Professional Development

2018 Learning to Lead Conference: Back to Basics

When: March 16, 2018

Where: NMU - University Center, Great Lakes Rooms

Time: Registration: 8:30 a.m.; Program: 9:00 a.m.

Cost: $115 before 3/1/18;            $125 after 3/1/18;       or $135 at the door  

All prices include lunch.      (10% discount for 3 or more from the same company)


Rhea Dever, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, Northern Michigan University

Session: "Successfully Navigating Employee Relations Issues"

Managing employee relations issues is one of the most difficult responsibilities we have as leaders. It can also be one of the most costly if not managed well or not managed at all.  In this session, we will discuss some typical employee relations issues - including employee conflicts, bullying behaviors, and harassment – and how to effectively navigate these issues to ensure an engaged and productive workforce.

Charles E. Holsworth, Vice President, Hospitality, Veridea Group

Session: "Leadership and Management"

We will explore the positive and negative outcomes produced by certain leadership and management traits in those functioning in supervisory positions. This will include an examination of certain positive attributes generally categorized under leadership or management and the way these attributes, when complementarily applied, produce successful and well-rounded supervisors.

Justin Carlson, Owner/Managing Director, CarlsonMedia

Session: "5 Social Media Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Career or Business"

Social media has become an integral part of just about everyone’s personal and professional lives. Odds are, you’ve seen firsthand the issues when people aren’t smart about how they use social media, such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Perhaps you’ve been guilty of some of these mistakes yourself. Come listen to Justin Carlson of CarlsonMedia talk about how you can avoid hurting professional relationships and foster better ones, be more productive throughout the day by using social media more effectively, and rock it online by understanding and avoiding these five social media mistakes.

Ruth A. Solinski, Director, EAN Engagement, Northern Michigan University

Session: "Effective Workplace Communication"

Communication is foundational to creating positive and collaborative working relationships. In today's session, we'll define workplace communication, explore the benefits and barriers to effective communication, and practice skills to improve active listening. This interactive session will offer practical strategies for enhancing communication across your organization.

Megan Keiser, Manager of Training and Development, Superior Contact

Session: "Customer Service

Offering great customer service is viewed by many as being "common sense", but as evidenced by the many stories of poor customer service encounters, it is safe to say that offering great customer service isn't as simple or intuitive as people believe.  This session will remind you of some basic customer service principles, both over the phone and face-to-face, that you can take back to your organizations to really impress your customers. 


To Register: Complete the registration form.  Email to:, fax to: (906) 227-2108, or mail to: Continuing Education & Workforce Development, Northern Michigan University, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855.  Registrations will be held as pending until payment is received.

Questions: Call Continuing Education & Workforce Development at: (906) 227-2103. 


Certified Public Accountants:

Case Study Ethics and New FASB Standards Update

When: May 11, 2018 (November 9, 2018 Information will be announced soon)

Where: NMU - Jacobetti Complex, Room 124

Time: Registration: 7:30 a.m.; Program: 8:00 a.m.

Cost: $275; includes lunch. 

To Register:

Presenter: Chris Harper

This course will first provide an interactive, hands-on application of ethical guidelines using scenario-based case studies.  Participants will engage with their peers and the instructor to analyze cases and apply guidance from the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and other sources of ethical guidance.  The program will then deep-dive into the new FASB 606 on revenue recognition, which supersedes nearly all current revenue recognition provisions and replaces it with a new five step process.  Effective January 1, 2018 for public companies and January 1, 2019 for private companies - That's right around the corner! Now is the time to dig in and start getting up to speed on these critically important issues.  The course wraps up with a discussion of the new Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02 on leases.  Soon nearly all leases will need to be disclosed on the balance sheet - from buildings right down to autos and copiers.  Although the greatest impact will be on large entities like Walgreens, this will affect the statements of small and mid-sized entities as well.


Learning Objectives

  • Apply professional ethics guidance to scenarios that professionals may encounter in the practice of public accounting.
  • Apply the new financial accounting concepts in the revenue recognition setting.
  • Gain a working knowledge of accounting rules as they relate to revenue recognition.
  • Apply financial accounting concepts in the lease setting and gain a working knowledge of accounting rules as they relate to leases.
  • Discuss planning and potential pitfalls.


Major Subjects

Part 1 - Case Study Ethics

  • AICPA Code of Professional Conduct
  • Principles of professional conduct
  • Compliance with professional standards
  • Professional judgment

Part 2 - New Revenue Recognition Standard

  • Review and discuss the new revenue recognition, five-step process under FASB 606, including: Identification of the contract(s) with a customer; identification of the contract's performance obligations; determination of transaction price; allocation of the transaction price to the performance obligations; and recognition of revenue as the performance obligation is satisfied.

Part 3 - New Lease Accounting Standard

·         Review of accounting standard 2016-02.

·         What is a lease?

·         Recognition and measurement of lease assets and liabilities.

·         Impact on lessors and lessees.

·         Disclosures rules.

·         Transition rules.

·         Discuss disclosure strategies for small and mid-sized entities.


Designed for: Practitioners and members in industry seeking to gain a better understanding of lease accounting disclosure and transition rules.

Developer: Van Der Aa Tax Ed, LLC

Level of Knowledge: Intermediate

Field of Study: Ethics/Accounting & Auditing

Prerequisite:  None

Advanced Preparation:  None

Recommended CPE Credit: 2 hours ethics / 6 hours A&A





Northern Michigan University provides many opportunities for professional groups, organizations and individuals to keep learning and growing professionally. Whether the objective is to enrich one's life, keep up with the demands of a profession or even change careers, it's never too late to learn. Programs can also be customized to meet the needs of groups and organizations.



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