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Student Seminars (2018-2019)

The Department offers seminar series in the Fall and Winter Quarters for students who are interested in developing a broader understanding of accounting-related business issues.  These seminars introduce students to current issues in accounting that may not be included in the regular curriculum.  If you would like to suggest a topic or make a presentation, please contact Professor Jane Ou or Professor Yongtae Kim.  Below is the list of speakers and their presentation topics during the past academic year. 




Seminar 1

“What Are They Thinking?  Key Characteristics for Career Success in Silicon



Wednesday, September 26,

3:30 – 5:10 pm

Jeff Osorio, Engine Room and Leavey School, SCU

Seminar 2

“M&A Experiences from the World of Technology”

Wednesday, October 10,

3:30 – 5:10 pm

Colin Born and Jack Lazar, experienced Silicon Valley executives

Seminar 3


“Valuations in Mergers & Acquisitions”

Wednesday, October 17,

3:30 – 5:10 pm

Sundar Ramamurthy and Nicholas Jensen, PwC, LLP

Seminar 4

“From IPOs to Direct Listings, an Evolution in Capital Raisings”

Wednesday, November 7,

3:30 – 5:10 pm

Alan Jones, Karen Wu, Andrew O’Neill, PwC, LLP

Seminar 5


“Overview of Key SaaS Metrics that Drive Successful Business Operations”

Wednesday, November 14,

3:30 – 5:10 pm

Steve Baroni, Frank,

Rimerman + Co.

Seminar 6

Accounting for Fine Arts (Museums)

Tuesday, January 15,

3:50 - 5:30 pm

Kristine (“Tina”) L. Caratan, former Audit Partner,

Moss Adams LLP

Seminar 7

How to break into the Asset Management and Investment Banking Industry with your Accounting degree

Tuesday, January 22,

3:50-5:30 pm

Tiffany Iskandar, Analyst in Investments, BlackRock

Seminar 8

Corporate Sustainability Assurance

Tuesday, February 12,

3:50-5:30 pm

Wayne Hedden, Audit partner, PwC LLP
Tripp Borstel, Manager - Sustainable Business Solutions, PwC LLP

Seminar 9

New Revenue Recognition Standards - Lesson Learned in the First Year of Implementation

Tuesday, February 26,

3:50-5:30 pm

Aftab Jamil,Assurance Partner, BDO USA LLP

Seminar 10

Using Financial Crimes Data to Fight Non-financial Crimes

Tuesday, March 12,

3:50-5:30 pm

Bassem Banafa,

Founder and President of Bassem Banafa, LLC