• Archive for the ‘Where I’ve Been’ Category

    Speaking Engagements/Conferences

    By • May 7th, 2019

    Coming up: May 15-June 3, 2019, I will be teaching a custom-developed Maymester course at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 201920 ACC 5V98 M1 – Business Journalism.

    Intended for graduate accounting/finance and communications/journalism students, in this Maymester intensive business journalism course students will learn how to ask good questions, gather evidence, and write persuasively– skills that are essential to journalism/writing careers and an accounting/audit careers.

    Students will also learn how modern media sees its role as a financial markets watchdog and how it interacts with companies and professional services firms such as accounting, consulting and law firms. Reporters can still break big financial stories and make an impact, like Fortune’s Bethany McLean’s did to kickstart the questioning of Enron’s financials and John Carreyrou at the Wall Street Journal did with Theranos.

    Journalists also perform a public duty to deliver truth to power, and to do it objectively and responsibly, supported by evidence. They are an important part of the information environment alongside financial analysts and auditors.

    Thanks to Dr. Gia Chevis, CMA, the Graduate Program Director and PricewaterhouseCoopers Fellow for Teaching Excellence who is the Clinical Associate Professor in Department of Accounting and Business Law who encouraged me to do this. I can’t wait!



    McKenna at Grant’s Interest Rate Observer 35th Anniversary Conference

    By • Oct 13th, 2018

    It was a great conference and I have now posted the slides.



    McKenna at The Frunchroom

    By • Oct 2nd, 2017

    She’s a native South Sider, and she definitely traveled the longest distance to be at the show at Beverly Arts Center. Guess who?



    NYSSCPAs Breakfast Briefing: Whistleblowing Under Dodd-Frank – Update

    By • Dec 8th, 2016

    I’ve written at Forbes about the event, including some quotes from Sherron Watkins that made news. Links to a replay of the webcast and a live-blog of the event are included here.



    re: The Auditors is now at MarketWatch

    By • May 31st, 2015

    May 18, 2015 was my first day on the job as a reporter for MarketWatch in Washington, DC, the sister online publication to the Wall Street Journal and Barrons that focuses on retail investors. Yes, I have taken a full-time journalism job and I have moved.



    Reminiscing About The First Too Big To Fail Bank – Continental Bank

    By • May 10th, 2014

    There’s a conference planned for next week, May 15, at Gleacher Center in Chicago, “30 Years After the Failure of Continental Illinois Bank: Have We Solved Too Big to Fail?” I wrote about my experience at CINB, my first job, for American Banker back in 2011.



    Guest Lectures At Stanford Graduate School Business

    By • Feb 22nd, 2014

    My notes for guest lectures (there were two sections, back-to-back) February 10, 2014 for Bus F332/Law 725, Finance and Society, at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, taught by Professor Anat Admati. Emphasis: The auditors’ role in corporate governance in financial institutions and specifically how auditors not inadvertently stifle the actual use of compensation clawbacks.



    McKenna Gives Luncheon Keynote For Professional Liability Defense Federation Annual Meeting

    By • Oct 11th, 2013

    I was the luncheon speaker on October 10, 2013 at the annual meeting of the Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF). Here is the text of my remarks.



    McKenna Speaks: The Committee For Monetary Research And Education

    By • Sep 2nd, 2013

    Do you want to learn more about those who push for a return to the gold standard? Do you know the common thread between JP Morgan, Madoff’s biggest feeder fund, Chesapeake Energy, and MF Global? Here’s a speech I gave back in May 2012 in New York to the Committee for Monetary Research and Education that touches on both topics.



    McKenna Speaks to Market Technicians Association Chicago

    By • Feb 20th, 2013

    On February 19, 2013, I spoke to the Chicago Chapter of the Market Technicians Association. The topic was, “Risk 2013: Protecting Your Trading Accounts From Fraud”.