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In The Black 2017: The Accounting and Finance Innovation Summit is happening November 15th-18th in Los Angeles, California and Connor Group is looking forward to participating as an alliance partner! The four-day global conference boasts inspirational keynotes, specialized workshops, and exciting guest speakers all focused on accounting and finance. The sessions will provide attendees with insights into BlackLine and will highlight the synergies between BlackLine and critical accounting and finance matters.
Connor Group will have two of our subject matter experts at the conference to share their knowledge. Deepika Sandhu and Jonathan Kearl will be leading the following sessions at the conference:
Let’s Get SOXy – Control Compliance for High Growth Companies
Presented by: Deepika Sandhu
Are you so focused on growing your business that you haven’t given appropriate consideration to your control environment? Are you unsure if your control environment is up to date for all the changes your company is experiencing? In this session, we will provide considerations for high growth companies to keep top of mind as they establish, improve or fine-tune their control environments and discuss how BlackLine can help in the process.
A.R.T of the Close – Leading practices for creating an Accurate, Reliable and Timely Close
Presented by: Jonathan Kearl
Are you worried about your close? It is time consuming, lengthy and laborious? Does it divert your critical resources from other, much needed activities? Even if your close feels like it’s going well, consider this: are you closing in under ten days each and every month? There are always opportunities to improve the close by fixing your processes, leveraging systems or simply training your people. In this session, we will provide practical insights & steps that will help you attain the A.R.T of the Close – Accurate, Reliable and Timely.
Deepika is a Partner in Connor Group’s Financial Operations (FinOps) practice. Deepika has more than 18 years of direct industry, management consulting and Big-4 experience business process improvement, financial operations and organizational effectiveness. Deepika has led numerous projects for high growth companies in the areas of close process optimization, public company readiness, internal controls and system implementations and optimizations, including implementations of close optimization software – Blackline.
Deepika also has significant experience in risk consulting, helping clients to quantify and pro-actively mitigate risks and assessing companies overall internal control effectiveness. Previously Deepika was a Senior Manager in the advisory practice of Grant Thornton LLP and the head of Business Process Improvement and Internal Controls at bebe Stores, Inc. Deepika was also a Senior Management Consultant with Deloitte & Touche.
Deepika completed a MSc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and a Dual BA in Economics and International Relations from Scripps College
Jonathan is a Director in Connor Group’s FinOps practice. He has significant experience in finance transformation, business process improvement/ optimization, finance training and management reporting.
Before joining Connor Group, Jonathan was a Manager at KPMG in its advisory practice. During his career, Jonathan has gained strong project management experience leading global teams. He has a very diverse finance background including Finance/Management Consulting, Internal Audit and Tax.
Jonathan is a Certified Public Accountant (California) and graduated with his Master of Accountancy from Brigham Young University.