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Report of the Nominating Committee - June 2020

Diversity, Ethics and High Performing Cultures – Using Ethics as a lever to build a culture of Diversity and Inclusion

Where are we going, who will we be working with, and what do we need to know when we get there? We need to update our strategic view of the world of Diversity and Inclusion, and in the specialized world we work in, we need to learn how to train these new viewpoints into our organizations. In this fast-paced session, Karl offers multiple viewpoints on ethics and leadership and applies them to the challenge of building an inclusive culture. New ethical challenges and how they apply to diversity and social responsibility will be covered, as well as, advanced methods for training others in these issues. We will begin with fresh data on the metrics that really matter, which will lead us to significant ethical challenges on the horizon. All of this will be mapped on top of a brief review of some fundamental economic data and the client service framework accounting and finance teams are operating in. This will be a strategic session, offering the view from 35,000 feet with occasional dips to ground level.

Karl Ahlrichs

Karl J. Ahlrichs, SHRM-SCP, CSP

Karl Ahlrichs, SHRM-SCP, CSP, is a national speaker, author and consultant, presenting on the people issues in all industries, and is often quoted in the local and national media. Karl’s experience is perfectly suited to times of great organizational change. He has decades of strategic consulting to all industries, using risk management and good organizational development theories to bypass “best practices” and move directly to “next practices”. Karl is a CPE presenter for the Business Learning Institute, and for more than a decade he was the Program Chair for the Indiana Society for Human Resources Management annual conference. He is a regular contributor to The Journal of Accountancy. For more than 20 years he has facilitated an invitation-only CFO Roundtable for Central Indiana.

He is a member of SHRM, the American Society of Training and Development, the Association for Psychological Type, and the National Speakers Association. Karl joined Gregory & Appel in 2010 after serving as a founding partner of ExactHire, a human resources services firm.

Prior experience was as a Senior Consultant for Professional Staff Management, and earlier he was a Consultant in the Indianapolis office of Marsh & McLennan, and Vice President of Right Management Consultants. At those firms, his clients included Roche Diagnostics, Boeing, Apple Computer, and Frito Lay.

Karl has been named the SHRM Human Resource Professional of the Year for the State of Indiana. He has presented at the Annual SHRM Conference every year since 1997, and holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certifications.

Audit Topic

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Keith F. Novak, Principal

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Keith has over 30 years of audit and accounting experience. He specializes in providing accounting, financial auditing and consulting to municipalities, counties, state governments, transportation authorities, various nonprofits and educational institutions. Due to Keith's significant contributions to the field of government financial management, he was the recipient of the AGA's 2010 Private Sector Financial Excellence Award. Furthermore, Keith is dedicated to helping CLA client understand GASB requirements and their implementation. As a GASB specialist, Keith is frequently requested to speak to professional organizations and has made presentations to the Southern Maryland Chapter and Western Maryland Chapters of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, Maryland Association of Community College Business Officers Association, the Association of School Business Officers, and the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the AGA. In addition, he is an instructor for the Intermediate Government Accounting course for Maryland GFOA as well as a member of the MDGFOA Board of Directors.

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