Leading Experts Examine Top Issues in Accounting

The Department of Accounting organized the following three distinguished lectures during the 2018-19 academic year.

“Illusions of Trust: The Psychology of Professional Skepticism”
Toby Groves, social cognitive scientist, speaker and writer
November 15, 2018

The Paul A. Grosch Lecture Series welcomed Toby Groves to discuss his revolutionary approach to skepticism that enhances professional reasoning and judgment as well as the surprising psychology and invisible influences that impact skeptical judgment. Attendees learned how judgment can be refined by turning the lens of skepticism back on yourself, recognizing and adapting your approach to achieve the best results. Watch video

“California Taxes – The Advocate’s Perspective”
Susan Maples, Franchise Tax Board’s Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate
February 19, 2019

The Paul A. Grosch Lecture Series welcomed Susan Maples for a talk on the current state of California taxation and the many changes in California and federal tax laws for both individuals and business entities. Now, with the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, California income tax laws are once again considerably different from federal law. Ms. Maples shared her perspective on these changes and how they may affect the general public. Watch video

“Managing a Business at the Intersection of Profit and Purpose”
Sampriti Ganguli, CEO of Arabella Advisors
April 2, 2019

The Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainability welcomed Sampriti Ganguli as its Dreier Chair in Accounting Ethics Distinguished Speaker. As CEO, Ms. Ganguli oversees all aspects of the firm’s performance and is responsible for enhancing systems and policies that enable Arabella to deliver on its mission—to help foundations, philanthropists, and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources. Watch video