ITA Fall Collaborative
December 7-9, 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD
Monday, December 8

    As head of the largest body of CPAs in the world, Melancon is called upon to represent the Institute with state, national and international organizations and is sought after by key opinion leaders for his expertise.

    Under Melancon's past 19 years as the longest serving CEO in the organization, the Institute has spearheaded a number of initiatives designed to benefit not only the profession, but also investors, business owners, lenders and the general public. Highlights include audit quality centers; private company reporting standards; eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL); the computerized CPA exam; two consumer financial literacy education programs; and the establishment of the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation.

    George F. Will is today's most widely read columnist. His newspaper column has been syndicated by The Washington Post since 1974. Today it appears twice weekly in approximately 500 newspapers in the United States and in Europe. In 1976, he became a regular contributing editor of Newsweek magazine, for which he provided a bimonthly essay until 2011.

    In 1977, he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his newspaper columns. Altogether eight collections of Will's Newsweek and Washington Post columns have been published, the most recent being One Man's America. In 1990, Will published Men At Work: The Craft of Baseball, which topped The New York Times best-seller list for two months and was most recently reissued on April 13, 2010 as a 20th Anniversary special edition with a new introduction (paperback). In 1998, Scribner published Bunts: Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose and Other Reflections on Baseball, a best-selling collection of new and previously published writings by Will on baseball. His new book, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred, was released March 25, 2014. Will was a member of Major League Baseball's Blue Ribbon Panel, examining baseball economics.

    For 32 years, beginning as a founding member in 1981, he was a panelist on ABC television's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. In 2013, he became a contributor to FOX News' daytime and primetime programming. Will was born in Champaign, Illinois, educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Oxford University and Princeton University, where he earned his Ph.D. He has taught political philosophy at Michigan State University, the University of Toronto and Harvard University. Will served as a staff member in the United States Senate from 1970 to 1972. From 1973 through 1976, he was the Washington editor of National Review magazine. Today, Will lives and works in Washington.

Tuesday, December 9

    Called an "exceedingly lucid" speaker by Computerworld, Nicholas Carr has spoken on technology, culture, economics, and innovation at dozens of industry, company, governmental, and professional events. Rich with concrete examples and practical advice, Nick's lectures challenge the conventional wisdom, engaging audiences and spurring fresh thinking and constructive debate.

    Mr. Nicholas Carr served as an Executive Editor of the Harvard Business Review. He is one of the leading Internet intellectuals in the United States and an astute observer of the World Wide Web and its role in business today. Mr. Carr served as a Member of Editorial Board of Advisors of Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. He is the author of Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage and, most recently, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google. He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, Wired, and many other publications. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and blogs at

Wednesday, December 10

    Dr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, keynote presenter, author, and visionary business advisor. For over 30 years, he has been insightfully predicting the key trends that have shaped our world. He is a leading authority on future trends in innovation and The Economist recognizes him as one of the leading futurists, worldwide. He is the author of The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the 21st Century, Dutton 2006, and Technofutures: How Leading-Edge Innovations Will Transform Business in the 21st Century, Next Millennium Press, 2004.

    Dr. Canton is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government on future trends. He advises the Global Fortune 1000 on trends in innovation, financial services, health care, population, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change and globalization. From a broad range of industries, clients include: IBM, BP, Intel, Philips, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Boeing, FedEx, and Proctor & Gamble. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Research in Innovation at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and on the advisory board of the Corporate Eco Forum. He has advised three White House Administrations, the National Science Foundation and MIT’s Media Lab, Europe.

Meeting Overview
    Saturday, December 6

    Evening – Monuments Tour (optional)

    Sunday, December 7

    Morning – Top Golf (optional)
    General Session & Welcome Reception
    Dinner – on your own

    Monday, December 8

    Sessions all day
    Evening Party

    Tuesday, December 9

    Sessions all day until 5 p.m.

    Wednesday, December 10

    Digital CPA Conference Keynote (optional)


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