AAFCPAs to Present FEI-Boston’s 2022 Ethics Symposium

4 Ethics CPE Credits: Building Ethical Management and Culture in Challenging Times

May 20, 2022 | 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern Time | Bentley University, Waltham, MA
Last Day to Register: Wednesday, May 18th

AAFCPAs’ Jeffrey Mead, CPA, CGMA and Olga Yasinnik, MBA, CPA will again lead FEI-Boston’s annual 4-hour Ethics Symposium, May 20th, with a focus this year on Building Ethical Management and Culture in Challenging Times. Jeff and Olga will be joined again this year by guest speaker Jennifer Elder, entrepreneur, AICPA instructor, and author of Faster Disaster Recovery.

In this session, Jeff, Olga, and Jennifer will lead attendees in exploring the effects of both crisis and burnout on ethical decision-making. Under normal circumstances, doing what you know is right is relatively easy. But we haven’t been in a normal business environment for over two years. Changes in business models, supply chain issues, inflation, vaccine mandate or no, recruiting, and staffing – and the list seems to get longer every day. At what point do “desperate times call for desperate measures”?

How do we decide between fair and equitable? If we offer bonuses to recruit new staff, should we give bonuses to those we hired last year who didn’t receive a bonus? How do we ensure that we don’t ignore remote workers in favor of in-office workers?

Most CPAs are ethical most of the time but staying ethical is hard.  It gets even harder when we are under stress and unusual circumstances. Stress saps our strength and our will, leaving us exhausted. In addition, the unusual circumstances of COVID have upended our normal systems and internal controls.

In this session, we will explore the effects of the current economic realities on our organizations. We will discuss ways to deal with the issues of employee recruitment, engagement, and retention that are both ethical end effective.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify current ethical stressors on organizations
  • Select ethical approaches to recruit, engage, and retain employees
  • Determine methods to maintain an ethical culture in a hybrid work environment


Thursday, May 20th, 2022
7:30 am – 12 pm

This training qualifies for 4 ethics CPE credits for CPAs and is complimentary to FEI-Boston members. The fee is $75 for non-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

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.
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.