2019 Conference Schedule

8:00 a.m.

Registration
Students register, download the conference app, and receive cards for prize drawings.

8:30 a.m.

Exhibits
Open all day except lunch
Exhibiting employers take student questions and resumes.

9:00 a.m.

One-on-One Sessions: "Interviewing and Resume Tips"
Open all day except lunch
Professionals talk one-on-one with students about interviewing and resume tips. Sign up outside the room early in the day to secure your 15-minute session.

Sponsored by: Baker Tilly, Hunter Hamilton, CareerPrep LLC and Robert Half/Accountemps

9:30 a.m.

Group Session: "Interviewing & Resume Tips"
For those unable to schedule one-on-one sessions, attend a group presentation on interview and resume tips. Topics covered range from what to expect at the interview, what to wear, how to act, questions to expect, what to prepare for, questions students should be asking, resume design and format, what to include on the resume, and how to prepare the cover letter.

Sponsored by: Hansen Back

10:30 a.m.

Panel: "Behind Closed Doors"
Students meet with a panel of recent graduates working in various accounting related fields including public accounting, industry accounting, internal and IT audit, and government accounting. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions you might not feel comfortable asking a potential employer.

Sample questions:
- Should I take the CPA Exam right away, or wait until I have some experience?
- How much training or mentoring do you get before you begin working with clients?
- What are the differences between public accounting, an industry position and a government position?

10:30 a.m. 

Session: "The CPA Exam: Strategies and Tips for Success from Those Who have Passed!"
Attendees will learn about the current CPA Exam and hear from a panel of professionals who recently passed and how they did it. Valuable tips and strategies will be shared for developing a plan for the exam, the application process in Minnesota and other states, how to most efficiently and effectively study, scheduling to take the exam -- where and how, and the next steps for licensure after passing the four parts of the exam.

Presenters:
Amy Napolski, Senior Account Manager, and Mary Strand, Senior Regional Manager, Becker Professional Education, and a panel of professionals who recently passed the CPA Exam.

Sponsored by: Becker CPA Review

11:30 a.m.

Target logo YPG logo Lunch
Exhibits and specialty booths closed.
Sponsored by: MNCPA Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Target

12:00 p.m.

Jack StahlmannLuncheon speaker: Jack Stahlmann
Jack’s entertaining and informative presentations are built around his experiences in Los Angeles as an actor, producer, director -- and of course, a waiter.

In Hollywood, he launched his own production company which created several films that enjoyed international success and was an Assistant Director for the Margaret Cho stand-up show, Cho Revolution.

As an actor, his shining moment came in a co-star role on the CBS drama Cold Case, where he played a wimpy park ranger. He also appeared on Days of Our Lives and several commercials.

Jack has been a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1:00 p.m.

One-on-One Sessions: "Interviewing and Resume Tips"
Professionals talk one-on-one with students about interviewing and resume tips. Sign up outside the room early in the day to secure your 15-minute session.

Sponsored by: Baker Tilly, Hunter Hamilton, CareerPrep LLC and Robert Half/Accountemps

1:00 p.m. 

Panel: "Accounting Career Paths"
Students meet with a panel of experienced professionals representing a range of career paths, including public accounting, industry accounting, internal and IT audit, government accounting and accounting educators. Students have a chance to learn more about the opportunities available to accounting professionals, how the panelists got where they are, and what career path is right for them.

2:00 p.m.

Old Republic Title logoRefreshment break
Sponsored by: The Internal Audit Department of Old Republic Title

2:00 p.m. 

Group Session: "Interviewing & Resume Tips"
For those unable to schedule one-on-one sessions, attend a group presentation on interview and resume tips. Topics covered range from what to expect at the interview, what to wear, how to act, questions to expect, what to prepare for, questions students should be asking, resume design and format, what to include on the resume, and how to prepare the cover letter.

Sponsored by: Oggi

2:00 p.m. 

Session: "The CMA Exam"
Sponsored by: Becker

3:15 p.m.

Prize drawings
Prizes donated by the exhibitors. Win gift cards, company swag or a Becker CPA review course!

3:30 p.m.

Conference ends

Sponsoring organizations