Francine McKenna is an experienced speaker who can present on a variety of subjects.
Typical topics include:
- The role of the external auditor and litigation issues pertaining to external audit
- The external auditor’s obligation to detect fraud
- Careers in the accounting industry and accounting education
- Corporate governance and the role of Audit Committee
- Internal audit – Roles and Responsibilities
- IT Audit
- The intersection of financial services and professional services
- Risk management in financial services organizations
- The intersection of finance/accounting and technology
My biography can be found on the About Francine McKenna page.
My speaking style is energetic, full of examples and anecdotes from a rich and varied career, irreverent, and no-holds-barred. Presentations embrace diversity and multiculturalism and can include stories of my experience as a female executive in Latin America and as an expatriate. I customize every presentation to address the audience at hand and can present in English or Spanish.
Speeches can cover technical topics such as regulatory and legal updates in detail, as well as give a business-oriented overview of accounting topics such as IFRS, XBRL and fair value. My audiences have included professionals in areas such as:
- Finance and accounting
- Business school professors and their students, especially accounting and MBA students
- Technology, IT audit and IT security
- Internal and external audit professionals at their firms an attending professional continuing education programs
- General business and investment management
- Attorneys specializing in securities litigation and class actions
I have also presented extensively on careers for finance, accounting, and audit professionals at all levels.
Email me for my speaking fee information (fmckenna at mckennapartners dot com).
I was on TV February 11, 2012 talking about MF Global! My segment starts at the 13:00 minute mark.
Recent Conferences, Webcasts, Interviews and Presentations
April 24-25, 2013, Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business “Strive For Honor Week”. My presentation is Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m, Rawls College of Business, Room 101, The Economic Significance of Accounting and the Key Role of Integrity in the Profession.Hosted by Professor Robert Ricketts.
April 16-17, Marquette University, Milwaukee Wisconsin, at the invitation of Accounting Department Head Professor Michael Akers and Professor Jodi Gissel. The presentation I gave to a graduate forensic accounting class and an undergraduate audit class was entitled, Auditor Independence, Professional Skepticism and Fraud.
April 9-11, 2013, Texas A&M University at the invitation of Professor Michael Shaub to guest teach his Accounting and Ethics class for two days and visit with faculty and PhD candidates.
April 8, 2013, IIA Houston Chapter Annual Conference, “Internal Auditor Liability: Why You Should Pay Close Attention To The Colonial Bank and Avon Cases”.
Feb 10-12, 2013, Keynoted for the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and the Accounting Program Leaders Groupwill host their annual joint meeting for accounting professors in San Diego, CA. My speech is here
January 17-19, 2013, Keynoted Saturday morning at the American Accounting Association Auditing Section Midyear Conference, New Orleans, LA.
November 26, 2012, Panelist at NYU Stern School, Ross Roundtable on Impact of Reemergence of Consulting Practices at Major Audit Firms, with Paul Volcker and Robert Herz. 4-6pm.
November 21, 2012, I was asked to talk about HP and Autonomy on NPR’s “All Things Considered” program. Click HERE to listen.
November 15-16, 2012, Covering PCAOB Standing Advisory Group Meeting, Washington D.C.
November 14, 2012, An appearance on the Keiser Report last week while in New York. The focus was Jamie Dimon with a bit of MF Global thrown in for heat.
November 12-13, 2012, Covering the 2012 CFRI Conference, New York Marriott Marquis Times Square
September 24-25,2012, North Carolina State University. A presentation to the academic clubs in the Poole College of Management and a presentation to their Masters in Accounting class. This was my second year presenting at the invitation of Professor Scott Showalter, a retired KPMG partner who is now a full time professor at the school.
July 17, 2012, An appearance on Chicago Tonight, a nightly news program produced by WTTW, Channel 11, the public television station in Chicago. The show is hosted by Phil Ponce, a very interesting guy who was really good at wrangling the three cats on this panel. I was joined by John Lothian and Professor Laura Pincus-Hartman of DePaul University.
July 13, 2012, 66th Annual National Conference at JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC. On a panel, “Auditors, the Board and Shareholders: An Evolving Relationship.” Joined by Kayla Gillan of PwC, Guy Jubb of Standard Life, a UK based investment advisor and Marilyn Mooney of Fulbright & Jaworski. Moderated by Ken Bertsch, President of the Society.
July 8-11, 2012, covering The Institute of Internal Auditors 2012 Annual Conference, Boston Massachusetts. Covering for my site re: The Auditors.
June 24-26, 2012, Palo Alto, CA, Attended Stanford Rock Center Directors’ College at .
June 6, 2012, RT Television, Capital Accounts, I’m interviewed live in the studio in Washington DC on JP Morgan trading loss and MF Global by Lauren Lyster.
June 4-6, 2012, Washington DC, Compliance Week Annual Conference. I moderated a panel, “Update on SEC Reporting,” that included Nili Shah from the SEC and author Bruce Pounder.
May 18, 2012, RT Television, Capital Accounts, I’m interviewed on the accounting behind ‘Hot Tech‘, Facebook IPO, JP Morgan trading loss and MF Global by Lauren Lyster.
May 17, 2012, The Committee for Monetary Research and Education Annual Dinner. My Topic: The Mystery of MF Global: How Hot Money and Hubris Caused The Loss of $1.6 Billion in Customer Funds. Here’s the speech.
May 15-17, 2012, Savannah, GA, Presenting for third year in a row to the Georgia Southern University Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference. My presentation: Auditors as “Whistleblowers”: The Auditors’ Responsibility to Report Fraud and Illegal Acts.
April 4, 2012, CFA Chicago, Step Up Your Due Diligence for the New Environment with Michelle Leder of Morningstar, Inc. author of the blog Footnoted.com.
November 15-16, 2011, James Madison University, faculty and student visit at the invitation of Professor Tim Louwers. A speech and Q&A for MS in Accounting students was informal. My speech for the Beta Alpha Psi initiation dinner is here.
October 31, 2011, University of Illinois-Chicago, informal speech and Q&A with Professor Ryan Casey’s financial accounting introductory course for MBAs.
October 17-19, 2011, North Carolina State University, faculty and student visit at the invitation of Professor Scott Showalter. My speech is here.
October 12, 2011, Social Media Breakfast Chicago entitled,”Building a Community Around Your Blog From Scratch”.
June 2 2011, Fifth Annual Fraud and Forensic Accounting Education Conference Savannah, Georgia. My speech, “The Skeptical Professional: Requirements and Cases.” This conference is hosted by Georgia Southern University’s Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business
April 1, 2011, American Accounting Association mid-year meeting, Chicago, The Future of the Accounting Profession, and participation in a panel, Defining the Public Interest. Here’s a link to the blog post with the text of my luncheon speech.
March 11, 2011, South By Southwest Interactive, “Investigative Reporting for Bloggers”, with Mashable.com’s Josh Catone and Greg Ferenstein. Here’s a a link to our panel.
January 28, 2011, New York State Society of CPAs, Moderator of a panel, Whistleblowing Under Dodd-Frank, with panelists Sherron Watkins, the Enron Whistleblower, Marion E. Koenigs, Deputy Director, Accountant, Division of Enforcement and Investigations, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and Paul Atkins, Managing Director, Patomak Partners and former Commissioner for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
September 15, 2010, New York County Lawyers Association, panelist, “A Crisis of Our Own Design”, with Floyd Norris of the New York Times and Anton Valukas, Chairman of Jenner and Block and author of the Lehman Bankruptcy Examiner Report. Moderated by Judge Elizabeth Stong, Bankruptcy Judge Eastern District of New York.
August 4, 2010, American Accounting Association, Operating an Accounting Blog. Panel participant.
April 20, 2010, Video Interview, Forbes Magazine, Wall Street’s Biggest Bankruptcies – How shareholders lose when auditing firms fall short.
April 19, 2010, IIA Chicago Chapter 50th Annual Conference, Conversations Rule: Employees Drive Your Company’s Brand And Add Risk
January 3, 2010, Davos Debates, Video Entry
July 9, 2009, 2009 Mid-Year Review – Securities Litigation and Enforcement” sponsored by Securities Docket.com Panel participant
June 16, 2009, Maryland Association of CPAs Business Expo, Managing Your Career: Turning Uncertainty Into Opportunity.
Invited in June 2009 to participate in a dream panel on the topic of social media use by the accounting and audit profession at the Maryland Association of CPAs Business Expo. The panel was moderated by Bill Sullivan of the MACPAs and includedEdith Orenstein of FEI, Will Burns of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Alexandra DeFelice of the Journal of Accountancy, andRick Telberg of CPA Trendlines.
May 4th, 2009, Houston IIA Chapter, Lessons From Current Crisis – What’s An Internal Auditor To Do?
April 28, 2009, Video Interview with Matt Davio at MissTrade.com
January 6. 2009, The Securities Litigation Year In Review Webcast, Securities Docket dot com. Ms. McKenna provided an update on class action and securities litigation against the audit firms. The webcast featured several of the leading bloggers in the securities litigation and SEC enforcement world — Walter Olson (Point of Law ; Overlawyered ), Kevin LaCroix (The D&O Diary ); Tom Gorman (SEC Actions ), and Bruce Carton (Securities Docket.) (This webcast will recur on July 9th, 2009 for a mid-year review and Ms. McKenna will participate again.)
December 4, 2008, Quest Session 52070, ”SAS 70 in a Post-Sarbanes SaaS World”
December 2008, DePaul University Information Systems Security Management Program, “A Multicultural Career”
May 14, 2008, The Corporate Counsel.Net, Podcast, “Big Changes Afoot In The Audit Industry” hosted by Broc Romanek.
Additional presentations can be found here.