Preconference Seminars 2019

GFOA’s preconference seminars provide an opportunity for attendees to get in-depth training on topics vitally important to finance officers. Come to Los Angeles a day or two early and multiply the benefits you’ll get by signing up for these added training offerings. Preconference sessions will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Alliance For Excellence In School Budgeting: GFOA Annual Conference Meeting

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8 CPE Credits

GFOA’s Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting is a networked group of districts working collaboratively to implement best practices in school budgeting. This session will provide practical strategies, lessons learned, and case study examples about HOW leading school districts from around the United States have implemented improved budget practices over the past three years. GFOA’s best practices in school budgeting is a framework for enhancing a school district’s budget and planning processes. The framework includes practical recommendations on all aspects of the process from better collaboration, goal setting, strategy prioritization, utilizing cost effectiveness measurements to the development of a strategic financial plan and how to leverage the budget document as a communications device.

Strategies For Professional Growth: Building Confidence And Influence

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 4 CPE Credits

Have you been hesitant to speak up in a meeting or to interrupt someone speaking? Have you ever chosen words to soften the tone or have you ever downplayed a compliment? How you communicate can be a reflection of your self-confidence. In this preconference session, you will assess your communication style and develop strategies to build an influential voice.

All The Queen’s Horses — Beyond The Movie

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 4 CPE Credits

The city comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, Illinois, stole $53 million of public funds across 20 years–making her the perpetrator of the largest case of municipal fraud in American history. She used the funds to build one of the nation’s leading quarter horse-breeding empires, all while forcing staff cuts, police budget slashing, and neglect of public infrastructure. Her story, and the story of the City has been turned into an award-winning documentary by Kelly Richmond Pope. GFOA will be screening the movie for a limited audience and following will hold a discussion with key “actors” that were involved with both uncovering the fraud and helping the City recover.

It’s Out There: Understanding The Financial Impacts Of Cyber Security Risk

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 4 CPE Credits

Not all finance officers manage IT, but all finance officers will be involved if your organization experiences a cyber attack or data breach. Whether your exposure comes from hacked e-mails, malware, theft of sensitive data, or control of critical infrastructure or industrial systems, the risk is there and it will have a financial impact. This session will focus on the financial risks of cyber security and the steps a finance officer can take to understand the organization’s risk exposure, quantify the financial risk, mitigate the impact, and ultimately work to protect the organization against the inevitable.

Finding The Right Banking Services Fit For You

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 4 CPE Credits

Governments rely on banking services to support a variety of critical treasury office processes. Being able to first assess your banking services needs and know about emerging technologies and services are crucial before selecting the right bank. This session will provide an overview of the variety of banking services typically used by governments, emerging trends, tools to develop a robust banking services RFP, GFOA’s treasury best practices and resources, and ways to assess banking services fee structures. Speakers will present case studies and engage with attendees throughout this session to facilitate a full understanding of banking services and best practices that should be integrated into your treasury operations.

 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

An Accountant, An Actuary, And An Auditor Walk Into A Bar…

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 4 CPE Credits

Who wouldn’t want to join them for an in depth and exciting discussion on the accounting, actuarial, and audit concepts and processes related to pension and OPEB? Speakers will discuss the practical application of these topics in a relevant way for all governments. Topics will include selecting actuarial assumptions and their impact, data needed, the valuation process, a walk-through of an actuarial report and crosswalk to financial statements amounts and disclosures, and the role and reliance of external auditors.

Issuer Disclosure Practices And Investor Relations Program

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 4 CPE Credits

GFOA has long recommended that issuers have robust bond disclosure practices. Over time, this has become even more important for both primary and continuing disclosures. The course will focus on new amendments to SEC Rule 15c2-12 and provide tools for issuers to understand how to incorporate practices to identify financial obligations where additional disclosures are needed. This session will also include a full detailed review of GFOA’s disclosure best practices. Case studies and discussion on creating an investor relations program will also be a part of the program. Topics will include using different technologies to present information about your entity and credits to the market, the importance of investor communications, and market reaction to good disclosure and outreach efforts.

Detroit: Past, Present, Future

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 4 CPE Credits

After four decades of financial challenges, state oversight, and municipal bankruptcy, Detroit was able to emerge with balanced budgets, upgraded credit ratings, improved policies and processes, and modern technology. Like all governments, Detroit still faces challenges going forward, but its journey and the lessons learned of its recovery create a case study that is valuable to finance officers from all types of organizations. Attend this session to hear firsthand how Detroit was able to survive its long history of mismanagement and misfortune to emerge from bankruptcy and begin working on creating a financially sustainable organization and resilient community.

All The Queen’s Horses Beyond The Movie (Encore Presentation)

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 4 CPE Credits

The city comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, Illinois, stole $53 million of public funds across 20 years––making her the perpetrator of the largest case of municipal fraud in American history. She used the funds to build one of the nation’s leading quarter horse-breeding empires, all while forcing staff cuts, police budget slashing, and neglect of public infrastructure. Her story, and the story of the City has been turned into an award-winning documentary by Kelly Richmond Pope. GFOA will be screening the movie for a limited audience and following will hold a discussion with key “actors” that were involved with both uncovering the fraud and helping the City recover.

Doing The Right Thing When It Is Hard: Living Your Ethics In Tough Situations

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 4 CPE Credits

Knowing the right thing to do is not that hard. Doing the right thing in the face of pressure to do the wrong thing or at least look the other way can be very hard. In fact, ethical tragedies are often the result of people who sit silently on the sidelines afraid or uncertain of what to do about a transgression. In this session you will work through real-life scenarios of ethical challenges that have occurred in governments. You will learn a distinctive new approach to how to deal with the situations called, “Giving Voice to Values,” which is focused on how to enact the values we already know – think of it as a “self-defense class for your soul.”


Taking a full-day session on Friday?

Enjoy a continental breakfast and lunch.

Taking a morning session on Friday or Saturday?

A continental breakfast will be available in your session room.

Taking an afternoon session on Friday or Saturday?

An afternoon snack will be available in your session room.

Taking a morning and afternoon session on Friday or Saturday?

Enjoy a continental breakfast and afternoon snack in your session room, as well as a grab-and-go lunch.