RSM Institute of Accounting Education and Research

National Speaker Series

Each fall, the RSM Institute seeks an individual who is prominent in accounting as the presenter for our National Speaker Series. Over the years the RSM Institute has featured a variety influential speakers.

Henri Leveque Henry Leveque

"Data Analytics in Accounting and Auditing"

Monday, October 5, 2015
6:00-7:30 p.m.
C20 Pomerantz Center

Henri Leveque is a Partner in PwC’s Deals Practice and Practice Leader for PwC's Capital Markets & Accounting Advisory Services business in the Americas.┬áHe also leads the Data and Analytics initiative for PwC’s Global Deals Business with a heavy emphasis on using Data Analytics to make divestitures more efficient.

Previous Events

In 2014, Stephen Zeff of Rice University spoke about “Political Influences on the development of US Accounting Standards.” 

The 2013 speaker series featured James L. Kroeker, Vice Chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

The speaker for November 2012 was Dr. Larry Rittenberg, a professor emeritus from the University of Wisconsin and former chair of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) of the Treadway Commission. Read more about Dr. Rittenberg.

In March 2012, the speaker series featured Jay D. Hanson, a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

The 2010 speaker series featured Toby Bishop, director of the Deloitte Forensic Center for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (Deloitte FAS), who spoke on "Forensic Accounting" on Monday, October 4.

View slides from Mr. Bishop's presentation.

The 2009 speaker series featured Jay Hanson, National Director of Accounting for McGladrey & Pullen LLP, who spoke on "Mark-to-Market: Fantasy or Reality."

The 2008 speaker series featured Thomas J. Linsmeier (member, Financial Accounting Standards Board), whose topic was "International Convergence and the Possible Use of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in the U.S."

The 2007 speaker series featured the "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour" with David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, as the featured speaker. This tour, which includes representatives from three ideologically diverse think-tanks (Brookings, Concord, and Heritage) has been featured on "60 Minutes." The purpose of the tour is to explain in plain terms why budget analysts from across the political divide are increasingly alarmed by the nation's long-term fiscal outlook. See for more information.

View photos from the event.

View the slide presentations by:

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Robert L. Bixby, Executive Director
Concord Coalition
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Stuart Butler
The Heritage Foundation
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Jason Furman, Senior Fellow and Director of The Hamilton Project
The Brookings Institution
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David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States
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The topic of the 2006 National Speaker Series was "Financial Literacy: A Guide for the New Graduate." Speakers were Gary Previts, associate dean at Case Western Reserve University, and Mike Thomas, director (Personal Wealth Management), RSM McGladrey.

The 2005 speaker series topic focused on obtaining results with effective performance measures. Professor Kenneth A. Merchant (University of Southern California) set the stage by providing a framework for measuring the performance of general managers. Milton Marcotte (RSM McGladrey) followed up with practical hints on implementation.

In 2004, Bruce Hopkins (Polsinelli, White, Vardeman and Shalton of Kansas City, Mo.) and Kay Hegarty (McGladrey & Pullen) were the featured speakers. They discussed how the Sarbanes-Oxley act, legislation designed to clean up the business practices in the private sector, has trickled down to the public sector—and the IRS and Congress are now paying close attention to business activities in the nonprofit community.

The 2003 series featured Leroy Dennis (McGladrey & Pullen) and Mary Sjuquist (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board), who discussed how corporate governance practices of public and private companies are changing and why more changes may be needed.

In 2002, Lynn Turner, former chief accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Bruce Webb, a McGladrey & Pullen National Audit & Accounting partner, discussed recent accounting scandals and the future of the accounting profession.