2019 Keynote Speakers

Weston Smith

Opening General Session Speaker – Tuesday, May 28th

Weston Smith
Ethics and Integrity in Everything We Do

Weston Smith began his career as a CPA with EY, specializing in audit and healthcare consulting. He was hired by Healthsouth Corporation during its infancy, and ultimately became CFO of the company with over 2,000 locations in all 50 states and five countries. However, underneath the persona of success, he was a participant in a financial statement fraud that ran for over 15 years, with an earnings overstatement of nearly Three Billion dollars. Weston eventually voluntarily exposed the fraud, and accepted the consequences of his former actions.

Today Weston is a guest lecturer and trainer with an emphasis on fraud prevention and ethical conduct. He has been published in Issues in Accounting Education, and has spoken for numerous professional groups and Fortune 500 companies across the country and internationally and at nearly 75 universities. He has also appeared on CNBC, Fox Business Network, and other media outlets.

Weston Smith

Luncheon Speaker – Wednesday, May 29th

Robert Kapito
President and Co-Founder, BlackRock

Robert Kapito is President and a Director of BlackRock, a premier provider of global investment management, risk management, and advisory services.

Rob is a member of BlackRock’s Global Executive Committee and Chairman of the Global Operating Committee. He is responsible for day-to-day oversight of BlackRock’s key operating units, including Investment Strategies, Client Businesses, Technology & Operations, and Risk & Quantitative Analysis. He is also a Director of iShare

Rob serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors. He is also President of the Board of Directors for Hope & Heroes, Chairman of UJA – Federation of New York, and on the Global Leadership Council at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. He is the recipient of the 2009 Joseph Wharton Leadership Award, the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation’s 2010 Semper Fidelis Award and is a frequent public speaker on best practices in investment management.

Rob earned a BS degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School in 1983.

Luncheon Speaker – Thursday, May 30th (TBA)


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