The world of accounting and finance is transitory: the value of the dollar is constantly shifting and global finance is constantly subject to the whims of international relations.
So why rest on the laurels of your previous education? Learn to change with the times by attending a conference or two in the coming new year. 2015 is already packed with continuing-education opportunities around the globe. Which will you take advantage of for furthering your accounting and finance knowledge?
Here’s some of our best bets for the year ahead.
AICPA/CPA.com Digital CPA Conference | @AICPA (#digitalCPA)
December 7-15, 2015 – Las Vegas
Not every conference requires a plane ticket and special conference hotel rate. The Digital CPA conference, co-hosted by the AICPA and CPA.com, has a live component as its main offering, but industry professionals can also opt to “attend” online — and earn the same CPE credits — via audio webcast.
Last year’s conference featured registration for the full roster of events, plus an à la carte “Main Conference 7-Pack” option.
May 25–27, 2015 – Colombo, Sri Lanka
The International Institute of Knowledge Management’s conference on accounting and finance, taking place in Sri Lanka — itself a developing nation — will tackle the overarching theme of the “changing financial landscape, opportunities and challenges for developing nations.”
The conference highly encourages international attendance, offering special rates for Asian and African attendees — meaning you’re sure to network with a truly global group.
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FPA BE Annual Conference 2015 | @fpassociation
September 26-28, 2015 – Boston, Massachusetts
In addition to continuing education for current financial professionals, the Financial Planning Association’s annual conference also strives to educate the next generation of professionals, too.
One of the 2014 conference’s main attractions: the final judging of FPA’s undergraduate Financial Planning Challenge, culminating in a live, game-show style financial planning knowledge contest called “How Do You Know?”
AFP Annual Conference | @afponline
October 18-21, 2015 – Denver, Colorado
The 2015 theme for the Association of Financial Professionals is “Solutions for a More Complex World,”
Organizers expect more than 6,500 attendees for this year’s event, which means limitless opportunities for networking — both association members and the industry at large.
ABS Vegas | @imn_absgroup
February 8-11, 2015 – Las Vegas, Nevada
If escaping to the desert for a mid-February conference isn’t incentive enough to attend ABS Vegas, consider this: More than 5,000 industry professionals, from accountants and regulators to investment banks, retail banks and law firms, will be in attendance.
FPA NorCal 2015 | @FPANorCal
May 26-27, 2015 – Palace Hotel, San Francisco
This roots of this regional conference for financial planning professionals date back more than 40 years — always with the same goals of providing advanced educational sessions, networking opportunities and promote the financial planning profession.
Organized by the Financial Planning Association, this conference has been named Best Overall Value by Kitces.com’s Nerd’s Eye View blog.