Speaking

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).

Recent Conferences, Webcasts, Interviews and Presentations

April 7, 2014, IIA Annual Conference, Chicago Chapter, Rosemont, Illinois, Joint presentation with Martin Terpstra of Plante & Moran PLLC on “Internal Auditor Legal Liability”.

March 31 – April 2, 2014, Business Ethics Conference for Deans of Catholic Schools of Business, Co-Sponsored by The Center for Faith and Culture, the Center for Business Ethics and the Cameron School of Business, University of St. Thomas-Houston. I will be leading breakout discussions.

March 23-24, 2014, I’ve been asked again to be a preliminary judge for the Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. ( I am a two-time award finalist.) UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

March 11, 2014, Private briefing via webcast to law firm Cooley LLP private company practice and clients on the AgFeed fraud and my writing, in particular, on Milton Webster, Audit Committee Whistleblower.

March 3-4, 2014, NEIU European Business Conference, Chicago, IL, Speaking on “The Challenge of Creating and Sustaining A Multinational Career”. My presentation.

February 10, 2014, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Class visit to Bus F332/Law 725 Finance and Society taught by Professor Anat Admati, author of the new book Bankers’ New Clothes. A post with my lecture notes.

December 5, 2013, Baruch College of the City University of New York, Ensuring Integrity: The 8th Annual Audit Conference, I’m on a panel with Professor Robert Coulson of Baruch College, Brian Croteu of the SEC, Greg Jonas, Director of Research and Analysis at the PCAOB, and Phil Wedemeyer a Director at Atwood Oceanics. We’ll be talking about the PCAOB’s audit quality indicators initiative.

November 13-14, 2013, PCAOB Standing Advisory Group meeting, attending and covering.

November 7-8, 2013, Visiting students and faculty at Michigan State University at the invitation of auditing Professor Chris Hogan.

November 5-6, 2013, Futures Industry Association Expo 2013, Chicago, IL, attending and covering.

November 1, 2013, Spoke at University of Chicago Law School for a class taught by Tom Manning on corporate governance in China.

October 17, 2013, Women In Listed Derivatives (WILD) Chicago 2nd Annual Symposium and Networking Reception, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 4pm. Panelist.

October 9-11, 2013, The Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF) Annual Meeting, special guest luncheon speaker on the 10th, “Is Private Litigation The Only Hope For The Accounting Profession?” The Westin Hotel, Chicago.

October 5, 2013, University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE, Luncheon speaker for the annual Finance and Accounting seminar sponsored by the Department of Finance and the School of Accountancy. Speech title: “The Economic Significance of the Audit Industry and the Key Role of Integrity in the Accounting Profession.”

September 30, 2013, Live “Spreecast” hosted by Broc Romanek of TheCorporateCounsel.net on the PCAOB’s proposed changes to the auditors report.  With Joseph Hall of law firm Davis Polk & Wardell LLP.

September 25, 2013, Speaking to graduate students in the College of Communication at DePaul University, Chicago about the importance of finance and accounting proficiency for aspiring business journalists and corporate public relations professionals.  Invited by Matt Ragas, an assistant professor of Public Relations at the school.

July 22, 2013, Marquette University speaking to graduate auditing class at the invitation to Accounting Department Chairman Michael Akers.

July 17-19, 2013, July 17 informal meeting with Villanova University accounting faculty. July 18 spoke to Villanova University students and interested faculty at the invitation of Professor Anthony Catanach and an informal visit at the American College, a think-tank, on July 18.

Spoke twice at the PICPA Educators Conference in Hershey, PA July 19. Keynote in the morning and lunch speaker. Morning: “The Ethics of Auditor Independence and Our Public Duty”, skepticism and professional responsibility in accounting and auditing. Lunch: “Auditor Independence, Professional Skepticism and Auditors’ Obligations When Fraud Happens: Case Studies and Examples”, building on the morning remarks with actual examples and “war stories”. Here’s a link to that combined presentation.

June 29, 2013, RT Television, The Keiser Report appearance. Talking about Anglo Irish, Ernst & Young, and my latest Forbes magazine story, “The Madoff of Munis”. Here’s a link to the video.

June 20, 2013, IIA Augusta, GA Chapter. “Internal Auditor Liability: Why You Should Pay Close Attention To The Colonial Bank and Avon Cases”.

May 16-18, 2013, Spoke for the fourth year in a row at the Seventh Annual Fraud and Forensic Accounting Education Conference hosted by Georgia Southern University’s Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business and sponsored by Porter Keadle Moore, LLC. JW Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta, GA. Here’s my speech on May 16: “Professional Skepticism and Auditors’ Obligations When Fraud Happens: Case Studies and Examples“.

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 16-17,2013, 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”.

March 4-5, 2013, Northeastern Illinois University, Latin America International Business
Conference. I’m presenting, “The Challenge of Creating and Sustaining A Multinational Career”the evening of the 5th. Canceled due to snowstorm.  Ask me to do this presentation at your university or industry conference.
February 19, 2013, Market Technicians Association, “Risk 2013: Protecting Your Trading Accounts From Fraud”, DeVry University Chicago Loop Center, 5pm. My remarks are here.

Feb 10-12, 2013, Keynoted for the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and the Accounting Program Leaders Group 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 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 Stanford University.

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, 2012The 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 29-May 2, Los Angeles, CA, covered the Milken Conference.  Here’s a piece about the  incredible lineup of panelists and speakers.

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.

March 30-31, 2012SEC Whistleblower Program, Panel discussion at the Forensic and Investigative Accounting Section Mid-Year Meeting of the American Accounting Association in Chicago.
March 29th, 2012Social Media in the Trading RoomThe Securities Traders Association of New York 76th Annual Conference and Dinner. Panelist with Rob Passarella, MD of Institutional Markets for Dow Jones, Josh Brown of Fusion Analytics and the Reformed Broker blog and moderated by Dominic Chu of Bloomberg TV.
March 6-7, 2012, Eastern Illinois University. My speech to a large group of students, faculty and visitors in the afternoon was entitled, Who Will Slay The Dragon? Penn State and College Football: How “Ethical” Institutions Have Dropped Their Swords and Shields.  The evening presentation to MBAs was, Stay on your feet. How “new hires” can successfully negotiate the slippery ethical slopes of the workplace.

I was on TV February 11, 2012 talking about MF Global! My segment starts at the 13:00 minute mark.

February 6, 2012, presented “Modeling Fraud: Models Behaving Nefariously”, for the Columbia University Financial Engineering Practitioners Seminar, New York, NY. Here’s the presentation.

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, 2011Social Media Breakfast Chicago entitled,”Building a Community Around Your Blog From Scratch”.

June 2 2011Fifth 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.

May 14, 2010, The Georgia Southern University Fourth Annual Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference, The Skeptical Professional.

April 27, 2010, Video Interviews for The Deal Magazine, Lehman Hearings: Who’s auditing the auditors? and Goldman SEC charges to spark cases against others.

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

July 9, 20092009 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.

The presentation is in six parts on You Tube here, here, here, here, here and here.

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. 2009The 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.

March 30-31, 2012SEC Whistleblower Program, Panel discussion at the Forensic and Investigative Accounting Section Mid-Year Meeting of the American Accounting Association in Chicago.

March 29th, 2012Social Media in the Trading RoomThe Securities Traders Association of New York 76th Annual Conference and Dinner. Panelist with Rob Passarella, MD of Institutional Markets for Dow Jones, Josh Brown of Fusion Analytics and the Reformed Broker blog and moderated by Dominic Chu of Bloomberg TV.
March 6-7, 2012, Eastern Illinois University. My speech to a large group of students, faculty and visitors in the afternoon was entitled, Who Will Slay The Dragon? Penn State and College Football: How “Ethical” Institutions Have Dropped Their Swords and Shields.  The evening presentation to MBAs was, Stay on your feet. How “new hires” can successfully negotiate the slippery ethical slopes of the workplace.

February 6, 2012, presented “Modeling Fraud: Models Behaving Nefariously”, for the Columbia University Financial Engineering Practitioners Seminar, New York, NY. Here’s the presentation.

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 ishere.

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, 2011Social Media Breakfast Chicago entitled,”Building a Community Around Your Blog From Scratch”.

June 2 2011Fifth 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.

May 14, 2010, The Georgia Southern University Fourth Annual Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference, The Skeptical Professional.

April 27, 2010, Video Interviews for The Deal Magazine, Lehman Hearings: Who’s auditing the auditors? andGoldman SEC charges to spark cases against others.

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, 2010Davos Debates, Video Entry

July 9, 20092009 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.

The presentation is in six parts on You Tube here, here, here, here, here and here.

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. 2009The 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.