School of Accountancy Conference 2019
Brad Agle is the George W. Romney Endowed Professor, and Professor of Ethics and Leadership in the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. A former president of the International Association for Business and Society, he currently serves on the editorial board of Business Ethics Quarterly, the advisory board of the RLG Group, the board of the BYU Management Society, as chair of the Wheatley Institution’s ethics initiative, and as founder and chairman of Merit Leadership. From 1992-2009 he was a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and the inaugural director of the Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership.
Dr. Agle’s writings appear in the top academic journals in management and ethics, are highly cited, and frequently featured in prominent news outlets. His popular book The Business Ethics Field Guide was published in 2016. He is a recipient of multiple research, citizenship, and teaching awards, including Distinguished Professor of the Year honors, and has provided board and executive training for many organizations including Alcoa, Federated Investors, Mellon Financial, US Steel, and U.S. Marine Corps. He has been a guest on various programs including CNBC’s Morning Call, Power Lunch, and Closing Bell. He and his wife Kristi have four children and seven grandchildren.
Dr. Sunnie Giles is President of Quantum Leadership Group. She is the author of The New Science of Radical Innovation (2018). She catalyzes leaders to produce radical innovation and redefine the game as individuals and organizations through organizational transformation and culture change. She is a TEDx speaker on radical innovation.
She is an advisor at the Stanford Business School Institute of Innovation in Developing Economies. Her recent research on global leadership for innovation has been published by Harvard Business Review. She is a regular contributor on Forbes, and has been published on INC., World Financial Review, the Leadership Network, Training Industry, the Korea Times, and Management Matters Network.
Dr. Sunnie received her MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth school of Business and a PhD in systemic psychology from Brigham Young University.
Jeffery Humpherys received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Indiana University in 2002 and was a post-doc at The Ohio State University from 2002-2005, before joining the faculty at Brigham Young University in 2005. Since then, Jeff has won grants from the National Science Foundation, including a CAREER award and BYU's Young Scholar Award in 2009. While at BYU, Jeff has published papers in partial differential equations, operations research, applied probability, numerical analysis, and dynamical systems theory. He also served as a technical and scientific consultant for several companies, particularly businesses specializing in information technology, financial services, healthcare, retail, and manufacturing. In 2017, Jeff left BYU to work for UnitedHealth Group R&D where he was made VP of Research. In 2018, he joined Owlet Baby Care where he is also VP of Research and he is part-time faculty in the UoU School of Medicine in the Population Health Sciences department.
David Jensen is a tax partner in KPMG’s Salt Lake City office where he leads a tax department of more than 40 tax professionals. He has more than 23 years of experience assisting private and public clients with a broad range of tax issues and has practiced in both Seattle and Salt Lake City markets. David is responsible for a broad range of private and public clients. His clients operate in a variety of industries including retail, real estate, manufacturing, technology, and hospitality.
Christopher F. Karpowitz is Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy (CSED) and Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He received the International Society of Political Psychology’s Erik Erikson Award for Early Career Achievement and the Emerging Scholar Award from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association. In 2015, he was a Senior Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Prior to arriving at BYU, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Democracy and Human Values at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values.
Professor Karpowitz has published several books, including most recently Deliberation, Democracy, and Civic Forums: Improving Equality and Publicity (with Chad Raphael, Cambridge University Press) and The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation, and Institutions (with Tali Mendelberg, Princeton University Press). The Silent Sex received several awards, including the David O. Sears Award for the best book in the field of mass politics (International Society of Political Psychology), the Robert E. Lane Award for the best book in political psychology (APSA’s Political Psychology Section), and the Best Book Award for a book using experimental methods (APSA Experimental Research Section). He has also published chapters in a variety of edited volumes and scholarly articles in the American Political Science Review, The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, The British Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, Political Communication, Politics & Society, and others.
Professor Karpowitz’s research interests include political psychology, political behavior, political communication, gender and politics, and political participation. Much of his research explores how citizens participate in and experience democratic institutions and processes, with special attention to democratic and deliberative theory. His research employs a variety of research methods, including lab, survey, and field experiments. He is a co-founder of the CSED Research Lab at BYU.
Professor Karpowitz received a B.A. in political science and M.A. in American Studies from Brigham Young University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in American politics at Princeton University.
Mike Larkin is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s State and Local Tax practice in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mike began his career with KPMG’s State and Local Tax practice in Seattle, Washington, then spent time with KPMG’s office in Dublin, Ireland, before joining the Salt Lake City, Utah office a few years ago. Mike has served clients in a variety of industries, including retail, aviation, manufacturing, technology, mining, among others.
Mike received his MAcc degree with an emphasis in Taxation from Brigham Young University, where he also received his Bachelor’s degree in accounting (major) and philosophy (minor). Mike guest lectures tax research classes for Utah Valley University’s Master of Accountancy program.
Ryan D. Nelson, Esq., SPHR
Ryan received his Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese, with a Minor in International Relations from Brigham Young University. Ryan attended law school at the University of Florida in Gainesville. During law school, Ryan balanced his legal studies with his growing family and his legal work as an intern with the Office of the State Attorney and as a law clerk for a construction law litigation firm.
After graduation, Ryan’s law practice encompassed a variety of areas, but one of his significant achievements was an appeal to the Colorado Court of Appeals and later to the Colorado Supreme Court. His work researching, drafting, and arguing before the courts impacted Colorado law and resulted in two published opinions.
In 2010, Ryan joined Employers Council. Employers Council is a membership organization serving employers in the seventeen Western states. Employers Council provides services that include legal advice and representation, HR advice and consultation, training, and survey data.
Ryan provides employers with consultative legal advice, with a focus on strategic and practical solutions, in a variety of areas of employment law and human resources. In 2017, Ryan became the Utah President of Employers Council. Ryan is licensed to practice law in Utah, Colorado, and Florida, and holds his SPHR certification
Camille Fronk Olson
After 25 years at BYU, Camille Fronk Olson recently stepped down as a professor of ancient scripture and the chair of the Department of Ancient Scripture for the last six of those years. She completed a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies, a master’s degree in Near Eastern Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in Education. Her research focused on women in scripture, LDS/evangelical dialogue, LDS doctrine, and Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Her published books include Women of the Old Testament, Women of the New Testament, LDS Beliefs, and Mary, Martha, and Me.
Prior to coming to BYU, Dr. Olson taught seminary and institute for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Salt Lake City area and served as Dean of Students at LDS Business College. She is a former member of the Young Women General Board and served a full-time mission to Toulouse, France. Her current Church calling is a counselor in her ward Relief Society presidency.
Camille Fronk Olson is married to Paul F. Olson, a Provo ophthalmologist. They have two children and four grandchildren. She has no cats or dogs. She is originally from Tremonton, Utah.
Dr. Preece received her PhD from UCLA in 2010 and joined BYU's Political Science faculty that Fall. Her research focuses on the emergence of candidates for political office. She has special interests in gender and field experiments. Her publications include pieces in The American Journal of Political Science, The Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Gender and Politics, among many others. For academic year 2018-2019 she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan and a Fellow at Harvard’s Women and Public Policy Program. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing and backpacking.
Scott L. Summers is the Andersen Foundation Alumni Professor in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University having joined the faculty in 1999. Dr. Summers is active in the accounting information systems community, having served as the AAA-IS President among other roles. He focuses on accounting information systems processing and controls, with specific expertise in database and internal control. Dr. Summers participated in the development of the COBIT 4.0 and 4.1 standards and their accompanying guidelines. Dr. Summers received his PhD from Texas A&M University. He has had his research published in many journals including: The Accounting Review, Accounting Horizons, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Information Systems, Information Science, IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics, Communications of the ACM, Decision Support Systems, and Behavioral Research in Accounting.
Heather McPhie Watanabe was a ten-year member of the United States Freestyle Ski Team and represented the United States of America in both the Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Other career highlights include: Two National Championship Titles, three overall World Cup Grand Prix podium finishes, and fifteen World Cup podiums. She also became the first and only mogul skier to ever be sponsored by Red Bull. Since retiring from professional athletics, Heather has earned a B.S. in Psychology from Westminster College and now takes her unwavering drive, passion, and dedication into her career in Finance.
David is passionate about understanding new technologies and implementing them into the curriculum of Brigham Young University, where he works as an associate professor and as the Andersen Fellow. David received his Ph.D. at Indiana University and his BS and MAcc degrees at Brigham Young University. At BYU, David teaches accounting data analytics and accounting information systems. David has published over 60 articles in respected academic and practitioner journals. His research has won multiple accounting and ethics best paper awards. He is married to the former Cindy Lunt, and they have four children, Jessica, Bryan, Derek, and Emily. In addition to technology, David enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, and woodworking.