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March 4, 2021 | Online Virtual Summit | 7 CPE

Join anti-fraud professionals online for the Virtual 2021 ACFE Women's Summit on March 4, 2021. The summit is open to all professionals, no matter your gender and no matter if your role is in compliance, risk, auditing, accounting or the many more areas we know you all work in. Attend and explore common challenges women face in the industry, ask questions, share ideas and resources, and support each other as we navigate our own professional journeys. 


Erika Cheung

Theranos Whistleblower

Erika Cheung was one of the key whistleblowers who reported Theranos to health regulators in the U.S. Her report subsequently led to the shutdown of Theranos’ clinical lab, which prevented the company from providing false and potentially harmful medical results to thousands of patients. The fraud is covered in the book “Bad Blood” by John Carreryrou, an episode of 60 Minutes, an ABC podcast called “The Dropout” and Alex Gibney’s documentary “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.”

Cynthia Cooper, CFE

WorldCom Whistleblower
CEO, CooperGroup

Cynthia Cooper is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant and best-selling author. In 2020, Cooper was included in 100 Women of the Year, TIME’s list of the most influential women of the last 100 years. In addition, she was named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year for her role in uncovering the fraud at WorldCom and has been featured as one of 25 most influential working mothers in Working Mother magazine.

Along with the late Senator Sarbanes, the late Representative Oxley and Sherron Watkins, Cooper is a recipient of the Maria & Sidney E. Rolfe Award for her contributions to educating the public about economics, business and finance. Cooper is the first woman to be inducted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Business Hall of Fame. In addition, she is the first woman and an inaugural inductee of the Institute of Internal Auditors American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners, and she is the first woman to receive the American Accounting Association’s Accounting Exemplar Award, given to an accounting educator or practitioner who has made notable contributions to professionalism and ethics in accounting education and practice.

Cooper serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Center for the Public Trust, dedicated to advancing ethical leadership in business, institutions and organizations. She previously served as Chairman of the Board of Regents for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the world’s largest anti-fraud organization with more than 85,000 members. At the request of Charlie Niemeyer, the former Chief Accountant for the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), Cooper served as a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the PCAOB, a nonprofit corporation established by Congress to oversee the audits of public companies in order to protect investors and further the public interest in preparation of informative, accurate and independent audit reports.

Cooper serves on advisory boards for Mississippi State University and Louisiana State University, and previously served on advisory boards for the University of Alabama and Lehigh University. She has a passion for working with students and has donated all of the profits from her book Extraordinary Circumstances to ethics education for students.

Cooper served as vice president for MCI where she and her team helped the company move forward and successfully emerge from bankruptcy. She began her career in public accounting and previously worked in Atlanta, Georgia, for Deloitte and Touche and Pricewaterhouse.

Lisa Walker, Ph.D., MCC

Leadership Psychologist, Lisa Walker Coaching & Consulting

Lisa Walker is a leadership psychologist, helping leaders and teams across industries develop the skills and mindset necessary to navigate challenging people issues, cultivate their expertise, design and develop their culture, and nurture their people while driving for results. Walker earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin; she is a Columbia University Certified Executive Coach, an Emotional Intelligence and Conversational Intelligence Certified Coach®, as well as a Stakeholder Centered Certified Behavioral Coach. She served on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. Walker is an ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC). This credential represents the highest level of achievement in coaching globally and identifies her as an expert executive coach. She brings more than 30 years of experience in psychology, leadership development, communication, collaborative law, mediation and facilitation to her work with organizations. Her book “Leading Beyond Your Limits” will be published later this year.

Rachel Campbell

Founder, Owner and Mama Trainer, Break a Sweat

Rachel Campbell, or RLC to friends, is the founder of Break a Sweat — a company birthed after she saw the dire need for a wellness community for moms. RLC has been in the fitness and wellness industry for over a decade, teaching everything from spin classes to sculpting classes and after becoming a mom herself, has dedicated her expertise and coaching to only mothers.

Campbell is a champion for knowing your strength and feeling empowered in your body. Her classes are a mash up of high energy, fun music and the body love pump up we all want! She has won countless awards for her work with moms and within the fitness community and was named "The Mom Trainer," by Austin Woman magazine.

RLC is also a certified health coach with an emphasis is metabolic science and holistic nutrition, and works with women nationwide to figure out their food freedom. When she’s not teaching fitness, you can find her field tripping around town with her little boy, Deuce, or having a living room dance party!

Amy Chang

Executive Director, Cybersecurity & Technology Controls
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Amy Chang is the head of client intelligence and strategic engagement at JPMorgan Chase & Co. She is responsible for fostering and strengthening existing and potential client relationships, and identifying opportunities to generate direct business value from cybersecurity. Based in Washington D.C., Chang also leads strategy for external operational collaboration between the financial sector, U.S. government partners and the intelligence community.

Chang has been with JPMorgan since 2017. Prior to her current position, she was the head of the cybersecurity intelligence group for North America, where she was responsible for monitoring external threats to the financial sector and for the protection of the firm’s employees and technological infrastructure. She was also responsible for the collection, analysis and dissemination of intelligence to key executives and stakeholders at the firm.

Chang has extensive experience in strategy, cybersecurity, intelligence. Prior to joining JPMorgan, Chang was formerly the Staff Director of the Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs. She has also served numerous other roles in government, think tanks, and the private sector in Washington DC. Chang retains an affiliation with Harvard Belfer Center's Cyber Security Project.

Chang is on the Board of Directors for First Generation Harvard Alumni, an organization that assists first-generation and low-income Harvard students and alumni.

Chang is currently an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. She received her graduate degree from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, and her bachelor's from Brown University.

Monica Modi Dalwadi, CFE, CPA, CIA

Managing Partner
Baker Tilly US, LLP

Monica Modi Dalwadi is a managing partner for Baker Tilly in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. Working primarily with owners and financial officers in the region, she is an advisor on risk, internal audits and cybersecurity. Dalwadi serves on the firm’s National Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Steering Committee; Core Strategy Committee; D.C. Growth and Retention of Women Committee; and previously served as the co-chair for the firm’s Talent Differentiation Task Force. Dalwadi earned her bachelor of science in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MBA at Georgetown University. She has contributed to and co-authored numerous anti-fraud publications and speaks regularly on thought-leading topics for the ACFE, IIA, SCCE and others.

Cynthia Hetherington, CFE

Founder and President
Hetherington Group

Cynthia Hetherington is the founder and president of Hetherington Group, a cyber investigations consulting, publishing and training firm. With more than two decades of expertise, Hetherington is a leader in due diligence, corporate intelligence and cyber investigations. She is the author of three books on conducting cyber investigations and annually trains more than 7,200 investigators, security professionals, attorneys, accountants, auditors, military intelligence professionals, and federal, state, and local agencies on best practices. She shares her expertise in this increasingly data-intensive, cyber-focused world through the publication of an industry newsletter, an online blog and by hosting the annual OSMOSIS Conference.

Hetherington leads national and international investigations in corporate due diligence and fraud, personal asset recovery and background checks. With a specialization in the financial, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries, her cyber investigations have recovered millions of dollars in high-profile corruption cases, assisting on the investigations of the top two Ponzi cases in U.S. history.

Hetherington shares her experiences and expertise as a keynote speaker and contributor at women-focused technology events and conferences across the U.S. She is an active member in the Women in Security Forum and collaborates with The National Center for Women and Information Technology on drawing young girls into the profession. Hetherington serves as a lecturer and mentor to and RocketGirls at CyberSpace Camps held at the Kennedy Space Center.

In 2012, she was awarded the James Baker Speaker of the Year by the ACFE. Enterprising Women Magazine honored Hetherington with a 2019 Enterprising Woman of the Year Award.

Bethmara Kessler, CFE

Speaker/Advisor, Former ACFE Regent

Bethmara Kessler is a global thought leader, lecturer, consultant and advisor to businesses on the topics of fraud, audit, compliance, enterprise risk management, shared services delivery strategies and process transformation. Kessler is an ACFE Regent and is on the ACFE Faculty and Advisory Council. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Baruch College in New York.

Kessler is the former head of integrated global services (IGS) for the Campbell Soup Company. Her career spans more than 30 years in positions that include Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Audit Executive and Enterprise Risk Management Head. Her extensive experience also includes leadership roles in audit, risk management, information technology and corporate investigations in companies including EY, Avon Products, Nabisco, EMI Group, LBrands, The Fraud and Risk Advisory Group and Warner Music Group.

Kessler is a passionate fraud fighter and frequently speaks on a variety of topics related to fraud prevention and detection, investigations, auditing, compliance and risk. She is a contributing author to the ACFE's Fraud Examiners Manual and Fraud Casebook: Lessons from the Bad Side of Business as well as several articles that have appeared in “Internal Auditor Magazine”, “The Journal of Accountancy” and other specialty publications.

Amber Mac

Author, TV/Radio Host, Internet of Things Expert

Amber Mac(Arthur) began her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. As a strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches.

Mac left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. In 2006, with her brother, she started her own digital agency called Konnekt. The company’s first client was world-renowned business coach, Tony Robbins. Her company’s clients include Microsoft Xbox, Ford Motor Company, Canada Goose, Fast Company, PayPal, Canadian Blood Services and many other leading organizations.

She has keynoted more than 400 events around the world. Topics include business innovation, the Internet of Things (IoT), online safety, artificial intelligence and company growth and adaptation.

She is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, CNN, Bloomberg TV, CBS, BNN, The Marilyn Denis Show and SiriusXM Radio.

Andi McNeal, CFE, CPA

Director of Research
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Andi McNeal, CFE, CPA, is the Director of Research for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, where she oversees the development and production of educational materials related to the prevention, detection, and investigation of fraud. McNeal is co-author of the ACFE Report to the Nations, a biennial report on the costs and effects of occupational fraud, as well as the ACFE In-House Fraud Investigation Teams Benchmarking Report and Anti-Fraud Technology Benchmarking Report. She has also authored numerous articles on anti-fraud topics for publications such as the Journal of Accountancy, CPA Journal, Internal Auditor, and Fraud Magazine.

Mandy Moody, CFE

Communications Manager
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Mandy Moody is the Communications Manager at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She manages and oversees the ACFE’s public relations efforts, social media marketing, the private, online community, the website and video content, as well as assists with events and products content. She is a co-host on the ACFE’s podcast, Fraud Talk, and leads the organization’s initiatives for women in the anti-fraud profession.

Rumbi Bwerinofa-Petrozzello, CFE, CPA/CFF

Rock Consulting, LLC

Rumbi Petrozzello is the principal of Rock Forensics and a consultant at Aon’s Cyber Solutions. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), CPA and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), with clients that have included investment management companies, hedge funds and law firms. She has experience leading engagements in financial fraud, due diligence, financial and risk assurance audits, risk assessments, and fraud detection and prevention. Petrozzello always seeks to bring clarity and solutions to complex financial issues.

Petrozzello co-authored the AICPA’s Practice Aid on Communications in Litigation and Dispute Services and, as a member of the AICPA’s Fraud Task Force, her team produces the FVS Eye on Fraud. She has conducted courses and presentations and has spoken at many venues, including the AICPA’s Forensic and Valuations Services Conference and several New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) conferences. Petrozzello has provided financial insights to several publications and media outlets, including CBS News and the New York Daily News, and worked with the NYC Office of the Comptrollerto build financial literacy and banking resources.

Petrozzello is the president-elect of the NYSSCPA. She is a member of the AICPA, a former member of its Litigation Services Committee and a current member of its Fraud Task Force. She also is a member of the NYSSCPA’s Litigation, Career, and Diversity and Inclusion Committees. Petrozzello is also a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Amber Schroader

CEO & Founder
Paraben Corporation

Over the past three decades, Amber Schroader has been a driving force for innovation in digital forensics. Schroader has developed numerous software programs, courses, and guides in the areas of recovering data from smartphones, computer hard drives, cloud, email and gaming systems. Schroader’s established protocols for the seizure and processing of digital evidence that has been used by numerous organizations throughout the world. She has coined the concept of the “360-degree approach to digital forensics” and “Forensics of Everything-FoE” with her focus on unique problems in digital evidence and solutions. Schroader has been a huge industry influence in pushing for a big-picture consideration of digital evidence. She continues to support through book contributions and other industry speaking engagements.

Molly Sjostrom

Senior Global Inclusion Manager
General Mills, Inc.

Molly Sjostrom is a proud mother of three who aspires to open hearts and minds through storytelling. She’s had a fulfilling 19-year career at General Mills, where she is now serves as senior global inclusion manager. In this role she is responsible for overseeing the management of the cultural and societal inclusion pillars of our global inclusion strategy. Having served as vice president for Betty’s Family Network, General Mills’ LGBTQ+ employee network, she now as the opportunity to lead the strategic vision and oversee operations across all seven employee networks, functional networks, and Inclusion Councils. Sjostrom played a key leadership role the strategy and execution of our 2020 Virtual Employee Network Summit. She also manages our Courageous Conversations platform, the launch of our Allyship efforts, and the global inclusion communications strategy. Sjostrom has a passion for dogs and the elderly and hopes to one day combine the two passions to bring joy to both. She loves spending time with her large family and close friends and feels lucky to be married to her best friend, Ryan.

Trish Tutton

Speaker and Mindfulness Teacher

After years of working in cultures where stress and burnout were seemingly the only way to success, Tutton suffered a shocking loss and things became clear. Stress is unavoidable, but it doesn’t have to dictate our lives.

Over a decade of study later, she teaches simple, data-driven mindset and mindfulness techniques that help us live and work happier. She's on a mission to create calmer, happier and more effective workplaces and employees.

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Times listed below are in Central Standard Time (UTC-6:00)

7:30-8:30 AM (CST)


Virtual Yoga Flow

Start your day with a with a 50-minute virtual yoga flow session, a combination of yoga, mobility, stretching and breathing exercises. While this session isn't eligible for CPE credit, we hope you'll join us for an active warmup for a day that will be full of sessions and networking.

8:30-9:45 AM (CST)


Panel Discussion:
What It Looks Like to Support Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

As more organizations expand their focus on improving diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB), many anti-fraud professionals are looking for ways to make an impact. What can you do in your daily interactions to help bring about change in our profession? What does it look like to be an effective advocate and ally? And how can you make sure that your words and actions support true DEIB in your professional and personal communities? This panel will explore these questions and give practical tips on fostering DEIB at your organization and beyond.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Assess the current DEIB landscape in your organization and community
  • Identify actions you can take in your day-to-day life to support DEIB

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Personnel/Human Resources

10:00-11:15 AM (CST)


Turn Your Bad Habits into Superpowers

We all have habits and tendencies that can stand in the way of our professional growth. In this session, you will hear how to turn the professional challenges that hold you back into superpowers that will move you forward. You will learn how to share successes and achievements without the appearance of bragging; how to foster relationships and enlist allies upwards, downwards and sideways; and how to turn perfectionist tendencies into strengths that help grow teams and maximize your contribution. Come prepared to take a hard look at the traits that could be holding you back from your next role or project.

*The lessons and discussion in this session will be based on the book “How Women Rise” by Marshall Goldsmith and Sally Helgesen.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Analyze and share your achievements in a way that bolsters your professional brand
  • Build relationships and collaborate with individuals and teams at all levels of the organization
  • Reframe perfectionism as a path to growth

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Personal Development

11:30 AM (CST)-12:20 PM (CST)


Keynote Speaker
Erika Cheung

Erika Cheung was one of the key whistleblowers who reported Theranos to health regulators in the U.S. Her report subsequently led to the shutdown of Theranos’ clinical lab. Hear how she overcame pressures from Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos’ fraudulent culture and prevented the company from providing false and potentially harmful medical results to thousands of patients. She will also discuss her creation of the organization Ethics in Entrepreneurship, her take on ethics and the challenges women face.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Evaluate the ethical dilemmas faced by potential whistleblowers
  • Identify mechanisms that can foster and support employee tips

ethicsiconThis session provides ACFE ethics credit, which counts toward the ACFE’s annual ethics CPE requirement for CFEs. To learn more about the ethics CPE requirement for CFEs, please visit

CPE: 1
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: : None
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

12:20-1:15 PM (CST)
Lunch Break
1:15-1:30 PM (CST)


Mindfulness Exercise: Boosting Positivity

We're halfway through a busy day packed with sessions. Take a moment for yourself and join us for a 15-minute mindfulness exercise focused on boosting positivity. This session is not eligible for CPE.

1:35-2:50 PM (CST)


Panel Discussion:
Upping Your Tech Game in Times of Extraordinary Change

Keeping up with technological advancements is an important part of staying at the top of your professional game. But it can be a challenge to keep ahead of the tech curve even in normal times. The extraordinary events of 2020 and 2021 have moved nearly every aspect of life to a virtual format and accelerated the pace of technological change and dependency. This panel discussion will explore how several anti-fraud experts continue to up their tech games and how women in the anti-fraud profession can be leaders in this area.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify opportunities and resources for improving your tech savvy
  • Connect current and upcoming technological advancements to your anti-fraud work

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Information Technology

3:05-4:20 PM (CST)


Leading a Team Through a Pandemic and Uncertainty

Whether you are an executive leader, a manager or a team contributor, you know it takes more than just virtual meetings and emails to keep an anti-fraud team thriving, communicating and strategically aligned. Add in a pandemic, social unrest, a changing economy, stress and burnout, and you have a set of challenges that could affect your team’s strength. In this interactive presentation, Lisa Walker, Ph.D., leadership psychologist and executive coach, will give you practical tools to help you and your teams become and remain proactive, positive and productive while navigating our new normal.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Assess your role in leading a team through turbulent times
  • Improve communication and connection among team members
  • Create a culture of support and empathy to help bring out the best in the whole team

CPE: 1.5
Level: Overview
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Field of Study: Personal Development

4:20-5:30 PM (CST)
Virtual Networking Reception

Schedule subject to change. Check back soon for complete details on sessions and speakers.

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