AAFCPAs to Present FEI-Boston’s 2021 Ethics Symposium

Ethics Symposium: Crisis, Burnout, and the Effect on Ethics – How has COVID Infected Your Ethics?

AAFCPAs’ Jeffrey Mead, CPA, CGMA and Olga Yasinnik, MBA, CPA will again lead FEI-Boston’s annual 4-hour Ethics Symposium, May 13th, with a focus this year on Crisis, Burnout, and the Effect on Ethics. Jeff and Olga will be joined at this virtual educational event by guest speaker Jennifer H. Elder, entrepreneur, AICPA instructor, and author of Faster Disaster Recovery.

In this session, Jeff, Olga, and Jennifer will lead attendees in an exploration of the effects of both crisis and burnout on ethical decision-making. We will define the stressors, pressures, and biases that can lead good people to make less than optimal choices. We will discuss ways to offset the pressures and ways to reduce stress on ourselves and on our team. Finally, you will learn how to recognize when an individual or an organization is heading in the wrong direction and how to stop sliding down the slippery slope. We will discuss and analyze recent ethical issues to identify the warning signs and determine what could have been done differently.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the four elements of the “Ethical Diamond”
  • Distinguish between the effects of a crisis and burnout on ethics
  • Select methods for reducing stress, supporting your coworkers, and ensuring compliance
  • Recognize the warnings signs of a potential ethical failure


Thursday, May 13th, 2021
8 am – 12 pm

This training qualifies for 4 ethics CPE credits for CPAs and is complimentary to FEI-Boston members and prospective members. Please feel free to spread the word to anyone who may benefit from the sharing of this insight. Click here to reserve your “seat.” >>

About the Authors

Olga Yasinnik
Olga specializes in driving high-energy audit teams, and advising sophisticated nonprofit organizations, including multi-services human & social services providers, community development corporations (CDCs) and their affordable housing development projects. She provides proactive guidance to these clients who receive state and federal grants, and must file Uniform Financial Reports (UFRs) and require audits in accordance with Uniform Guidance/Single Audit and Government Auditing Standards. Olga has extensive experienced in advising clients with projects funded by Low Income Housing and Historical Tax Credits.  She is an active leader of AAF’s Affordable Housing and Real Estate Community Development, and Human & Social Services practices.
Jeff Mead, Audit Partner
Jeffrey is a Partner and leader of AAFCPAs’ Commercial Practice, providing proactive audit/assurance, tax, and advisory solutions for closely-held and privately-owned businesses. His diverse commercial client base includes: professional service firms, technology companies, publishers, and manufacturers/distributors.