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Conference of Accountants

The Conference of Accountants evolved from a series of annual meetings begun in 1947 by Professor Emeritus Paul J. Graber.  The University of Tulsa acts as host and provides the facilities for accountants to discuss issues of common interest.  Since 1950, the Conference has been directed by a Planning Committee composed of representatives of the co-sponsoring professional organizations and by members of TU’s School of Accounting and Computer Information Systems.  An Advisory Board, made up of area accounting professionals, provides counsel and assistance. Funds allocated from the net proceeds are used to provide awards and educational support for undergraduate and graduate accounting students.  Contact Jennie Dugger, program coordinator, at for more information.

Each Conference typically includes speakers drawn from organizations that impact accounting policy, including:

  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
  • Financial Accounting Standards Board
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • Tax Executives Institute
  • Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Institute of Internal Auditors

Accounting speakers have also been provided by national & regional accounting firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte and Grant Thornton.

Leaders in the business community, representing both local and national companies have participated in our conference as keynote speakers. Past participants from the political arena have included the Lieutenant Governor, State Treasurer, Mayor of Tulsa and the Attorney General.

Many of our speakers have been recommended or provided by our Planning Committee members who represent the following sponsoring organizations for the Conference:

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Financial Executives Institute
  • The Institute of Internal Auditors
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • Tulsa Chapter, Oklahoma Society of CPAs
  • Tax Executives Institute

We begin the process of defining the conference theme and inviting our speakers each August with a goal to complete the program brochure by February.

Proceeds from the conference are used to provide scholastic awards to promising undergraduate and graduate accounting students. Since 2004, the conference has awarded almost $330,000. Additionally, our attendees can earn up to 16 hours of CPE for CPA or other certification continuing education requirements.

Registration Information


May 14-15, 2019

Registration will be available in March 2019.


If you have questions regarding the program or registration, contact The University of Tulsa School of Accounting and Computer Information Systems, phone: (918) 631-3194 or email

Conference Speakers

2019 Speakers

Anna AmericaDirectorCity of Tulsa Parks and RecreationCity parks
Tony MooreDirectorGathering PlaceFinancial impact to the city
Matt BowlerAssociate Professor of ManagementOSULeading Change
Andrew ClarkData EconomistBlockScienceMachine Learning Automation in Auditing
Jose ContrerasManaging Director, ConsultingDeloitteDigital Transformation
Michael CorderoSpecial AgentFBIInterrogation and Interviewing
Jina EtienneDirector of Diversity and InclusionGrant Thornton LLPDiversity and Inclusion
Michelle LamaAccountant, Enforcement DivisionSecurities & Exchange CommissionSEC/GAAP update
Scott McCandlessPrincipal – Tax Policy ServicesPwC USTax Policy Update
Aaron MilfordSenior VP and CFOMagellan Midstream Partners, L.P.Corporate Update
Tyler MooreTandy Associate Professor of CybersecurityUniversity of TulsaCybersecurity
Kathy NealAttorneyMcAfee & TaftCannabis in the Workplace
Brian RoseSenior Economist AmericasUBS Wealth Management CIOEconomic Update
PendingFederal Accounting Standards Advisory BoardFASB Update

May 14-15, 2019

Board and Committee

Advisory Board

  • Pamela Amburgy – Stinnett & Associates
  • Lisa Anderson – Morse & Co., PLLC
  • Steve Berlin – Retired-Kaiser Francis
  • Matt Bieberly – ONE Gas
  • Scott Carter – Cimarex Energy Company
  • James Dailey – Total Travel of Tulsa
  • Ron Emmons – Ronald R. Emmons, CPA/CFE
  • Kim Fairchild – HoganTaylor, LLP
  • Curtis French – Phillips 66
  • Kelly Luelf – ConocoPhillips
  • Rick Meyers – Tulco Oils, Inc.
  • James Miller – Retired-Arthur Andersen
  • Bob Mogelnicki – Moge Development Company
  • Kala Sharp – ONEOK Partners
  • Sandy Siegfried – Stanfield & O’Dell
  • Beth Soderfelt – Beth Soderfelt, CPA
  • Todd Stahley – Retired-ConocoPhillips
  • Adam Studie – Magellan LLP
  • Rebecca Thompson – AAON, Inc.
  • Mary Ann Vassar – City of Tulsa
  • Carley Williams – BKD LLP

Planning Committee

  • ACFE – Open
  • FEI – Owen Pugh, Retired
  • IIA – Annie Mills, ONEOK
  • IMA – John Thomas, Community Care of Oklahoma
  • OSCPA, Tulsa Chapter – Kristin Aylett
  • TEI – Tony Rackley, Williams Companies
  • TU – Tracy Manly, Accounting Professor
  • TU – Ben Holman, Accounting Professor
  • TU – Jennie Dugger, Conference Coordinator