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2015 Boomer Technology Circles™ Summit

Monday, August 17, 2015

8:00 - 8:30

Welcome, Introduction and Trends

  Jim, Sandra, Gary and Dustin kick off the 2015 BTC Summit with announcements, instructions, previews and the presentation of the 2015 Bridging the Gap awards.
 
  • Jim Boomer, Shareholder and CIO, Boomer Consulting, Inc.
  • Sandra Wiley, Shareholder and COO, Boomer Consulting, Inc.
  • Gary Boomer, CEO, Boomer Consulting, Inc.
  • Dustin Hostetler, Shareholder and Lean Six Sigma Consultant, Boomer Consulting, Inc.

9:00 - 9:30

Keynote Presentation:
The End of Expertise in the Age of the Algorithm

  Computers armed with big data and complex algorithms are quickly enveloping areas of expertise that were once the sole domain of human experts; writing articles, trading stocks, making music, making complex medical diagnoses, and of course, doing our taxes. In this new environment we must not just provide our clients with conventional routine expertise but also with our creative and adaptive expertise - the capacities we have developed to address novel, messy, complex problems that are frequently encountered in the real world. Nurturing this adaptive expertise requires more than just learning knowledge and skills. It requires a transformation in how we approach and organize our work. In this talk, Dr. Michael Wesch describes the key elements that will allow us to make our way toward adaptive expertise, and how to bring this expertise to clients.
 
  • Dr. Michael Wesch, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State
    University

The following excerpts are also available:

  1. You Need to Stop. Dr. Wesch outlines his presentation and warns the audience that they're about to lose their jobs to Algorithms. 3 minutes.

  2. A Great Way to Learn About Technology. Dr. Wesch starts a humorous narrative explaining how living in a land that has no technology taught him about technology. 5 minutes.

  3. Feeling Safe to Fail. Dr. Wesch tells a touching story to introduce the concept of Adaptive Expertise. 3 minutes.

  4. Nurture or Keep in the Box. Dr. Wesch recounts the inspirational story of former BBC broadcaster Peter White to demonstrate how nurturing and learning environments influence whether we excel at routine or adaptive expertise. 5 minutes.

  5. Introduction to Algorithms. Dr. Wesch gives some historical perspective to the use of algorithms by companies such as Google and Facebook. 6 minutes.

  6. How Algorithms Are Used, Pt. 1. Dr. Wesch provides fascinating examples from sciences and arts to prove that algorithms are already outperforming humans in many tasks that require routine expertise. 6 minutes.

  7. How Algorithms Are Used, Pt. 2. Dr. Wesch provides additional examples from sciences and arts to prove that algorithms are already outperforming humans in many tasks that require routine expertise. 6 minutes.

  8. The Future of Accounting. Dr. Wesch summarizes what many experts in the profession are predicting and warns that disruption is on the way. 4 minutes.

  9. Fostering an Adaptive Expertise Environment. Dr. Wesch offers his prescription to make meaningful change. 3 minutes.

  10. Adaptive Expertise at Work. Dr. Wesch concludes his presentation with a moving tribute to the unique ability of humans to excel in the realm of adaptive expertise. 5 minutes.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

8:00 - 9:00

Keynote Presentation:
Being a Green Apple in a Red Apple World

  John Garrett, a professionally touring comedian and "recovering CPA," brings laughter and learning with his message that no matter where you are in your career, it's important to differentiate yourself to achieve your goals -- both as an individual and a firm. Through humor, personal stories and research statistics, John passionately argues that working hard to be better isn't necessarily the best path to a fulfilling life.
 
  • John Garrett, CPA and Comedian, John Garrett Comedy

9:00 - 10:00

Keynote Presentation:
Raise the Bar, Change Management

  Adelaide Ness discusses how visualizing change, creating buy in and collaboration for that change and creating a culture of constant improvement not only raises the BAR for each individual regardless of position in the firm, but also raises the overall BAR for the organization. Achieve what you otherwise thought was impractical or impossible through a focus on changing Behaviors, instituting Accountability and Measuring Results.
 
  • Adelaide Ness, Executive Vice President, The Rainmaker Companies

10:30 - 11:45

The Boomer Briefing

  Get the latest updates on industry trends, growth strategies and opportunities from both the firm management and technology perspectives. You will also hear updates and insights from the Boomer Technology Circles Metrics and tools and tactics for how your firm can improve and remain a leader in the profession.
 
  • Jim Boomer, Shareholder and CIO, Boomer Consulting, Inc.
  • Sandra Wiley, Shareholder and COO, Boomer Consulting, Inc.
  • Gary Boomer, CEO, Boomer Consulting, Inc.
  • Dustin Hostetler, Shareholder and Lean Six Sigma Consultant, Boomer Consulting, Inc.

 

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