Conference Sessions

With the spread of COVID-19, the health and safety of GFOA members and staff is paramount in our minds. To that end, the 114th Annual Conference in New Orleans will be moving from in-person to digital. 

Sessions for the 2020 virtual conference are listed below.  Each session will be presented live at the time listed in the schedule and available for CPE credit.  All registered for the conference will also be given the opportunity to view recordings of each session after the annual conference.

  • Individuals registered for the annual conference do not need to register for individual sessions.  You will recieve access to all sessions and can choose the sessions to attend. Only sessions attended live will be eligible for CPE credit.
  • All registered for the conference should have recieved information to access the virtual conference on your registration confirmation.  GFOA will also send out communications with instructions by the end of May 15, 2020.

For more information on conference sessions, please contact Mike Mucha.

Note: All times listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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47 Sessions

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Friday, June 5, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Speaker
Executive Director
Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority
Speaker
Finance Director
Clark County, Washington
Speaker
Budget Director
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Information Resource Mgmt Division

Governments already have several required disclosures for debt, but users of financial statements continually want more. As a result, finance officers must now become familiar with the latest round of new reporting requirements for debt. In this session, speakers will discuss what constitutes debt and the additional debt disclosures required by GASB 88, the issuance of GASB 91 for conduit debt, and the soon-to-be-issued new guidance on derivatives related to changing from LIBOR to SOFR.

Monday, May 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:40pm
Speaker
Director, Technical Services
GFOA
Speaker
Executive Director
National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers (NASACT)
Speaker
Chairman
Governmental Accounting Standards Board

Each year at the annual conference GFOA presents this can't miss round-up to discuss key developments in accounting, auditing, and financial reporting that affect state and local governments. Topics covered will include recently promulgated standards, including GASB's statements on public-private and public-public partnerships, the transition from LIBOR, and IRC Section 457 deferred compensation; the AICPA's and GAO's auditing standards developments, and the standard setters' on-going projects likely to affect issuers and auditors in the near future.

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:40pm
Moderator/Speaker
Executive Director
Association of Climate Change Officers
Speaker
County Executive
Charles County, MD
Speaker
Director
Office of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando
Speaker
Vice President - Client Services
Hagerty Consulting
Speaker
Principal
Earth & Water Law Group

Climate change is real, but the type of change that governments will encounter and the severity of impact will likely differ. This session will explain how climate change impacts will be felt at a local level and discuss projected scenarios across the United States and Canada. As we continue to witness changes to sea-level, frequency of flooding or drought events, severe weather intensity, and long-term weather patterns, finance officers must understand the implications of climate change upon the health, security and economic vitality of their communities, and prepare those professionals to better manage financial risks and seize related opportunities. Speakers will identify key threats, mitigation strategies,and solutions so governments can start reacting on a local level to these global environmental trends.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:50pm
Moderator/Speaker
Director, Technical Services
GFOA
Speaker
Former Director of Technical Services
GFOA
Speaker
Technical Manager
Tennessee Division of State Audit
Speaker
Director, Rutgers Master's Program in Governmental Accounting
Rutgers Business School

Accounting questions of all types will be welcome at this session. The panel will include experts in governmental accounting, auditing and financial reporting, with expansive experience as financial statement preparation and audit, as well as an academic expert. Please come prepared with those nagging practical and theoretical questions, implementation issues, and other challenges. A rare opportunity you will not want to miss.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:50pm
Moderator
Director, Federal Liaison Center
GFOA
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:50pm
Moderator
Assistant County Manager
Mecklenburg County Government
Moderator
Director/Deputy Executive Director
GFOA

In 2021, updates to GFOA's Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) program will take effect and joining this program is one way to further refine your skills, network with peers, and engage GFOA. GFOA representatives will be available to answer any questions about the CPFO program along with engaging GFOA in a variety of other formats including service on a committee or executive board, and participating in GFOA's Leadership Academy.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:50pm
Moderator/Speaker
Senior Manager, Research
GFOA
Moderator/Speaker
Senior Manager
GFOA
Moderator/Speaker
Director/Deputy Executive Director
GFOA
Moderator/Speaker
Chief Financial Officer (Retired)
City of Portland
Moderator/Speaker
Consultant/Retired CEO, County of San Bernardino

Staff from GFOA's Research and Consulting Center will be available to answer questions on Fiscal First Aid techniques, approaches for helping governments balance their budgets during these difficult times.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm
Moderator
Chief Financial Officer
City of New Bedford, Massachusetts
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, Texas
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Surfside, FL
Speaker
Co-Founder / Director
Assetic

Capital infrastructure underpins the vitality of our communities. However, the investments required for good infrastructure are substantial. Effective asset management practices allow a local government to get the most bang for the buck across the asset’s life cycle. They also protect original investments in infrastructure by adequately maintaining assets. In this session, you will learn how different types of local governments have put in place strong asset management practices while respecting resource constraints.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 11:00am to 11:50am
Speaker
Confidence Coach

What if the only thing standing between you and greater success for your organization, your team, and your career is confidence? Much has been documented on how an over or under confident leader can create a negative environment and damage a team. In this session, Ben Fauske, a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst and Trainer, respected researcher, and sought after consultant and author, will provide the secret pattern relied on by some of the greatest recording artists of the past half century to overcome their confidence challenges and achieve significant levels of success. Attendees will discover what happens to their confidence under stress, understand confidence bias and core beliefs of world-class influencers, and learn empowerment strategies to build their leadership capacity and the culture of their team.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 11:00am to 11:50am
Speaker
Vice President for Administration and Treasurer
College of DuPage
Speaker
Controller
Chicago Public Schools

An audit committee provides an independent review and oversight of a government's financial reporting processes, internal controls, and independent auditors. GFOA's best practice guidance recommends that all governments establish an audit committee. This session will be based on GFOA's best practice statement and will provide answers to frequently asked questions on audit committees including: what should the committee do, who should serve and how much financial knowledge is required to serve, how often should the committee meet, what is the proper level of funding, and more.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:40pm
Moderator/Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
City of Roseville, CA
Speaker
Finance & Accounting Services Manager
City of Gresham, OR
Speaker
Partner
BKD, LLP

Each year, GFOA reviews almost 5,000 submissions to the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAFR Award Program). Using data from those reviews, speakers will identify the most common reporting deficiencies by CAFR sections and will discuss how all governments can improve their financial reporting. Speakers will also discuss the best way to prepare your CAFR for submission to the GFOA Award Program or how you can participate as a volunteer reviewer.

Friday, June 5, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:50pm
Moderator
Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller
Pinellas County, Clerk of the Circuit Court
Speaker
Finance Director / City Treasurer
City of Yorba Linda, CA
Speaker
Senior VP of Innovation
Polco/National Research Center
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Oklahoma City

Trust is the most important asset finance officers and our communities have, especially in times of financial distress when hard choices must be made. Without trust, we can't do our jobs. With it, we can perform at our best. This session will show you how finance officers and their communities have built and lost trust. You will leave the session with practical steps you can take to build and maintain trust in your career and between your government and your community.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Speaker
Director of Finance/Information Technology
City of Lake Forest, Illinois
Speaker
Management Services Director
City of Chandler, AZ

It’s common for governments to develop multi-year plans. Oftentimes, though, plans are not comprehensive and are written as simple wish lists that change from year-to-year based on political considerations or the influence of outspoken citizen groups. To develop a true multi-year capital plan, governments need a structured approach to capturing capital needs, identifying both capital and operating financial impacts, prioritizing project requests, and developing appropriate funding strategies. Speakers in this session will highlight GFOA's best practice and provide case study examples of multi-year planning in governments of varying sizes, types, and complexity.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm
Moderator/Speaker
Director/Deputy Executive Director
GFOA
Speaker
Associate
IceMiller
Speaker
Managing Director Education, Health and Public Service
Accenture

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products are becoming the standard for most public sector applications. With the shift from on-premise software to cloud technologies, finance officers must also reset their expectations for how to evaluate, contract for, and implement software. Speakers in this session will identify how SaaS is different, its potential benefits, and the critical steps that governments need to take to control cost and mitigate risk.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:40pm
Speaker
Enterprise Training & Development Coordinator
Citywide Training & Development
Moderator
Senior Manager
GFOA

Everyone, even finance officers, have biases. Some biases reside in our subconscious and are formed through our different life experiences. More importantly, our biases affect the decisions we make. How do we become more aware of them both personally and professionally? Dedicated life coach, trainer, and facilitator, Kenston Henderson Sr., will define what implicit bias is and how we can mitigate it. As the Citywide Training & Development Coordinator, he will also share the implicit bias programming the City of Columbus, OH offers its employees to help understand the diverse perspectives of the community they serve.

Monday, May 18, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:40pm
Moderator
Director, Federal Liaison Center
GFOA
Moderator
Public Finance Director
Indiana Finance Authority
Speaker
Senator (New Jersey)
Speaker
Senator (Louisiana)
Speaker
Congressman (Maryland - 2nd District)
Speaker
Congressman (Ohio - 15th District)
Speaker
Congressman (Illinois - 10th District)
Speaker
Federal Reserve

The COVID19 pandemic has forced many changes to everyone’s personal and professional life. However, what remains constant is the critical role that state and local governments play and the services they provide. As the situation evolves, GFOA members need current, accurate, and relevant information to help their organizations both respond to this current crisis and prepare for the uncertain future ahead. GFOA's keynote panel will feature several influential policy makers from both the Senate and House of Representatives and other leaders in Washington, DC. Attend to get answers and updates on the CARES Act, Familes First Coronavirs Relief Act, the proposed HEROES Act, municipal liquidity facility, and more.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:40pm
Speaker
Budget Director
City of Chesapeake, VA
Speaker
Budget Coordinator
City of Evanston
Speaker
Finance Director
Village of Libertyville
Speaker
Municipal Services Director
Forecast5 Analytics
Speaker
Customer Success Associate
Questica

The recent rapid changes in the economy have brought to light the importance of long term financial planning and public engagement.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Speaker
Executive Manager of Finance
West Basin Municipal Water District
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
Huntsville Utilities
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
City of Plant City. FL

Governmental business-type entities (BTAs), such as public utilities, transit systems, airports, colleges, and hospitals occupy a special place in the world of accounting and financial reporting. Subject to GASB standards, including many based on old private-sector guidance, these governments have unique challenges. This session will be a discussion of current accounting and financial reporting topics of particular interest to BTAs, based on the experiences of current officials responsible for such entities. Likely topics include the impact on BTAs of recent GASB guidance, such as on leases, PPPs, interest capitalization and those that affect governments that follow regulatory accounting.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:40pm
Moderator
Managing Director, Public Finance
Raymond James
Speaker
Senior Director and Sector Lead - U.S. Public Finance/Government Ratings
S&P Global
Speaker
SVP, Head of ESG Research
Gurtin Municipal Bond Management, a PIMCO Company
Speaker
Director, Division of Bond Finance
State of Florida

While the term may not be as prominent in the municipal bond space, many governments are already incorporating environment, social, and governance (ESG) factors in their issuance process and more broadly in decisions related to strategic planning, capital planning, and budgeting. In interacting with the investor and analyst communities, issuers should be prepared to discuss ESG risks and considerations. Speakers in this session will discuss the emergence of ESG investing and what questions issuers should be prepared to address when accessing capital in the municipal bond market.

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:40pm
Moderator
Federal Policy Associate
GFOA

Virtually all communities are susceptible to some unexpected events that can put a strain on daily life. When disaster occurs resources need to be made available immediately so recovery and repair can begin. But how do you know if your jurisdiction is prepared? What is required to successfully navigate the financial needs that a disaster can bring? FEMA experts will provide an overview of the Disaster Financial Management Guide, provide a presentation on their new Just In Time Training program, and practitioners at the local level will share how their experience has affected preparedness in their communities.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm
Moderator
Manager
GFOA
Speaker
Budget Operations Manager
City of Kansas City, MO
Speaker
Controller
City of Los Angeles, CA

The availability of data has increased exponentially in recent decades. As the use of technologies such as artificial intelligence and natural language generation have emerged, organizing and searching big data has become easier, making this trend likely to continue. This increase in data availability in the private sector has left some government struggling to keep up. Financial information can be complex and nuanced and the rules governing how public money must be managed can be difficult to explain. This session will focus on how local governments can be transparent in an appropriate and responsible way. Speakers will offer ways how best to provide context to financial data as it’s shared with various audiences.

Monday, May 18, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Open and complimentary to GFOA members as well as registered conference attendees.

Presiding: Terry S. Stone, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations, Hanover County Public Schools, Ashland, Virginia

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Moderator/Speaker
Professor of Practice
University of Virginia Darden School of Business

GFOA’s new code of ethics outlines the values that are essential to building trust in our communities, but putting these values into action can sometimes be difficult. 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 learn a distinctive new approach to these situations called “Giving Voice to Values” by discussing real-life scenarios of ethical challenges that have occurred in governments.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:50pm
Moderator/Speaker
Co-Director, Center for Digital Government
e.Republic
Speaker
Head of Commercial Banking Identity & Access Management and Data Management, Protection and Privacy
J.P. Morgan Chase Commercial Banking Cybersecurity and Technology Controls

Ransomware attacks are becoming more frequent in government and each week we learn of additional governments that have become victim to these paralyzing hacks. While governments need to understand risks and prepare preventative strategies, they also must be prepared in the event you fall victim. Do you have a plan when you find your electronic files have become encrypted and cannot be unlocked unless you pay a ransom? Some governments have elected to give in to the criminals while other governments have decided to fight – often at great cost. Listen, as your peers and professionals in the industry discuss how to react in the even of ransomware attack, considerations for paying the ransom, other strategies you may have available to deal with this latest threat to our communities.

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm
Speaker
Assistant City Administrator/Chief Financial Officer
City of Franklin, TN
Speaker
Senior Director
Fitch Ratings

Most governments have a local debt limit prescribed by state or provincial law. However, this limit is rarely calibrated to local conditions. Without a sense of what is truly affordable, it is impossible to make truly wise decisions about the use of debt. This session will review the best measures of local debt affordability, show you how to come up with local limits that make the most sense for your community, and how to create a policy that facilitates responsible, affordable use of debt.


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