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To Bot or Not to Bot: There Should be no Question

TO BOT OR NOT TO BOT: THERE SHOULD BE NO QUESTION

Cost Free
CPE Credits 1.0 hour
CE Credits 0.0 hours
Subject Area Accounting
Course Level Basic
Instructional Method Group Internet Based
Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Series: Bookkeeper
Course Description

This course is not about an IT program; instead, it is an accounting and back-office services learning session. It will show how to use BOTs to streamline your accounting processes. BOTs are thoroughly and carefully explained, and you will be shown how to use them to provide more effective value-added client services while spending less time. This program will also demystify the world of BOTS, AI, and ML.

This program will be presented by two of the top practice management innovators who bridge generations and grew up with parents who were sole practitioners. They have fully experienced running and growing small practices started by their fathers. This course will present “real” information for today’s age from their personal experience. 

Learning Objectives: 


  • Identify how using BOTs, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML) can be applied to your client services processes

  • Determine how smaller accounting firms can quickly adapt AI and ML

  • List the various ways that Bots are game-changers for accounting firms

  • Identify how you are already using BOTs in your practice but might be unaware of it

  • Identify how bots can quickly increase effectiveness, efficiency, time management, and client clarity

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Ed is a partner in Withum’s East Brunswick, NJ, office and has over 40 years of public accounting experience. He is a licensed, certified public accountant in New Jersey and New York. He is accredited by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in business valuation and as a personal financial specialist (PFS). Ed is also admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and has testified as an expert witness in federal and state court regarding business valuations.

A graduate of City College of New York, Ed earned his bachelor of business administration degree. He is a member of the AICPA, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA), and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA). Ed was a founding partner of Mendlowitz Weitsen, LLP, CPAs, which joined Withum in 2005. Currently, he serves on the NYSSCPA Estate Planning Committee and was chairman of the committee that planned the NYSSCPA’s 100th Anniversary. The author of 16 books, Ed has also written hundreds of articles for business and professional journals and newsletters. He is the contributing editor to the Practitioners Publishing Company’s 1998/1999 706/709 Deskbook, and the AICPA 2004 edition of The Management of an Accounting Practice Handbook. He is on the editorial board of Bottom Line/Personal and Tax Hotline financial newsletters. Appearing regularly on television news programs, Ed has also been quoted in numerous major newspapers and periodicals in the United States. He is the Lawler Award recipient for the best article published during 2001 in the Journal of Accountancy.

Ed is a frequent speaker to many professional and business groups, including the AICPA, NJSCPA, NYSSCPA, American Management Association, the National Committee for Monetary Reform, University of Medicine and Dentistry in NJ, and many more. For 11 years, he taught financial analysis courses, corporate financial policy and theory, monetary and fiscal policy, and managerial accounting in the MBA program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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Jody Padar

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VP of Strategy
jody@newvisioncpagroup.com
(847) 463-1967

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Jody Padar is one of the profession’s foremost visionaries and pioneers. As a practitioner, she is VP of Strategy at Botkeeper, and CEO and Principal of The Radical CPA, a public accounting firm based in the Chicago area. And as an author, lecturer, coach, consultant, and mentor, she advocates for progress and innovation in the profession, heralding a new way of thinking about the practice of accountancy and giving it a new purpose. Having successfully transformed her own firm into a technologically advanced, paperless work environment, she is now dedicated to educating her fellow colleagues on how to make the same transition. She is a regular contributor to a number of industry publications, including Accounting Today and CPA Trendlines, where she offers practical tips and advice on running a next-generation firm. Padar has been named by Accounting Today as “the Top 100 Most Influential to the Profession” for the last four years and manages her firm and discovers new “best practices.” She has just published her first book, The Radical CPA: New Rules for the Future-Ready Firm. Padar is married, has two teenage children, and swims competitively. Padar earned her BBA from Saint Mary’s College and MST from Northern Illinois University. Padar is also an adjunct professor at Oakton Community College and a contributing member of the Intuit Trainer Writer Network. Follow her on Twitter, @JodyPadarCPA and Facebook, facebook.com/jodypadar

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