Leslie Simpson, CFE
ACFE Director of Events
It seems like ages ago that I attended my first ACFE Global Fraud Conference. To be honest, it actually was ages ago. It was 1999. Y2K was looming in the distance and Doc Marten’s were dying a slow death. The Conference was at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and one of our keynote speakers was Susan McDougal (she served prison time as a result of the Clinton Whitewater controversy). I had my first front row Wayne Newton experience - I’ve never been the same. I gambled for the first time with $5 I got from my dad, Jim Ratley, who was then the ACFE’s Program Director. Beginner’s luck awarded me a whole $50. And, just in case you are wondering, I did pay my dad back his $5 (though he’ll tell you I didn’t). It’s hard work pulling the lever on that slot machine, so I figured the profit should be all mine.
In the 14 years working at the ACFE, I’ve been lucky enough to have worked in many different areas of the business while focusing on what I enjoy most about my job: marketing and communication. After a short three years leading our Member Services team, I was given the opportunity to lead the Events Department. This role has taken me back to organizing my favorite event, the ACFE Global Fraud Conference.
Three years brought many changes to the Events Department, however one thing remains the same. We still offer the same great conference except, true to ACFE form, we have scrutinized the details to make it even better this year.
We’ve placed more emphasis on the global nature of our event (our attendees represent more than 50 countries). By adding expert speakers from countries like Canada, the UK, Belgium, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong and South Africa, we are hoping to give attendees a truly global perspective.
Additionally, we searched high and low for timely and interesting topics that provide you with the tools you need to stay ahead in the world of fraud prevention and detection. Here are some sessions you won’t want to miss:
- Forensic Interviewing: Techniques to Detect Deception for Auditors, Examiners and Investigators
- Benford's Law: A Review, Relevant Findings and Recent Applications
- When Is Too Much Really Too Much: Dealing with Data Challenges
- Case Studies in Asset Tracing and Recovery: Melissa King and Hassan Nemazee
- Just Because You’re an Expert Doesn’t Make You Interesting
If you see me with a little more pep in my step in Vegas, it’s because I’m excited to be a part of such a monumental event, and I’m thrilled at the thought that this year’s Conference will be the best yet. I hope you’ll join me in Las Vegas, and see for yourself. If you do, please find me and say “hello.” I just might give you some beginner’s luck.
Learn more about the 24th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference at FraudConference.com.