board of Directors; current co-chair of the AICPA’s ENGAGE conference; and current chair of the steering committee for National Advanced Accounting and Auditing Technical Symposium at ENGAGE. He also serves as a committee member of the Partners in Peer Review of the ASCPA.  He also serves on the Accounting Advisory Council for the University of North Alabama. Previously, he was chair of the Accounting and Review Services Committee, on the Professional Ethics Executive Committee, Peer Review Board, Joint Trial Board, and Quality Control Standards Task Force of the AICPA.

          Mike received his B.S. in accounting from the University of North Alabama.

        Event Details

        • When and Where

          August 18, 2023

          Auburn Marriott Opelika Resort & Spa at Grand National
          3700 Robert Trent Jones Trail
          Opelika, AL 36801

        • Registration

          The registration fee is $300 per person and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a refreshment break. Early enrollment is strongly encouraged due to limited seating.

          Click here for registration. 

        • Discounts
          Registrations received before July 15, 2023, are eligible for a $50 discount. Please use the EARLYBIRD promotional code during payment to receive the discount.
        • Program Schedule**
          Time Event Speaker Location
          7:15 – 8:00 a.m. Registration        Lobby
          8:00 – 8:05 a.m. Welcome Dr. Jonathan Stanley, Acting Director, School of Accountancy Ballroom
          8:05 – 9:35 a.m. Fool Me Once: Scams, Stories, and Secrets from the Trillion-Dollar Fraud Industry Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope


          9:35 – 9:50 a.m. Break    
          9:50 – 11:20 a.m.

          Screening of All the Queen’s Horses with Q&A

          Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope Ballroom
          11:20 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch   Ballroom
          12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Fireside Chat Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope Ballroom

          2:00 - 2:15

          2:15 - 3:45 p.m. A&A Update Michael Brand, CPA Ballroom
          **The School of Accountancy reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or make presenter changes.
        • Refund Policy
          Cancellations received after August 1, 2023 will be charged a $50 processing fee. Refunds cannot be made after August 1, 2023.
        • Substitutions

          There is no charge for substitutions; however, you must notify us at prior to August 15, 2023.

        • Accommodations Policy
          Auburn University is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Requests for accommodation of physical and/or dietary needs should be made at least 30 calendar days in advance of the Summit. Please email your request to Andee Hodo.

        Contact Us

        Andee Hodo

        Andee Hodo

        Director of Graduate and Online Programs