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Ethical Challenges for CPAs – Do You Have a Breaking Point? Webinar


Oct. 6
3:00 - 4:40 p.m.

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PICPA Member: $79 | Nonmember: $104

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Discuss the conduct expected of CPAs by the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and what it means to serve in the public interest. Explore the frequent pressures associated with being a CPA, and consider the examples of practitioners who lost their livelihoods and licenses, went to jail, or had their personal lives exposed in the media. Use case studies and analysis to understand the situations that create pressure to violate professional standards, codes of conduct, the law, and to construct safeguards against these pressures.


• Cases of practitioners who succumbed to pressure and lost their livelihoods - from helping clients avoid restating earnings to backdating changes to audit workpapers
• Pressures that cause CPAs to cross the line and how to make sure you do not succumb
• What are the ethical principles that CPAs are required to follow? Is there a way out?
• Other cases of CPAs who became fraudsters: Who is responsible for fraud prevention? How can you keep your clients safe from them?



Allison M. Henry, CPA
Vice President, Professional & Technical Standards

Allison is presently the Vice President - Professional & Technical Standards for Pennsylvania Institute of CPA’s (PICPA) where she is responsible for overseeing the administration of the AICPA’s Peer Review Program in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the Virgin Islands. She also administers PICPA’s Joint Ethics Enforcement Program with the AICPA, and serves as the technical staff liaison to seven state-wide committees and two newly-created task forces; specifically, the Peer Review, Professional Ethics, Accounting and Auditing Procedures, Forensic and Litigation Services, Business Valuation, Not-for-Profit and Employee Benefit Plan Committees and the Healthcare Reform and Marcellus Shale Task Forces. In addition, she fields technical inquiries, writes columns for the CPA Journal and Pursuit publications, provides technical updates at PICPA chapter events, and assists in writing responses to technical exposure drafts.

Allison has been in the profession for about twenty years, including twelve years in public accounting and over eight years with PICPA. Her public accounting experience consists of several years as senior manager with a regional accounting firm and nine years at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, where she worked in their assurance and advisory services group. Her diverse client service experience includes many not-for-profit, healthcare, and world relief organizations, as well as small and large manufacturing, distribution, and other service-oriented entities. She has also served as the designated employee benefits specialist. Prior to her experience with Deloitte, she spent four years in internal accounting positions including the Department of Defense, while her husband was serving on active duty with the U.S. Army.

Allison is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and holds an accounting equivalency from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a member of Washington Crossing United Methodist Church, where she serves on the financial accountability team, and volunteers for the children’s ministry. She is a native of St. Louis, Mo. and is an avid runner.

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