If the past year can be said to have any silver linings, one would be the perspective gained on the way companies work. With many businesses accelerating digitization efforts over the last year, employees are realizing opportunities to shift their time away from manual tasks to focus on high-value work. Team leaders now recognize that their employees can work just as effectively when remote. These discoveries will have plenty of implications for how teams navigate returning to the office, if at all. Join our panel of industry experts as they discuss the secrets behind leading highly effective finance and accounting teams in the new normal.
Leah Donti is an internationally recognized seminar leader in accounting and has been doing seminars full-time since 1991 through her seminar business. She conducts in-house training for CPA firms and various companies. She also does CPE courses through the CPA societies. She speaks on FASB update, Compilation and Review Update, Fair Value Accounting, IFRS, Fraud, Accounting and Auditing Update, SEC and PCAOB Update, revenue recognition, and business combinations. She also provides proprietary prep seminars for IQEX exam which is a reciprocity exam to become a US CPA.
Prior to beginning her private practice in 1991, Ms. Donti worked for a major information management consulting organization, where she provided training to offices across North America. She also worked with an accounting software firm, offering accounting education courses to clients on-site. In addition, she held positions in internal audit and accounting with Canadian Pacific, one of the largest company’s in Canada, dual-listed in Toronto and New York. From 2010 to 2019 Leah Donti has received the AICPA Outstanding Facilitator Award for her practical approach, enthusiasm, and lively seminars.
Jennifer helps businesses solve tough problems with strategic solutions. She is a business generalist and an accounting expert who can make the complicated awesomely simple. For more than 20 years, she has been helping businesses focus on their core values and strengths to transform inefficiency and chaos into a profitable entity with an energized team.
She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA). She has a Masters of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership.
Jennifer’s core focus is working with businesses around the country ranging in size from 2 to 40 employees, from start-ups and growing organizations from $100,000 to $500,000 in revenue, in a variety of industries including professional services and construction and development.
She has a passion for helping businesses succeed. She loves tackling challenges and finding unique solutions to difficult problems. Defining issues, breaking them down into understandable parts, and developing simple and effective solutions is something she sees as fun.
As a keynote speaker, trainer, and business coach, Jennifer has conducted seminars for the Fortune 500, the US Government, State CPA Societies, and CPA firms in 40 states. She was named an Outstanding Educator by the AICPA for the past two years.
She is a frequent contributing author and speaker for such organizations as Triple Pundit, Maryland Society of CPA’s, National Association of Home Builders, and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Jennifer is a Past President of the Anne Arundel Chapter of the MACPA and a volunteer with the Rude Ranch Animal Shelter. When not on the road, Jennifer lives on her boat near Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two cats, Bonnie & Clyde.
The Kemp Firm LLC was established and is solely owned by Michele Kemp, CPA in 2011 to operate a Certified Public Accounting Firm located in Little Rock, Arkansas. She began her public accounting career at BKD, LLP, the 11th largest CPA firm in the country where she left as a Manager to start her own firm. Prior to establishing the Limited Liability Company, Michele provided services as a sole proprietor for five years. She worked to grow her practice and now has a team with over 25 years of combined experience in the accounting, tax, and consulting industry. The firm’s commitment to quality work and personal service sets us apart from other accounting firms. Our certified public accountants have the experience and expertise to help our clients achieve success. Additionally, our entire professional team attends ongoing training to keep up-to-date on issues affecting our clients. Michele is an owner and Managing Member with more than 15 years of experience providing a variety of services to include assurance, tax, training, and business consulting. Michele specializes in governmental and not-for-profit organizations.
Michele received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Arkansas Tech University. She also graduated with a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Central Arkansas. Michele is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a member and instructor for the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Michele is also a licensed certified public accountant in Texas where she is a member of the Texas State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Michael is a partner of Kral Ussery LLC, a public accounting firm delivering advisory services, litigation support, and internal auditing to U.S. public and private companies. He is an advisor, trainer, and expert witness in litigation matters. Prior to being a founding member of Kral Ussery, he was a principal in Pt Platinum Consulting, which has merged into Kral Ussery. He specializes in providing financial reporting, CFO services, and SEC compliance expertise to small- and mid-sized SEC registrants and accounting firms. Michael is frequently engaged to assist companies in remediating material weaknesses in internal controls over financial reporting and fixing accounting and reporting systems, assisting companies in SEC reporting matters, including SEC comment letters, guiding companies through the IPO process, and assisting in solving complex accounting issues. Michael has extensive experience in financial reporting and SEC matters, having held various CFO and controller level positions at public and nonpublic companies and having over 10 years experience in a “Big 4” accounting firm.
In addition, due to his extensive background in a variety of companies and his “Big 4" background, Mr. Ussery serves as an expert witness in corporate governance matters and lawsuits dealing with internal controls, accounting, financial reporting, management roles, and responsibilities. Michael is a recognized expert and frequent speaker on US GAAP, SEC compliance and reporting, oil and gas accounting, internal controls, anti-fraud controls, and corporate governance.