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

    Mortgage Bankers And The Futures Industry – Two Big Conferences In Chicago This Week

    By • Oct 9th, 2011

    I’m working a double shift this week covering two important conferences in Chicago.

    The 27th Annual Futures Industry Association Futures and Options Expo starts Monday night and runs through Thursday at the Hilton on South Michigan Avenue. I’m really looking forward to the networking sessions, courtesy of my media pass under Forbes.com. Also in town this week is the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Conference. This promises to be very interesting, especially in light of my new assignment as a columnist for American Banker.



    CNBC’S Carney Highlights McKenna And Forbes On Bank of America

    By • Aug 28th, 2011

    John Carney, who runs the NetNet Blog at CNBC, wrote a column last week highlighting mine at Forbes.com on Bank of America and Warren Buffet. He picked my comments on PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bank of America’s auditor, to highlight.



    McKenna At Georgia Southern University’s 5th Annual Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference

    By • May 30th, 2011

    I spoke at the Fifth Annual Fraud and Forensic Accounting Education Conference on June 2. My presentation, “The Skeptical Professional: Requirements and Case Studies,” was given on Thursday morning and I had a full house.



    McKenna Speaks at American Accounting Association Regional Meeting – Ohio

    By • May 8th, 2011

    The Ohio AAA meeting will be held May 12-14, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Dublin, Ohio. I will be up twice on Friday. I’m on a panel, “An Examination of the Audit Business Model” and later that evening hosting an informal “Conversations with…”. I hope you can join us.



    A Case Study in IT Failure: Marin County v Deloitte Consulting and SAP

    By • May 4th, 2011

    MP3 now available! I was a panelist for a teleconference discussion on the Marin County, CA lawsuit againt Deloitte Consulting and SAP for a failed systems implementation.



    McKenna Covers The Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

    By • May 3rd, 2011

    The Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting draws a huge crowd because it features several hours of the wit and wisdom of Berkshire Hathaway CEO and Chairman Warren Buffett and his friend and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger. To say that Buffett, Munger, and Berkshire Hathaway have a cult-like following would be a a significant understatement. I attended the meeting and here’s my report.



    McKenna at American Accounting Association Public Interest Conference

    By • Apr 18th, 2011

    Here’s the speech and slides I used for the AAA Public Interest Conference on April 1-2 and Top X list of possible research topics for accounting and audit academics interested in public policy.

    I’ll be at the American Accounting Association Midwest Conference in Columbus, Ohio May 12-14. I’m on a panel to discuss the audit firm model and will take questions at a separate session. Hope to see you there.

    If you would like me to speak for your group, please email me at fmckenna@mckennapartners.com



    McKenna To Speak At 2011 SXSW Interactive

    By • Feb 27th, 2011

    I’m delirious at the prospect of attending and speaking at this year’s SXSW Interactive Conference on March 14th with Greg Ferenstein and Josh Catone from Mashable. I will be in Austin, TX from March 11-15, 2011.



    2011 Loeb Award Application: Beat Reporting

    By • Feb 16th, 2011

    I thought some readers may find it interesting to see the applications I submitted for this years’ Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.



    Social Media Breakfast Chicago: How To Respond To Critical Bloggers

    By • Feb 6th, 2011

    I’ve been asked me to lead a roundtable at the next Social Media Breakfast Chicago breakfast meeting, “How to engage with critical bloggers”. This event is sold out, but I promise to give you a report afterward.