Announces 2018 Digital CPA Conference Keynote Lineup

Siri Co-Founder, Globalization Expert and Pixar Storyteller to Focus on Technology-Driven Transformation at Dec. 3-5 Event

Technology is transforming all major practice areas for CPA firms, and finance and accounting professionals who want to learn about trends and opportunities that arise from these changes can gain insight at the 2018 Digital CPA Conference, an event led by the American Institute of CPAs and its technology arm,

This year’s conference will be held just outside Washington, D.C., at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., the site of the original Digital CPA Conference in 2012. The Dec. 3-5 event is organized around the theme “Future Ready,” and includes sessions on the shift to advisory services across all core areas of the CPA firm. The conference will also feature sessions on the impact of the Wayfair decision and new client opportunities around sales-and-use-tax advisory services, auditing in the future, building a digital, integrated tax planning practice, benchmarks for client accounting advisory services, further understanding of the influence of emerging technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, and operational issues such as managing a virtual workforce.

Keynote speakers at the event include:

  • Dag Kittlaus, co-creator of Siri and Viv, who will talk about artificial intelligence from its early development to its as-yet-unrealized potential.
  • Anja Manuel, a founding partner of the high-powered consulting firm RiceHadleyGates, LLC, and author of “The Brave New World: India, China and the United States,” who will discuss the results of the midterm elections, strategic risk, emerging markets and globalization.
  • Matthew Luhn, an accomplished storyteller who, over a 20-year career with Pixar Animation Studios, created memorable characters and storylines for such films as Toy Story and Monsters Inc. He now advises Fortune 500 companies on the creation of narratives to build stronger brands and connect with critical audiences.

In addition to these speakers, Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA, president and CEO of the American Institute of CPAs, will give an update on issues affecting the accounting profession, and Erik Asgeirsson, president and CEO of, will give a “state of the union” on Digital CPA trends.

The Digital CPA Conference is designed for CPA firm partners, managers and members of client accounting services teams, staffers responsible for rolling out cloud solutions, and business development, firm marketing and human resources directors within firms.

Reporters interested in covering the event can apply for on-site press credentials or make arrangements for online access to live broadcasts. Members of the media can contact Jeff May, [email protected], for more details.

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