I’m a bit late to the after-party, but the 24th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference wrapped up on June 28. I was honored to be one of the presenters on utilizing open sources and public records in the U.S.
The truth is, I learned a lot more than four things from the 24th ACFE conference. In fact, I learned many more than four things, but here are some key takeaways.
￼Networking is crucial
I am a firm believer in continuing education, but the most valuable things I learned came from other Certified Fraud Examiners. In the three days of classroom experience, I learned just as much from chatting with other CFEs over drinks as I did in the classroom. I don’t diminish the value of learning through the classroom, but I get equal (or greater) value from interacting with others.
￼Speaking in front of 400 people is hard
I didn’t think it was going to be easy. Last month, I did a webinar for 500 people, and I thought it was hard speaking to a computer screen for an hour. But that was nothing compared to this. I enjoy speaking in front of small groups, but speaking in front of 400 people is a whole different ballgame.
￼You can’t please everyone
Overall, I think the presentation went well. In hindsight, I certainly would have changed some things, but overall, it was well received. The ACFE does a great job of collecting feedback on the presentations and while it was generally positive, there were some in the audience who might have shot spitballs at me if I had come within striking distance. I learned long ago that pleasing everyone is impossible, especially in a situation where you are dealing with 400 people with varying degrees of experience.
￼Preet Bahara is going places
Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, spoke at the conference. He’s certainly no secret anymore; he was featured on the cover of Time magazine as the man “Busting Wall Street.” He was funny, engaging and inspiring. I don’t know where he is going to end up, but it’s going to be big. If he has any political aspirations, they might be Oval Office big.
Favorite quote: “People do not steal your money to save it.” ~ Chris Mather
Most predictable moment: Someone jumping in the Aria pool during the ACFE’s cocktail and networking reception.
Photo Courtesy of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners