2020 Fraud and Corruption Awareness Seminar


The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Schneider Downs, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) are excited to present:

The 8th Annual


Thursday, May 21st, 2020





Inside the President’s Bunker – A Crisis Leadership and Decision-Making Presentation

Lt. Col. Robert J. Darling | USMC (Retired)

Stolen Without A Gun: Why Corporate Culture Matters

Walter “Walt” Pavlo, Jr. | Speaker, Author and Former Senior Manager convicted of accounting fraud at MCI

21st Century Successful Fraud Fighter
Julie Kowalski | Founder and President, Spizzerinctum Group

At the Heart of Fraud
Brooklynn Riordan| Special Agent FBI

Top Ransomware Crimes of 2019 and How to Fight Today’s Top Fraud Attacks.

Daniel Desko | Shareholder, Schneider Downs.

IIA Updates for Chief Audit Executives and Their Role in Forensics.

Tim Berichon | Director of Chief Audit Executive Services at the IIA.


* For additional information or if you have questions, please see our FAQ Document*




Double Tree - By Hilton, 910 Sheraton Drive, Mars, Pennsylvania 16046


Early bird price (available until March 31,2020)

$200 Members**

Full Seminar Price

$230 Members** | $280 Non-Members


**Members of IIA, ACFE and ISACA are eligible for discounted member pricing. Additionally, clients of Schneider Downs will receive member discounts.


8 Hours - Category: Business Acumen (qualifies as Fraud topics for CFEs) which includes 2 hours of ethics.


Due to commitments made with the venue for this event, we are unable to offer any refunds once registration is complete. However, if unable to attend, you may send an alternate in your place for no additional cost. Simply navigate to the event URL, select modify registration, enter the original email address/reference number, and make your changes. While in your registration record, you can print/email, or PDF your invoice and receipt.

Please contact Giles Kerley at gkerley@tmsinternational.com with any questions.



ROBERT J. DARLING |Lt. Col., USMC (Retired)

In October 2007, Lt. Col. Darling retired from the United States Marine Corps with just over 20 years of active duty service. He flew attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf War, and in Somalia, Africa, in support of Operation Restore Hope. In June 1998, he was selected to fly as a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One, and in October 2000, he was handpicked to work for the White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. It was in that capacity that Lt. Col. Darling supported the president, vice president and national security advisor in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) on September 11, 2001. In May 2002, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School, where he earned his MBA in financial management and subsequently served as a program manager for the Chief of Naval Operations supporting the Department of the Navy Flying Hour Program.

As a public speaker on crisis leadership and decision-making, Bob has addressed numerous academic, government and military organizations to include Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and as a guest lecturer on the subject of Crisis Leadership and Counterterrorism at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Bob is the author of 24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House, which shares the principles of crisis leadership and decision-making with an “edge of your seat” presentation that’ll take you from the moment the attack was realized, to the courageous decisions made to stop it, to the safeguards and policies our country now has in place in an attempt to prevent it from ever happening again. Bob is also the president and CEO of Turning Point Crisis Management-USA, a crisis leadership, decision-making and training company located in Stafford Virginia.

WALTER “WALT” PAVLO, JR. | Speaker, Author and former senior manager convicted of accounting fraud at MCI

Walt Pavlo presents his take on white-collar crime in corporate America. Using his own cautionary tale as a basis, he presents a revealing and insightful talk. The many fraud cases he has covered as a contributor to Forbes.com for the past five years. His work has earned him appearances on American Greed and on documentaries on CNBC (White Collar Convicts On The Inside and (Dis)Honesty). Pavlo co-authored a popular book, Stolen Without A Gun (with Bloomberg reporter Neil Weinberg). He was a keynote speaker at the ACFE annual conference and is a regular presenter at AICPA events across the country.

Pavlo is recognized as one of the leading speakers on white-collar crime and federal criminal cases. He has made appearances for the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Big 4 accounting firms, top-ranked MBA schools, law schools and major corporations across the country. Over the past 12 years, Pavlo and the lead partner in forensic accounting at KPMG have headed a new-hire session for auditors at the firm.

His presentation covers the following key issues: motivations of white-collar criminals (pressure, opportunity and rationalization); importance of “Tone at the Top” in corporate cultures, overview of top criminal cases; teaching professional skepticism in the audit process; federal sentencing guidelines overview consequences of white-collar crime for the corporation; and consequences of white-collar crime for individuals.

Pavlo delivers his candid, first-person account of how he participated in a major fraud, which was part of the largest accounting fraud in the U.S. In addition, he has interviewed hundreds of defense lawyers, convicted felons, federal judges and prosecutors for their perspectives on white-collar crime. His interactive presentation puts the audience inside the company and in meetings where decisions to perpetrate a fraud are made. Mr. Pavlo earned his B.S. in industrial engineering from West Virginia University and his MBA in finance from Mercer University. He is also a Journalist Law School Fellow at Loyola Law School (2014).

JULIE KOWALSKI |President and Founder, Spizzerinctum Group

As an auditor or finance professional, you already face a multitude of challenges, from operating from far-flung locations to navigating multiple regulatory regimes. The demands are hard enough without adding wasted time and energy on misunderstandings, incomplete communications, rework and strenuous follow up. In this highly interactive and dynamic session, you will learn new skills and behaviors required for success in the 21st century world of effective fraud fighting.

Julie Kowalski is a seasoned thought leader, consultant, executive coach, superb facilitator and phenomenal, energetic professional trainer. Through her own working history, shee has gained valuable insight and acumen into the science of what it takes to start and run successful businesses, as well as the art of taking people and companies to the next level. Julie maintains working relationships with a wide variety of business owners and executives, from small family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies.

Besides being named one of the “World’s Most Creative Thinkers” by bestselling author Seth Godin in his book Purple Cow, Julie possesses over 25 years of first-hand business experience. Her accomplishments include personally starting and successfully managing a number of multimillion-dollar companies.


Brooklynn Riordan became a Special Agent in 2005 after working for several years as a forensic drug chemist in a state crime laboratory. After graduating from the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, she was assigned to the Chicago division and worked criminal enterprise investigations focused on African-American gangs.

After five years there, she was transferred to the Pittsburgh Division. For the past nine years, Riordan has been assigned to the Complex Financial Crime Program which investigates various violations including healthcare fraud, the subject of her presentation. Riordan has worked both traditional Medicare/ Medicaid/private insurance fraud cases and drug diversion investigations.

In addition to her work as a special agent, she is one of the division’s fitness instructors and a team leader of the Evidence Response Team.

DANIEL DESKO | Shareholder, Schneider Downs

The modern-day criminal requires a new breed of crime fighter. Ransomware is one of the most devastating cyberattack methods that exists today, and these attacks are seemingly getting more difficult to prevent and recover from. Does your organization have a plan for when the lights go out, data and systems become unavailable, the phones stop working, or the teller line comes to a crashing halt? Join the Schneider Downs cybersecurity team as they share a real-world experience of the massive ransomware attacks of the past year that shut down a global business operation for many weeks. The Schneider Downs team will provide a stunning first-hand account of the realities of a well-coordinated and crafted ransomware attack from international criminals that have eluded law enforcement for many years. This presentation will give the audience an inside look at how a ransomware attack really works; how to analyze the tactics, techniques, and methods used by the threat actors; discuss offensive and defensive tactics that could have prevented or mitigated the cost of these malicious actions, provide accounts of lessons learned by those experiencing their first incident; and discuss the benefits of proper planning and coordination with law enforcement resources.

Dan is a leader in the Risk Advisory Services practice at Schneider Downs. He is responsible for managing and leading a team of IT audit, security and risk professionals with diverse experience and skillsets for a wide range of clients across multiple industries. Dan is also responsible for project delivery, management, and overall quality control. He currently serves numerous public and privately held firms in various capacities, covering a wide range of IT platforms and systems. Prior to Dan’s career in audit and security, he worked in the technology departments of a Fortune 150 manufacturer and a Fortune 50 healthcare insurance provider.

Dan is a seasoned and recognized presenter, speaker and trainer on IT audit, risk, cybersecurity and other emerging technology risk topics. He has presented at numerous local and national ISACA and IIA conferences and has significant experience in providing IT audit, risk and cybersecurity updates to Boards and Audit Committees.

TIM BERICHON | Director of Chief Audit Executive (CAE) Services at the IIA

Tim’s vast career as a chief audit executive included directing global enterprise risk assessment processes and audit response plans, global fraud investigations as well as business unit leadership including in Sub Sahara Africa. This session will focus on an investigation process that Tim used that integrated internal audit and forensic while maintaining relevance with the business – including examples.

In his current role at The IIA, Tim will also summarize some recent IIA reports on risk and internal audit.

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